Cleaning off a dirty bike is an important part of regular maintenance and can extend the life of mountain bike components. This reality has become relevant to me personally as my move to the Pacific Northwest has led me to often muddier pastures. When it comes to cleaning things like the derailleur gears, under the seat or inside any number of the nooks and crannies involved on a full suspension bike, it takes more than a rinse with the hose and a simple wipe-down. The Brush Hero provides an efficient and effective tool for getting to the hard to reach spots that regularly go unattended on the average post-ride rinse.
Out of the box the Brush Hero comes with the main attachment unit, a stiff (white) brush, a soft (black) brush and a quick adapter made up of a female and male component for easy attachment to a hose. The brush heads can be swapped simply by yanking off the attached brush and compressing the other brush on to the square peg that lies underneath. The Brush Hero can attach directly to a hose but the quick adapter allows for water flow to be shut off completely when you don’t need it. I decided to test it with the quick adapter just to get the feel for the whole system. The male end screws into the bottom of the brush and can be tightened with a crescent wrench.
If you only hand tighten the male end of the adapter, moving the brush around the nooks and crannies of a mountain bike will eventually break the seal and cause a leak. I experienced this a few times before finally cranking on it with the wrench, creating solid seal that can handle all of the motion of the wand.
Once you have a good tight seal and you are ready to rinse, you can flip the valve switch located on the handle to engage the brush. With variable settings, you can increase the flow rate or keep it throttled as needed. As water flows into the chamber below the brush, the pressure forces the brush to spin (no motor needed) while eventually flowing out of the chamber and into the brush for direct delivery to the cleaning surface. After that, it’s just a matter of how much pressure and water flow you might need. If you need to swap between the stiffer and softer brush, you can close the valve, simply pull off the white brush and pop on the black one. No need to turn off the water, which is a very convenient feature.
I found the brush to be super useful for exactly what my bike and I needed; a good rinse after a dirty trail ride. The most difficult spots to clean on my bike are the derailleur, the linkage behind the bottom bracket and the head tube. With the Brush Hero I got not only good water flow but also a genuine scrubbing in all of those hard-to-reach areas mentioned above with ease. I haven’t seen them this clean (without a full breakdown and rinse, anyway) since I bought the bike!
Once I was finished with the brush, I detached it from the quick attachment and left the female end on my hose, because I plan to use this unit regularly after each ride. There are a dozen different ways this brush can be used but in my house its primary purpose will be to keep my bike components from crusting over and failing prematurely. If you want to grab your own Brush Hero, follow the link below. You won’t regret this purchase!
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