Muc-Off has gone there… e-bike specific cleaners hit the shelves

Dry wash, high torque resistant lubes and rust inhibitor spray appear

If you thought the mere existence of e-bikes was triggering enough, well now purveyors of arguably the best bike cleaner around have lit the blue touch paper and run away. Yes that's right, today sees the release of an e-bike-specific range of cleaners, lubes and frame protection sprays from Muc-Off.

The range, says Muc-Off, answers some of the issues that apparently have arisen from e-bike riders using regular cleaning products on their e-bikes, which mostly pertain to the need to rinse bikes after cleaning products have been applied with water.

This water, Muc-Off says, then has the potential to cause maintenance issues further down the line with the bike's electrics.  

The range consists of a bike cleaning spray with an associated chain cleaning spray. Then there's the anti-corrosion spray for post-cleaning care along with chain lubes: ceramic, wet and dry.

Muc-Off Waterless Wash and Dry Chain Cleaner

No rinsing required for the Waterless Wash
No rinsing required for the Waterless Wash

Traditional bike cleaners require you to spray on, agitate and rinse to get the perfect finish. The new Waterless Wash is designed to be sprayed on and then wiped off with a microfibre cloth, taking any muck with it — so no rinsing required. 

Likewise, the Dry Chain Cleaner is designed to be sprayed on and then wiped off, without a rinse or water dispersal needed afterwards.

Muc-Off Ultra Corrosion Defence

Anti-rust protector, chain cleaner and an all-round lube
Anti-rust protector, chain cleaner and an all-round lube

This product's main role is to penetrate into hard to reach areas and drive out water. It then leaves a thin film that protects ferrous metals from rust, as well as helping to keep mechanisms running free. It can be sprayed on battery terminals and all around the motor.

Muc-Off says that the Ultra Corrosion Defence spray also helps by dissolving rust and offers a significant amount of protection from rust and wear over time.

Muc-Off All Weather, Ceramic Dry and Ceramic Wet lube

Dry and Wet Ceramic lubes, prepared for high torques
Dry and Wet Ceramic lubes, prepared for high torques

A lot of load goes through an e-bike chain, and I've been on numerous rides where a poorly lubed chain does feel horrific on an e-bike. Whether there's mileage in Muc-Off's claim that the 'extreme pressure additives' will make a massive difference over a regular lube, I'm not sure.

However, Muc-Off says that the lubes have been designed with e-bikes in mind, so who are we to argue? 

Before — a light smattering of summer dirt and grime
Before — a light smattering of summer dirt and grime

There's an All Weather lube designed for long rides on- or off-road in all conditions. Then there's a wet lube, which leaves a ceramic coating on the chain for extra protection. You can use a UV light to check proper coverage as there are UV tracers in the lubricant.

The dry lube is pretty similar too, though instead of being 'waterproof' it doesn't attract dust, making it more appropriate for those long dusty summer laps in the woods.

After — shiny!
After — shiny!

While this is not a full test, I sprayed some of the Waterless Wash, Dry Chain Cleaner and Ultra Corrosion Defence on a mildly mucky e-MTB to see how it looked, and, as you can see, it's certainly cleaner than it was.

How it will work over the winter will be another matter, but I'll keep spraying!

Muc-Off e-bike range pricing

  • Waterless Wash 750ml: £11.99 / €14.99
  • Dry Chain Cleaner 500ml: £9.99 / €12.99
  • Ultra Corrosion Defence 485ml: £14.99 / €17.99
  • All Weather Chain Lube 400ml: £9.99 / €14.99
  • Dry and Wet weather lubes 50ml: £6.99 / €8.99
Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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