Maxima Chain Wax – Review

Jan 6, 2015
by Richard Cunningham  
Pinkbike Product Picks

Maxima Chain Wax chain lubricant 2015

Maxima makes a wide range of high performance lubricants for motorsports that is highly regarded by pro teams as well as weekend warriors. Their cycling range is bound to do the same, and in this review, Pinkbike introduces Maxima’s multi-condition Chain Wax formula. All of Maxima’s products are formulated and manufactured in the USA at its Southern California factory, where it manufactures Chain Wax using a low-melting-temperature wax, mixed with lubricating oils and a viscous thinning agent. Maxima finishes off the secret formula with a pleasant, cinnamon scent.

The four-ounce bottle’s twist-to-open nozzle allows the user to accurately aim a thin stream of the stuff to coat the chain and not the workshop floor. The thinning agent allows the lubricant to penetrate inside the chain links and afterwards, quickly dries, leaving a non-stick waxy surface that reportedly metes out precious lubricating oils as the chain bits start rubbing each other. Maxima designed Chain Wax to keep the chain clean while providing best-in-class lubrication. It is claimed to work equally well in wet and dry conditions, although the instructions say that Chain Wax is not optimum for freezing weather or icy slop (Maxima makes a synthetic based wet lube for serious winter riding). The four-ounce bottle sells for $9.99 USD in better bike shops and can be purchased on Maxima's on-line store as well.

Maxima Chain Wax chain lubricant 2015

Maxima's twist-open nozzle is the best applicator that we have used for viscous type chain lubes. It produces a needle-thin stream that prevents unnecessary waste. The cassette and chain in the pic has three rides on it - one in wet and two in dry conditions.



Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesMaxima's mad scientists produced a wax-based chain lube that actually stands up to the rigors of real mountain biking. Similar wax-based products that we used previously managed to keep the chain clean, but did not last very long at the actual lubrication part of their job titles. Maxima Chain Wax could go for three hard rides in dry conditions before we perceived enough noise to remember that we had a chain - and we would have continued to ride without a re-app, but the stuff smells so good that it encouraged us to use it more often. In rainy or wet conditions, Chain Wax was good for one hard ride in the rain and for two sessions where water crossings and muddy sections were frequent. In all cases, our chains remained visibly cleaner. Perhaps the best aspect of using Maxima's chain lube was the intelligently chosen applicator nozzle. All chain lubes should be this easy to use - and the twist action positively seals the nozzle so it won't leak in your tool box or hydration pack. Highly recommended. - RC



74 Comments

  • + 88
 Did I really just read an entire review word for word on chain wax?
  • + 15
 You and me both, HAHA
  • + 8
 Seeing the bottle alone reminds me of the intoxicating smell of the Maxima chain products for dirt bikes. This will be my next chain lube if for nothing else, the smell.
  • + 18
 Imagine a situation in which you receive a chain lube bottle from your boss with a clear task to write a review on it.
  • + 1
 I use FinishLine chain wax and its amazing.
  • + 10
 For all you fellow MX guys, if you've ever smelled Maxima's SC1 then we've shared a small slice of heaven.
  • + 2
 Dude-I have 4 cans of SC1 in my garage. Nothing! and I mean nothing is better for making your gear look awesome. Showroom awesome after a decent wash. The smell is so pleasant. I will go out and immediately get 2 bottles of this stuff
  • + 6
 haallinson^^^ HAHA! Honored that you did. Its been raining here every week, so its a good opportunity to review tires and chain lube. I figured most readers would view the lead pic and skip to the last sentence of the conclusion. PP is a forum devoted to the less significant items we use - stuff like goggles and gloves. We never know what will be a hit and what will bomb - except for flat pedals. Astounding PB members, a two-paragraph paragraph flat-pedal review can pull 35,000 reads in a day. Go figure.
  • + 3
 I love flat pedals, Dirt jump bikes and chain wax to keep my single running smooth and clean
  • + 1
 Maxima 927 premix
  • + 49
 "Maxima finishes off the secret formula with a pleasant, cinnamon scent. " I look for this for all my lubrication needs.
  • + 65
 Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit huffing chain lube
  • + 0
 Well played
  • + 10
 Ive sold lots of Triflow based on the fact that is Smells like Bananas... In a world where they are all much of a muchness it's the little things that count.
  • + 3
 Is my nose broken?

I work in a shop and use triflow all the time. but I've never experienced this banana smell... (but we do have the nicest coconut ski wax)
  • + 6
 Probably cinnamaldehyde added to it haha
  • + 0
 I like oil. I really like Triflow, but it doesn't smell like any bananas I've ever had. I like wax too, but not on my bike chain.
  • + 1
 I 100% guarantee it smells like Banana's.
  • + 1
 Ha! My mistake. For some reason, I confused TriFlow with BreakFree. It may indeed smell exactly like bananas, but BreakFree most certainly does not.
  • + 4
 LoL, same thing popped up in my mind also.
  • + 8
 You put the pussy on the chain wax!
  • + 2
 Doh! This is exactly where my head went too, when reading the title! "Put the P#ssy on the Chain Wax!"
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  • + 3
 Did RC know where his simple review would lead? Hmmm........
  • + 2
 Makes one wonder if you can put KY Jelly on the chain?
  • + 2
 Hilarious! Never seen that one. I've decided I need more black friends. Need to get out of Utah, since I'm already friends with all three black guys in the state.
  • + 13
 Is this like the kashima version of chain lube or something?
  • + 12
 Pussy.........on the chain wax
  • + 6
 "It's not an expression"
  • + 6
 I just use multi-purpose teflon lube from the hardware store on my MX bikes. Stuff works really good, is cheap, and I never have a build up of dirt on my chain.
  • + 3
 For me, Silicon spray, Provides a slick coat of protection. Repels water and inhibits rust. Stays 'wet' but does not attract dirt, clean bright chain.


Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray provides a slick coat wherever super slippery protection is needed. The clear, wet film provides the lowest coefficient of friction for maximum performance, even over large surface areas.

The slickest lubricant in the line, Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray can be used as a non-stick coating. It also provides protection in cold temperatures.

“One of a comprehensive line-up of powerful penetrants and lubricants, Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray is the product to choose for ultra-slippery lubrication that repels moisture and prevents rust.

www.liquidwrench.com/pressroom/releases/pressreleases_detail.asp?r=5
  • + 1
 I use it too, i can concur.
  • + 1
 used to use this all the time until i discovered lucas chain oil. the maxima works well but its a very thick formula and imo made too much shit stick to the chain, the lucas works just as well for lubricating and doesnt pick up all the dirt. and also in the review it states you can go 3 rides without re-lubricating, i dont reccommend anyone do this regardless of their chain lube, after the first ride youll have picked up dirt, if you dont clean that dirt out it will wear the chain prematurely.
  • + 0
 +1 for Lucas oil prods. I use their synthetic fork oil in my Boxxer WC's.
  • + 1
 Problem with Lucas fork.oil. Is that the viscosity causes stiction in the fork. More so then.a.high quality oil. I would.recomend. Lucas over rockshox.or maxima but I would. Recomend Fox or kyb oils.over. Lucas anyday
  • + 2
 Kayaba is the shit
  • + 1
 KYB components and lubricants are the best in MX.
  • + 1
 I am.speaking.only.in.fork.oils. Not.in any other products
  • + 1
 So are we buddy...so are we.
  • + 1
 hey moustacheman, you seem overly fond of periods. something you want to tell us? you a red tide kinda guy?
  • + 2
 Yea my fingers are to big for my keyboard on my phone
  • + 1
 Pedro's Ice Wax 2.0 has worked well in dry stuff, but I am looking forward to a winter season (rain) lube. Maybe this is worth a shot as I am out of Syn Lube.
  • + 1
 Boeshield T9, been using it for several years and have had great results. Most of my routes are typically dry an dusty, not sure it would be great in wet conditions.
  • + 2
 The smell reminds me of these two professional dancers I used to "date" . Other than that, it's all snake oil.
  • + 1
 Foust Tuning Works uses all Maxima bicycle specific products on all our team and customers bikes! I refuse use anything else!
  • + 2
 Tri Flow. It's all you need. I avoid wax lubes like the plague.
  • + 2
 Does it degrade chain guides or bash rings? like some others do??
  • + 2
 Ride so cal dust then tell me if this shit works
  • + 1
 Richard certainly gets the best products to review. Good to know his opinion is so highly valued.
  • + 2
 What is lubricating about wax?
  • + 1
 is there anything wrong with triflow? l have been using it for years and can be found pretty much anywhere.
  • + 1
 I used Triflow but found it to produce a goodly amount of gummy buildup. I currently use Aervoe Tef-Lube, which is similar but has much less buildup.
  • + 2
 I've had great results with Rock n Roll red chain lube.
  • + 2
 An me with Blue. If I had to write a review of RnR Blue, it would read exactly like this one. Except for the smell, RnR doesn't really smell like anything.
  • + 1
 They make some great products.
  • + 1
 Can't say I read anything about the chain wax. Save the photo caption. Some of the best review comments yet, however.
  • + 1
 Just picked some up last week, sounds like I made the right decision.... BAM!
  • + 1
 All chain lubes should be this easy to use.
  • + 1
 How does this compare to Squirt i wonder????
  • + 1
 Tri flow, smells like candied bananas, end of discussion
  • + 1
 Fresh coconut oil, just hack off the top of the husk and syringe it on.
  • + 1
 whiz khalifa's lubricant of choice
  • + 2
 It's cinnamon scented, not pine
  • + 2
 mia khalifa's lubricunt of choice
  • + 1
 Any idea where i can get this online including shipping to germany?
  • + 0
 Read kind of like an advert. Still, the recommended use intervals brought it back to review land for me.
  • + 1
 What would Griz use?
  • + 1
 Just ask his 60 year old hussies
  • + 1
 Squirt > *
  • + 1
 Whats wrong with WD-40?
  • - 1
 Wax based lubes will alway be inferior, unless rating solely on a cleanliness scale.
  • + 1
 I agree. While I have not had personal experience with this exact product I did use Maxima's aerosol chain wax lube back in the mid 90's when it first came out for motorcycles. The claims were fantastic. It was clean and had minimal fling-off, they said. Totally wrong. Yes, it had less fling-off than typical chain lubes. Yes, it was horrible trying to remove the fling-off that did end up on the spokes, rim, hub, sprocket, and side plates of my chain. The only cleaner/solvent that was somewhat successful in removing it was brake cleaner, which is incredibly harsh and easily removes paint and in many cases is almost a form of sprayable acetone (the active ingredient in traditional paint strippers). I believe I even threw the can away shortly after trying it out.

I have also used various types of chain-dip waxes: melt the wax in the tin and then dip your chain it it. Aside from the initial shedding of all the hardened wax when you first mount the "lubed" chain and give it a spin (which shedding is actually rather messy), yes, the chain does stay remarkably clean. It also rusts rather easily, too (all that nice, protective wax flaked off and isn't doing diddly for the outside of the chain).

I have yet to have a good experience with a wax lube. My choice is to use a teflon spray lube. Yes, my drivetrain is oily and dirty. When the chain looks dry, then it's time to relube it. Unless you go with a belt, accept the fact that there is no suitable way to lube a metal-on-metal drivetrain without using messy lubes. There just isn't.
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