Muc Off Dry Lube vs Muc Off C3 Ceramic

Both contenders are biodegradable dry chain lubes best for shielding bike’s protection manufactured by Muc-off. Both have an innovative formulation that lessens friction and energy consumption to ensure smooth and quiet gear shifting due to extreme pressure additives and deliver excellent performance for MTB, road & bicycle racing.

Its easy application ensures in-depth penetration that prolongs lubrication and has an incredulous efficiency in transmitting power to drive wheels.

Dry Lube is a long-lasting, in-depth penetrating chain lubricant and oil formulated to cover long & dusty distances and to withstand extreme conditions that would destroy normal chain lube.

It is a highly flexible, dry-weather chain oil with advanced properties to ensure the grease penetrates deep into the center of each chain link. It is made from natural elements and renewable sources.

Its contents are biodegradable so it is not harmful to you and your bike.

C3 Dry Ceramic ensures ultimate lubrication. It provides a protective shield against corrosion and supreme performance in dry, dusty, and wet conditions.

Nano-ceramic particles and synthetic polymers increase power production by reducing metal-to-metal contact to a foundation stone and low level.

It performs 10 times better than the traditional chain oils and lubes.

In comparison to dry lube, C3 Ceramic is non-viscous, consumes less fuel, has a comparatively thinner consistency, has a slow evaporation rate, and takes less time to come out of deferral due to lower relative density but it’s not cost-effective and requires replacement earlier due to lower pH value, unlike Dry Lube.

Comparison Table

SpecificationsDry LubeC3 Dry Ceramic
Oil TypeBiodegradableBiodegradable
 ApplicationMTB, Road Cycling, and CyclocrossMTB, Road Cycling, and Cyclocross
Formulated TechnologyWax-basedCeramic Coating
Solubility in waterSolubleSoluble
Cost of 120 ml16.78 $23.27 $


Both Contenders

  • Have an innovative formulation that lessens friction and energy consumption to ensure
  • Smooth and quiet gear shifting due to extreme pressure additives.
  • Constitute a tube system for easy application and ensures in-depth penetration for enduring lubrication.
  • Incredulous efficiency in transmitting power to drive wheels

Dry Lube

  • The wax-based formula works best in dry, dusty conditions.
  • It is an ultra-durable bike chain lube.
  • Applicable to chains, cables, shifters, and derailleurs.
  • It protects against pollutants in dusty conditions.
  • It is a long-lasting P.T.F.E. chain lubricant that is nonsticky, hydrophobic, non-wetting, high density, and resistant to high temperatures.
  • It has good endurance in extreme conditions protecting it from damaging ordinary lubes.
  • It is an environmentally friendly chain lubricant.

C3 dry ceramic

  • It constitutes a ceramic coating for delivering optimal chain performance.
  • It has synthetic polymers to cover long distances in polluted conditions.
  • It comprises an important tracer dye that is apparent under ultraviolet light which enables you to ensure maximum coverage and benefit accurate application.
  • Delivers optimal performance in moist, dry & sandy conditions.
  • It ensures environmental protection due to petroleum-free formulation.
  • Incredulous durability.
  • Works well against contaminants.

Viscosity Comparison

Viscosity is an important parameter that determines how well a fluid endures shear and compressive stress and how smoothly will it flow.

A fluid with a viscosity higher changes its shape slowly and circulates slowly resulting in excessive consumption of fuel. Viscosity is influenced by temperature.

A good lubricant must have lower viscosity at lower temperatures to be able to move around easily and consume less fuel and must also maintain its viscosity at higher temperatures to avoid becoming too much thin and losing its lubrication properties.

It is observed from the results that C3 ceramic is a non-viscous lubricant which means it will flow more easily as compared to its contender.

ParameterDry LubeC3 Dry Ceramic

Relative Density

Density is another important parameter to analyze the characteristics of a lubricant.

The fluid becomes thicker with the increase in density.

The thicker the fluid, the greater time is required for the elements to come out of deferral.

The relative density of C3 Ceramic is slightly less than its competitor hence the fluid will be comparatively thinner and less time will be required for the elements to come out of deferral.

The density of lubricants is less than that of water making them soluble.

ParameterDry LubeC3 Dry Ceramic
Relative density1.0501.040

Melting And Boiling Point

The melting and boiling points of both the lubricants are the same hence they will melt and boil at the same temperature.

But the evaporation rate of C3 Ceramic would be lower than its competitor since its molecular bonding is relatively stronger.

ParameterDry LubeC3 Dry Ceramic
Melting point< 0°C< 0°C
Boiling point100°C100°C
Evaporation RateModerateSlow

pH Value

Fresh unpacked oils have a pH ranging between 7-8. But it decreases with time and at a certain point, its value starts declining more quickly as more amount of acid starts forming in it.

That is the point when the lubricant needs to be replaced.

Dry Lube has a comparatively high pH value which indicates that it will take a longer time to be replaced.

ParameterDry LubeC3 Dry Ceramic

Price Comparison

Low flow-resistivity, less evaporation rate, and advanced features make C3 Ceramic relatively more expensive than its opponent.

The costs of 120 ml of dry lube and C3 Ceramic are 16.78$ and 23.27$ respectively.


Both Competitors;

  • are biodegradable.
  • are suitable for Road Cycling, Cyclocross & MTB.
  • are soluble in water.
  • have a pleasant odor.
  • have the same melting and boiling point.

Dry Lube;

  • is wax-based.
  • is off-white.
  • has a moderate evaporation rate.
  • is environment friendly.
  • is relatively more durable.
  • is more economical than its competitor.

C3 Dry Ceramic;

  • has ceramic coating.
  • comparatively thinner consistency and elements take less time to come out of deferral due to lower relative density.
  • is non-viscous making it easy to flow and circulate.
  • consumes less fuel.
  • is yellow-green.
  • has a slower evaporation rate.