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RL picked up a few sample bottles of Purple Extreme bicycle lubricant at Interbike this year, and he sent me a couple to try…I’ve always wanted to try this lube, but was still nursing a bottle of White Lightning along.

Purple Extreme

This is intriguing stuff — the Purple Extreme website claims that the “secret ingredient” is a lubricant made for the harsh conditions of mining operations and offshore oil rigs, where there is a lot of potential for corrosion and dirt contamination.

I took one of the 1 oz. sample bottles and slapped it onto my singlespeed’s chain. A word about the singlespeed drivetrain I’m running: I mixed a 1/8″ BMX chain with a 3/32″ freewheel, a 3/32″ chainring and a 1/8″ fixed cog…mixing the two sizes often creates a lot of noise, and my bike’s drivetrain was noisy as hell! As soon as the chain was well-soaked in Purple Extreme and it was allowed to set for a few minutes, the drivetrain was absolutely silent! Hmmm…this stuff might just work!

The lube itself is a very thin purple liquid. It feels slippery, but is so thin that I was skeptical about its power to do the job — I’m used to thick, goopy liquids like the White Lightning I’ve been using for years (which actually starts off pretty thin, but thickens up as it cures). Well, after about 100 miles, with a couple of rainstorms thrown in for good measure, my drivetrain is still smooth and silent! Skeptic no more, I say!

RL tried some on his mountain bike, and reported that he had to reapply it every 20 miles or so. Apparently, his experience indicates that it doesn’t do quite so well in dirty, dusty conditions. I haven’t been able to try this lube in the dirt, but I can say that at least it doesn’t attract dirt like other lubes I’ve used in the past.

We’ll keep you posted on how this stuff performs over the long haul. So far, though, I’m pretty impressed!