Posted by: RAHrider
Posted by: Mbcracken
I started with Squirt then moved on to Silca's wax bath & bottle for refresh. My current XTR drive train has 2300 miles on it.
Hmmm. I am already assuming I need to dry and then re-apply after each winter ride with squirt. Do you do the same? How often do you need to do a melt application of the wax in winter? Do you have a crock pot dedicated to this?
Squirt seems pretty great although I saw that it loses a fair bit of efficiency when it gets filthy. Squirt is definitely easy, what makes the melting thing worthwhile for you? Longevity?
I only do the crockpot waxing session 1-2 times a year but let the chain tell me when to do. My gravel bike chain deep waxing is more often but it sees twice the miles as my MTBs. I'll also ride the gravel bike in more rain times too. I mainly go by sound on that one. I only reapply after a big ride (+3 hours) or after 2-3 shorter rides. Sometimes, all I need to do is wipe the chain down with a cloth rag to dry or get final bits cleaned.
The melting wax bit is far more important as a starting point with a brand new drivetrain. This helps get all the wax/lubricants into the roller bearings of a super super clean chain. IMO, this getting wax into those roller bearings is what helps keep crud from getting in during rides. The less crud getting into roller bearings is what I think helps it in the longevity of the chain.
This puts an emphasis on drivetrain cleaning after every ride. Then all my pre-ride checks are just PSI related.