A sign of Motorex’s large footprint is that they make not one, but two greases. They have the Bike Grease 2000, an all-purpose grease, that we’ll review here and the Bike White Grease, which is a lithium-based grease. 2000 is a bit heavier and stickier, where the White is thinner and more malleable. The 2000 is something you can use on just about everything.
First, we’d like to clear up a mistake we made. When we reviewed Shimano’s Dura-Ace Grease, we suggested it could have simply been re-labeled Motorex grease. The U.S. Motorex sales rep emphatically denies they are the same product.
Still, they are incredibly similar. They’re not as thick as Phil Wood grease, but still very sticky. This trait is beneficial and is designed so that the grease coats and stays on threads, points of metal-on-metal contact, and places where lots of moisture and grit batter components and bearing races. It’s great for bottom brackets, both on the cup/frame interface as well as the bearing races. We’ve used it in hubs, headsets, pedals, pulleys, and so on. Its thickness will only be a problem with freehub pawls. Here, thinner is usually better though that might depend on the freehub design.
We’ve been dabbing the 2000 on pedal threads, pedal axles, wheel axles, wheel bearings, frame/seat post junctures, and more over the past few months. While we have been riding in all conditions, our few months of riding in spring weather is hardly a test that should push the limits of this grease. The grease felt easy and light going in, didn’t seem to leak out any more than the minimum, and all the parts are still running smoothly and quietly.
A real test would be to bake the parts in a car trunk, freeze it by riding in a 33-degree rain, and then race cyclo-cross without cleaning the bike in between races. Motorex makes a big deal about how its “soap,” the calcium-based substance that holds the lubricant together, is extraordinarily heat resistant and durable. And we figure the only way to test it thoroughly is with lots of time and abuse.
If you’re assembling a race wheel for the road, track, or time trial – situations where you want the least resistance possible – or if you’re using the component rarely or in fair-weather conditions, you might want something lighter. With these exceptions, the Motorex Bike Grease 2000 has proven itself to be a fine all-purpose grease.