Listen, we've all got enough old sponges and bottles of washing up liquid knocking about to make a decent fist of cleaning our bikes. Sometimes it's nice just to know you've got everything in one place, and that's where the Pit Kit comes in. Brushes, sponge, degreaser, bucket and finishing spray, all in a handy kit. An expensive kit, for what it is, but handy nonetheless.
Brush-wise you get a big soft one for general scrubbing (with no danger of paint damage), a little scrubby one, the claw-ended, multi-headed one that you clean the clag out of your cassette with (amongst other uses) and the best one of all: the two prong brush that makes mincemeat of hubs, stays, fork blades and other problem sections.
Muc Off's bike cleaner now features Nano Technology. What's that? "In the past, bike cleaners have been formulated using micro scale materials which are approximately 1/80th the size of a human hair.", they expound. "Muc-Off Nano-Tech cleaner is formulated using 'Nano Scale' materials which are approximately 1/80000th of the diameter of a human hair. This dramatic reduction in material scale allows the Muc-Off formula to penetrate far deeper into dirt, oil and grime and gently break it down on an atomic and molecular level". How much of the cleaner's prowess is down to Nano Technology is debatable, but for an earth-friendly biodegradable product it's one of the better ones. It lacks the all-out grease-munching power of inhale-and-die degreasers but as a general cleaner it's excellent.
The Bike Spray is a silicone formulation that will buff your steed up nice and also offer some protection against sticky dirt; it's noticeable that your bike gets mucky less quickly after a generous dollop. It slows down a lot less quickly too if you get it on your rims, so don't.
The sponge is a sponge. Allegedly it's a microcell sponge, but it just looks like a sponge to us. We're not sponge sophisticates. All this kit comes in a useful tub that'll hold enough water to get one bike nice and shiny. It's a pity it's not a bit bigger; by the time you've screwed the trigger head on the Bike Cleaner it's too big to fit inside.
All in all it's a decent kit. There's no getting away from the fact that 30 quid is a lot to pay but like I said, it is handy to have all your cleaning gubbins in one place and the brushes are a lot better than that old doorstep scrubber you nicked from your mum's. If you've got the money to spend, you won't be disappointed.
Good all purpose bike cleaning kit, not cheap for what you get
road.cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off 8-in-1 Pit Kit
Size tested: n/a
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Muc-Off 8 in 1 Pit Kit
1 x 1Ltr Muc-Off Biodegradable Bike Cleaner
1 x 500ml Bike Spray
1 x Detailing Brush
1 x Soft Washing Brush
1 x Two Prong Brush
1 x Claw Brush
1 x Microcell Sponge
1 x Parts Washer / Storage Tub
Muc-Off Biodegradable Bike Cleaner:
The revolution in Bike Cleaning!
Our unique Muc-Off Nano Tech cleaning formula makes life easy, regardless of the weather conditions or time of year. Muc-Off Nano Tech Cleaner has an incredibly effective cleaning formula containing 'Nano Technology' that also cares for your bike's delicate finishes. It contains no harmful acids, CFC's or solvents, is NONTOXIC and fully biodegradable.
It's completely safe on anodising, paintwork, chrome, carbon fibre, suspension seals, rubber, disc brake pads and more importantly to the user too! It cuts through dirt, oil and grime quickly and safely leaving your bike sparkling clean. Make life easy, try Muc-Off Nano Tech Cleaner after your next dirty ride!
So why is Muc-Off with Nano better?
In the past, bike cleaners have been formulated using 'Micro Scale' materials which are approximately 1/80th the size of a human hair. Muc-Off Nano-Tech cleaner is formulated using 'Nano Scale' materials which are approximately 1/80000th of the diameter of a human hair. This dramatic reduction in material scale allows the Muc-Off formula to penetrate far deeper into dirt, oil and grime and gently break it down on an atomic and molecular level. The dirt is then rinsed away easily and safely with water, leaving behind corrosion inhibitors for future protection. A painted or metal surface may look smooth to the naked eye but under a microscope it's full of peaks and troughs. Nano sized particles are able to fill these microscopic areas and bond to form a smooth protective layer that makes it harder for dirt to adhere to the surface next time you ride.
Muc-Off Bike Spray:
Protect, preserve and freshen your bike with Muc-Off Bike Spray's incredible water dispersing action. Muc-Off Bike Spray has a high oil content so is a prefect 'all over' after-wash corrosion inhibitor. It drives out moisture and leaves a sparkling non-sticky protective layer on frame, drive chain, metal parts, plastics, rubber and paintwork.
Why does Muc-Off Bike Spray rock?
Because it contains P.T.F.E! This wonder ingredient bonds on a molecular level to form a protective lubricating film on all parts. In fact the molecules found in P.T.F.E are amongst the largest known to man, which is why the surface is so slippery. FACT: P.T.F.E is so slippery, virtually nothing can stick to it or be absorbed by it. It is the only substance in the world that a Gecko can't stick to!!
It also has superb penetrative qualities that help drive deep into tight areas which can hold moisture as well as free up seized parts. This all combines to prevent dirt adhesion between washes and reduce future maintenance time as well as helping reduce friction and wear.
Muc-Off Detailing Brush
Our Detailing Brush is ideal for reaching hard-to-shift dirt on sprockets, hubs and other tight areas such as suspension mounts or fork crowns. All new design features a tough impact resistant dual density handle that won't slip in extreme conditions, durable nylon bristles and rubberized impact zones for maximum protection on delicate finishes.
Muc-Off Soft Washing Brush
Our Soft Washing Brush sintered bristle compound is designed to clean your bike frame and components while caring for delicate finishes. All new design features a tough impact resistant dual density handle that won't slip in extreme conditions, oversized head for fast cleaning of large areas and rubberized impact zones for maximum protection.
Muc-Off Two Prong Brush
Our Two Prong Brush is ideal for reaching hard-to-shift dirt on spokes, discs, shocks, linkages and foot rests. New design features a tough impact resistant dual density handle that won't slip in extreme conditions and durable nylon bristles. The twin brush heads can be altered and repositioned to reach the tightest of areas
Muc-Off Claw Brush
High quality construction with triple brush heads featuring tough nylon bristles and an integral scrapper for mud de-clogging. Ideal for chain, cassette and sprockets. 10-speed compatible
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? It's a bit expensive
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
About the tester
Age: 38 Height: 190cm Weight: 98kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.