Nomad 12V Auto Cord washer review£120.00

Car-powered hosepipe

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Nomad are becoming the go-to brand for powered cleaning solutions for all sorts of sports, and having tested their well-designed 12V entry system we can see why.

The whole unit has a quality feel, with nicely designed removable Neoprene pouch for the hose and head, plus soft-touch sprayer, filler cap and carry handles. The tank gets a built-in filter bag in case you’re filling in the field, and 14 litres is ample for two dirty bikes or three if you’re efficient.

The hose plugs into its own fundament to stop leaking and the swivelling tank attachment reduces the chance of it getting snapped or kinked. The spray gun adjusts from jet to spray with a smooth, progressive action and it’s proved robust too. Hose, power switch and power cable are all widely spaced to avoid splash issues too.  

Despite Nomad’s claims, the actual output isn’t noticeably more powerful than other similar units, but it shifts dollops of heavy mud from machined crevices well enough. You'll need a pre-wash or a rag/brush to get frames clean.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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