Muc-Off Nano Gel Refill – first look

Plus C3 Ceramic Dry Lube with free UV torch

The luminous pink contents of this transparent packaging could only be from one company. Muc-Off’s Nano Gel Bike Cleaner Concentrate is branded as the most eco-friendly bike cleaner out there, and is essentially a concentrated gel form of their standard cleaner.


The Nano Gel Refill uses 89 percent less packaging than two 1L bottles of Muc-Off’s regular product. But, perhaps best of all, you’ll also be saving money – two litres of cleaner cost £12 rather than £16 for two 1L units. 

You mix the gel concentrate with water at a ratio of 1:3 parts, so just 250ml gets you a litre of cleaner. Another bonus is the fact you can use the undiluted mixture as a degreaser – Muc-Off say it’s ideal for use in a chain cleaner. It has the same alkaline-based formula too, so there are no worries about using it on disc brakes or carbon fibre.

C3 Ceramic Dry Lube

Every bike deserves a well-lubricated drivetrain, but if you really want to treat your ride then Muc-Off’s C3 Ceramic Dry Lube might interest you. Billed as the ultimate chain lubricant, it’s also available in a wet variant, C3 Ceramic Lube

Muc-Off say it features integral boron nitride compounds, fluoropolymers and nano ceramics. What that actually means is that Muc-Off haven’t skimped on the ingredients – they claim the formula should guarantee low friction and a well-protected transmission.

The C3 Ceramic Dry Lube even comes with a free UV pen. That’s because this lube contains a tracer dye that’s picked up by UV light. The idea is that you can use the torch to ensure thorough application of the product. If this all sounds a bit gimmicky then don’t worry – we thought the same. But we were shocked at how useful the process is for determining how much lube is necessary. 

The uv torch reveals the extent of your lubrication: the uv torch reveals the extent of your lubrication
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The UV torch helps you see how thoroughly you’ve applied the lube

Even with a generous amount of fluid and several rotations of the chain, we could see that certain parts of the chain were still dry – something we hadn’t expected. Necessary? No. Fun in a geeky way? Absolutely.

In typical Muc-Off fashion, the lube even smells good. It doesn’t come cheap, though – 120ml will set you back £15. 

Stay tuned to BikeRadar for reviews of these products in the near future.

Muc-Off also work to keep riders clean – their Dirty Work Wipes can be thought of as baby wipes for mechanics! Formulated to remove heavy grease, oil, brake dust and general grime, the disposable wipes leave hands zesty fresh. They drop in at £3 for a pack of 15 or £10 for a tub of 75.


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