Park Tool CM-5 “Cyclone” Chain Scrubber Tools

3.76/5 (34 Reviews)
MSRP : $26.99


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Product Description

The patented Cyclone Chain Scrubber is made with a tough plastic nylon and has replaceable cleaning brushes, Part RBS-5 Replacement Brush Set, for extended product life.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by stanleykowalski

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2012

Strengths:    Clean the bejabbers out of that filthy chain! Easy to assemble and use. Handy brush for cleaning gears included. Fast.

Weaknesses:    Buying this automatically qualifies you for the Dweeb Hall of Fame. Overkill. Messy. Slide on handle is permanent and makes it so you can't put the thing back in the box. Consider leaving it off.

Bottom Line:   
Indispensable for the anal retentive road biker. Not actually necessary to have a well-maintained bike. I was pretty surprised at how much grime came off my reasonably clean chain. It was filthy and ran better after I used this. It spatters quite a bit, so take to heart that stuff in the directions about spreading newspaper underneath bike.

This is a very good gift for a biker. The guy probably won't own one, yet he would probably use it if you gave it to him. Just don't expect him to talk it up with his riding pals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HTail a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2012

Strengths:    Simple design but works great

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I've gone through many different chain cleaners, but so far this is the best performing and easiest to clean out. The magnet at the bottom of the reservoir is a bonus, gathers all the metallic particles, reduces gunk buildup on the brushes as you clean the chain...brilliant.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Winco a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011

Strengths:    Well made. Well designed. Works as advertised.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Just buy it. Save yourself time. Get a great result in minutes.

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Favorite Trail:   Awaba, Ourimbah & Yellowmundi

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   parktools.com

Similar Products Used:   Spray & wipe.

Bike Setup:   GT Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zoro a Downhiller from Montreal, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2009

Strengths:    Cleans the chain VERY VERY well leaving no funky dirty stuff. It really does the job perfectly.

Weaknesses:    Some spill. I put a couple of layers of old newspaper under the bike stand just to be sure.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is: go buy it. Yes, go buy it if you want to clean your chain often and have worry free drivedraint. Go buy it if, even if it's simple, you don't like to take the chain off and soak it overnight.

I ride my commuting bike in the snow, salt and calcium all winter long and it can be really hard on your drivetrain. This little machine is so simple to use that I clean my chain once or twice a week. It avoids me countless chain changes and drivetrain failures.

Use with a good bio degreaser. I use MEC's bio d. Works good, but I'd like to try Park's degreaser.

I mean, it's so simple and works so good I can't find any REAL weaknesses to this product. Spills can be avoided if you manipulate carefully. The chain WILL drip afterwards, that is why I put newspapers underneath the drivetrain. But dripping is good, 'cause all the grime and gunk is going down while your chain is drying clean.

Wait about 10 mins after use, dry the 4 sides of the chain with a rag, lube and enjoy a nice and clean chain.

5 chilis for sure.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Various road & mtb bikes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Bauer from IL

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2007

Strengths:    Cleans well, fast and effective.

Weaknesses:    Trial and error. After you get the jist of it, it's a thing of beauty! Beats the heck out of a toothbrush!

Bottom Line:   
Go buy it! I don't know what all the complaining is about. I have to question the mental health of some of the reviewers... (I kid, I kid)

Would give 4/4 chillies, but the rating is ridiculously low!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Bike Setup:   08 575

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by why guy a Cross Country Rider from Chicago, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2007

Strengths:    simple design, easy to use and good results

Weaknesses:    not the easiest to close around chain

Bottom Line:   
works well once you get it on - just needs a little tlc while operating to avoid the mess. i'm giving it high chilies to offset the current rating, too low imho

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Favorite Trail:   the one i'm on =)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   some online merchant

Similar Products Used:   brushes

Bike Setup:   y5 & y33

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Anthony a Cross Country Rider from Lexington, KY, USA

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2006

Strengths:    SUPER effective cleaning, convenience, ease of use

Weaknesses:    handle falls off easily, top brush wheel can also fall out

Bottom Line:   
Not sure what folks are complaining about regarding mess. I spilled a bit the first time I used it, but after that, no problems. A few drips, but what do you expect--you're running the chain through degreaser. I put a piece of cardboard under the chain and have never had an issue with 'mess'. This thing beats the crap outta cleaning your chain by hand. Lean it against a wall, or better yet, buy a stand! 4 for value (could be cheaper) and 4 for overall (5's are rare).

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   toothbrush, various other brushes

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Marlin. LX/XT components and Hayes disk.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Erich a Cross Country Rider from Pompton Plains, NJ

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2004

Strengths:    Easy to handle and clean up. Cleans the chain almost as good as taking the bike to the shop, but I don't have to take the chain off the bike to do it.

