Short term review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Extreme chain lube

Picture from planetcyclery

I wanted to try it, but I knew it might not be perfect, and I was right, it was not.

I was used to using lubes, I could use for two days of 4hour riding, but this lube did not offer this with the harsh conditions I rode in.

It cleans the chain very well, black stuff drops off, I can easily wipe off the grime, leaving a shiny clean chain, but it gets lubricated, but it does not last for long, I have to lube chain after every single ride, for multi hour rides you would need to have a bottle with lube with you, this isn’t acceptable for me.

If you soak the chain with Muc Off Wet lube it will result in dripping but not as fast, so pretty similar result, and I can wipe it off with a rage or toiled paper, but Rock ‘n’ Roll wet lube has very different consistency, drips like water.

There is not significant enough gain over the trouble Rock ‘n’ Roll Extreme lube will give me to stick with it.

I have been testing the lube most kinds of conditions, wet, raining, damp, deep snow subzero temperatures down to -10c. But I haven’t had the chance to test it in summer heat, but I don’t need to, a lube I use has to work in varied conditions, this lube clearly is not performing good enough for me.

After riding in subzero temperatures between 30m-1h or thereabouts, and rinsing  the bike in off the the shower, the lube the chain was no longer as well lubed, there was still tiny bit, when I ran my finger along the chain, but not a lot, the chain became louder, but after I lubed it, the chain was smooth & quiet.

 

Worse performer than Muc OFF Wet Lube & Weldtite Wet Extreme:

After few days of riding in freez thaw cycle with some deep long rim and shoe deep puddles getting the drivetrain soaked in water & slush, Crashing in wet snow, I got the chain quite noisy, but this was far worse conditions for longer time than the Rock n’ Roll Extreme lube.

I have also had good results with Weldtite Wet Extreme which it’s a thicker lube.

First time testing summer & autumn:

I have been using cleaning bike and lubing after every ride, so here is how the chain looked like.

 

3 September 2017

Ridelog: https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/1799886/

12 September 2017

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worn KMC X11 SL Silver -Rock & roll Extreme lube


How the drivetrain looked like after a 3 H+ ride at Skansehytta, in very varied weather, humid, rain, sunny rain, sunny, riding through puddles.

worn KMC X11 SL Silver -Rock & roll Extreme lube

I tested the chain with stock lube, but I applied rock extreme lube, but and wiped off access, but the stock chain lube still picked up dirt, and made the chainring and cassette dirty. i later have soaked the chain in Rock lube.

I have done longevity test of the Rock & Roll Extreme lube in I rode few short trips to the few minutes ride, for 2 days, I did not lube it, I went for a Mtb ride the start of the day was about -4c I ended up with about zero, rode some hard packed trails, I ride skitracks, The chain was almost completely dry and made hell of a noise.

 

Results of March 2018:

I have done testing of the Muc off wet lube over few days, here are the results: Gone over the numbers again: Rock N’ Roll Extreme lube: about 25.24km when testing Rock N’ Roll the weather was quite dry with sub-zero.

Muc Off Wet lube was 28.05 it made a slight noise, but I rode trough rim deep puddles and through slush, I also rode in – 4 to -7c yesterday, it got splashed at least 2 times trough huge the huge puddle, and few others.

Note that the numbers are not 100% accurate as my phone skipped few hundred meters, but the conclusion is clear to me, Muc off vs Rock ‘n roll = Muc off wins, but none of them are perfect, but Rock ‘n rollwas hurrendous.

Cons:

  • Short nozzle
  • Expensive Compared to many other options.
  • chain is dry too fast

Pros:

  • Keep the chain quite clean, But i haven’t  tested it in horrible mudbath.

Verdict:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Extreme chain lube – Not the king of lubes, as they state with their bold claim.
I ride all year, So I need a lube that can handle changing conditions, or I have to have different lubes that can handle the different conditions, But soo far Weldtite & Muc Off have done this, I used them in dry conditions too, it was not too bad, but you have to be careful to not overdo it with the Weldtite extreme due to consistency of the lube, to avoid spider webs all over the drivetrain you have to wipe off the access.

But Rock ‘n’ Roll Extreme is a different type of lube, it cleans the chain and leaves lubricant, but it does not last long enough for me.

So the conclusion is, you have to lube it after every ride, or maybe having to have an extra lube bottle with you on those harsh long rides, So not good enough for me.

