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Muc-Off Bike Cleaner Review

Posted by Jordan on 19th July 2011

I’ve been using Muc-Off all over bike cleaner for quite a while now and have always been quite happy with it. It quick, convenient and cleans well. So when I saw the new Muc-Off 3 step cleaning, I thought I would give it a go and see how it fairs against the state my bike gets into.

Firstly, the packaging is much better and the spray bottles now feature a lock-out system so that it won’t leak/accidentally spray (the old style bottle I had before had tipped in the shed without me knowing and had ate away/disolved the galvanised metal shelving unit it was on)!

Step 1 – All Over Cleaner
Pretty much the same as before, just a better bottle. Does a good job of getting mud/muck off the bike and an OK job of getting some grease/gunk of the chain and gears. After seeing it eating through metal shelving it does make me fret about leaving it on for too long though.

Step 2 – Chain and Gear Degreaser
This wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Perhaps it works better with a chain cleaning device, but with chain cleaning brushes it was good, but not great.

I had previously cleaned the chain and gears and used Muc-Off wet lube after. This should really only be used in wet conditions – I had used it throughout the winter months but I noticed after a couple of dry days, it had picked up dust/twigs and turned into what I can only describe as a plastic coating. This ‘coating’ does not come off easy, not even with Muc-Off’s Degreaser.

Step 3 – Protect Lube & Shine
Pretty damn good, adds a nice shine to the frame and if it hadn’t have been for the crummy halfords bike brushes, scratching my frame, it would have looked brand new!

Overall the 3 step is quite good and it’s worth doing if you have had the bike out on a trail, however, for day-to-day dirt/muck, it is a tad bit long winded and you could probably just make do with a hose and something to dry it down with after.

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