Juice Lubes Brake Juice - Review

Jun 10, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Juice Lubes Brake Juice

We reviewed a trio of Juice Lubes offerings last year, and since then I have been getting to know some other siblings from their large family of cleaning, lubing and maintenance products. Juice Lubes founder, Will Miles, says that "Brake Juice is a high performance, fast drying, disc brake cleaner, designed for - surprisingly enough - cleaning your disc brake pads and rotors!" Juice Lubes also say that the chlorine-free formulation won't harm paintwork or rubber seals, cause annoying squeaks, or leave any residue. Formulated and packaged in to a 600ml can in the UK. MSRP: $16 USD Juice Lubes

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesBrake Juice is pretty foolproof when it comes to application: you just spray it onto the disc caliper and rotor and then allow it to evaporate, which is a very quick process. A quick spray is a great idea after you've cleaned your bike using various cleaners and degreasers that can hurt braking performance, and at $16 USD the silver can has the potential to save you a chunk of money in contaminated pads. After a long dry spell, brakes can also benefit from a refresh before a ride to remove any brake dust, and the squeak won't last for more than a few seconds after application. To test its effectiveness, I gave both my brakes a lathering with an oil-based bike spray and then went for a quick spin to well and truly contaminate the pads. I then applied a liberal amount of Brake Juice to only one set, and, after a five minute ride where I was dragging the brakes to try and burn off any residue left, the un-treated pads were ready for the bin but the treated pair revived themselves back to approximately 60 - 70% of their original performance.

No, Brake Juice isn't going to raise your pads back from the dead if they are properly wrecked, but it is enough to make a huge difference, especially if the pads have only been slightly corrupted. As well as being a useful product for any braking issues, we also found it effective on removing stubborn stains or sticky residue left behind from old stickers or duct tape, as well as sliding on standard grips with almost zero drying time. Brake Juice is relatively inexpensive, effective, and could actually save you money, which makes it a smart buy for anyone wanting to keep their bike in working order. - Paul Aston


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82 Comments

  • 107 1
 Lubing your brakes will always make you faster. brakes just slow you down anyway
  • 40 1
 Well said friend! In fact, I just took my brakes off altogether, and threw them in the bin. The weight savings!
  • 20 5
 good point, I bet with the weight savings, there is an enduro play here with removable brakes... perhaps "they" would climb without brakes on the way up, add them on (without losing any time because the system would be so enduro-riffic ) for the way down.
  • 9 0
 I hear that at this years world cups neko mullaly will be running chainless and brake less! This one is in the bag for neko!
  • 5 0
 Footjams for days!!
  • 4 2
 im all for helping out a new up and coming product but 16 bucks?... I can go to napa and get an entire case of wearever brakeparts cleaner for that... kind of like buying sram fork oil that's 5 times more than the exact same stuff that's at your local moto store...
  • 2 1
 I am not backing SRAM fork oil, but you have to be careful when buying fork oils from motorcycle shops. Some of them contain an additive that makes the seals swell and can lock your fork up. If you have been having good luck with the oil you have been getting great If you ever change brands or even formulas from the same brand drop an old seal in some of the new oil over night to make sure it does not swell or eat you seals. I have seen this happen more than once and a fork/shock that is blowing oil, or wont move is no fun.
  • 2 2
 Brakes are overated
  • 4 0
 Think of the weight savings by removing all the stickers from your bike!..
  • 4 11
flag hdcoiler (Jun 11, 2015 at 4:46) (Below Threshold)
 Not true. The more stopping power you can achieve and be conscious of. The faster you will go.
  • 8 2
 @hdcoiler Haha everyone is just kidding dude, no one is mad enough to go down a mountain brakeless.
  • 1 1
 Coca Cola works wonders, I had a totally dead brake so I tried it and no joke it is actually revived from the dead. Bites like a new brake and saved me buying a set of new pads.
  • 1 0
 @pimpdaline RS fork oil is relabeled Maxima. (They even still use the same funky shaped bottle.) So as long as you buy fixed weight Maxima, you're all good.
  • 2 0
 best racing disc pads on market?

