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November 2016 Product Picks: Pedalit, Fyxo, Schwalbe, Arundel, OORR, Kogel

by Matt Wikstrom

November 11, 2016

In this month’s edition of Product Picks, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at bike cleaning products from Pedalit, Fyxo’s 2017 wall calendar, Kogel ceramic bearings, Arundel bottle cages, Schwalbe’s G-One gravel tyres, and OORR’s latest kit.


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Pedalit Pro Bike Care Pack

by Matt Wikstrom

Pedalit is an Australian company that was established a few years ago, however the story goes back much further, drawing on decades of experience, both on and off the bike. That history, passed down from father to son, informs all of Pedalit’s products, which are designed to help riders take care of their bikes and their bodies so that they are able to get the best out of both.

Pedalit’s cleaning products were developed in partnership with an Australian manufacturer with over 20 years experience with cleaning products. What was most important was that the formulations for its Resurrection degreaser and Splendor bike cleaner were safe to use and biodegradable.

To this end, both are water-based and contain natural ingredients from plants. In addition, they are rated as food service safe and have been tested on a wide range of materials (carbons, modern ceramics, alloys, glass, paint, rubber, leather and vinyl) to ensure that they won’t damage anything other than grease and dirt.

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The same level of attention was paid to developing Pedalit’s Glory bike polish and ABITH (allowed back in the house) hand cleaner, though some artificial ingredients were required to improve the performance of each. According to Pedalit, both formulations are still very safe but the company can’t claim they are 100% natural.

All of these cleaning agents are available in Pedalit’s web store, both individually and as part of various bundles. The Pro Bike Care Pack that comprises 1L Resurrection degreaser, 1L Splendor bike wash, 500ml Glory bike polish, 500ml ABITH hand cleaner along with three cleaning brushes and a chain-cleaning tool.

Our take:

My go-to cleaning agent has long been mineral turpentine because of how quickly it is able break down all of the filth that collects in the tiny crevices of the transmission. When put up against turps, Pedalit’s Resurrection degreaser is a pretty good performer. It doesn’t act as quickly and a little more diligence is required to render a filthy chain pristine, but it is far less noxious.

When used neat, Resurrection has a faint organic scent and a slightly oil feel. The latter probably helped the degreaser penetrate tiny crevices. I found that if I followed Pedalit’s advice and waited a few minutes after applying Resurrection, a quick scrub with the tapered brush was all that I needed to clean up the cassette and chainrings.

The chain-cleaning tool was easy to use and performed quite well for lightly soiled chains. I’ve yet to find a device that can contend with a truly grubby chain, so this is something best used semi-regularly for ongoing maintenance rather than a major overhaul of the transmission.

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The Splendor bike wash was essentially odourless and worked well as a general detergent for washing down the frameset, derailleurs and wheels. I’m far less discerning about cleaning agents for this job; what’s more important is a good set of brushes that make it quick and easy to scrub away the muck. Pedalit’s brush shapes excel in this regard and appear to be quite robust, so buyers should get plenty of washes before they need replacing.

Pedalit’s Glory bike polish had a scent that was reminiscent of aftershave lotion. I followed Pedalit’s advice by dowsing a rag with a bit of Glory, and it worked well not only at adding a bit of a gleam to the bike but also at removing grubby marks from matte paint finishes. I normally use Mr Sheen (a furniture polish that comes in an aerosol can) for wiping down bikes and Glory was at least as good, but in the future I will use a spray bottle rather than dowsing a rag.

All told, Pedalit’s bike cleaning products were solid performers but it was the ABITH hand cleaner that really stood out for me. I’ve used similar formulations in the past but they were always difficult to get for home use. ABITH has the same kind of citrus scent and sandy micro-particles as those commercial cleaners, and it works just as well for scrubbing away the filth, even the stuff that collects around the fingernails. Forget about regular soaps and fingernail brushes, I’ll be keeping a bottle of ABITH in my workshop from now on.

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Price: Pro Bike Care Pack, AUD$100 (~US$77); Resurrection Bike Degreaser, AUD$20 (~US$15); Splendor Bike Wash, AUD$20 (~US$15); Glory Bike Shine, AUD$20 (~US$15); ABITH Workshop Hand Cleaner, AUD$10 (~US$8).

