Kaaboom Dirt Buster cleaner pack review£20.00

Starter bike cleaning pack

BikeRadar score3/5

Inside the tough drawstring bag you get a 1.1-litre ready-to-use bike wash spray, a bottle of concentrate, a 400ml citrus degreaser spray, a multi-headed brush and a sponge.

All cleaning products are ultimately a compromise between being strong enough for fast and thorough cleaning but not so strong they strip paintwork, anodising and bearing grease if left on a split second too long. 

The default dilution of Kaaboom is definitely on the benign side. That means you need to get in there when the bike is still wet, straight after a ride, if you want a clean finish without excessive scrubbing. That’s particularly true – really – if there’s sheep poo involved.

The trigger spray on our sample was temperamental and the sponge is more of a hard smearing tool than a squishy muck-eater. The combination of bristle options and the lemony degreaser does a good job on transmissions, though, letting you get right into the cassette and links (rinse off with a gentle hose rather than risk drowning your freehub with a jetwash). 

Not perfect, then, but well priced for what you get.

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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