**LEAD TIME UPDATE** The present lead time on all UltraFast chains is TWO WEEKS from receipt of order. We apologize in advance for the long lead time. Orders received after November 27th will ship December 13th.
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Friction Losses of new chains range from 7 watts to over 10 watts. Friction Facts optimizes all manufacturers and models, from 11sp to track width chains. Each chain comes with full documentation and test equipment printout of final friction losses. Dura Ace 10sp and Campagnolo 10sp chains are guaranteed 5 watts or less. We can typically get other manufacturers friction levels down to 6 watts.
Power savings of up to 2% can be realized simply by using an UltraFast Chain.
The UltraFast chain optimization summary: A new chain is run-in under load on the lab equipment. This run-in process polishes the link's sliding surfaces and removes roughness and manufacturing imperfections. The chains are then ultrasonically cleaned to fully remove the factory lube and friction-producing contaminants introduced during the manufacturing process and run-in period. The chain is then ultrasonically infused at high temperature with a Wax/PTFE/MoS2 blend. The chain is removed from the wax bath, cooled, and run at load again to allow the now-hardened wax blend to further bond under pressure to the metal surfaces and set up the thin lubricating layer between the pins, plate shoulders, and rollers. A second PTFE layer is applied, and finally the chain is placed on the lab equipment for a final run-in and measurement of the friction level. The equipment screen capture is included with the chain.
This two-step lubrication process allows the sliding surfaces of an UltraFast Chain to have three distinct lubricating layers working together as a system. The description below describes the physical boundaries providing lubrication between the sliding surfaces.
Chain Pin≡Wax/PTFE/MoS2 ↔ PTFE ↔ Wax/PTFE/MoS2≡Chain Plates
Please note: UltraFast chains are 114 links. For the conditioning process, we use either a quick connect or removable pin (depending on the manufacturer), then remove the quick connect/pin after conditioning, prior to shipping. The chain is shipped unconnected, with the original packaging, and with the factory provided connecting pins or factory provided quick links intact.
Re-lubing is suggested at 200 miles of clean-condition use. When re-lubing an UltraFast Chain, a 'dry' type high-PTFE-content or wax-based chain lubricant is recommended, such as Rock-n-Roll Gold Lube or Finish Line Dry Teflon.