Review: Squirt Dry Chain Lube

by Mike on November 17, 2008

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I picked up a sample of Squirt chain lube at Interbike after a nice conversation with Larry Grossman, the marketing guy there. His spiel was good, he named names of racers using the wax lube like Ned Overend and Travis Brown and I knew I wanted to give it a spin.

Right out of the bottle Squirt smells great, and by “great” I mean doesn’t smell at all. Although the smell of classic petroleum based chain lube is a nostalgic smell I’ve grown to love over the years, not smelling the lube on my bike while it’s inside my office all day is a good thing.

My first test was on the singlespeed running a SRAM singlespeed chain. The Forte tensioner does its job adding tension to the chain, but a side effect is friction. After cleaning the chain, lubing it and letting it dry I actually felt less friction turning the cranks by hand. Hammering on the trail is now smoother, quieter and cleaner. I rode some pretty dusty newly cut trails and SQUIRT lived up to its claims. It leaves the dust on the trail where it belongs and not clinging to your chain. A quick wipe down after riding and I was ready to go again. Squirt is ideal for Arizona’s dirty and dusty trails.

The next test was on the geared bike. I again made sure I cleaned and degreased the chain well before applying the Squirt lube. Then let it dry overnight. I tested it first down National Trail on South Mountain. No problems. Clean and clear shifting. Then I wiped the chain clean, re-applied for good measure and took it to La Milagrosa in Tucson to give it a lengthy test of durability. Four and a half hours in the saddle, treacherous and dry conditions all around, and my shifting was butter, smooth as can be.

From one to 27 gears, Squirt lube will get the job done and keep you chain happy. A happy chain is a happy rider. Don’t just take my word for it either…read what others are saying about Squirt in the links below.

Squirt Lube Reviews | bikeradar.com review | bicycling.com review |
Squirt for Cyclocross CX Magazine

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{ 3 comments }

1 Larry Grossman November 18, 2008 at 9:57 am

Michael, thanks for the great review, we never get tired of them! As far as shops in AZ, we are currently in JJ Bicycles in Tuscon. All Giant dealers should be carrying our product as well as they distribute for us right now. If the rest of you would like SQUIRT, the best path at this point is to demand your shops call me to order some at 970-376-1244. We are relatively new in the states (South African Product) and distribute out of Colorado. You may also order online at http://www.squirtlube.com but it will cost you more here due to shipping….thanks again!
Larry Grossman/SQUIRT dude USA

2 MTBikeAZ November 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

Working on finding shops in AZ that carry. I’ll post up as soon as I find out.

3 Chris November 18, 2008 at 9:09 am

Sounds like a great product. Where can a fellow rider pick up a bottle?

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