Naked Bikes Pure Bike Shampoo is a special formula of, apparently, 'finest grade oils', designed to protect your frame's wax coating while giving it a good clean. When it comes to massive hose-downs, it's not quite as aggressive as some cleaners, but it's perfect for riders who like to give their bike a regular sprucing.
- Pros: Decent cleaning performance; claimed to help maintain frame finish long-term
- Cons: Better for regular washes than big cleans; smell won't appeal to all
Naked Bikes has some specific claims for its Pure Bike Shampoo, such as its 'specific blend of the finest grade oils clean without shortening the lifespan of your wax coating'. By eliminating thickeners, salts, bulking agents, gloss enhancers and wax, Naked Bikes says its Pure Bike Shampoo is only full of 'good stuff', which will clean your bike without harming it. It's not just purified water and good intentions, though, as the warning not to get it in your eyes and/or mouth highlights.
Application is straightforward. Spray down the bike first, add 15-25ml of shampoo to a 20-litre bucket of warm water, then use a sponge or mitt to clean. Rinse the sponge or mitt in fresh water in between passes, don't over scrub, and give the bike a thorough rinsing afterwards. Then dry as normal.
The first thing to note is that, in its undiluted form, Pure Bike Shampoo is proper gloopy and thick – you won't be using a full bottle of this in a hurry. And despite all the guff in the blurb and instructions about it being devoid of unnecessary additives, it actually smells quite fragrant. Perhaps a little too much like a mini-cab air freshener, but certainly not the all-organic concoction I was expecting. It makes up a good lather, which was quite a surprise, too.
When it comes to removing dirt from your bike, Pure Bike Shampoo is decently effective. When diluted to the recommended levels, it takes a few passes to remove super stubborn muck, but that's to be expected. If anything, it seems to have about the same impact as typical spray-on washes, although with the added advantage of the dirt being agitated by the sponge or mitt as you apply it.
Obviously, at this stage we can't comment on the claims that it'll extend the lifespan of your bike's finish, but all the signs are good and this is probably one of the best options for anybody who wants a decent cleaner for once-a-week washes.
Value and conclusion
With so many cleaners coming ready-diluted in spray bottles, Naked Bikes Pure Bike Shampoo looks like very good value. While you might get only 10 or a dozen washes out of a spray, this bottle of concentrate will last at least 20 washes, even using it at its most concentrated. Of similar products we've tested, Crankalicious Mud Honey we felt was good value and comes in only £3 cheaper, so Pure Bike is still pretty good.
In summary, then, Naked Bikes Pure Bikes Shampoo is a good cleaner that is more suited to regular washes and spruce-ups than almighty crud-encaked challenges. If its long-term benefits are as Naked Bikes claims, it's an effective – and relatively cheap – way to keep your pride and joy looking better for longer.
Very good regular bike wash devoid of additives that is designed to be kind to your bike's finish
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Naked Bikes Pure Bike Shampoo
Size tested: 500ml
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?
Naked Bikes Pure Bike Shampoo is a concentrated bike cleaner designed to be gentle to your bike's finish.
Naked Bikes says: "Pure Bike Shampoo is a specific blend of the finest grade oils to clean without shortening the lifespan of your wax coating. You don't get optimal performance from bad ingredients which is why you won't find any thickeners, salts or bulking agents in our bike shampoo. Gloss enhancers and wax were given the elbow too. Why? Because we only use the good stuff to ensure your bike looks and performs at its best. The gentle formula delivers a powerful punch to easily removes dirt, dust and grime from your bike without causing damage, so you spend less time cleaning and more time cycling."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Naked Bikes lists these details:
500ml / 17 fl oz bottle
No salts or thickeners
Very good at giving your bike a decent cleaning.
Crankalicious Mud Honey is a similar undiluted product which is £3 cheaper. You do get at least 20 washes at its most concentrated in each bottle, which helps.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Cleaned my bikes very well, although it needed a few passes on stubborn muck.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Potential for long-term benefits.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The fragrance didn't appeal.
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
It might not be quite as aggressive at removing dirt as some alternatives, but works well and pretty good value.
About the tester
I usually ride: Islabikes Beinn 29 My best bike is: 25-year-old Dawes Galaxy
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: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking, leisure