At a glance
Peaty’s LinkLube Dry is a readily biodegradable, wax-based chain lube for use in desert dry and dusty, to mildly moist conditions. It uses a blend of waxes suspended in a water-based emulsion to give a long-lasting coat of lubrication.Buy Lubricants on
About the brand
Peaty’s was founded by Steve Peat and Bryn Morgan out of frustration of the then available tubeless sealants. Steve and Bryn had a chat, and decided they can do things better. Better sealant, and biodegradable too was the goal. The glittery Peaty’s sealant was born. From there it was a logical move to work on other key products like tubeless valves, lubes, cleaners and other stuff.
On the sustainability front there is no dedicated chapter on the website on the subject, nor do they openly support any NGO’s. It is very clear however that Peaty’s products are all biodegradable and they strive to use no single-use plastics in their products or packaging. To minimize waste, they offer concentrate of most of their products to refill your original package.
In the world of chain lubes there are as many choices as there are pinch flats in a 90’s DH race. For the dry conditions however, a good wax has always been an option if you’re looking for a lasting performance. The Peaty’s wax comes in a 15ml / 60ml and 120ml bottle and has a handy rounded applicator tip that makes it easy to dose when applying.
Another cool trick the Peaty’s wax has up its sleeve is an indicator dye. When applying wax, you always need to make sure it is done properly and let the wax dry up in order to build a film on the chain. Once it turns from a shade of blue to a clear color, you know you’re good to go hit the trails!
Out on the trail
Applying chain lube properly has some more steps than you might think. It starts with making sure there is absolutely no lube present on your chain or cogs anymore. So a good clean with the degreaser is where you start. After stripping all the oil off, it’s time for a rinse to make sure there is no degreaser left. Then it’s time to apply the wax on the links. Make sure you apply it to the inside of the chain, because that's where the contact points are with your chainring and cogs! After all the links have a decent amount of lube on them, spin the pedals 20-30 seconds making sure it penetrates all the way into the links. Then you take a coffee break to let the wax dry up and make sure there is no dirt and dust sticking to your chain.
Once properly applied, the wax kept in place for a long time. We did at least 300km of off-road riding in dusty dry conditions before re-applying. The chain kept clean and muck free too.
Peaty’s make some quality products and it’s clear that even though dust is not the default soil style of Sheffield and surroundings, the chemical engineers did a great job on creating a dry weather wax that lasts. Thumbs up from us, now fingers crossed this is all the lube we’ll need this summer!Buy Lubricants on
This review was in Issue 70 of IMB.For more information visit Peatys Products
By Jarno HooglandJarno's life has revolved around two wheels ever since he swung a leg over his first BMX at age 4. After a BMX and DH racing career, he moved on to work for bike shops, distributors and brands before ending up in the editors seat at IMB. Based in the ultimate testing ground in the Swiss mountains, he runs his guiding operation and makes sure every IMB issue is filled with top notch content.