The best chain lube and cleaner on the market backed up by solidly performing products for keeping your pride and joy running sweetly
Weight: 3225g Contact: www.zyro.co.uk
The Fenwick's Stealth Road Bike Kit is a huge array of environmentally friendly bike cleaning and lubrication products that are all acid and solvent free making them safe to use on any part of your bike including carbon fibre.
Now, thanks to a range of kits you can buy pretty much everything you need at a 20% discount. We've got our hands on the Stealth Road Bike Kit which contains:
1 litre of FS-10 Bike Cleaner
1 litre of FS-1 Bike Cleaner Concentrate
200ml Foaming Chain Cleaner
200ml Multi Purpose Lubricant
100ml Stealth Road Bike Chain Lubricant
Chain Cleaning Sponge
For the challenge, we have a Ribble Audax which is my wet weather commuter and it hasn't been cleaned since about March. As you can imagine with the wettest summer in a hundred years the bike has seen some action throughout the last few months. Coated in road spray, mud, oil marks and brake dust paste the frame and wheels are going to need a bit of a scrub, plus the chain has about two gallons of lube, GT85 and grit coating it.
Foaming Chain cleaner & Chain Cleaning Sponge
The chain cleaner is basically a wet degreaser that squirts out of the aerosol nozzle as a pink foam placed directly onto the chain. It's a bit lively, coming out like party string if you're not careful though so a gentle touch is required. The chain cleaning sponge is an extruded 'X' shape and you locate the chain in one of the grooves and rotate the pedals to remove the foam and dirt then rinse with water.
Both work together well and the results are pretty impressive. It's quicker and gives a better finish than using a hand held chain cleaning device. Some of the inner plates were difficult to clean but 90% of the grit and road crap came off. Thanks to using a foam rather than liquid there isn't any oily spray being flung over the chainstays either.
First of all we've got the trigger spray bottle of FS-10 which is basically a 10% mix of FS-1 and 90% water and is intended for the general cleaning duties. Applying it is easy, take one wet or dry bike, spray with the cleaner, leave it soak before agitating it a bit with the included sponge and rinse off.
Fenwick's say that FS-10 is made from liquid raw materials rather than powdered so there is in no residue or streaks left after rinsing and that is exactly what happens. The frame is clean in about 5 minutes apart from the stubborn oil marks around the chainstays and bottom bracket area.
Using the FS-1 concentrate neat and a bit of elbow grease sees the rest of the frame cleaned thanks to the degreaser.
Overall it's a quick easy job and leaving it to soak on the frame for a few minutes has most of the dirt breaking down by itself.
Multi Purpose Lubricant
This is a pretty standard water dispersant and general lube for your mechs, brakes, cables and such like. It'll also remove adhesives and tar plus help to release stuck components.
Stealth Chain Lube
Fenwick's describe their Stealth Lube as using 'specific cushioning additives' so that the chain gives a quiet ride. Whatever these additives may be they certainly do the job as after application the chain is silent.
The lube is a silvery metallic looking liquid which you apply with a pipette. A drop onto each link allows the thin weight liquid to get into all the surface joints especially after rotating the chain for 20 seconds. Leave it to dry in the air and job done.
Wet weather performance is impressive for such a lightweight lube and it will stand up to some serious downpours before any rust marks start appearing. Most noticeable is the lack of road grit it attracts.
Top honours go to the Stealth lube. This really is the best chain lube I've used in terms of both wet and dry performance. Coupled with the foam cleaner and sponge this trio worked wonders on a very dirty chain returning it to a shiny, silent running one for very little work.
The rest of the kit works well with both the cleaners removing dirt from the bike with relative ease.
Costing £30, there's a saving of around nine quid over buying everything separately plus you're getting the bucket chucked in gratis.
The chain sponge is said to last for fifty washes and the rest of the kit should easily match that so that's a year's cleaning out of one bucket.
We'll keep washing throughout the rest of the year and into the winter where we'll see how it tackles the onslaught of road salt. I can't see it being a problem though.
The best chain lube and cleaner on the market backed up by solidly performing products for keeping your pride and joy running sweetly.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Fenwicks Stealth Road Bike Kit
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?
The bucket is full of all the kit, lubes, washes and sponges you'll need to keep your bike clean and running smoothly. Fenwick's are keen to point out the fact that theirs is the only kit on the market to include a chain cleaning device.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
All the products are enviromentally friendly containing no acids or solvents.
The Stealth lube on its own would get a 9, possibly a 10, it's that impressive.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. It cleaned the bike quickly and the lubes reamin in place even after a heavy downpour.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The Stealth chain lube - proper brilliant.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really, its a good all round cleaning kit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, for the all-round high performance.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
I usually ride: Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo
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,