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Effetto Mariposa Launches Sunflower Seed Chain Lube, Pine Oil Degreaser & a Biodegradable Cleaner

Dec 1, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Effetto Mariposa has launched a new range of products featuring a sunflower seed chain lube, pine oil degreaser and a biodegradable cleaner.

Last year Effetto Mariposa launched the first plant-based tire sealant and now it launches multiple environmentally friendly products. The first new product is the Flowerpower Wax chain lube using sunflower seed wax content and avoiding fluorinated compounds (PFAS), graphene and sulphides. Effetto Mariposa claims that many competing products use around 30% wax-to-water ratio, but it has increased this to 50% (percentage by weight, dry residue after evaporation of water) for improved durability and efficiency.

Effetto Mariposa also claims by using sunflower wax there is a stronger adhesion to metal and more water resistance for better performance in wet conditions. The Flowerpower Wax is claimed to allow 300km of road riding on a single application although Effetto Mariposa says off-road riders may need more frequent use. Flowerpower Wax is available in 100 ml bottles for €11,99.


The next new product is the Allpine Extra chain degreaser. In the development of its degreaser, Effetto Mariposa wanted to create something effective and had a low ecological impact. Pine Oil is a natural solvent meaning Effetto Mariposa could make its new chain degreaser biodegradable and won't cause any damage to chrome, painted components and carbon. Effetto Mariposa also says Allpine Extra can be used to clean brake rotors.

Allpine Extra is available in 500 ml bottles for €15,99.


Finally, Effetto Mariposa has added the pine-scented Allpine Light biodegradable cleaner to its range. The Allpine Light cleaner has been created to be environmentally friendly and it doesn't require rinsing so it can be good for eMTBs in areas where you want to limit the use of water near electrical contacts.

Allpine Light is available in 1000 ml spray bottles for €13,99, or as a refill for €9,99.


You can find out more about the whole range on the Effetto Mariposa website here.

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  • 46 4
 Wow. More greenwashing from Big Sunflower and Big Pine. This corporate pandering is ruining the bike industry.

  • 7 7
 given this crap shouldn't be on a same shelf as food, using it as lube seems acceptable
  • 7 0
 Well they are in plastic bottles... Should be sold in glass jars or alloy cans
  • 1 0
 Did the article copy not sound genuine to anyone else? Sounds like it was written by the company and copied/pasted by Ed.
  • 38 4
 What's next? Hemp tyres and CBD shock fluid?
  • 14 0
 Quick patent it.
  • 22 0
 only works on the high speed damping though
  • 15 0
 42.0 durometer, 69 tpi
  • 10 1
 They tried THC suspension oil first but the bike felt very unresponsive unless it was being ridden to the convenience store.
  • 5 0
 @tkrug: hm. I thought it floated over the terrain nicely.
  • 5 0
 @usedbikestuff: positive side effects of not using gloves while performing suspension services.
  • 13 1
 Hadn't given this much thought sadly, but all those little empty bottles of chainlube laying around my bike storage have left their petroleum based contents spread all over my trail at some point...

I'll switch to a biodegradable lube next purchase. Kudos to Mariposa & WPL for giving us better options.
  • 5 0
 If you can get it in the USA have a look at Green Oil too, I've been impressed with their wet lube & cleaners.
  • 16 1
 sunflower oil is also highly effective on my cake tins when i bake
  • 30 1
 there's an open goal for Outside+ to register Pinkbake.com
  • 10 3
 "...and it doesn't require rinsing so it can be good for eMTBs in areas where you want to limit the use of water near electrical contacts"
I would hope that my eMTB (or any e-bike for that matter) could be rinsed without worry of damage. If the bike can be ridden in the rain, mud, occasional stream crossings, etc. then I would certainly be able to rinse it without worry, right?
  • 7 1
 Rain has fairly low pressure compared to most methods of water washing your bike. The less hose and pressurized water you use, the better, ebike or not.
  • 1 2
 @sherbet: I've rinsed an e-bike with a hose plenty of times - never been any issues. I'm talking a normal hose with normal house pressure. No big deal. My point was that this sentence is marketing junk and trying to sell itself where it isn't actually needed.
  • 7 1
 @BenLow2019: I'm a professional mechanic. I've seen plenty of hubs, bottom brackets, and headsets destroyed by a simple garden hose. I highly suggest against it, which is probably not a great idea, as those sort of cleaners keep me employed.

