Bike cleaning is easier with the right equipment, such as Muc-Off's 3x Bicycle Brush Set. Brush one is a big fluffy one for the frame. Brush two is a smaller and stiffer one for components. Brush three has narrow strips of bristles and plastic teeth for the drivetrain. If you're regularly cleaning bikes, it's a useful collection that could even save you time: 'If you have your brush, you can avoid the rush,' as The Beat sang, although possibly not about bike care...
Both the big fluffy wash brush and the triangular detailer (brushes one and two) have dual density, ergonomic non-slip handles and rubberised 'impact zones'. In plain English that means you won't drop them or chip frame paint during hasty clean ups.
Brush one is for the major components: frame, fork, rims, suspension swing-arms, etc. Armed with this and two buckets - one containing warm water and car shampoo, the other plain for rinsing - I had two grime-encrusted mountain bikes washed and rinsed clean in 20 minutes.
Brush two is stiffer and is intended for tyres, brakes, mechs, the underside of the saddle, and so forth. Its triangular shape is just right for reaching between the saddle rails, and it is effective at scrubbing dirt and grime off everything from tyres to bar tape.
Brush three has serrated nylon teeth at one end for raking out leaves, straw and congealed lube from the cassette, and a selection of thin brushes on the other for cleaning up the more intricate regions of a bike's drivetrain. The claw works well, removing filth from 8-, 9- and 10-speed cassettes, while the assorted brushes keep derailleurs and pivot points clean.
By and large, all three brushes are well designed and make short work of a mucky bike. However, you need to keep the bristles clean (with turpentine or similar solvents) to prevent cross contamination from drivetrain gunge. My test samples have shed some bristles in use, and of course you could put together a set of cleaning brushes from hardware store bargain bins that would do much the same job for less money.
Good quality, nice to use brushes that do all the essential bike cleaning jobs
road.cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off 3 x Bicycle specific brushset
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"Muc-Off 3x Brush Set
Featuring three of our most popular Muc-Off brushes in one handy pack." Generally well conceived but the frugal could cultivate a similar arsenal from supermarket/hardware shop bargain bins.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"Our Soft Washing Brush sintered bristle compound is designed to clean your bike frame and components while caring for delicate finishes. All new design featuring a tough impact resistant dual density handle that won't slip in extreme conditions, oversized head for fast cleaning of large areas and rubberised impact zones for maximum protection.
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 featuring 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.
Our Claw Brush features 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"
Generally well made.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The trio of brushes certainly make short work of post race clean-ups. However, purging the transmission brush of congealed grime was a tedious, time-consuming task.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Genuinely well made. An efficient brush-set.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing, but good brush hygiene is essential for effective cleaning.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)