PRODUCT TEST: Muc-Off Cleaning Kits

How Clean Do You Want It?

 

Muc-Off started way back in 1991, when the founders were busy building X-Lite components. It is one of the most innovative companies and has been responsible for some of the coolest inventions in the mountain bike world, including the double crown fork. While you won’t find any X-Lite forks on bike shop shelves today, you may find an important little byproduct: the cleaning kits that were there to polish some of the most important innovations in the mountain bike world—the pink miracle solution called Muc-Off.

 

Muc-Off is a UK company that’s trusted by race teams worldwide, from the Athertons on the mountain side to the Sky team on the road side. Its products are formulated to keep your bike clean and running smoothly. We brought in two of Muc-Off’s “complete cleaning kits” to try, although all of the components in these kits are available individually from any local bike shop or from Muc-Off’s website at www.muc-off.com.

Tech Info: Muc-Off makes several kits to keep your ride clean. All of them come with Muc-Off’s hi-tech chemicals and cleaning solutions. The kits are not style-specific and will work for any mountain, road, or cyclocross bike
without issue. In fact, many of these same products are sold for motorcycle care as well.

We set out to test the 8 in 1 and the Ultimate kit, both of which contain most of Muc-Off’s flagship products. The tools included in each are:

8 in 1—$50

—Biodegradable Bike Cleaner Solution

—Bike Spray Protectant

—Chain Brush

—Detailing Brush

—Soft Washing Brush

—Two-Prong Brush

—Large Microcell Sponge

—Wash and Storage Tub

Ultimate Wash Kit—$80

—Biodegradable Bike Cleaner Solution

—Bike Spray Protectant

—Chain Brush

—Detailing Brush

—Soft Washing Brush

—Two-Prong Brush

—Large Microcell Sponge

—Microfiber Cloth

—Bio Wet Lube

—Bio Drivetrain Degreaser

—Ultimate Bike Toolbox

In the Garage: Muc-Off’s chemicals are second to none and provide cleaning power that works perfectly to remove dirt and grime without damaging components. The bike wash is pretty straightforward and is meant to be sprayed on, then scrubbed and sprayed off. The wash is nearly aggressive enough to handle nasty drivetrain grease and grit, but the Bio Drivetrain Degreaser works better for those really down-and-dirty jobs. These chemicals are not as inexpensive as the dish soap we typically use, but they will last through many bike washes. A bottle of Muc-Off bike wash will clean a bike roughly 30 times by our estimate, which comes out to less than a buck a wash. Well worth it in our book.

The real heroes of these cleaning kits are the brushes. The big soft brush sports deep bristles that will get into every nook and cranny easily. The detailing brush has stiff bristles that work well for drivetrains. Between the two, you can clean a bike top to bottom and make it look brand new. As a bonus, the brushes have a rubberized edge that makes it impossible to ding your frame’s paint, even with the most spirited scrubbing efforts. The two-prong brush makes it easier to get into tight spots, although we rarely found this necessary. The sponge is also nice to have for cleaning frame tubes, although we found it snagging on the zip ties and cable guides easily. We gravitated towards the big soft brush nearly every time for these jobs.

To finish, Muc-Off’s Bike Spray Protectant works well with the microfiber cloth to bring worn finishes back to life. While it won’t do the touch-up work for you, it will make the scuffs less noticeable and provide a slick coating that doesn’t attract dirt as much as we expected it to.

Bottom line, Muc-Off makes an excellent product that will leave a bike sparkling clean. Whether or not you need the complete kit is up to you and your specific cleaning needs. For us, the brushes and Bio bike cleaner were sufficient for most jobs; however, the kits offer a complete top-to-bottom clean that your bike will thank you for. While replacements for much of this kit could be found at a hardware store, we appreciate Muc-Off’s complete do-it-all kit that takes the guesswork out of which chemicals should be used to maintain a bike.