Here’s my review of the Muc Off X3 Chain Cleaner.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought this product with my own money, and so this is a completely objective review.
Any self respecting cyclist knows the value of maintaining a clean drivetrain.
Muc Off X3 Chain Cleaner review
When it first launched, this device sold for about £30, which seems a little steep. Thankfully you can now get it online for less than £19.
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This isn’t my first chain cleaning device. Having tried various methods over the years, I’ve gravitated towards those that are less likely to take a long time, less likely to leave your hands filthy and smelly, and less likely to mean that I’ll probably put it off (and inevitably end up running a filthy chain).
My first chain cleaner device was also, coincidentally, a muc off product though older and far simpler in design.
The new X3 Chain Cleaner machine has benefitted from some good clear thinking and design.
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Let’s look at what makes the Muc Off X3 shine.
- Controlled application of cleaning fluid.
- The liquid is held in a little reservoir at the top of the unit, and drip fed over the chain by pressing the little button with your thumb. This means you can use it sparingly and control the flow.
- Brushes that apply pressure from all sides. The clever design of the rotary brushes mean the chain is brushed from both the sides AND the top and bottom. This brush sits high up within the unit, so that the dirty liquid runs off and away from the chain.
- Used cleaning liquid is kept out of the way.
Many other devices (my previous Muc Off device included) had rotary brushes which sat in the reservoir of liquid. Whilst this was obviously necessary to get the chain coated initially, after a minute or so, it meant that you were trying to clean your chain using filthy fluid. Hmm…
The Muc Off X3 deals with this issue brilliantly and as long as you wash out the device after use, the brushes should remain pretty clean for the next time.
- A handle to keep it in place.
The handle can be inserted either way up, depending on whether you’ve got the bike on the ground or in a stand. I’m not sure it would make much difference, to be honest. It’s very useful for keeping the device still whilst you’re rotating the cranks, and feels sturdy.
- Replaceable parts.
The plastic inserts and the brushes are all replaceable, which is good to know.
Any downsides to the X3 Chain Cleaner?
I worry about the little lugs that help keep it together. It doesn’t keep me up at night, don’t get me wrong…
But if any part of this unit is going to break, that’s where my money lies. So use carefully and gently and it should last a while.
The Muc Off X3 Chain cleaning liquid
This is just as important as the hardware part, if not more so.
Muc Off have come up with an excellent biodegradable degreaser that not only works very well, but it smells fantastic! Hey, bike stuff has to smell good right?
You get a sample bottle of 75ml with the X3 Chain Cleaner device, and this will be good for about three chains. Maybe four if they weren’t too dirty to begin with.
You can get larger 500 ml bottleswhich should last you a while.
There are cheaper ways to clean a bike chain but I believe that a product like this is worth paying for because it saves you time and is less messy.
In fact, it’s so quick and convenient that in reality, you’re more likely to do it more often. If this means that your drivetrain is in good condition most of the time, it stands to reason that your components will last longer, and save you money in the long run.
If money is no object, then using this regularly will simply make your bike more enjoyable to ride, and what’s not to like about that?