Duck Eeze Smart Bike Ezee is essentially a waterless cleaner and polish intended for those slightly grimy but not too scuzzy steeds (think milder winter roads, not mud plugging).
These work to the same principle as two in one shampoos & conditioners. Detergents and softeners break through and gobble grime, while a 'distant silicone relation' leaves behind a glossy sheen.
In common with most bike potions, it's reputedly kind to Mother Nature and her various species along with carbons, composites and rubberised components. That said, apply a liberal helping of common sense: avoid getting it on bare skin, or in the eyes. A no-brainer perhaps but my left eyeball caught some overspray cast by an unexpected breeze, resulting in some intense pain for a minute or so.
Said precautions aside, it's pretty simple and effective too; high praise given I'm very much of the spray and bucket rinse persuasion. For best results and maximum economy, blast a bit into a soft, lint free cloth and then apply to the bike, starting at the stem and working methodically round, keeping away from rims/braking surfaces.
Then buff to a shine using some fresh rag; micro fibre cloths arguably achieve the most luxurious lustre but in a pinch, kitchen towel works just fine. Speaking of which, better quality beeswax furniture polishes are best for disguising clandestine kitchen fettling, though the subtle perfume shouldn't blow your cover.
It doesn't quite achieve comparable lustre on carbon/composites, electroplate or indeed some metallic two pac/enamel finishes but seem to last longer. Calling their bluff, I was surprised to find it's rather effective on jaded faux/patent leather shoes and glossy lids too.
Silicone based products, no matter how refined invariably attract some residual grime around the bottom bracket shell, fork crown and frame ends given a few weeks and wet rides. This seems less pronounced than some longer established formulas and is readily dismissed in between treatments with a deft flick from the polishing cloth.
Clever convenience cleaner for quick and relatively long-lived spruce ups
road.cc test report
Make and model: Duck Smart Bike Ezee
Size tested: 1 litre (500ml also sent £6.99)
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?
"Bike Ezee gives your bike and its parts an almighty shine with no added water! It removes light dirt, grime, oil, grease and dust and gives your frame a long lasting shine with a water repelling protective coating. This coating prevents dirt and mud sticking to your bike and also gives it a fine smelling scent of Bananas and Chocolate.
For use just spray on and wipe over with a Micro Fibre cloth. Bike Ezee contains no PTFE's so is safe to use on all brands of disc brakes without the risk of contamination."
No quibble here, although in my view it's best to minimise contact with braking surfaces where possible.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
A blend of PH neutral detergents, softeners and a distant silicone relative.
Lasts better and attracts less dirt than many blends I've used over the years.
Easy to use but those with sensitive skins should avoid direct exposure.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Despite some initial scepticism, Bike Ezee has impressed with its cleaning/polishing prowess on mildly grimy road bikes, which extends to light trail spatter but more serious gloop dictates bike wash and bucket rinsing. So far, it seems genuinely safe on all surfaces and the protective barrier fairly robust. Several weeks in, there's some light, filmy grime appearing around the fork crowns, bottom bracket shells and chainstays but much less than I've come to expect from silicone/derived formulas.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Quick, convenient with decent, lasting effects.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing given the design brief.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Quite possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
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)