SRAM Pit Stop - The fancy method of cleaning.

Jul 6, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
There is a multitude of things you should not do to your bike when cleaning it, like washing rotors with a dirty brush / sponge, pads, pressure washing seals or bearings, using incorrect lube after washing. Most of these issues are reversible, however, the all new Pit Stop kit from SRAM gives you everything you should need to clean your bike in 1 compact case, and it even comes with washing instructions.

Click here for info on the Pit Stop cleaning kit...Cleaning your bike is a never ending chore. Rinse, soap, scrub, rinse, repeat. Lube the necessary parts once you're done washing it up. Recently we picked up one of the SRAM Pit Stop cleaning kits from Norco. It features the necessary items for cleaning a bike. Everything from pre-soak, to scrub, to sheen and lube. Ok, so they may not be separate containers, but we did the full meal deal wash, and were very pleased with the final product the Pit Stop Kit provided us with.


The only thing missing from the Pit Stop kit is water, something you should already have at hand if you were planning on washing your bike to begin with. The Pit Stop kit includes 1 Liter of bike cleaner, 500ml of bike protectant, 5 scrubbing brushes, 1 sponge, and 1 bucket to hold water in. Designed around simplicity, the bike cleaner bottle comes with a spray nozzle, that is adjustable from fine mist, to jet stream. It even includes instructions for those of you who are completely new to cleaning your bike. Amongst the 5 scrubbing brushes SRAM has included big, small, fat, round, flat, and even doubled up the 1 scrubber. These scrubbing assistants are made out of plastic, so they are not going to rot, or smell up your cleaning kit.

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The Pit Stop Kit is extremely easy to use. Simply follow the 3 easy steps. Spray on Bike Cleaner, wait 1 or 2 minutes, scrub bike to release any caked on dirt, then use the sponge to wipe, and rinse down the bike to remove all the cleaner, and dirt. The final step, once your bike has been sponge dried, is to spray it down with the protectant. The protectant contains P.T.F.E., or better known as Polytetrafluoroethylene. PTFE's coefficient of friction is 0.1 or less, which is the second lowest of any known solid material (diamond-like carbon being the first). This extremely low friction rating allows the Bike Protectant to not only leave a nice glossy finish on your bike, but add a slight lubricant to the needed areas. In these applications it performs significantly better than nylon and acetal; it is comparable to ultra high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), although UHMWPE is more resistant to wear than Teflon. PTFE was first used on teflon non-stick frying pans, but has been adapted as a lubricant, amongst other things.

The Finished Product

The Finished Product


A group effort decided that the first time washing the Ibis with the Pit Stop kit proved to be longer than anticipated, but after you got the steps of washing your bike down with this kit you would be well off to the races. What's really nice, is the fact that it's all in 1 shoe box sized container, that you can sneak under your seat, or deep on the dwells of the trunk. The SRAM Pit Stop kit carries a MSRP price of $100. If you already have your own scrubbers and sponges, for $37 you can get the cleaning agents directly from your local shop through Norco in Canada.

Happy trails and clean bikes!


54 Comments

  • 33 6
 i find that hiring a small indonesian called mustafa to clean my rig works just as well ..lol
  • 10 1
 way overpriced. i just bought a fat thing of simple green for ten bucks, should last a life time. dont need sponges or any of that shit, just spray on the green, let er sit, and spray with hose. if im feeling really ambitious, ill wipe my bike down with a towel.
  • 5 0
 definetly overprized.... If it could be 25 bucks I would pay... no more.... one year of the product and boom.... you can buy many other priority stuff
  • 1 0
 ya 25 bucks would be about right. no, pit stop's been around forever. just not in canada i think.
  • 3 0
 BIKE LUST!! that shits where its at.
  • 7 0
 geezus christ, $100. for that price im assuming it provides bj's as well?
and the bike was hardly dirt to begin with.
everyone a big round of applause for sram for adding there name to a massive market with a product that is no more unique then any of the others.

