First Impressions: NixFrixShun Chain Lube

NixFrixShun (aka, NFS) is the brainchild of BallersRide, a collective of enthusiasts and framebuilders that includes luminaries such as Richard “e-RITCHIE” Sachs. Unlike some of the more well-known lubes, the makers of NixFrixShun don’t claim that NFS will clean your bike’s drivetrain, double as furniture polish, or make you breakfast. No, the lube is designed to do one thing, and that’s to keep your chain running smoothly and quietly, and last a long time while doing so.

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At first glance, NFS doesn’t look that much different than the typical bicycle lubes found at your local shop. Viscosity-wise, NixFrixShun is thicker than your average dry lube, but not as heavy as Chain-L or Phil Wood’s Tenacious Oil. BallersRide recommends applying NFS sparingly to a clean chain, and wiping the chain down the side plates after every ride. Using NixFrixShun for the first time, I noticed that the lube had a subtle, but distinct industrial odor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that–even in freezing temperatures–the lube flowed easily without being runny (I applied a single drop per-link/pin).

One of the first things you notice about NFS-treated chains is how quiet and smooth they are. Even chains that are approaching the end of their useful lifespan feel rejuvenated after being treated with NixFrixShun. That new-chain-feel doesn’t go away after one or two rides, either. At the end of the first week, my commuter’s chain was still operating smoothly and quietly. I’ll admit that I was less-than-diligent about wiping down the side plates, but the drivetrain was still reasonably clean despite the dusty local conditions.

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NFS-lubed drivetrain after a week of on- and off-road riding.

My NFS ah-ha moment came after a particularly nasty off-road, winter ride. The trails were punctuated with patches of snow and mud, and much of the slop ended up on me and my mountain bike. Despite those conditions, however, I never experienced any chain-suck or missed shifts with the NixFrixShun-lubed drivetrain. Afterwards, the bike cleaned up easily, and required only a touch-up application of NFS lube.

If NixFrixShun has an Achilles heel, it’s the fact that you probably won’t find it in your local shop. As of early 2014, NFS is only available from the BallersRide website, and select dealers in the Washington DC area. Don’t let that stop you from trying the lube, though. Despite the $15 price tag, NixFrixShun will probably outlast and outperform your current chain lube.

Disclosure: BallersRide provided product samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.

8 thoughts on “First Impressions: NixFrixShun Chain Lube

  1. Thanks for the review. Clear, simple, accurate. I’ve been using NFS for about two years now. There are more and more dealers stocking NFS and you can bug your’s to do the same if you don’t want to mail order it. One thing I’d point out though is that you used WAY too much on your first application. On a dry chain, first application should be about ten drops TOTAL for the entire chain. Thanks again.

    • Thanks for the reply. After reading other folks’ comments/testimonials, I started to wonder if I’d used more lube than necessary. Your comment pretty much verified my hunch. Next time I’ll cut way back.

      • Yeah, it takes some getting used to since you use so little. My two ounce bottle is now almost two years old which works out to about 12,000 miles mostly on the road and two seasons of cyclo-cross. I have also applied lots of NFS from that bottle to friends’ bikes. The stuff seems to last forever. Take care.

  2. Thanks Mark. I’m really honored to get the official nod from you. FWIIW I created NFS as the ultimate solution for folks who ride their bike ALOT and are sick of paying for expensive “High Tech” lubes that go away after light use. VeloNews rated NFS as one of the most efficient lubes on the market yee haw!

    • I’ve been using NFS exclusively on all my personal bikes (and on the New Albion demo/loaner, too). As far as durability/longevity, only Chain-L lasts longer. NFS, however, is a little easier to apply, and can be touched-up without gunking up the chain/cogs (Chain-L is best applied off-the-bike when it needs to be refreshed).

      NFS also works well as a cable lube. I’ve converted two bikes over to SRAM shifters/derailleurs, and I used NFS on the cables with very good results (housing is Shimano SP41 and stock SRAM).

      • Interesting. I’m a long time Boeshield user and while I’m happy with it, I’m always on the look out for something better. As for the cables I’m a lined housing + coated cable guy and I’ve had zero issues over the past 15 years or so that I’ve been running that setup.

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