From zero to hero, the Prolink chain lube came from nowhere to become one of the industry's best selling lubricants. One of the reasons for its success is duality - it cleans and lubes in one application. Apply, let it sit and wipe off. It's that simple.
ProLink Chain Lube will not let dirt and grit stick to your chain in wet or dry conditions. It greatly reduces friction and wear, allowing smoother operation of your chain and cables, and it will keep your chain and drive train area clean and seemingly drag free. ProLink is a thin-bodied lubricant that uses MFR technology, a molecule which bonds to the metal surface. It does not build up or become tacky because it contains no solids like Teflon, wax, moly, graphite or plastic.
This stuff works. Better than any other chain lube out there. I've used it for many years and it keeps my chain clean, smooth, and quiet.
Progold remains very clean, but it does not last for even a typical century. Even after liberal application and wipe-off every night for a week prior to each, my chain sounded like it was completely dry about 80 miles into two centuries. If you only do short rides this stuff may be OK. But I went back to heavier lubricants (Finish Line Century Lube). I will just have to put up with the greater mess they create.
All in all a very good chain cleaner and lube. Works well when chain is cleaned (wiped down along with cogs and chain rings) right after each ride and then lubed thoroughly.
I have used mainly wax type dry lubes (after I abandoned using Tri-Flow and Phil lube after several elongated chains), and ProLink is way better than anything Ive used. It goes on light, doesnt build up and keeps the chain movement smooth and quiet. It is so light, I can now fine tune the "trim" of my deraiiluers because any slight variance isnt muffled like before when I used heavier lubes. It also seems to keep the chain clean. I initially used it on a dirty chain that had Finish Line wax lube, and it carried the old waxy, dirty bits to the surface nicely. I then cleaned the chain thoroughly and reapplied it to a spotless chain and after 100 miles it is still silver (the cogs are only slightly dirty).
I didnt like it. My chain was clean but didnt shift well.
If what you want is a silent, smooth shifting, and long lasting chain, this product is simply the best Ive ever used. My most recent test case: I rode my touring bike 4500 miles down the west coast and across the US. The chain was lubricated with ProLink every other day. I measured the chain stretch with a Park chain stretch gauge before and after the trip. Initially, the used-for-one-day chain measured 0.25% stretch. After the trip it measured 0.35% with the same gauge (where 0.75% - 1.00% is often considered worn out). And its operation was dead silent the whole time, in all conditions. I think thats phenomenal. However, if what you want is a chain that stays magically clean, keep looking. I didnt find ProLink to keep my chain any cleaner, or make it easier to clean, than any other oil-based lubricant.
I first tried Prolink a few years ago and found it too messy. Then I learned to wipe it down and let it dry overnight--magic, great lube and no mess. I was really impressed after a crash that put me and my bike into soft sand. My bike looked like it had been dipped in sand. 2 miles after the crash, the drivetrain was completely clean again, the Prolink had completely shed all of the sand.
For the past 4 years, Ive used this lube on all of my bikes for racing, commuting, and touring in sun, rain, snow, and mud, in temperatures ranging from 5 degrees F to 110 degrees F. It has excelled in all conditions. I rarely have to re-lube, even after riding in a couple of heavy rainstorms. My drive trains wear well. This is by far the best chain lube I have used in the last 40 years.
Hmmm.... The only prior review I see casts a rather dim assessment of the lubricant properties of this product. I have to confess I couldnt disagree more. This is the best all-around lube Ive yet to discover. For a lube that keeps the drivetrain smooth and clean I know of none better. Ive experienced none of the chain chatter reported in the other review.
This lube keeps your chain clean by not attracting dirt, and is a good chain "cleaner", but is a very poor lube. Your chain will start to chatter after about an hour of riding.