I remember when I first started riding bikes a few years ago, somebody asked me “Chain lube is just chain lube, right?”. I agree in part, chain lube is just chain lube, but there are various different types, (waxes, lubes, pastes and oils) and each of those has a different use. This is not going to be an article explaining the use of each of those, my experience of using one type from one brand.
I would say I am quite good at looking after my chain and sprockets. I always try to keep the chain tensioned properly, and I regularly clean and apply a lubricant, sometimes overly keen. I was asked by Tru-tension to review their BananaSplit chain lube. I was only happy to give it a whirl.
I will start by giving a quick overview, I am running Genuine Suzuki Sprockets, with a DID X-Ring chain. I normally clean and lube the chain whenever I wash the bike, which is normally weekly, if not every other week, but occasionally longer in which case I’ll just moisten up the chain with fresh lubricant.
BananaSplit comes in the form of a dry chain lube or wax, in an aerosol can. I have been using the lube as opposed to the wax as I was always under the impression a wet lube is better when used in all weather conditions, as it gives more resistance to being washed off.
One thing that always pains me is dirty wheels. Some chain lubes and other chain oiling techniques can always be tricky to apply and can be quite messy. Excess lube can often be found on the rear rim, and the amount of times I have been to the weekly bike night and seen splatter EVERYWHERE from inaccurate spraying is worrying. Fortunately, Bananasplit has great anti-fling properties, I have been running it the past few weeks with no issues over the back wheel, which keeps me happy. The narrow spray atomiser on the can prevents huge oversprays where it is unwanted which keeps things neat and tidy, and it also allows the can to be used normally and upside down, which helps to make sure all angles are covered. Best of all is it comes with a very tasty fragrance, good enough to eat and despite being hungry 24/7 I haven’t sampled it yet. It does fill the garage with a nice aroma, which is a welcome change from the petrol and coffee which is the norm.
Over the past few weeks, the weather has been very grim, lots of rain and cold temperatures and to add insult to injury the roads have been salted a lot. My chain hasn’t rusted at all and is still moist with lubricant. There seems to be very little particle pick up on the lubricant, which we all know can increase the amount of wear on driveline components. Overall I am very pleased with this lube and will definitely be stocking up for future use.
Price is £9.99 for 500Ml Aerosol can, but can also be bought with cleaning brushes and other cleaning product bundles on the Tru-Tension website