Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Yeah, that's stuff we're talking about. I don't think the formula for the Chain Saver changed, it was the original DuPont Teflon dry wax lube that changed and became unsuitable for chain use. I like the DuPont Chain Saver lube. As you say, goes on thin and dries clear and dry. Not the longest lasting (in terms of mileage) lube that I've used, but as good as any of the dry lubes I've used in that regard, with a minimum of mess and fling.
In the past I regularly used:
Maxima chain wax (literally stinks like an oil refinery when applied)
PJ1 Blue Label (pretty good stuff, flings a bit more than Chain Saver)
Motul clear lube (pretty good, flings a bit more)
Spray grease (industrial stuff I got from a friend. Was actually really good, quite similar to PJ1. Light purplish colour. Great for pivot points and such, too).
But the chain saver stuff has been my go to for quite a few years now, and the Teflon dry wax stuff before that.
A few years ago I tried Motul Chain Paste. Didn't care for it, personally - kind of messy, prone to flinging off, and I could hear my x-rings squeaking between the sideplates (yes, seriously) of the chain while rolling the bike around my garage. Chain died early, too.