So sofar Muc off & Weldtite Wet Extreme has performed the best, but I have not done a proper scientific longevity comparison test, but the testing I have done, showed they both lasted longe.

so if you go for one of Muc Off Wet lube or Weldtite TF2 Extreme Wet Lube you get more for the money for sure.

 

 

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Revised Review: Weldtite TF2 Extreme Wet Lube

I have tested the lube in very wet days in various times of the year I have also tested it in the winter in harsh conditions it performed quite well, so far this has the lube with highest consistency I have tried, so make sure you wipe off access because this lube creates ”spider webs”.

11 April 2018:

Ridelog: https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/2713910/

I put on the Extreme Wet lube in case it would be wet but became quite dry, But I did not change the lube, I continued using it, it was not dry, so I rode with it after the snow was almost gone, I rode long distance on paved bike path with sand on them, the lube attracted a lot of sand.

the drive train was very crunchy, due to sand and gravel sticking to the chain. I was riding many km’s on the pavement with sand on it from the winter.

It works great in harsh winter, I have ridden in -10 Celsius, but it for very dirty conditions.

The long tip makes it easy to lube the rear dérailleur.

 

 

Updated Review: 2016 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Full Face helmet

Since the first version in of the review in 2017 I have had a lot more experience with this helmet, there are some flaws that should need to be addressed.

I have used the helmet since summer 2016 and now it’s spring.

This helmet is probably one of the most popular & reviewed helmets out there but here is my review. I was so satisfied with this helmet I ordered the exact model for the second time.

I will never do mountain biking without a full face helmet,even For just commutes I use this helmet.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable & secure fit, This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn so far.
  • Good air flow, the ears stay cool, and every thing else, but of course the motofoam in the front of the chin guard will, of course give less air flow, so on really hot days you might notice the extra heat, but it’s not huge difference for me.
  • double D-ring
  • doesn’t scratch easily.
  • the carbon shell makes this a very durable helmet, unlike helmets with plastic shells, that dent just by hits from some small branches, the carbon shell won’t crack or dent even if the bike the back of it in a downhill fall.
  • the inserts are easy to remove.

Cons:

  • at 1100 grams the helmet is not light, but I got used to it quite fast, and it doesn’t effect me much, but a lighter helmet would be nice.
  • The cheek pads/inserts wear out, they get compressed and get too thing, so the helmet will eventually wiggle, I noticed the chin guard  hitting my face. so after few months I have to swap them for new cheek pads/inserts. a better solution is needed.
  • After few months of use I noticed the MIPS has cracked, I noticed this after taking the helmet off, this happen only on one of the two helmets I got. 
  • The glue failed to rubber skirting, the adhesive is not strong enough to hold it, Fox helmets had problems with this in the past. when you hold the helmet on the chin guard you will flex the skirting in many directions which loosen it up. but of course, you can glue it back, it’s an easy job.

But fixing the chin guard skirting is quite easy:

This was the fastest and easiest method holding the strips in place.
the next step is to use tape to hold the strips in place.

 

2018 the  stitching on the strap sleeve tore

March 2018 the plastic visor bolt failed on both helmets, one time it was while riding on the a trail.

Some of the paint cracked near the visor mount.

I have not had any issues with this helmet apart for the chin guard skirting.

I used a  2014 model, the shell got loose.

and the strap sleeve had damaged button, but this must have been someone in a store that managed to damage it, but with the 2016 helmet I have not had any issues with the buttons, which I was not sure about would hold up, but so far they did, But magnets might be better.

If there is anything else I will update you on it.

Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRdE8c9

Muc-Off Bio Wet Lube long-term review

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I have used this lube for several years, with great success, here are my experiences with it.

The muddies & wettest ride of 2017:

https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/1967949/

 

 

 

 

Winter:

After few days of riding in freeze-thaw cycle with some deep long rim and shoe deep puddles getting the drivetrain asked in water slush, Crashing in wet snow, I got the chain quite noisy, so this is far worse conditions for a longer time than the Rock n’ Roll Extreme lube.

So the conclusion is Muc-Off offers a better option, for a lower price.

April 26, 2018:

www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/2815698

May 11, 2018:

www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/2934709

some wet some dry, some muddy spots, this is the result:

from the city centre to Skansehytta from parking.

In hot summer days when the bike stands indoors overnight, the lube gets thicker/ the consistency changes, and the chain does not run as smoothly, and the drive train will be noisier and it will attract more dust, so you need to lube it after each ride or the the next day before the ride.

