all images courtesy of Brush-X

We’ve spent a lot of this fall in Europe getting muddy testing cross bikes, wheels, tires, and more. And so every weekend we’ve finished with more muddy encrusted gear than we could shake a stick at. On some of the better (worse?) days it has even been quite clear that we spent more time washing things than actually riding them. There are a lot of things that are happy to get hit with a pressure washer, so that tends to be our first weapon against mud. But anything close to bearings, hydraulic brakes, shifters, and most shoes and clothes gets hand washed with either a low-pressure hose or with brushes. While we haven’t tried this one ourselves, the Brush-X looks like it would be a great add-on and would save us a bunch of time on that more gentle cleaning. Come past the break with us for a closer look…

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The Brush-X is a stiff, plastic bristled brush with a 6′ (~180cm) hose that connects to a standard garden hose. Water is designed to flow evenly through the bristles for an easy and relatively gentle clean. It gets a  region -specific 3/4″ GHT (North America) or 3/4″ BSPP (Europe) connection based on where it is shipped.

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While we spend time with a lot of cold weather outside in these cold months, this looks like it will speed up the process and keep our hands drier than the other method of brush in one hand and hose in the other. My only concern of question is how long the polyester brush tips would last getting pushed and scraped against the bike, and how it would deal with getting greased by a dirty chain. But at $25, as long as it lasted a year or two, it would probably be a better option than all of the other brushes we wear through. We’d certainly like to give it a try.


  1. Is dish soap a no-no? I always use a little dish soap in a bucket along with brush and hose. If they could figure out how to inject the brush with a little soap or degreaser which could be turned on and off this would be a huge win.

  2. FWIW, you don’t need to worry about blasting your disc brakes with a pressure washer, unless you’re going to take the pads off first and point it directly at the piston seal. I’ve been pressure washing my MTBs for years and have never had an issue with the brakes.

  3. I’ve had my Brush-X for at least 3 years, rock solid. Bought one the first time I saw it at a local cross race. Must have if you are racing/riding in the muck.

  4. This is a parts washer brush with a garden hose fitting. Points for creative re-purposing of common shop equipment with minimal cost and complexity.

  5. So, this ISN’T just the parts washer brush and attachment that is ubiquitous throughout the automotive repair shop industry and in many bicycle repair shops? The kind of thing you can get attached to a Harbor Freight parts washer?
    Is the garden hose adapter the only thing unique to this?

  6. Never tried one, but seems like a good idea to me. Link to Harbor Freight version?

    Pete: Dish washing detergent is great to wash your bike (or any vehicle for that matter).

  7. Is there a valve on this? We’re very sensitive to water waste here in CA, and this would be a no-go if the water just kept running.

  8. This is a parts washer brush no doubt. It will last forever. At the shop I work in we use it every day dozens of times and it has not been replaced in the 6 years the store has been open.

  9. I bought a similar product(called bike brush) back in 1996 and the bristles are still going strong, so yes, they will last. Unfortunately a plastic piece that connected the hose to the handle snapped, about 5 years ago, with no easy fix. I missed the complete gadget something fierce.

    Caught an ad for the brush X and I am a happy camper again. No plastic connector to break, and yes it does have a water flow control valve, although it not as easy to operate, kind of sticks. You also can’t get the brush into really tight places, but I would still recommend.

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