What if I told you that Sir Bradley Wiggins broke the Hour Record using similar technology?!
Dammit, somebody tell me where I can buy one of these chains!
That's right - the latest "must have" performance enhancing technology designed to separate the performance addict from his money is the "nanotube optimized chain" from Muc-Off.
|Always wear gloves when handling the nanotube optimized chain. Failure to do so will result in contamination and loss of performance. Or so I surmise from the pictures.|
According to Muc-Off, each chain is "painstakingly speed graded and run-in under load during which data is taken to find its optimum."
Er, ah, Optimum what?
Then it is specially hand-treated with the nanotube formula, working tiny nanotube particles into every nook and cranny of the chain. And the company claims that there is no sharp drop-off in performance as there can be with dry-wax treatments. But it's only good for about 400 miles. Then you need to re-treat it with the company's special "Nanotube Speed Film Lube" which will help restore some of the chain's amazing performance -- but not all of it. The home re-treatment should bring it back to within 1-2 watts of its original from-the-factory performance.
Well, that seems reasonable.
With all these marginal gains that are available out there, any rider with more money than brains should be able to build himself a bike that saves so many watts that it pedals itself.
Remember the Ceramicspeed O'SPEW Derailleur Pulleys that promise to save 2.4 watts for only $500? For another $1000 or so, you could save up to 9 more watts by upgrading the hubs and bottom bracket, too.
Save any more watts than that, and the power company will have to start paying you to ride your bike!