epic fail
  • 7 1
 100 bucks is insane for that. The "bike wash" fluid would be used up in no time since it is not a concentrated soap, it is pre mixed, and 37 bucks to replace just the soap is out of the question, that's a lot of money that you could put towards something like a set of tires, or new brake pads front and rear.
  • 3 0
 i mix my bike wash 5% bike wash and the rest water. Works EXACTLY the same. And its still BRIGHT pink. I also stole a jet nozzle for my air compressor and an old camelback reservoir (to hold soapy water, same conc as the above mentioned mixture), to use as a pressure washer. its only about 120psi which makes for a good comforting mist a about a foot or so distance and decent pressure washer at point blank. Works like a charm.
  • 6 0
 What!? What!? Thanks Sram for coming out with a new product for the lazy. I mean really, 50/50 dish soap mixed with water, a small brush from the same place you bought the soap, towels and you are done. We need a high priced kit to clean are bikes? What are we, roadies? I'm surprised the kit doesn't come with gloves to protect your hands from the dirt.
  • 3 0
 I hate when a company wants to make people think they need something....
As you said, you need soap.. cloth water, that´s it...
Maybe the protection is not that bad idea.. but being honest... it is just not esential...
  • 5 0
 "The protectant contains P.T.F.E., or better known as Polytetrafluoroethylene. PTFE's coefficient of friction is 0.1 or less, which is the second lowest of any known solid material (diamond-like carbon being the first). (...) In these applications it performs significantly better than nylon and acetal; it is comparable to ultra high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), although UHMWPE is more resistant to wear than Teflon. PTFE was first used on teflon non-stick frying pans, but has been adapted as a lubricant, amongst other things."

How could I only live without it all these years of riding in the mud? I will go out and spend hard earned 100$ to make not only my bike cleaner, but my live better, my muskels stronger and my riding better! Thanks oh lord!
  • 5 1
 $100?? (CAD i guess) so like £50? Is it really worth spending that on a set of brushes and some cleaning fluids that will not last particualy long? I think i'll be sticking to muc off and sprinkler hose. To a rider on a budget that looks like a rip off...
  • 2 0
 Even for a rider without a budget this seems like a ripoff.

I just goto Home Depot and get some brushes for $15, then goto the bike store and get some lube for $10. Use the water at home and you have spent way less money than $100. Water and a brush usually gets 98% of the dirt off of my bike. I hardly ever use soap or anything to wash it. The most important part is lubing it up properly after.
  • 4 1
 Never ever use WD40 on your bike. Not only is it so fine a lubricant that is washes the grease out of you seals but it has properties which attack threadlock so you will soon start to loose bolts on your bike.