Verdict:

This lube suits most conditions, for wet summer days to muddy wet rain autumn days, to winter, riding in slush, -11c dry icy. but won’t keep the drive train completely clean, this lube performed ok for every thing I put it trough. will last logner than the dry lube.

There might be other lubes that perform as well or better, but so far Muc Off & Weldtite has my favorite lubes.

Revised Review: Hope Tech Enduro – Pro 4 29er conventional 32spoked

I bought them in 2016, Since February 2017 I added a lot of pictures and improved the review.

I put the 3 wheel sets to more some more abuse, and a lot of hard riding, urban mtb and trail riding, and they survived.

I have put it through harsh riding in all different weather and temperatures.

Rider weight:

ca 75kg with all gear on.

Winter riding:

Aa the temperature decreases seals shrink, wheels go out of true faster, but this will happen on any wheelset.

So far I have been riding down to -11 Celsius.

I have been riding below freezing temperatures, few weeks, I noticed the sound coming from the rear hub was dampened, and sounded like there was water inside, because there was water inside, the plastic seal shrinks when its so cold, which allows water/melting show to come inside, which happen on a -6 Celsius ride. But it’s not possible to make a tighter fitting seal, so I recommend to put grease between the seal and the hub freehub body, which will give more protection after I have applied grease to the seal, I have not had any more issues with water in the freehub. but don’t make a mess, clean up the access to avoid attracting dirt.

I also put grease in the rim holes and on the spoke nipples, provides prevent corrosion.

After a long time of riding the front hub did not need service.

 

The wheel stays quite true, but when it it goes off center to the left both on front and rear, but I regurally check the wheels, so the tention is good and I keep them qutie true and centered, I have 3 sets in 29. I bought a set for my 6300 too.

 

Pros:

  • provides a true wheel for longer than 28 like Bontrager duster.
  • Hope made a noticeably stiffer wheelset than Bontrager duster 29er when going fast in berms or landing jumps, or in general hard riding, it really makes a huge difference
  • High-quality brass spoke nipples, accurate size, so easy to work with, unlike the nipples on Bontrager Duster wheelset. There is no twisting or bending or crushing or cracking of the nipples when truing the wheel.
  • It has an almost idiot proof design, it’s very easy to take apart, I love the freehub system, there is no too required to take off the freehub.
  • 10 & 11 speed compatible, hope provides a spacer for 10 to 11  speed cassettes, and the freehub body is wider than a 10 speed freehub boy, so the cassette is further to the right/closer to the frame, which results in a better chain line, for 11 speed,and no chain drop when backpedalling, unless you backpedal using your hands at unrealistic speed/rpm, I have been doing backward 180’s without any issues.
  • The wheels stayed true for a long time & no damage to the rim was done, after 3 weeks of hard trail riding, and some hard street riding, but after those 3 months it needed a quick retention, but it was a piece of cake.

 

  • the freehub is not too loud.
  • end caps for skewer or 12mm & 15mm axles
  • very easy to do maintenance/service no springs jumping out or tools needed(not counting the cassette tool)

I managed to get a small dent in 2 spoke nipples, but it did not affect the threads, might have been a big stone that hit them, the dent was only one side so I could get the spoke tool on.

Cons:

  • not the highest engagement, there are other options on the market that provide better engagement, Industry Nine, Chris King, and the king of engagement Onyx due to the clutch, it provides infinite engagement, but they all cost a lot more. the engagement is ok, it does not feel awkward like the cheaper Shimano hubs do.
  • Cassettes with separate cogs Shew up the freehub body, So after some weeks or months, I have to file down the bumps to get the cassette on & off easily.The damage you can see on splines is caused by the cassette pitting into them, If you ignore this for too long you might struggle to get the cassette off, So I used 100 sandpaper to smoother the surface. I want a stronger Freehub body,  I haven’t tried Steel Freehub body or XD driver yet. Some other brands claim to have strong enough free hubs to not wear like this, but I haven’t tried any of them. but I used these since 2016 so that’s quite a long time, but they will probably last me few more years.

 

on my 26er wheel-set: After few short rides Shimano XT  11-46T cassette:

 

Unboxing:

 

 

The Rim:

 

Rock strikes

 

Dent, I bent back with an adjustable wrench but there is still a lump.

A closer look at the Pro 4 hub:

The axle:

 

The bearings & plastic seal.

