At ZFC  you will find the most carefully selected genuine best in class products that will save you a great bunch of watts for your racing, sportif’s, or just general riding and training.  You can buy the same old run of the mill stuff at hundreds of places at your fingertips, but not here. At ZFC you will find products that genuinely remove easily avoidable drivetrain friction. Thanks to the laws of physics – this means you are propelled forwards faster for the same effort! Not only that, drivetrain friction causes drivetrain wear. Lowering friction often also saves some nice $ in ongoing running costs. Win Win indeed.

Most of the products are focussed on your chain and its lubricant, and for good reason. Whilst your bearings spin lazily in a nice sealed environment, your chain is averaging around 20,000 link articulations a minute – completely exposed to contamination. Any contamination in the lubricant slows things down. A LOT.  And wears things out fast. (*Lab friction tests are usually no indication at all regarding how a lubricant will ACTUALLY perform once you start riding it).

On average you can expect your chain & its lubricant to contribute more friction to your drivetrain than all of your bikes bearings combined (Front and rear wheels, Bottom Bracket, Freehub, Jockey wheels and pedals). So before you spend hundreds and hundreds upgrading your bearings to save a small amount of friction – consider your chain and its lubricant first to save many times more watts and at a fraction of the cost. In fact removing metal eating friction often works out to be quite a cost saving over time.

You will find a huge amount of information on this site (especially in the compendium at bottom of detail lubricant reviews), but the short summary is – your chain and its lubricant are the most important drivetrain components. Buying cheap chains to save money just costs you more as they wear out faster – usually taking your cassette with it. And they are often much higher friction. As the hardest working, most important mechanical component by miles – skimping on your chain / lubricant is just plain silly. It is akin to buying a million dollar Ferrari and sticking Bob Jane Allrounder tires on it.

So you won’t find the usual ho hum stuff at ZFC – everything is very carefully selected indeed. In fact I doubt you will find another retailer that puts as much effort into what products they stock.

Did I mention you should focus on your chain and lubricant first? Well at ZFC we have over 60 variations of the best chains you can buy – either as is or with a number of preparation options to suit your budget.  You can have either just a really fast chain out of box right up to a fully optimised ultra low friction race chain.

And of course you will find only the absolute best lubricants to choose from to keep the good times rolling. With so many lubricants on the market making all sorts of claims including test data that somehow seems to always have their own product on top – ZFC also undertakes its own exhaustive testing as part of our lubricant selection. Read just one detail review and you will understand the level of effort and detail that underpins ZFC.

Love your cycling and your magnificent machine? Sick of the never ending cleaning battle (especially in multiple bike households) and high parts wear rates? There are simply much better options for your most important mechanical part.  It is ZFC’s pleasure to hunt down the genuine best options on the planet, and avoid the big beige area of meh that is what you are presented with almost everywhere else. More importantly, we avoid the products with big claims and big price tags that promise the world and do not deliver.

Zero Friction Cycling’s vision is simple – Provide the genuine best in class products and with the absolute highest level of service and support.  You will not find better on either front anywhere.

It is a lot of fun finding and stocking the best products, and fun having always really happy customers. Makes you wonder why more business don’t take this approach!

Own all your watts.

(*Note we do also offer outstanding bearing upgrades – our two very carefully assessed and selected bearing suppliers – Kogel and HSC – both offer a great genuine upgrade on stock bearings, and at a fair and sane price. Is it worth spending $100 to $300 to genuinely save some watts on average stock bearings? in my view yes. Is it worth spending another couple hundred of top of that with some brands to save an extra 0.05w – maybe – on what Kogel and HSC offer – that becomes a more difficult recommendation. I do not believe you can find better genuine watts saving + dependable performance bearing upgrades for the $ versus Kogel / HSC).

About Race Chains

For something as simple as swapping your chain for race day, you can save an easy 2-6 watts (at 250 watt power) vs your current oiled chain, and this friction saving figure just goes up and up at higher watts output.
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Road Race Chains

This is a top level chain of your choice that has undergone exacting mechanical break-in, ultrasonic cleaning, wax and powder treatment to attain the lowest friction race chain.
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Off Road Chains

Noticed how your oiled chain imports as much of the environment as possible and shoves it into your chain? Well, our Off Road Race Chains don’t do that! They will start a race much lower friction than your oiled chain, and finish even further ahead!
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Waxing At Home

Tired of always trying to keep your chain & drivetrain clean? Tired of how fast your chains and cassettes wear out? Ever thought there must be a better way if only you could find the right lubricant? Well, now you have.
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