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Muc-Off Inner Tube Sealant

7
£9.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Impressive sealing capabilities and long lasting, but a bit more Presta-specific compatibility would be nice
Seals small holes quickly
Remains liquid for a long time
Installation tube and valve core key are Schrader specific
Weight: 
347g
Contact: 

Muc-Off has used some of the technology from its tubeless range to create the No Puncture Hassle Inner Tube Sealant, a sealant – as you can no doubt work out – for use solely with inner tubes. It doesn't seem to dry out and does a good job of fixing small holes, but the installation tube is too big for Presta valves.

If you aren't too fussed about converting to tubeless but want a bit of added puncture protection then Muc-Off's Inner Tube Sealant will be of interest.

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Even though I test loads of tubeless tyres, sealants and wheels on my own road bikes, I haven't bothered to make the change myself purely because I get very few punctures – maybe a couple every 10,000 miles – mainly down to the fact that I'm not bothered about running lower pressures for comfort.

During the winter, though, it's nice to have a bit of reassurance that you aren't going to find yourself on a wet, cold, dark country lane swapping over a tube.

As long as you have inner tubes with removable valve cores you can fill them up with this Muc-Off stuff.

However, if you are using Presta valves then that will be your first hurdle when it comes to installing it, as the bottle and kit are designed primarily for Schrader (car type) valves.

To start with, the bottle lid is a core remover but it only works on Schrader, so you'll need to have a Presta one in your tool kit or a small pair of pliers to unscrew the core.

Next, the tube that you use to fill the valve with sealant is too large in diameter for the Presta valve, which means the sealant can run down the outside.

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There is a workaround though. That little nut that you screw over the valve right up to the rim... well, if you unscrew that towards the bottom of the valve, you can butt the tube up against that and you will spill very little. Not ideal, but it's doable.

Muc-Off has a video showing how to add the sealant, here

The water-soluble nature of the Inner Tube sealant requires more to be added to the tube than you would Muc-Off's tubeless sealant – about 90ml for a 700C tyre rather than 40ish, which obviously adds a bit of weight.

Once installed it is claimed to last the life of the inner tube, and after six weeks in some very high temperatures, as far as I can tell it is still sloshing around in the tube.

Performance-wise, Muc-Off says that it can seal up to 4mm holes and I'd say it is not far off that. I initially started testing things by piercing one tube with a drawing pin, and then making a small incision with a Stanley knife to a couple of millimetres in length, the kind of thing you'd get from a piece of flint.

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It dealt with both of these without much pressure loss and the tube has since remained sealed.

Making a bigger hole saw the sealant take a little longer to plug the gap but it achieved it, although the pressure dropped from 90psi down to 50psi. That's still high enough to let you get home without stopping and give it a top up at home or fix/replace the tube.

At £9.99 for 300ml, which will do three tyres roughly, it's about the same price as Muc-Off's tubeless offering and a much cheaper solution than the inflator cans from the likes of Zefal with its Repair Spray (£5.99).

It's slightly cheaper than Slime's Tube Sealant too, which has the same rrp of £9.99 but for just 236ml (8oz).

Overall, the ability of Muc-Off Inner Tube Sealant to seal the typical sizes of punctures you get on the road is impressive, giving you many of the benefits of tubeless without the cost of getting everything set up.

Verdict

Impressive sealing capabilities and long lasting, but a bit more Presta-specific compatibility would be nice

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Muc-Off Inner Tube Sealant

Size tested: 300ml

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 says, "Laugh in the face of punctures with our super lightweight but badass inner tube sealant! The Muc-Off No Puncture Hassle Inner Tube Sealant is easy-to-install and the cutting edge molecules seal holes in tubes of up to 4mm ensuring that your ride is uninterrupted! Our proprietary water-based non-hazardous formula was developed specifically for use with inner tubes and is compatible with a wide range of bikes. Whether you're commuting, out on a backpacking adventure, hitting the trails and everything in between, we have you covered!"

I found the overall performance impressive.

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

Muc-Off lists:

Puncture prevention for inner tubes

Suitable for MTB, road, eBikes, commuter, urban, folding & touring

Seals holes in tubes up to 4mm

Works on multiple punctures

Does not dry out

Lasts the life of the inner tube

Contains anti-corrosion inhibitors

Contains cutting-edge molecules to help seal holes quickly and effectively

Water-soluble

Non-Hazardous

Works in temperatures from -15°C to +50°C

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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

I had no issues with anything really once the liquid was in the tube.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Does a good job of fixing punctures.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

No real compatibility with Presta valves.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's cheaper overall than the version from Slime, which is probably its biggest competitor.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Does a good job of puncture repair if you are still running tubes. The only flies in the ointment are no core tool for Presta valves, and the tube is too wide.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 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,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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