Definitely not disagreeing with you, just trying to add in a little info for others that may not know. Do not spray your bike with a hose, or you may end up seeing someone like me months before you need to. Brush and some soapy water with a sponge. Will do you great.
  • 1 0
 @sherbet: Agree with all; however, you continue to miss my original point: Effetto are targeting the eMTB community with "rinse" related nonsense. They didn't mention all bikes - just "eMTB...electrical contacts". It's BS. I have an eMTB. I've used it in the rain, in the mud and through streams. The whole bike gets soaked and it gets filthy. Then I clean it with a soapy brush and rinse it with a water hose behind my house. I do this for all my bikes - not just the eMTB - no problems. This is regular bike maintenance. My point is that the sentence in the article is angled to drive sales at clueless eMTB owners. They are playing on bike owner ignorance and it's just being disingenuous.
Stay well.
  • 1 0
 @BenLow2019: Again, not disagreeing with you, just adding more to it. Just advising not to hose is all.
  • 10 0
 I'd like to give a shout out to WPL, Whistler Performance Lubricants. Good stuff!
  • 5 0
 Fork Boost is the business. Next time I see WPL on a shelf somewhere I'm going to grab one of everything they've got.
  • 2 0
 Their dry chain lube is the best.
  • 5 0
 All of my free-range cleaners and lubricants are procured through various rescue and foster orginizations. No thanks, big sunflower.
  • 4 1
 I don’t get it , pinkbike do something , and all you get is hate, sarcasm, putting the boot in. What the hell sometimes if ya got nothing to say , why not say nothing, the comments used to be fun and informative, now it’s just a shot fest of moaning , I don’t get it.
If ya don’t like the site why not bugger off.
Have a great day anyway
  • 3 0
 Agreed, all the negativity is getting annoying.
  • 5 0
 The logo tells me this is a discreet new Meta/Facebook product.
  • 3 0
 I just hope someday a bike company can make a chain cleaning tool that looks less, um, ridiculous.
  • 2 0
 Isn’t turpentine derived from pine trees? Wouldn’t be surprised if it constituted part of the degreaser.
  • 1 0
 Its a shame they couldnt do something about the packaging. Maybe reusable containers and sachets with be mixed with water. If they had nailed this, I would be buying.
  • 2 0
 Squirt has 28-35% wax to water ratio. So 50% sounds good...
  • 1 0
 Why does that chain cleaner look like a rebranded amazon chain cleaner
  • 2 1
 I will rebrand extra virgin olive oil as a mineral oil for brakes.
  • 3 0
 I tried it on chains after frictionfacts testing results, just of curiosity.. it was alright actually, just too thin for my preference
  • 3 0
 @GZMS: thickens up nicely in the cold
  • 2 0
 Gotta go with grapeseed oil. It has a higher smoke point.
  • 3 2
 Sweet, an eco-product packaged in plastic!
  • 3 2
 check out www.mountainflow.com/collections/bike/Bike for a company that thinks about what goes into the product as well as the packaging.
  • 1 0
 is glass more eco friendly? reckon?
  • 2 0
 @Compositepro: Not sure that glass is the right choice for this product, but yes. Glass can be reused many times, repurposed, and will even break down into sand if it somehow makes it to the ocean.
  • 1 0
 @Burningbird: we have had this many times and glas can be better or way worse. It just depends how much you need to transport it.
For this plastic will be more eco-friendly.
We recycle most of out plastic bottles and just create new bottles. Same shit with that bottle.

I use the caffee latex for over a year now. I like it because it's easy to wash of your bike even if you do it 5h later.
Same for cloth, everyone knows how f*cked up it is to get Stan's or similar stuff out. Also it is cheaper then Stan's and most common brands here.
If it's really biodegradable it's a total win in my book.
  • 1 0
 @Serpentras: Lazy google search: Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
  • 1 0
 @Burningbird: so your searching for what plastic type and witch country?
  • 1 0
 @Burningbird: that is nice to get a slight overview but it is worthless as Europe is doing more recycling and some of the country's recycling up to 98 % of PET. Because they are in Europe they actually expect maybe a working recycle chain?
Other plastic are way lower recyclable than this. It's truly the exception.
  • 1 0
 @Serpentras: It is good to know recycling is better there than in the states. Recycling gets a lot of lip service here but a lot of plastics end up in landfills or the ocean. Here, the only way to be sure you aren't contributing to the problem is to not use plastic
  • 1 3
 If the chain lube is designed properly, you shouldn’t need chain degreaser… see Rock N Roll blue extreme (and many others) as a case in point. Wonder which is better, 2 ‘bio’ products or one regular…?
  • 2 2
 Finally a chain lube I can get at Whole Foods while shopping for my vegan deodorant
  • 1 2
 This needs to fit in a water bottle holder so I can carry it with me to show everyone how eco friendly I am.
  • 1 2
 Yet still sold in plastic packaging.
  • 4 2
 check out www.mountainflow.com/collections/bike/Bike for a company that thinks about what goes into the product as well as the packaging.
  • 4 0
 So what. the bigger problem is that your standard non-biodegradable synthetic chainlube, cleaner and tubeless milk pollute the natural areas you ride in. Dont blame little companys like this trying to make a change, blame coca cola and nestle…
  • 2 2
 @Indica88: I do, I blame all companies who make an attempt to produce green products (which is excellent) yet don't address the whole picture and think about what they're packaging it in. That Mountainflow company posted above did, and they're 100% more likely to get my business from it.
Whataboutism doesn't help, big industrial change does.
  • 1 0
 @TimMog: nice dude, tell me what's the right package for it. Glass? Are you insane? Do you know how much the transport of this will cost? You actually created more emissions by transporting glass bottles by more the 200km. This is the sweet spot. That distance is nothing...
You also know that those bottles are recycled and just made into new ones?
  • 1 0
 @Serpentras: Recycled plastic? That Mountainflow company specifically state their packaging is all recycled plastics, Mariposa could very easily make that same effort for a similar cost, and use it as a selling point (again, like this Mountainflow company) f*ck it, go one stage further and be the first company to create biodegradable, compostable bottles. They're a chemicals company, it's not a massive reach to think they're capable of this.

We're pretty f*cked as a planet if we half-arse this long overdue move towards sustainability.
  • 1 0
 @TimMog: ever hear of PET? That's why glas isn't better.
Dunno man but you could recycling it up to 98% and some countries allready doing that.
  • 3 6
 Why but that when you could chew some seeds and spit on your chain?
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