The best cleaner out there is S100 which is available at you motorcycle shop for $15.00 a liter. It does not attack the finish threadlock or bearing grease and will clean your ano finish like new. Spray it on and hose off, you only need to scrub the frame if dirt is built up.
  • 7 0
 isnt that just muc off?
  • 3 0
 all that stuff is just what muc off do and the spray is just hyped up gt85 to be perfectly honest the company is just trying to relabel and sqeeze some more money out of the skint market
  • 3 0
 make your own kit. sponge from wall mart, windex maybe degreaser air compressor,garden hose and chain lube. cost you maybe 15$ who needs shiney frame if it just gets dirty again the next day.
  • 6 1
 New brake pads, me thinks..
  • 3 0
 Yeah, I'm thinking brake pads don't like ultra high-molecular weight polyethylene on them. I could be wrong.
  • 3 0
 unless you ride in wet concrete then a (gentle) hose and a brush will get your bike spotless , but the protection stuff seems a good idea
  • 1 0
 i rather take the time to use meguiars NXT GENERATION® CAR WASH then after car polish, then a quick wax with meguiars yellow wax, and once you've done that, ever wash you do all you need to keep that nice shine is a quick spray of ULTIMATE QUIK DETAILER®, then your bike(s) will stay a nice solid shine. Im not sure if this any cheaper but i know it will last longer.
  • 2 1
 never spray your bike with a hose or pressure wash it. the water seeps in to the bearing and cables and destroys them, the very best cleaner on the market hands down is WD-40. most people dont realise it but WD-40 will clean anything because it is actually a cleaner with oil like properties. if you spary it on your bike it claens away dirt without scratching and leaves it shiny clean. just be careful to keep it away from your rotors and bearings. if it gets in places like your hub it will clean away the grease. so simply spray it on a rag for places like hubs. i guurantee this will be the best clean your bike has ever had at half the price of any other cleaner.
  • 1 0
 don't forget to use some old clean t-shirts, too. shirts from shwag or old race tees. cleaned many a cassette and chainrings flossing with an old tee and WD!
  • 1 0
 Water, just it. At the last 10 years I've washing my bikes with high pressure water without issues. It is need to dry with a cloth and sun. Avoid all chemical. Trust me. The last is to lubricate properly, avoiding to contaminate rotors and pads. It is obviously, but if you became happy, spend that money.
  • 2 0
 It's quite expensive. And I'm curious, how would it deal with bikes really muddy - like that one? That IBIS was quite clean
  • 2 0
 Obviously you want to rinse any bike first so that you aren't smearing around the dirt and scratching your frame, then you use the cleaner and protectant. I agree though that for the whole kit, it is expensive and would personally buy just the cleaner and protectant in the future.
  • 1 1
 looks really good stuff, maybe a lil over priced, but all bike wash systems seem to be pretty exspensive

the spray on protector looks good, but surly it can't be good for your brakes? i might have missed something about it in the video,
  • 2 1
 It's not good for the brakes, but thank fully I used brake cleaner after and my brakes are back up to power. Total rookie move on my part in regards to miss reading the instructions for the protectant.
  • 4 0
 really fancy, but i don´t need something like that to clean my bike. Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Hahaha, extremely pointless imo. Spray your bike with water and it looks the same. Huge waste of money.
  • 4 0
 exactly no need to spend $100
  • 2 0
 Muck-off and this shit, for people who are too good for a bucket of warm soapy water and a sponge.
  • 3 0
 the fancy method of wasting money while soapy water does the same thing
  • 1 0
 tez mi cos...zwykly szampon samochodowy, zamiast specjalnych szczotek , zmiotka za 5 zl z marketu , i jechane, bede mial ten sam efekt
  • 1 0
 I guess it's good if you have a $100 burning a hole in your pocket. As for me, Dish soap and a rag gets the job done and my bike gets way dirtier than that.
  • 4 3
 doesnt look that great if im honest, the bike was hardly dirty either,not a true test of the product...
  • 1 0
 can you get any of the cleaning solution on your rotors?? or will it destroy your pads
  • 1 0
 If this shit cost 20 bucks I would buy it. But 100... come on thats redicuous.
  • 1 0
 whats wrong with just wtting and wiping with a rag works fine for me and its free
  • 2 0
 still cant be as much fun as riding through the local carwash
  • 4 3
 damn! gotta get me some of that.
  • 8 6
 I want some, also I love Lamp
  • 19 2
 yea it looks brilliant but $100 thats a lot when auto glym and a sponge can do the same job
  • 3 6
 damn, ginger ninja bike!!
  • 2 4
 Simple Green maxSmile
  • 6 6
 The problem with auto glym is that is some abrasive... so better not to use often...
  • 2 3
 don't neg prop him he is correct its the same with fairy liquid, it has some sort of abrasive in it and can scratch paintwork, to be completely honest with you the bike want that dirty to start with, jesus god ive had my bike dirtier than that cycling to my local tracks
  • 3 1
 $100 for thatEek
  • 1 0
 thats the same pitstop logo as a local car tuning shop here haha
  • 1 0
 pretty mad bike
  • 1 0
 agree
  • 1 1
 It's called a hose jeesus...
  • 1 0
 looks like shit

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