Natural Wax Dry Lube
- Blocks dirt to keep drivetrain clean and efficient
- Advanced biodegradable detergent carrier removes dirt & grime during application
- Dries to protective natural wax coating with excellent lubrication properties and durability
Ice Wax is an advanced natural wax dry chain lube. The biodegradable formula features a solvent-free detergent carrier which goes on wet to penetrate and flush dirt and grime during application. The carrier then evaporates leaving a semi-solid dry wax coating on the surfaces of the chain which provides excellent lubrication, efficiency, and wear protection. Though best in dry conditions the coating of wax also repels water from puddles or stream crossings.
- Always shake well before use.
- Apply lubricant to rollers of the chain while backpedaling drivetrain.
- For best performance, wait at least 1 hour.
- Before riding use a rag to wipe off all excess lubricant from outside surfaces of chain.
There are two main differences. The first is that Slick Wax uses an alcohol carrier to deliver the wax lubricant package to the chain surfaces versus Ice Wax 2.0’s water-based carrier. In both cases, the carrier evaporates leaving the wax lubricant on the chain surfaces. As you can imagine, the alcohol carrier in Slick Wax evaporates much more quickly. You can apply Slick Wax right before a ride and it will be ready to give top performance. With Ice Wax, the water takes more time to evaporate so we recommend applying it at least one hour or more before you ride to get the best performance. The second difference is in the wax lubricant package. Both use only natural waxes but the types of wax are different. The package in Slick Wax is a bit more advanced, leveraging multiple types of wax for specific purposes along with some new polymer technology. This allows it to run incredibly clean in super dusty conditions while also providing incredible drivetrain efficiency (hence the “Slick” name).
To get the best performance from your chain lubricant, it is important to choose one that matches your riding conditions. Pedro’s offers a lubricant for all types of conditions from dry desert riding to the mud and snow of a New England cross race. Each bottle of Pedro’s chain lubricant offers a “Lube-O-Meter” with easy to understand icons to help you choose the correct lubricant. These can also be found on each product page. The following provides a general overview for our four lubricants:
Properly applying lubricant will ensure you get the best performance possible. Check out our Guide: How to Lube Your Chain to learn the proper technique.
Clearly it is important for a chain lube to perform well and be long lasting. So why would you want it to biodegrade? Take a look at the write-up Should Chain Lube Biodegrade? to get a quick look at how biodegradation works and reasons why choosing biodegradable chain lube might be a better for your bike, for you, and for the planet.
We’ve seen a number of cases where Ice Wax 2.0 has thickened in the bottle. This is not the intended state of Ice Wax and we implemented a fix in mid-2013. However, some unfixed bottle may still be out in the market. If you believe you have one of these bad bottles, please submit a warranty claim and we will replace your lube at no cost. That said, if you don’t mind a little tinkering, a quick fix is to add isopropyl alcohol (70%) to the Ice Wax 2.0 to help thin out the lube. It only takes a small amount to achieve this. We suggest 0.5fl-oz be added to for 3.5 fl-oz of lube. Simply add the isopropyl and shake the bottle vigorously for about a minute. This will lower the viscosity and allow the lube to be applied normally.
A clean bike is a happy bike! Keeping your bike clean is an essential part of bicycle maintenance ensuring better performance, increased safety, easier repairs, increased life of all parts of the bike, and more fun on your next ride! Check out our Bike Wash Guide: Complete Cleaning and Bike Wash Guide: Quick Wash & Lube to learn the proper techniques and make your bike look and run like new.