Springs eventually wear out:

this is to be expected, it’s normal, springs eventually fail.

 

Worn out leaf spring.
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Maintenance:

 

Shewed up Freehub body:

 

After 1 meter drop with too low tyre pressure: we all make mistakes

A good thing is that I learn from my mistakes and never do them again.

one of the rear wheels got a small dent,  I ridden with studded Suomi WXC 300 tyres,  30 psi was too low in turns because of squirming, but I later added 10 psi.

If can, of course, bends it back.

The sumemr of 2018 I dented the rear wheel on wooden stairs, due to valve stem loosening up:

I fixed the rim in few seconds, there was Loctite on the threads & tightened with pliers, but it still had to be regularly checked I should have done it earlier, that was my fault. I rode up wooden stairs, hit the staircase, and the tyre got a hole near the bead.
which I managed to fix by letting the tyre stay still overnight with 20psi with the hole down.
it sealed up. I had Orange seal, but I filled it up with more as it was spraying after the hit.

Verdict:

Hope offers a wheelset that can take major abuse, for a cost-effective price, But it’s not the ultimate package. the freehub body should be stronger.

If you get this wheelset on sale it’s a good deal.

But I want to try other hubs like Onyx with more engagement for my next bike.

http://www.hopetech.com/product/hope-tech-enduro-pro-4/

Hope has also made a 35mm version  http://www.hopetech.com/product/hope-tech-35w-pro-4/ which I have not Tried.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N5B9Y0R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487380214&sr=8-1&keywords=hope%2Btech%2Bpro%2B4%2Benduro&th=1&psc=1

different hub sizes and colors:

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?menu=1000%2C2%2C140%2C209;mid%5B222%5D=1;content=7

Used to failure updated Review: 100% Racecraft MX Goggles

I have been using 2 pairs of these goggles for since winter 2016 to April 2018.

Some words about the brand:

100% is a well-known brand in the motocross community & the past years more and more knowledge in the Mountain bike community.These goggles are made FullFace helmets like used in downhill and motocross.

 

If you use the tear-offs, in rain or humid weather, there will be fog between the lens and the tear-off. So in rain or humid conditions, I don’t use the tear-offs because of this.

After riding in 1 Celsius

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable.
  • does not obstruct the view, you might barely notice them, or not at all.
  • I think it’s easy to change lenses, but not too easy like with Adidas Pinner googles.
  • It to change lenses in a hurry while out riding because they are so secured so well, but for me, this is this is not a con, you do not wave to worry about the lenses falling off.
  • the triple layer foam & the vents make sure you don’t overheat and/or get soaked of sweat. The difference between the Adidas Pinner and 100% Racecraft is huge, soaked versus dry or almost dry to slightly moist foam in 25 Celsius, and soaked vs slight moist in not so hot days. But the sweat travels through to the Grey layer and if it’s much it can drip some.
    triple layer foam is a must for me.

    100% Racecraft goggle vs Adidas Pinner goggle
  • even after 4 weeks of summer riding the foam did not stink, this was done to test it, But I have been cleaning them at a regular basis, and swapping to fresh pair when the washed goggle was drying.
  • The foam is well glued, and the durability of the foam is much better than the Adidas Pinner google has, none of the foam peeled off.
  • good FOV/field of view
  • the lens will stay on even if you are rough with the goggles.
  • The rubberised strap works well, I use a 2015 Mavic notch & Fox Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, and it never slipped off.
  • The tear-off system actually work, unlike on the  Adidas Pinner goggles.,the plugs are the correct size, and the tear-fit tight so they won’t fall off. But I don’t use Tear-offs.
  • Nose guard, which is a must for me, I hit branches sometimes, which can be painful.
  • good ventilation

    RC 1.2
  • the nose guard sits snugly and won’t just fall off I had to replace it
  • Comes with 2 lenses
  • comfy fit
  • several colour choices.
  • the lens stays in place well.
  • the perfect shape on the top which will not leave a big gap between the goggle and the helmet which some goggles do, Adidas Pinner for example.

Cons:

  • no replacement foam.
  • you can lose the nose guard without even noticing it, which I did with one of the goggles, mine probably snapped out when I took them off or a branch hit them, who knows.
  • the extra lens got an anti-scratch sticker on it which needs to be removed, but one of the lenses that came with one of the 2 goggles I got left glue residue, so you should clean it off.

