Muc-Off C3 Ceramic Lube Wet  £8.00

8/10

Impressive ceramic lube for monsoon conditions

Weight 137g   Contact  muc-off.com

by Stuart Kerton   November 30, 2013  

Muc-Off C3 Ceramic Lube Wet

 

Muc-Off's C3 Ceramic lube has changed my chain-wetting preference, especially during these wetter months. This is my new favourite wet lube.

It contains a mix of nano-ceramics, boron nitride and fluoropolymers that all do their bit to reduce friction, and therefore wear, and to create a lube that adheres to the chain in a bid to repel water and mud from penetrating.

It's thinner than you'd expect which makes the pipette style neck of the bottle ideal for getting the liquid into each nook and cranny.

Muc-Off's instructions are easy to follow and it's pretty standard stuff: degrease the chain to remove any traces of old lube; shake bottle and apply to each link ideally 3-4 hours before you ride to allow it to soak in and wipe off any excess. Oh yeah – don't get any on your brakes.

On the first ride it was noticeable how quietly and smoothly the transmission was running and it stayed that way even when things started to get a bit dirty.

My commute has been pretty harsh over the last month with all the heavy rain, high winds and mud all over the road. I've been relubing the chain every weekend, which means every 200 miles or so. Considering about half of those miles have been done in the wet lately, that means the C3 has been performing well.

Chucking in a couple of grit-strewn canal path commutes hasn't seen too much dirt sticking to the C3 either.

When it comes to relube time a wipe over with a cloth has been enough to clean the worst off before re-applying. It's 95% biodegradable as well so any you do spill on the ground shouldn't kill too much wildlife.

It also smells very sweet, almost like strawberries. As you're lubing the chain you sit there thinking, 'I wonder what it tastes like.' I didn't find out.

At £8 for 50ml it's reasonably-priced as most lubes are around the seven to ten quid mark and the overall performance makes it worth the outlay.

Verdict

Impressive ceramic lube for monsoon conditions.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Muc-Off C3 Ceramic Lube Wet

Size tested: 120ml

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?

It's a wet weather lube which is good for road, cyclo cross and mountain biking. It stays put in heavy rain and standing water and doesn't seem to attract much dirt.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Nano ceramic

Boron Nitride

Flouropolymers

95% Biodegradable

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Lasting around 200 miles between applications in all sorts of weathers I'd say it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Silent running drivetrain.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I keep wanting to drink it, it smells so nice.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer  My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

7 user comments

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These ceramic lubes are fantastic and mucoff stuff is usually good, so if you've not tried ceramic yet, this sounds worth a go.

posted by a.jumper [727 posts]
30th November 2013 - 8:06

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I used this through the summer on my number one bike, and have continued its use on my winter bike. As Stuart says, it really makes for super-quiet running. Noticeable to the point where a couple of clubmates have asked what I'm using.

The only downside is the smell of it, which I find rather nauseating.

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posted by Low Speed Wobble [140 posts]
30th November 2013 - 9:35

24 Likes

My chain needs lubing regularly, especially at this time of year. I also quite like the smell of strawberries. So, based on your review, I've just ordered a bottle off the interweb. Wink

TDL

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posted by tourdelound [92 posts]
30th November 2013 - 16:00

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"At £8 for 50ml it's reasonably-priced as most lubes are around the seven to ten quid mark and the overall performance makes it worth the outlay."

Most lubes you get 120ml for seven to ten quid. With this you get less than half the usual amount. The review doesn't make it seem quite that good!

posted by mtbtomo [132 posts]
30th November 2013 - 16:28

17 Likes

And for £10.20 off the interweb, I have ordered a bottle containing 120ml. Big Grin

TDL

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posted by tourdelound [92 posts]
30th November 2013 - 19:02

15 Likes

I use this and its great. A little goes a long way. I only re-apply if I clean my chain otherwise a single application lasts for long time. My typical mileage is 250 a week in all weathers and my current bottle is over 6 months old.

posted by DeanF316 [105 posts]
1st December 2013 - 6:56

15 Likes

Just paid £5.39 from Halfords with current discounts. Smile

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posted by Exustrek [21 posts]
1st December 2013 - 9:16

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