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Old 03-02-07, 09:14 AM   #1
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Which of These Fenders whould You Pick?

Ok, I am wanting to buy a set of full fenders. I dont know which of these two I should buy. They are both equally priced. They will not be a permanent part of the bike, but I dont want the clip on fenders.


SKS Road Fenders


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I personally dont like the look of the mud flaps that the freddy fenders have, but I dont know which is better.
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Old 03-02-07, 09:59 AM   #2
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Old 03-02-07, 09:59 AM   #3
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The Freddy Fenders are very short and have decorative mudflaps that are too short to do anything. The SKS look to be much longer, and you can add mudflaps to them if they are not long enough.

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Old 03-02-07, 10:05 AM   #4
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Of these 2, I would choose SKS. My Torelli now has a Zefal rear fender & a Planet Bike front thanks to a stick that shattered the Zefal front & a gift Freddy takeoff from my LBS. That little flap on the Freddy does look only decorative but it actually deflects quite a bit of water, its just not as effective as a full, wide flap such as the Giles Berthaud leather. Don
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Old 03-02-07, 11:02 AM   #5
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SKS + self-made mudflaps = way to go.

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Old 03-02-07, 11:05 AM   #6
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The factory 'appendages' on the Planet Bikes are useless. I got rid of them and installed stair tread that goes almost to the ground. It's the only way it works. As to the specific brand of fender? It doesn't matter as long as they are the full coverage type.

The real choice here is whether you want to look stupid with a wet, muddy stripe up your back side and crud all over your bike, OR, geeky but sensible, with a relatively cleaner bike.
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Old 03-02-07, 11:49 AM   #7
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One tip with the SKS - the little tab on the front fender goes IN FRONT of the fork, not behind. I just figured that out.
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Old 03-02-07, 12:07 PM   #8
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I've used both. The SKS is a much better product. The biggest problem with the planet bike fenders is that they rattle. It is impossible to mount the front fender, IMO, without having it rattle around because it uses a single support on the front. SKS uses a double support on the front, which keeps the fender from swaying, and the fender material itself is of better quality. The PB fenders use plastic which flexes, while the SKS fenders use an aluminum/plastic composite material which is much stiffer and more durable. The hardware and attachment points used by SKS are of better quality in general as well.

The only issue that sets the PB fenders at a higher level than the SKS fenders is tire clearance and weight. The PB fenders are a little lighter (for the reason that the fender material is not as strong) and the shape of the fender fits in tighter spots better as well. I want to say though, that I have SKS fenders on both my road bikes, and both of them have tight tire clearance.

You might have problems though if you have a wishbone seat stay or a very curved brake bridge which produces a tight tire clearance. If you have this, you may have to modify your fender to set to go over the top of the brake bridge. SKSs are easier to modify because the material stands up to cutting a drilling better than straight plastic. I also have found that the "lip" on the front fender on both fender types have to be cut off. I've never had a fender where I could keep the lip, because the lip always gets skewed and rubs against the tire, and/or it simply is unsupported and vibrates too much. So I just take a hacksaw and cut the lip off.
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I have both on different bikes. The SKS fenders have stiffer stays and rattle a lot less. They're much quieter overall.
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Go with the SKS fenders. My Planet Bike Hardcore fenders are okay but they tend to rattle when the bike hits a big bump. They are too plastic for me. I will be switching over to a set of SKS fenders this spring. I agree that those built-in mudflaps are pretty useless.
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Old 03-02-07, 12:30 PM   #11
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I bought SKS fenders with the mudflaps. Happy with them after a few months commuting.
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I've used SKS and PB and liked them all. If you're looking for a clean look,go with the standard(non-Hardcore) Freddies. No access strut sticking out,and no rattle due to the more solid mounts.
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Old 03-02-07, 01:31 PM   #13
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I have both. SKS is my preference as well.
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Old 03-02-07, 01:37 PM   #14
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For about the same money as the SKS, I would recommend Giles Berthoud stainless steel fenders. They are no more difficult to mount/unmount than the SKSs. Link to both
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Another vote for SKS.



I had to do a little McGuyvering with p-clips and zipties to fit them on my Trek 660, but in the end I got a very snug and solid fit. I am very happy with them.
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I chose the SKS
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Are the SKS fenders easy to take on and off quick? I hate the look of those clip on full fenders and want that slick look. But I don't want to wear the fenders on a daily basis. Pretty much only when needed.
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It's hard to say which fender I'd pick....



(i'm sorry, i couldn't resist)
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Are the SKS fenders easy to take on and off quick? I hate the look of those clip on full fenders and want that slick look. But I don't want to wear the fenders on a daily basis. Pretty much only when needed.
Then you are screwed. The full fenders bolt on under the brakes and to remove you would have to loosen your brakes and readjust each time you removed/installed.
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To remove a set of full standard fenders often would be a PITA. What you are looking for are clip ons but I do not believe these are available as a full fender.
Also, whenever you forget your fenders it will rain or snow.
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Neither the SKS or the PB fenders are fun to repeatedly put on and take off. Both take roughtly the same amount of time to install/de-install.

If you have a road bike, you could look at SKS "raceblades" if you want something you can put on and take off in a hurry that doesn't look ackward. They are kind of spendy though, $50 dollars last I checked. I was looking at these, but settled for the standard SKS fenders.
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Old 03-02-07, 04:38 PM   #22
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If you had cantis or discs, you could attach the fenders with studs and wing nuts instead of screws for somewhat of a quick-change option. Round here, it rains every day...
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What about these for clipons? http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7015.html



Looks a lot more effective than RaceBlades and almost as good as permanent fenders.
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It's hard to say which fender I'd pick....

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(i'm sorry, i couldn't resist)


I dont see any mex-o-casters ...........
whats up with that !! ??

to stay mildy on topic...I just found out the expensive way that
rigididity is very imortant in the fender material and brackets too...
Pick the one that has both.
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I have both and both seem similar to me. My Freddy's don't rattle (and I've had them for several years now on my commuter). Anyway, if I were to buy new fenders today, I would buy this new model from Planet Bike--Cascadia. It has v-stays for more stability and extra long mud flap:

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/fenders.html
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