After a long time of use they showed signs of wear:

  • The summer of 2017 the foam got a little bit torn, which is not surprising after so much use I put them trough.
  • then some of the white parts have been discoloured, with a red tint, the same goes for the foam, why this happens I don’t know, it might be a reaction to sunlight or temperature, or something else, I am not sure.
  • and the strap has been stretched by few cms.

used to failure:

April 2018 the plastic part on one of the two goggles on the strap failed, this resulted in the stram loosening up, The difference in wear was probably due to me using one goggle more than the other, but both goggles had on the sticky strips, they had cracked, and did not grip as well as when the goggles were new.

The strap arms were starting to separate from the goggle frame, which could be fixed with glue, but for me it’s easier to just buy new goggle instead of doing a DIY repair job, I am surer someone could do it.

 

The nose guard I replaced also showed signs of wear, the paint was peeling off.

Verdict: Recommended

This is a decent google, but It would be nice it had replaceable foam, but if you have the skills you can repair them with aftermarket foam, if needed, if the foam separates from the goggle, you can glue it together if you got the right glue.

 

Flickr album


So far it is the best goggle I have seen to a decent price.

The goggle offers excellent ventilation and comfort at a excellent price.

it cost about the online same as I paid for one Adidas Pinner in the local bikes store

Product page: http://www.ride100percent.com/mountainbike/goggles/

You can buy them here:

http://www.ridestore.no/100-racecraft-goggle-mx-airstr-s-w-mr-silver?q=100%25%20%22Racecraft%22%20Goggles%20MX&p=16&gclid=CjwKEAjw-r27BRCzsNyzrMrM-j0SJACp2TiBIXc9tSoPPVdzX-4JUsDzY7aYRhmcczPYGx0H3nqZXxoCDc_w_wcB

http://www.freestylextreme.com/user/searchresults.aspx?q=100%25%20racecraft

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=13&search=100%25+Racecraft+

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/100-racecraft-goggles/rp-prod77022

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=100%25+RACECRAFT+Goggles

everything from 100% on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/100/b/ref=bl_dp_s_web_15592588011?ie=UTF8&node=15592588011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=100%25

Shimano Deore M6000 brakes first impressions & weight

I will keep you updated on how these perform, and if I destroy them or not.

Mke sure to apply Loctite to the threads for the reach adjustment, the lever will come out of adjustment quite fast without doing so.

I noticed the paint on the bleed screw was wearing off after on the first ride.

A closer look:

I replaced the Stock Resin pads with Shimano ICE-TECH J04C metallic pads, for longevity and stopping power.

 

Weight:

Shimano M6000 Original Resin standard pads,, Uncut 1700mm hose

 

Shimano M6000 finned metal pads, Uncut 1700mm hose

 

 

Pros:

The narrower clamp allows closer shifter placement, which is what I was looking for. I ran a TRP Spyke lever for months but it did not allow me the perfect shifter position, so I had to choose best brake leverage or better shifting ergonomics, but with Shimano M6000 I don’t have to choose.

  • Ergonomic lever blade, they got it right. it’s better than the TRP Spyke & M930 levers.
  • I like the light lever feel, there is enough lever trow so it’s easy to control the braking with minimal fatigue, I can’t feel any friction or play in the lever.
  • You can use XTR finned pads.
  • The reach adjustment is easier to access than the previous model (M615).
  • Minimal play in the lever, there is maybe 1 mm play or less.

 

Cons:

  • The housing kinks easily
  • The housing scratches very easily, after installing zip ties and removing zip ties I noticed the hose was quite scratched up.
  • Play in the hinge causing the lever to rock back and forths the handlebar.The plastic cover is concerning, it’s not so exposed as other components.

  • The rear brakes i got had too little fluid, so the pads were too far from the rotor, I installed one rear brake first, and and it felt wrong, I tried another brake, and same problem but it was slightly firmer, I haven’t tried all of the brakes I got, but I will have to fill them with more fluid.

 

Lezyne Chain Drive Review

Pros:

  • spoke nipple tool
  • smooth action
  • comes with a spare pin.
  • good ergonomics fits nicely and securely in my hands.

 

Cons:

  • Flawed handle design, the rubber ends pop off, you need them so the rod does not slide off, and be shoot off somewhere like out your window. to fix this, by replaceing the rod a long bolt & a nut.

 

http://www.lezyne.com/product-shptools-chaindrive.php