Home »Cycling» MTB Washer: Muc-Off Bicycle Pressure Washer Review
There’s nothing like driving hard and coming home dirty. But just like us, our bikes need a good wash after an epic day on the trail. Muc-Off offers a simple, effective and fun solution.
Mountain bike season is just around the corner for most parts of the United States. and that means a quiet refrain of dirty bikes begging, “clean me before the next ride!”
Too often these empty requests remain, which lead to a dirty bike being ridden over and over again. But all of that dirt and grit results in poor performance and worn parts. I know, because as fun as it is to drive in the dirt, cleaning up afterwards is a job I detest.
But for drivers like me there is hope: Muc-Off’s bike-specific high-pressure cleaner (and cleaning kit). With the brand’s signature pink accents, the all-in-one kit makes cleaning a bike almost as fun (and addicting) as driving it.
Muc-Off pressure washer
According to Muc-Off, this pressure washer is specifically designed to keep bearings and seals – including the suspension, bottom bracket, headset, etc. – secure. This is a welcome reassurance because in the past using high pressure electricity for bicycles has always been a no-no.
The washing machine comes with three lance tips: one for bicycles, a more powerful one for motorcycles and an accessory lance that fits directly onto the bottle of nano-tech cleaner supplied. This snow foam cleaner feels extra rewarding and covers your bike with a thick carpet of white foam. It loosens dirt and grease before you wash it clean with the sprayer.
And Muc-Off promotes that its cleaning solutions are environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
The kit also includes cleaning, degreasing, polishing and lubricating products from Muc-Off. The entire setup fits and is strapped into a roll-top pack sack, making transport easy and convenient.
All you need is a power source (three-pin socket) and a water source (standard hose). The power cord and wand hoses of the pressure washer are long enough to allow you to move the system far away from sensitive areas such as the garden or garage to avoid collateral damage from spray.
Photo credit: Jason Magness
Follow the instructions
We recommend taking a moment to read the instructions and ensure the correct order of operations during setup. Turning on a dry device before connecting it to water can damage it. With a little practice, you can wash your bike within a minute of unpacking the device.
It used to be a chore to keep my bikes clean, but when I tried the Muc-Off system for the first time, everything changed. My riding partner and I fought for the “magic wand” and reveled in how the broad water blade immediately cleaned everything.
My 4-year-old was also delighted and had thoroughly cleaned more than 20 bikes within an hour. We only put the washing machine away when there were no more dirty bikes in the neighborhood.
Photo credit: Jason Magness
Muc-Off pressure washer rating
In practice, I’ve found the Muc-Off to save a ton of time compared to traditional cleaning protocols – and it did a better job. Even a quick spray after a dirty ride prepared me for a cleaner bike on the next outing.
And thorough cleaning was almost as easy: spray the bike with water, lather the bike with Muc-Off, wait 3 minutes, rinse it and then apply the “Water Displacing” Bike Protect spray (be careful to avoid the brakes). No brushing is required unless you have extremely caked-on mud, but even then, all you need is a gentle brushing while lathering.
Occasionally I would apply a degreaser to the chain a few minutes before cleaning it and lubricate it again at the end.
The supplied bike cleaner can be used for over a dozen washes with one soft hand. And when you run out of water, simply refill the bottle with three parts of water and one part of the supplied Muc-Off concentrate. This will take another dozen washes. All in all, my guess is that I could get about 75 washes out of the kit before jumping to refills.
The $ 260 price tag looks a bit steep at first (compared to a low-end Home Depot pressure washer), but the attention to detail, attachments, and the “total bike cleaning thought” that Muc-Off packs has are convincing. And I’m sure that within a season of keeping my bikes in top shape, I’ll save more than that amount on maintenance.
And there’s one last unexpected bonus: I now look at my clean bikes in the garage and long to get them extra dirty just so I can clean them again.
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