Find the range at the CyclingTips Emporium here.


  • RayG

    I have Arundel bottle cages. Only because I got them cheaper with a new bike purchase. Now that I’ve used them I think they’re worth the retail price.

    • James Huang

      I was first introduced to Arundel through a friend that knew the folks involved. I have some early prototype cages that are about 15 years old now and still going strong. Still the best carbon cages I’ve used to date.

      • eagle

        Me too. The Arundel Mandible is the best carbon cage I’ve used. I’ve tried a number of cages and remained unsatisfied. Once I found the Mandible, I was sold, and now most of my friends use them too. What is unique is that they are light, easy to get bottles in / out, and hold bottles securely even on rough roads or gravel. With every other cage I’ve tried, pick 2.

        • muz

          It’s one of those things that your mates tell you about and you scoff at the price and snigger at their snobby tastes. But now I’ve got them I wouldn’t buy anything else.

          • eagle

            I found them on Amazon for $50. Still not cheap, but not $70 either. In any case, even at $70, I’d be happy with them — they look great, they’re light, they’re easy to use, no rattles, no bottle ejections. It’s a simple pleasure that might not come cheap but in the grand scheme of things the cost difference is noise.

      • Spider

        Me too…I have original ‘made in the US’ versions that still work perfectly 15 years down the line!

  • Asha

    Do ceramic BBs and jockey wheels require more maintenance? I have dura ace and its maintenance free. Do you really notice that much difference? Is worth it for the everyday rider and not pro?

    • winkybiker

      Those jockey wheels with holes in them are a bear to keep clean, unless you’re into high-pressure washing of your bike. But otherwise, no. Ceramic bearings should be pretty much maintenance free.

    • There’s no indication that the bearings require more maintenance, but there’s not much point in installing low friction bearings and jockey wheels if the drivetrain is allowed to get filthy with grit and grime. That in itself means more maintenance, but then the guys that I’ve seen that are attracted to high end bearings tend to be very conscientious about that sort of thing to start with.

      One way of looking at the question of the value of high-end bearings is in the context of the money spent on the rest of the bike. An entry-level groupset doesn’t really demand high-end bearings, but if you’ve spent a $2-3K on a top-tier groupset, then it’s much easier to argue that a set of budget bearings undermines the whole purchase.

      • Asha

        Thanks, I definitely keep a clean and maintained bike. I have dura ace 9000 so I’m wondering if you really notice the difference in the real world, and not just change because the pros are sponsored with ceramic.

        • It’s definitely in the realm of marginal gains. On a bike stand, you’ll probably notice the reduction in drag but you won’t feel it in your legs.

  • Ian Randall

    Is the OORR jersey Black & White or Blue & Gold?

  • Spider

    Bear vs Kogel….any thoughts Matt?

    I need a ITA thread BB for a 24mm (SRAM GXP) crankset soon…both companies provide them!

    Thank you

    • David Everett

      I’ve can vouch for the C-Bear BB. I’ve a press fit BB30 installed on my Swift U-Vox for over a year now and have had no creaking, used it in all types of weather and it’s still super smooth. I highly recommend them, though Ive yet to use a Kogel so can’t compare.

    • There’s not much to separate the two products. C-Bear has been in business for longer and doesn’t demand that the bearings be serviced after twelve months to extend its warranty to 2-years. If you’re in Australia, then you’ll probably have to buy from C-Bear direct while Kogel have a local distributor, retailers, and web store.

      • Spider

        Thank you Matt, appreciated. If only Chris King made ITA threads I wouldn’t need to venture from the safe arms of his superiority!!!!

    • Lead Out Sports

      Hi Spider,

      As Matt noted, we’re ‘here’ in Australia. We can have something in your hands within days and/or you can buy through your LBS and have that additional peace of mind. We’re always available to support our customers and dealers in any way they need. If you’d like to try Kogel we’d be more than pleased to have you on board. Kogel makes a great product and they really stand behind what they do.

      Pat
      Lead Out Sports
      http://www.leadoutsports.com

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