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Tri Flow Lube?(7 posts)

Oct 8, 2002 5:11 AM
Anybody have good luck with Tri flow with Teflon.I got a bottle a few weeks ago and decided to try it out.I've been using Prolink with good luck up till now.I noticed my drive train is quieter and cleaner with the TriFlow.I'm just curious as to the long term effects of drive train wear.
re: Tri Flow Lube?PaulCL
Oct 8, 2002 5:25 AM
I've used it for a few years. I used to used a dry lube: white lightening before I switched. The only way I have to answer your question on long term wear is my average chain life: about 300 miles. ;)

Just kidding. My first campy 10spd chain lasted about 4500 miles - but I rode it a few too many miles. My next chain I changed at 3000 miles out of precaution. My current chain is about 2500 and going strong.

The negative: like any wet lube, it is a dirt magnet. I'll wipe it off at least weekly and do a light re-application.
I use Tri flowSpoke Wrench
Oct 8, 2002 5:26 AM
I tried Prolink and I didn't like it as well for the reasons that you mentioned. I think that the secret with Tri flow is not to use very much. One of those little dropper bottles will easily last me a year or so. On my chain for example, I put the tiniest dot of lube that i can manage on each link and come back a while later and try to wipe every bit of it off. I don't have the dirty chain issues that other Tri flow users have reported.

I don't have an objective way of measuring component wear. I equate chain noise with inadequate lubrication and increased wear. Consequently I assume that Tri flow is a better lubricant than Pro link. One of the engineering guys may have a more accurate answer.
re: Tri Flow Lube?GMS
Oct 8, 2002 5:34 AM
I've used Tri Flow for years. Everyone I talk to tells me that I should try such and such because it collects less dirt, etc., but Tri Flow has always worked for me so I don't change it.

I use a lot of it on my drive train and then wipe it off as well as I can. I also spray some on my fingers and run them along my cables. I have instantly revived the drivetrains of friends from squeaking/rusting/skipping and they've been impressed with it (granted, I don't think they actually own any type of lube whatsoever, so any was better than none).

I did, however, buy some white lightning recently to use on my pedals. Using tri flow, my pedals seem to drip dirt for weeks on end. I am hoping white lightning will be cleaner for pedals. I have not tried yet.
best smelling stuff ever!_rt_
Oct 8, 2002 5:45 AM
however, i found that it is a magnet for dirt and must be used very very sparingly.

We shooters use Break Free lube (nm)Breakfast
Oct 8, 2002 7:07 AM
re: Tri Flow Lube?peter1
Oct 8, 2002 9:27 AM
I switched frm TriFlow to Pro-link last year because of the magical dirt-attracting properties of Tri-Flow. I like to have my chain looking clean rather than black and gunky.

However, I continue to use Tri-Flow at the cable guides because absent any significant road gunk, it's more viscous and tends to lube longer. Pro-link wears off pretty fast, especially in the rain.

I had used TriFlow for five or so years both mtn and road, and didnt notice any wear long ride in the rain through a few mud puddles will thrash your drivetrain more than 10 dry rides, IMO...