Big Jim's Oil Impregnated Racing Pads


can't stop, won't stop = win

just watch the trees Wink
  • 45 0
 $16 USD???? What does this do that the $5 can of brake cleaner from the auto parts store can't do?
  • 2 0
 Exactly what I thought. You can even get it non-chlorinated too just like this stuff.
  • 20 1
 Well but does it says INCREDIBLE on the can?
  • 48 1
 Yeah, it's spelled $5.99.
  • 12 3
 Well but does it have a litle bycicle on the can? How would people know im enduroing if they dont see the litle bycicle?
  • 18 0
 1. Buy auto brake cleaner for 5 bucks,
2. Slap on a fancy label,
3. sell it for 16 bucks = PROFIT
  • 4 0
 @fercho25 No, but I have a sharpie. Big Grin
  • 10 0
 Auto parts brake cleaner isn't gluten free Or dolphin friendly Duh
  • 7 0
 "Juice Lubes"...... Sounds like a co-star from "Logjammin'".
  • 5 1
 Or a bottle of isopropyl alcohol.
  • 2 0
 Oh KK11 don't be fatuous!
  • 6 2
 I could be wrong here, but i've heard that automotive brake cleaner doesn't burn off properly when used on bikes.
  • 4 0
 "We are nihilists. We believe in nothing".
  • 1 0
 White vineagar on a clean rag. Apply liberally to the braking surface of your rotors and dribble it between the rotor and the pad. Wipe the excess from the rotor. Go out and do a few hard stops. Your brakes will throw you over the bars...
  • 2 1
 ive tried auto brake cleaner, it did not help at all
  • 1 0
 Brake cleaner is the worst thing for brakes in my experience , pads and rotors are so cheap these days I just order new if contaminated
  • 1 0
 Rotors and pads cheap!? You got to be kidding. I've been on Formula and Avid and seen no cheap rotors and pads. Not to mention Hope with their crazy prices. Shimano does have some cheaper rotors though.
  • 1 0
 Over here there are two companies that do rotors and pads at good prices , uberbike and superstar components , very cheap kit and uber bikes pads are excellent
  • 30 0
 "Rotor remover"

Guarented to make you faster!!! No annoying squeak!

Kit includes: torx key to remove rotor

20$ USD.
  • 23 1
 Rubbing alcohol and a blow torch. Some mechanics will say that the intense heat will weaken and harden the braking surface, and make it break off of the backplate, but I've done it many times with no ruined pads.
  • 2 1
 I mean without further ruining the break pads. And my breaks work like new again.
  • 7 0
 This is a good solution. I've done pads and rotor on the oven at 400f for 20-30min. Works great. Might be more of an even treatment than the torch.
  • 2 1
 I find there's nothing worse than new breaks, however when I do the old boil and bake with the brakes on my bike I find it works pretty good..
  • 2 0
 Automotive brake cleaner then a heat gun make 'em like new and is easy enough to do. They do give off odors when you are burning the oils - so do it outside or in an area where you don't mind the smell of burnt oil!
  • 1 0
 Used to do this all the time with 99% success. A bit more careful these days and haven't had contamination issues lately, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this blow torch trick again if needed.
  • 10 0
 Referring to them as 'breaks' makes me wonder how bad they were when they were new.. Were they juicy 5's by any chance? Wink
  • 2 0
 Well ive done boiling water on the brake pads helps a lot if you are far away from civilization with contaminated pads.
  • 34 1
 Brake- the thing that stops your bike. Break- what you do with your leg when you buy Avid brakes. In case you didn't get that- THEY ARE SPELLED BRAKES. BRAKES. BRAKES. BRAKES.
  • 2 0
 Brake cleaner on the rotors, a propane or MAPP gas torch on the pads.
  • 2 0
 This is the best way to clean rotors and pads I've ever used. High-proof rubbing alcohol and and lighter, not even a blow torch. Burn the alcohol off, and finish up with a scotch brite pad.
  • 2 0
 As a sidenote only metallic pads will survive a blow torch.
  • 1 0
 Get yourself an electric hotplate and a pair of pliers. You can soak your pads in oil and still bring them back from beyond. This cleaner will never be able to do that.
  • 24 2
 Brakes? You mean coward levers
  • 20 0
 Chain? You mean Bitch string. -Neko Mullaly
  • 14 0
 This article could have been just one sentence long: This is a break parts cleaner, it cleans your brake parts, and costs 16 bucks.
  • 6 1
 how did you manage to use the wrong 'brakes' half the time?
  • 3 2
 I'm intrigued and I want to subscribe to your newsletter because I couldn't believe after I had only voted for my brakes a year ago, the pads and rotors could be corrupt. I am going to try this for 16 USD because I have been told by my LBS that after trouble shooting all other possibilities, my brakes are on the take.
  • 2 0
 Ehh just get new pads man. Possibly give the rotors a light sanding with some 1500 grit, clean with $3 brake cleaner from Wal-Mart..

