Rock N Roll The King of Lubes Gold Chain Lube
27th Jan 2016 | PRODUCT REVIEWS
Directions for use: Shake well. Apply a stream of lube to the chain at the cassette. (Do not drip on the lube, like oil, because it’s not oil) Get it really wet, this stuff cleans and lubes all in one. Freewheel the chain backwards for about 5 seconds, then wipe off all of the excess lube. All of it! (You can’t wipe the chain too much, so really wipe it down good.) RNR works great in cold weather but should be applied in a warm environment.
HYDROCARBONS. Most people are familiar with how they have powered the 20th century, in the form of petrol, diesel and kerosene (also known as jet fuel). But these legacy handmedowns of dinosaurs from the Jurassic period do more than create energy in engines – crude oil is also rendered into many different forms, some of which become lubricants for the moving parts in engines, drivetrains and gearboxes.
Enter Rock and Roll lubrication (www.rocklube.com). Like most chain lubricants, Rock and Roll is made from a combination of petroleum distillates and their own proprietary secret sauce. And that’s where it gets interesting, because Rock and Roll claims their lube cleans while it lubricates.
Their range of lubes come in 3 flavours – Extreme, Absolute Dry, and Gold. According to them, the Extreme is for mountain bikes; Absolute Dry is for the road bikes, and Gold is for both mountain and road bikes.
Why not have just one lube for all riding disciplines? Here’s their theory: bicycles, being on rubber tires, are not grounded, making the bicycle build up a charge of static electricity. As the bicycle rolls along, the positive charge build up brings dirt and dust particles from the road onto the bike.
The bike will discharge and recharge over and over again, bringing ever more dirt onto the chainline. Road bikes generally tend to pick up more dirt from the discharge, so a thicker, dryer lube is needed.
On the other hand, the mountain bike drivetrain needs something that can absorb a lot of dust and muddy slop from the front wheel.
The Gold blend
The Gold is their most recent addition to Rock “N” Roll Lubrication’s chain lube line-up. GOLD works on all bicycles, staying cleaner, and takes the smooth and quietness of pedaling and shifting to a whole new level.
The formulation goes deep down into the chain and traps any dirt. Then, with the energy of the chain freewheeling backwards, the dirt and grit floats to the surface so you can wipe it all off, leaving a new and clean application of lube inside the chain, where it’s needed.
The lube down inside the chain creates a protective membrane to seal out dirt and moisture from the moving parts of the chain, as well as holding in place the lube. Rock and Roll say this gives longer chain life, plus super smooth shifting and pedaling.
Rock on, Roll off
In real life, the lube has a watery viscosity to it. In the bottle, it sits in two layers, with a clearer light fluid floating on top, and a layer of waxy-looking precipitate at the bottom. Hence the instructions say to shake well before application, whereupon you will mix up the two a little bit.
Mixing it up doesn’t give you a uniform consistency however, and that’s supposed to be how Gold does its work. Unlike other lubes where you drip it on, you’re supposed to drench your chain with Gold, as though you are washing it – which you are.
As you drench it, the waxy layer moves slower than the lighter, faster flowing fluid. The faster flowing clearer part appears to work like a surfactant, carrying the waxy part into every nook and cranny of the chain, which lifts and traps dirt and grime.
It then flows downwards as gravity does its work, so when you wipe it off as per the usage instructions, the grime gets wiped away, leaving only a film of the light clear stuff.
Do you love the new-bike moment when you click your shifter for the first time and hear your new chain “thuk” into the right cog? That’s what you get with Rock and Roll Gold lubricant.
Of course, the real test is how often you have to clean your chain after application.
December and January has been wetter than usual, and with that, comes the usual grinding and gritty drivetrain. Usually, I would have to grease my chain every time I ride in wet weather, but the frequency needed was reduced with Rock and Roll Gold.
Plus my drivetrain still shifted like new, and if you accidently rub against the chain with your bare skin, the resulting mark isn’t thick and greasy as with many other lubes.
I’ll be buying a new bottle when this one runs out.
Rock and Roll Gold is now available from Active Cycle.