There is nothing worse than a slipping carbon seatpost mid-ride and that's exactly what Muc-Off's Carbon Gripper is designed to avoid. It certainly does its job, but is it any better than any of its competition?
To be honest, it doesn't seem to be. It grips though, I can't take that away from it. Having carbon fibre handlebars on a few of my bikes I always worry about overtightening the bolts as even at the recommended torque settings the bars can still twist.
Applying the Carbon Gripper to the mating surfaces provides friction from the granule rich paste you find in the tube. Muc-Off have kept the exact composition under their hats but it doesn't feels like one of those gritty hand scrubs.
Having a layer of the paste between the mating parts creates friction so you don't need to apply as much torque to keep the parts from slipping.
If using it for fitting a carbon seatpost into a metal frame it'll also prevent the chemical reactions that cause seizing.
So, it works, but it is at the top end of the price range when it comes to cycling specific brands of the same stuff. Unless you are putting a lot of bikes together this 75g tube is going to last you an age as well so it'll be £15 sat on the shelf.
It's a great product but it doesn't really stand out over any others, and for its price I think it should, even if only a little bit.
Does what it needs to do while offering nothing game changing
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off Carbon Gripper
Size tested: n/a
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?
It's designed to increase friction between carbon components to avoid having to apply to much torque to stop things slipping. It works well on handlebars.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Muc-Off don't give away their secret formula.
The paste is the right consistency for the application and it's a pretty colour.
Solved my handlebar slipping issues.
Winter road spray hasn't removed from seatpost or bars.
Pricier than rivals and quite a large tube option for domestic use.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, it grips the components and is easy to apply.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
How well it works.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Pricier than its rivals.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? I've used cheaper and had the same results.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
It's some decent stuff and does what it's supposed to do though it doesn't really stand out as anything special.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.