Impressive ceramic lube for monsoon conditions


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.


Impressive ceramic lube for monsoon conditions.

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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


95% Biodegradable

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Rate the product for durability:
Rate the product for value:

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,


Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.


a.jumper [850 posts] 4 years ago

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

Low Speed Wobble [156 posts] 4 years ago

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.

tourdelound [170 posts] 4 years ago

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.  3

mtbtomo [273 posts] 4 years ago

"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!

tourdelound [170 posts] 4 years ago

And for £10.20 off the interweb, I have ordered a bottle containing 120ml.  4

DeanF316 [136 posts] 4 years ago

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.

Exustrek [21 posts] 4 years ago

Just paid £5.39 from Halfords with current discounts.  1