Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - BIG fenders on a cross check?
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12-23-07, 02:50 AM
the search function seems not to be working for me right now, but can anyone recommend a big fender for a cross check? i am only going to be running 35mm tires, but i would like to take advantage of the awesome clearance and keep twigs and crud from getting stuck. would the planet bike mountain fenders fit on a cross check? i would prefer a full fender setup, but if someone has a really good clip on recommendation, i would take it, i guess.
12-23-07, 07:05 AM
I have SKS/Esge P45's which work fine, though you could probably fit something a bit larger, as I have a few mm of clearance on either side where the fender passes through the front fork blades. I imagine it would be pretty easy to trim a plastic fender to clear the fork blades/seat stays and brakes if you went wider.
I've heard good things about Planet Bike fenders, particularly the Cascadia. I'd look at fenders sized for 29'er MTBs as these will be designed for the larger 700c wheel diameter and circumference compared to a 26" MTB fender. Fenders sized for 26" wheels will probably be shorter, so what you gain in width you will probably sacrifice in length (less coverage along the circumference of the wheel).
12-24-07, 01:30 PM
These are the big planet bike fenders. These tires are 32mm Vittoria Randos
12-25-07, 10:50 AM
I've got Planet Bike (as pictured above) on my Crosscheck and SKS chromoplastics on my fixed gear touring bike / commuter.
One big drawback of the SKS fenders is that the support bracket is mounted lower and I've caught it a few times with my foot at low speeds. However, the SKS fenders do go down the back of the front wheel a bit further. I've yet to ride them in the rain.
I also replaced the front mudflap on the Planet bike fenders with my own homemade design. But most serious rain riders do that anyway.
12-25-07, 11:17 AM
Metal fenders are more effective and last longer, although I've never tried them for riding cyclocross, if that's what you're doing with them. I don't know if they stand up to off-road conditions.
I have a the SKS P45 on my 35c tire eqipped bike. The rear is very stable but the front flexes side to side and causes noise when the fender bumps into the sides of the tire. Fairly annoying.
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