Red Ant must work in the chemistry lab to concoct secret cleaning formulas optimized for specific frame finishes and materials. This formula is for titanium and is advertised as a fast, effective, and safe titanium bike cleaner that includes cleaning chains, plastic, rubber, and wheels, as well as the frame itself. It’s good to see that the ingredients are labeled as biodegradable and the formula is PH neutral.
Red Ant is obviously targeting a certain “specialty” market. Titanium bikes are premium anyway, and the bottle itself pretty much pushes the titanium-specific cleaner into the luxury category: the brushed aluminum spray bottle only holds 500ml. Applying quite liberally, I used about 100ml per bike, so not good value for money, and unfortunately not refillable at present.
It works well though. Riding my road-weary bike for the maximum recommended time of three to five minutes particularly impressed me with the cleanliness of the rim: ironically an aluminum surface. The brake dust melted away with little more than a wipe. General oil and grime also came off the drivetrain easily, though a decent swirl with a toothbrush is still needed on the chains.
The cleaner also did a good job on the frame. Walking around with a warm sponge was enough to remove all the dried debris. A fairly specific problem with relatively shiny raw titanium frames is fingerprints and other residue that has a dulling effect on the metal. Applying the cleaner to a satin frame, I was impressed with the streak-free finish: dull marks are hard to detect during the cleaning process, but if not cleaned thoroughly they will reappear on drying, often leading to traces of water. The Red Ant cleaner disintegrated all traces of these, restoring the frame to its raw shine.
Although the cleaner works very well, high-quality alternatives can get the job done at half the cost per milliliter and are available in larger, more convenient and economical volumes. That being said, anyone even looking to buy a titanium-specific cleaner is probably willing to pay extra, and the bottle looks good in the shop.
Effective material-specific cleaner for removing grime from titanium bikes, but do you really need it?
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road.cc test report
Brand and model : Red Ant Titanium Bike Frame Cleaner
Tell us what the product is for and who it is for. What are the builders saying? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
RED ANT Bike Cleaners didn’t just want another bike cleaner, they wanted to offer a simple and straightforward range of professional cleaning and maintenance products for you the rider – a range that cleans, shines and protects.
REDANT Precision understands the needs of those who love their bikes as much as they do. They believe that two wheels should be loved, enjoyed and cared for. REDANT Precision has designed and created a unique line of specialty cleaning and protection products for today’s performance road bikes. Whether you have a carbon fiber, matte or titanium frame, their line of advanced cleaning systems are specially formulated to meet today’s maintenance needs for specialty frames and components.
REDANT precision – for when precision cleaning really matters.
Tell us a bit more about the technical aspects of the product?
Specially designed fast, effective and safe titanium bike cleaner
– Unique pH-neutral formulation safely cuts through road grime, dirt deposits and oily grime
– Safe and effective dirt release and degreasing technology
– New biodegradable cleaning technology
Rate the product for build quality:
The scent is reminiscent of high-end, vaguely floral laundry detergent.
Rate the product for its performance:
Without context, it works just fine.
Evaluate the product for its value:
My dosage would be £2 per cleaning.
Most brands on the market offer 1 liter (double volume) bottles for easily under £10, and concentrated citrus degreasers can be had for much less.
Unlike some cleaners on the market, you can’t even refill the Red Ant bottle, which would reduce the cost of the product itself, while saving on (expensive) foil packaging.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used as intended
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Effective, streak-free cleaning.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Whether this is really necessary specifically for a titanium frame is a moot point.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider purchasing the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Probably not.
Age: 23 Height: 5 feet 7 inches Weight:
I usually ride: Sabbath September My best bike is: Van Nicholas Mistral for the summer
I have been riding since: Under 5 years old I ride: most days I would classify myself as: Experimented
I regularly practice the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sports, general fitness riding, audax