Carbon Pro Chain Cleaner is an unexpectedly potent take on the degreaser theme that manages to be kind to all materials, but carbon/composites in particular.
This means it's solvent-free but the biodegradable cleansers contain no salts, sulphates or similarly caustic stuff. These ingredients are corrosive to brass spoke nipples, polished and anodized finishes. They can also soften polymer waxes, gobble welcome greases and dull paintwork over time.
UV repelling particles might smack of gimmick. However, theory says UVA/B rays accelerate the corrosive elements in dirt and similar contaminants and therefore component wear. A good idea in principle, though I don't think we'll be replacing chains and cassettes less frequently.
Contention aside, it's extremely user friendly with a slightly fruity odour. Shake the bottle slightly, pop the nozzle release and squirt in short blasts at the chain and cassette, turning the cranks to aid penetration.
Thrifty types should note that applying via nail brush or chain bath minimises wastage and clean-ups. Leave the slightly sudsy mixture to penetrate for two minutes or so; then rinse with fresh, tepid water. Old pump spray bottles are perfect for this, assuming this didn't coincide with more thorough bike washing.
Light to middleweight chain lubes, petrochemical or otherwise, pretty much vanish first time with literally no residue found in my drying cloth. Beefier four seasons, ceramic and wet versions needed a second helping. However, even really strong, flammable solvents don't shift these so cleanly.
Squirting a little on the cranks' inner spider, bottom bracket axle and hub flanges reaped comparable rewards, banishing compounded lube, grease and tar in around two minutes with minimal effort.
Unlike citrus products, this one doesn't gobble up its own scuzzy puddle, so you'll still need to rinse concrete and other flooring pretty much immediately or the leftovers will stain. By contrast, splashes to paintwork are effortlessly dismissed with a damp cloth and deliberately prolonging exposure hasn't revealed any hostility to painted, plated, polished or lacquered surfaces.
Unusual, pricey but very competent carbon friendly chain degreaser
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Make and model: Carbon Pro Chain Cleaner
Size tested: 240ml
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?
"CarbonPro Sports Chain Cleaner is a potent degreaser that removes all grease and grime effortlessly from the chain and metal components. Contains no harsh chemicals and provides UV protection to prevent oxidation.
Biodegradable, Eco-Friendly and Green". Certainly effective.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
POTENT GREASE REMOVER
ATTACKS THE GREASE DIRT AND RUST IN METAL
PARTS AND COMPONENTS
PROVIDES CORROSSION PROTECTION
PROVIDES UVA/UVB PROTECTION
NO SALT/ SULFATES/ SOLVENTS/ HARSH CHEMICALS
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Carbon Pro chain cleaner has proven a highly efficient anti-lube that seems genuinely kind to all finishes. That said; it probably represents best value for owners of high end carbon builds and I'm not completely convinced most riders will notice the practical worth of UV repelling ingredients.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Kind to all surfaces, yet genuinely effective.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Unlike some citrus based blends, it doesn't gobble oily puddles afterwards.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? 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)