FAQ: How to Prepare, Apply and Re-wax your bike chain with Speedmaster Wax

Speedmaster Wax Tin Can Version FAQ: 





1. What are the benefits of using Speedmaster Wax for bike chain lube versus traditional oil-based lube?

Traditional oil-based lubes attract dirt and grime, creating buildup on your drivetrain. This buildup increases friction, requiring more power to pedal. Wax, however, does not attract dirt and is the most frictionless agent for the drivetrain. Our specially formulated Speedmaster Wax stays on the chain longer but remains soft enough not to break apart and flake off. We also add a high amount of PTFE powder to ensure ultra-smooth operation. You will notice effortless pedaling and a more direct power transfer, resulting in wattage savings.

2. I'm starting to hear other noises after applying the wax. Is this normal?

Yes, it is normal. Since the waxed chain is very smooth and quiet, other noises become more noticeable. Most of these noises typically come from the pedals or bottom bracket.

3. My rear cogs index is off after the application.

A newly waxed chain may be stiff initially. A few revolutions will break in the waxed chain and solve the indexing issue.

4. When should I re-wax my chain?

Re-wax your chain when you hear it squeak. This varies based on riding conditions, but a good rule of thumb is:

  • 400+ miles on dry, flat roads
  • Less mileage with elevation changes, dusty roads, or rain
  • 100-200+ miles off-road

5. My waxed chain mileage claim is very low. Why?

There are two possibilities:

  1. The chain was not thoroughly cleaned before waxing, preventing proper adhesion.
  2. The chain was removed from the wax bath when the wax was too hot and watery, leaving little wax inside the rollers. Remedy: Turn off the heat during the last stage, let the chain cool in the wax can, and then remove it when it is cool but not solidified.

6. Can Speedmaster Wax be used with a slow cooker?

Yes, but it is a slow process, taking about 25+ minutes to melt the wax. We recommend the double boiler method for its safety and speed. Boil water in a pot, place the metal tin can with wax in the pot, and the wax will melt in less than 10 minutes.

7. Can I go back to traditional oil-based lube after waxing my chain?

Yes, you can. Boiling water will remove the old wax. However, if you want to wax bath again, you must repeat the cleaning and preparation procedure.

8. How do I remove wax residue from components?

Use a hair dryer on high heat and wipe the residue away.

9. What should I do if I accidentally put water into the wax can during waxing?

Let the wax continue to boil. The water will evaporate during the process.

10. How do I clean out dirt and grime that have sunk to the bottom of the wax can?

Use minimal heat to separate the solidified wax from the tin can. Heat the bottom of the tin with a hair dryer to create this separation. Then, pour out the solidified wax and use a flat tool, like a putty knife or scraper, to remove the contaminated wax.

11. Any other tips or suggestions for using the Speedmaster Wax Can?

Apply slight agitation while wax bathing the chain to ensure the PTFE powder remains in suspension. This step is optional and should be done cautiously.


Speedmaster Wax Liquid Wax PTFE FAQ: 



1. Is Speedmaster Wax Liquid Wax compatible with Speedmaster Wax Can Version?

Yes, it is compatible. Apply it on the top side of the bike chain to ensure minimal wax stays away from the cassette and the front ring. Apply liberally, especially for the first application. You can even apply several coatings to ensure your chain is properly waxed. Wipe away any excess.

2. How do I clean, maintain, and reapply the wax?

Shake well and apply liberally in a ventilated area. The solution will clean and wax the chain simultaneously. Use disposable towels to wipe away any excess, which will also remove dirt and grime collected from previous rides.

3. When should I reapply the Liquid Wax?

Reapply when you hear the chain squeak or when you can see the chain's dirtiness, assuming you did not add any MoS2 additive.

4. How do I remove wax from an undesired area?

Any degreaser or solvent-type chemical should work. A hair dryer on a low heat setting can also remove unwanted wax.

5. Why does my waxed chain not last and need frequent reapplication?

The most likely culprit is that the chain was not completely free of oil when the wax was applied. Oil prevents the wax from sticking to the metal, resulting in more frequent treatment. Oil from previous applications can also reside on components such as jockey wheels, cassettes, and front chain rings. Ensure these components are free of oil before any wax application for the best results. Additionally, do not assume that using another wax-based lubricant allows you to skip the cleaning process. We recommend thoroughly cleaning your bike chain as well as drive train components before applying our products for optimal performance.

6. What's the best way to strip oil from the chain?

One of the best methods is to soak the chain in gasoline, followed by degreaser, repeating until the solution is clear. Alternatively, a heated ultrasonic unit with some degreaser works great.

7. What should I do when the Liquid Wax solidifies?

Under low ambient temperatures, the Liquid Wax can become solidified. This is normal. To remedy this, rinse the bottle with warm or hot water.




Special Thanks to the SoCal Riding Group , especially: Clement, Henry, Norris, Patrick, Tali and Mark for testing the Speedmaster Wax throughout various conditions.