It would probably be better spent money for you. My opinion, anyway. Good luck
  • 1 0
 This product is kind of silly - all it is, is chlorine free brake-cleaner. A premium one at that, with a double premium price. Auto shops use this all the time, but because we don't use a fancy bike logo on the front it costs half the price.

Long story short: Go to lordco or napa for this. It's just plain common sense. Get the brand "w├╝rth" if they have it.
  • 1 0
 The Juicy Lube stuff they make is so pressurised in the can you have to be careful not to get it on the rotors when applying it to the forks. Maybe this will get it off the rotors..........hahaha ;-)
  • 2 0
 Does it by any chance also solve a bit the famous "stuck pads problem" on avids?
  • 1 0
 If by chance you do contaminate your pads just take them out and put them in the oven for 30mins, when the Mrs is cooking tea. sorted pads like new !
  • 2 0
 here's an idea, don't contaminate your pads. if you do take the $16 you'd spend on this and buy new pads.
  • 1 0
 ContAminated with what? Brake pad dust? Or oil. If its oil toss em.
Just get some 80 grit sand paper .sand off the black layer. He'll give those rotors a sanding too.
  • 3 0
 but will i go faster?
  • 29 0
 No, if you want to go faster use WD-40 instead.
  • 7 4
 just ride brakeless foo
  • 4 2
 Dont forget to only ride park....why?
Cuz we're still faster then you
  • 4 4
 Love this stuff. Sure you can get cheaper products but if you do that you're not supporting the bike industry are you?

This really works.
  • 17 0
 I think you mean the chemical manufacturing and packaging industry.
  • 1 1
 Except Juice Lubes are a MTB Product brand.....?
  • 2 0
 The putting spiffy labels on cans industry
  • 1 0
 Supporting the bike industry by paying over the odds for a repackaged cheap product ? Thats called being mugged off
  • 3 1
 give me a brake, will they ever stop.... repackaging standard products
  • 2 0
 i know ! the cycle just goes round and round
  • 1 0
 They're just trying to pad their bottom line.
  • 1 0
 Grab a can of Juicy Lube the application is gonna moooove yaaaahhh!!!! -CF-
  • 1 0
 Why bother giving the price in USD...?
They don't ship here(at least not to Kalifornistan)
  • 2 1
 Brakes? Pah!, they're for woosies...
  • 1 0
 Very true man!!
  • 1 0
 Life is too short to read a review of a brake cleaner.
  • 1 0
 I looked at the price, then moved swiftly on
  • 1 0
 Read the can... Its just isopropyl alcohol packaged in an expensive can.
  • 1 0
 Ya but will it also kill the dandelions in my yard?
  • 1 1
 any suppliers in the US carry this? cool product, but where can we get it? Im a dealer not a consumer.
  • 2 1
 What a juicy article.
  • 1 1
 Just do not contaminate your brake pads, thats all.

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