Muc-Off has always looked to push the boundaries of innovation. This is the story of the long road to innovation - in the quest for chain efficiency perfection.
Muc-Off’s whole development process involves rigorous testing of each product with the professional teams it supports. The development with these teams ensures each product is tested in the fastest and toughest conditions for road cycling.
This testing process was an integral part of the development of the C4 Chain Wax that Team Sky used in this year’s Tour de France TT. The Muc-Off C4 Chain Wax is the first of its kind; the long and rigorous process to produce the wax and its application to the chain can help produce savings of 7.5 seconds over a 55mile time trial. In a discipline where seconds can be the difference between 1st and 10th place, it is a marginal gain that can help steer a rider to victory.
The C4 Wax was tested and developed using Muc-Off’s Chain Lube Efficiency Dynamometer. This machine has the ability to test any lubricant and chain to provide quantitative data, efficiency and performance durability. The C4 Wax was strenuously tested on the chain efficiency dynamometer until the perfect formula was produced. This process also involved live testing with Team Sky riders, such as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Richie Porte to ensure the wax was fit for race conditions.
The Muc-Off Chain Lube Efficiency Dynamometer also provides data on the efficiency of each chain before the lubricant is even applied. This allows the Muc-Off R&D team to hand pick the most efficient chains before treating them with the C4 Wax. After they are treated, the chains can be tested again and graded accordingly. This process allows Team Sky to give their G.C rider the most efficient chain and the other members of the team will use the chains that fit their role in the team.
What does this mean for cyclists across the globe?
The C4 Chain Wax has been produced purely for Team Sky’s use for competitive time trials. However the Efficiency Dynamometer will now allow quantitive data analysis of all lubricants – liquid or wax. Muc-Off will continue to test it's own lubricants against that of competitors, to ensure they are the most efficient on the market!