Muc-Off Dry Lube Chain Wax With PTFE is a middleweight fair-weather multi-purpose lube designed primarily for chains, yet versatile enough to keep cleat mechanisms, derailleurs and shifters happy too. However, while a pressurised aerosol is undeniably convenient, ours required careful deployment to avoid intermittent delivery or rear wheels and patios sporting sticky purple spots.
Bike shop shelves heave under the weight of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based potions. Some are richer than others but all employ a solvent carrier that serves to traffic the main ingredient, priming the surface before evaporating leaving that friction busting lubricant behind.
It needs a few minutes before it's ready to use, unlike the several-hour curing time of some ceramic lubes, and it's worth giving the can 40 seconds of vigorous shaking before you start.
The result is super low friction running. Shifts were noticeably lighter and snappier as was getting into and out of pedals. It's a world of difference from even the most exotic wet formulas.
Cleanliness is another definite boon. Chain and chainrings and derailleur cages collect markedly less dirt, which saves time and ultimately money. Like many wax-based dry lubes, the wax seems to absorb minor dirt and then fall away in thin scabs, so you don't accumulate parts-destroying grinding paste.
I got 160 miles use per application in dry to drizzly conditions, dropping to 85 with more persistent rain. That's pretty much par for this particular type of lube. Ceramic types are a much better bet through April showers, won't require post wash reapplication and remain my preference for hub, fixed and single speed transmissions.
Very versatile, clean running lube but needs careful use to get the very best from it.
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Make and model: Muc-Off Dry Lube Chain Wax with PTFE
Size tested: 400ml (50ml also sent £4)
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 Dry PTFE Chain Lube is formulated to hold up to the extreme pressures that are applied to modern drive chains. This highly versatile, dry weather chain lube has superior penetrative qualities that ensure every part of the chain link is completely lubricated. Our advanced 'Dry Formula' creates a clean, durable and protective chain wax layer that inhibits rust development and chain link corrosion. The added PTFE creates exceptionally low surface friction to provide incredible drive chain efficiency without attracting contaminants. It's clean, and it's easy to use!" No quibble here-does exactly what it says on the tin
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Dry, waxy PTFE based formula with solvent carrier.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I really liked the lightweight, super slick properties and it's rather good on cleats and similar areas that mustn't attract dirt but need something beefier than traditional water displacing PTFE products. Nonetheless, its ceramic dry cousin offers greater staying power so long as you didn't mind a four hour curing period.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Slick, convenient and versatile.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Needs careful application and regular agitation.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly for late spring/summer duties.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? In the above context, yes.
Age: 40 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)