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,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.
The core products that make it to ZFC online store will have undergone the world’s most exhaustive controlled testing and with detail product reviews and data to back why that product was added, and you will also see why other products were left behind for mass volume stores to sell.
You will find a wealth of information from test the projects in their applicable sections, as well further detailed information on various topics and investigations under the “Instructions” tab.
The test projects never stop as the testing underpins ZFC’s product selection and recommendations. As ZFC only stocks and sells the genuine best in class products and with best in class service and support, ZFC enjoys always super happy customers which certainly is a fun way of doing business!
Have you noticed that there are about 100 lubricants on the market that all happen to claim they are the top lubricant with the lowest friction performance, clean as they lube, repel dust and grit etc etc Have you noticed that you are still cleaning a bunch of black messy stuff off your chain and drive train and still replacing chains & cassettes by around 5000km ish?
There are now around 100 lubricants that deliver amazing day in day out performance. How do you separate out which lubricant delivers on its marketing claims and which brings little more to market than just great marketing?
How do you know who makes the fastest chain/s? Or the longest lasting? (or sometimes a pretty good balance of those two key attributes).
If you race and want to save a bunch of watts currently being lost in your drive train efficiency based on extremely robust and independent testing & facts – ZFC is the site for you.
If you train a lot and are tired of ripping through chains and cassettes as well as fighting a never ending and time consuming battle to keep drivetrain clean – ZFC is the site for you.
If you ride casually / commute and don’t care about watts but you do care about parts longevity, low drivetrain maintenance and running costs – ZFC is the site for you.
If you like the nerdy side of cycling and want to see open independent test results as well as full detail on test protocols – ZFC is the site for you. Make a cuppa (or 3) and strap yourself in.
The bicycle is a truly magnificent machine. Life is too short to ride high friction, high parts wearing, dirty gritty drivetrains.
Welcome to Zero Friction Cycling and say goodbye to easily avoidable friction.
Welcome to Zero Friction Cycling and say hello to objective testing and facts vs marketing hyperbole.
(*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).
** ALSO if you purchase an ultrasonic cleaned and waxed chain, you are eligible to send an existing new unused chain to Zero Friction Cycling to be ultrasonic clean & waxed for just the price of return shipping the chain. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organise this free clean and wax service!