Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
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I've got both SKS Raceblades and Crud Roadracers. Here are the pros and cons to both:
SKS come in several widths and can handle larger tires. They only extend up to the back side of the brake calipers, so don't keep your bike as clean as full coverage fenders. They can be a pain to adjust so they don't rub your tires, but stay in place well once adjusted properly. Look rather clunky.
Cruds are very light weight, about half as much as SKS. Harder to install than SKS and won't fit tires larger than 23 mm in my experience. I had to change my tires from 25 to 23 mm to use the Crud fenders. Even then, the front part of the fenders rubbed my tires, so I had to remove the front extension to use them. They look much better than the SKS and are hardly noticable when installed. They are narrower than the SKS, but width should be fine for 23 mm tires, which is all that fits anyway. The zip-lock attachment on top to the brake calipers leaves much to be desired, and I couldn't get mine to pull up as snug or straight as desired.
Bottom line, if you can fit regular full-size fenders on your bike, I would go that route. I've got PB Cascadias on my touring bike, and they are way better than either the Raceblades or the Cruds. However, if you want fenders that you can take off when no needed, the Raceblades and Cruds are acceptable alternatives.