Weaknesses:    Occasionally grabs the chain and spills cleaner... but then again, the cleaner is a liquid, so it's got to be expected.

Bottom Line:   
If you're looking for a product that will help you save your chain over the long haul, this is the one. I use it at least once a week, depending on riding and conditions. It keeps my chain clean which helps keep the rest of the driveline clean and unbound. Well worth the investment. Also, it was suggested by the shop where I got my bike and the cleaner (check with your shop on this too) that I should let the sediment settle for 24 hours before straining it through a coffee filter so I can use the fluid again.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Craft

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Slightly customized Trek Fuel 90.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Hughes a Weekend Warrior from Nashua, NH

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2003

Strengths:    Easy to use, does the job that it is intended to do.

Weaknesses:    While easy to use there does seem to be a bit of an art to using it.

Bottom Line:   
Maybe I am just terribly coordinated (Not!) but I find this an excellent product to use, including the handle that so many seem to dispise. I admit that my first attempt to use it was less than totally successful with lots of spilled degreaser but later attempts seemed to go fine with minimal spillage.

This cleans the chain very well. It is much neater than the alternative of soaking and cleaning with a toothbrush. I think it is also much more thorough in cleaning. And it is certainly faster.

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Favorite Trail:   Nashua River Rail Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Toothbrush and degreaser

Bike Setup:   Specialized Crossroad Sport

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Matt Lou from Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2003

Strengths:    Simple to use

Weaknesses:    Too expensive

Bottom Line:   
Better than the older Park chain scrubber but definitely not worth the extra money. Bought it for shop use and ended up shelving it after a week. Using an MEC chain scrubber now (much cheaper and replaceable), followed by a shot of brake cleaner afterwards.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   The older Park chain scrubber, MEC chain scrubber, rags


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Buckley, Wa usa

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2002

Strengths:    Continues to clean my chain well.

Weaknesses:    Wheel on the lid falls out. Just squeeze when putting the top on it.

Bottom Line:   
This tool works fine. The upper wheel falling out is just an annoyance. Squeeze the top while putting it on the chain and the wheel stays put. Whatever. I clean my chain after every ride and I ride in Washington(wet/muddy). It works and I do recomend it. I also clean my bike outside...the chain too.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   On line

Similar Products Used:   Toothbrush

Bike Setup:   HT's with fatty tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse a Weekend Warrior from Corvallis

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Strengths:    Does exactly what it is designed to do.

Weaknesses:    Solvent can spill out (but that is a given for any chain cleaning)

Bottom Line:   
Works very well. I dont know what other reviewers were complaining about instructions for, because this thing is easier to use than a screwdriver. The handle has worked fine for me. Great product from Park.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   toothbrush

Bike Setup:   02 AC 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen a Cross Country Rider from Burnaby, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Check out my review at:

http://www.futurelooks.com/display.asp?i=139&p=1

Here's a clip:

"Way back in the day, I used to have to remove my crud infested chain and scrub it in a tin of eye stinging solvent while ruining a favourite T-shirt or something else. No longer! The chore of bicycle chain maintenance just got easier with this labour saving device by Park Tool USA! My how times have changed..."

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Similar Products Used:   The Orignal Park Chain Cleaner

Bike Setup:   GT Ruckus 1.0 with Full XTR, Rockshox Psylo XC, Hayes Disc Brakes

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Wil a Weekend Warrior from LA, CA

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2002

Strengths:    It does clean the chain

Weaknesses:    Yanks the chain off the gears. Uses more degreaser. Spillage.

Bottom Line:   
The Cyclone does a good job cleaning, but isn't all that easy to use. The tool tends grabs the chain when it's not perfectly aligned. When that happens the tool will pull the chain off the gears and spill degreaser all over the floor.

After one of the clips broke off. I decided to try something new and gave the Finishline a try. It cleans as well as the Cyclone without yanking and a lot less spillage.

Also, the Finish Line cleaner requires less degreaser then the Cyclone.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Finish Line.

Bike Setup:   Does it matter?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bernie a Cross Country Rider from Halifax,NS,Canada

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2002

Strengths:    Ease of use;does a respectable job of cleaning chain

Weaknesses:    A little bit messy.

Bottom Line:   
This thing works great - did a decent job of cleaning chain. The mess was a minor thing - you're going to get dirty whenever you even look at your chain. The handle makes it so much easier to operate the cleaner and the magnet at the bottom of the tray is a good idea. My only reservation about any of these cleaners is what the hell do you do with the solvent when you finish?? I think it is a great product and well worth the money. Ideal for those who don't want or like to remove their chain to clean it properly. Also probably works better for chains that are newer or in good shape.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Equipment Coop

Similar Products Used:   Old Park chain cleaner.

Bike Setup:   Sworks M2;Easton Monkeylite;Selle Italia Flite Trans Am;mostly stock

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