Verdict: 
Very good all-round cleaner with redesigned nozzle that means a foamier, more efficient wash
Weight: 
1,000g

Duck Smart's Earth Mover works as well as ever it did. The redesigned nozzle means there's less waste.

Pro: Effective, pleasant to use and less wasteful than some
Con: That blackcurrant cordial look and smell means 'keep it away from children'.

Essex company Duck Smart has built up a big range of products for cleaning your bike and car (what kind of sicko cleans their car?). We last tested their flagship Earth Mover back in 2014 and gave it a thumbs-up. Not a great deal has changed since then, not even the price; which, given inflation, makes it even better value; at under £7 a litre it's pretty competitive.

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The main difference since 2014 is in the nozzle design. This now has a pull-out/push in button on the front which changes the pattern from squirty to foamy. I thought this was a good move on Duck Smart's part. Thinner cleaning sprays can be quite wasteful, with as much ending up on the surrounding walls and pavements as on the bike. With the foaming option, it's easier to put it where you want it, which means you use less of it. I think I got an extra two bike washes out of this bottle compared to my regular choice.

Duck Smart recommend you only apply this to a bike which is already wet, and following their advice I found the cleaning performance very good. Spray on, leave a few minutes, wiggle a brush into the worst/most hidden corners and rinse off. For winter road grime and railway path grit it worked a treat.

Read more: How to clean and lube your bike to keep it running smoothly

Duck Smart make a point of their environmental credentials. They claim Earth Mover is 'totally biodegradable'. I don't know how these things are officially measured and there's little clue as to what's really in there; but using recycled plastic for the bottles is a great idea. The 5 litre pack, at £19.99 looks great value and means even less plastic to go in the recycling bin.

Only the blackcurranty smell and look made me nervous. Don't let the kids get hold of it!

Verdict

Very good all-round cleaner with redesigned nozzle that means a foamier, more efficient wash

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Duck Smart Earth Mover Bike Cleaner

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for

As the Duck Smart website has it:

Earth Mover is a revelation in bike cleaning technology! With its unique blend of softeners, detergents and foaming agents, Earth Mover gives you the ultimate all over foam cleaning experience.

Our unique trigger spray gives you the choice of a foam or spray action.

Earth Mover cuts through dirt, grime and grease, giving your bike that brand new look every clean. Earth Mover's unique foaming technology offers a much longer cleaning contact time, and you can see the dirt, grease and grime breaking down before your eyes. Earth Mover is safe to use on paintwork, carbon fibre, disc brakes, aluminium, rubber and titanium, and is totally environmentally friendly.

The Famous foaming bike cleaner, made up of 10 raw materials in a unique blend of softeners and detergents.

Longer Contact time: a dense, soapier product which increases contact time to cut through and break down dirt and grime.

Aluminium brighteners: enhances colours, metals, wheels, levers, frames - a like "new feel" each time!

Duck friendly: Fully biodegradable, bottles made of recycled plastics.

All our products come with our legendary fragrance.

All of our products are brewed and bottled right here in the UK.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Contents top secret, probably. 1 litre pack.

Also available in 5 litres (£19.99) or 25 litres (£79.99)

Rate the product for performance:
 
10/10

It made easy work of the general road and off-road filth that the winter throws up. The foaming nozzle makes it easier to put it only where you want it.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

At £7 a litre, pretty good value compared to some, and it isn't quite as wasteful, given its foamier consistency. The 5 litre refill pack at £19.99 looks good value though perhaps a concentrate version would be less expensive to transport.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Up there with the best I've used and the redesigned nozzle makes it less wasteful.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good value, effective bike cleaning spray. The bottle is made from recycled plastic and refills are available.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not much.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Last time we reviewed this product we gave it 4 starts for its effective cleaning performance. We'll push that up to 4.5 this time, for the redesigned nozzle and the price freeze.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 52  Height: 6'2  Weight: 73kg and holding steady

I usually ride: Cannondale CAAD10   My best bike is: Tomassini Prestige

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

5 comments

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Mathemagician [36 posts] 8 months ago
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Does anyone really believe special unique magical formula bike washes do the trick any better than washing up liquid? If so, I'd really love to hear from them. I use softly softly Ecover to wash up and it does the job on my bike more than well enough.

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fenix [1094 posts] 8 months ago
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Not tried that but mucoff works well for me.

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nbrus [585 posts] 8 months ago
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Car shampoo works well for me, but I have noticed that bike washes such as Muc-Off do the same job with less scrubbing as they are alkaline and attack grease and dirt better than car wash. However, they don't clean any better than car wash (except when used neat on chains) so not worth the high cost IMHO. I don't mind doing a little bit more agitation with a brush when using car wash and the end result is just as good.

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StraelGuy [1551 posts] 8 months ago
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I use an eco cleaning spray from Tesco called Method. It's pink and smells of pink grapefruit and does the job perfectly. Agree with everyone else so far, cleaning my bike is one area where I'll never succumb to overpriced cycling industry silliness!

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KendalRed [234 posts] 8 months ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

I use an eco cleaning spray from Tesco called Method. It's pink and smells of pink grapefruit and does the job perfectly. Agree with everyone else so far, cleaning my bike is one area where I'll never succumb to overpriced cycling industry silliness!

Yeah, the Method range is very good - not used it for bike cleaning purposes but they are eco and do smell great! Available from many other places, not just Tesco. Not cheap though, compared to to other cleaning products, but probably cheaper than bike specific cleaner.

I must admit I was always sure to buy cycling specific cleaner, because, y'know, it's bike specific innit! Now I just tend to use a squirt of eco-friendly washing up liquid like Method or Ecover into a spray bottle and top up with water, or into a bucket and use with a sponge.