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    Currently looking at these for my old road bike, Zefal Cab fender set. I'm not sure if there's enough clearance for my 27" wheels.


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    A friend of mine had a lot of problems fitting those same fenders on his 27" wheeled bike, my vote is no.

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    I got the ones (from Nashbar-Zefal Cab Fender 45mm - Touring) below for an old 12 speed Takara I am making into my 2nd commuter bike. I think they only differ from the ones you are looking at by not having the safety release mountings. I hope to get mine on this weekend, so I'll post back how it goes. I have mounted the ATB version on three different bikes and have had no problems. The are strong and flexible, and allow a lot of customized 'pushing and pulling' to make them fit just right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithr
    A friend of mine had a lot of problems fitting those same fenders on his 27" wheeled bike, my vote is no.
    A 27" rim measures 630mm while a 700C rim measures 622 mm. The fenders should have much more adjustment than 8mm considering that tire height between brands can vary by much more than 8 mm. The fenders should work on both 27" and 700C

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    It depends on the size of the tires you have and the clearance on your particular bike. I have done it successfully on more than one bike. The one I use the most is very tight under the fork crown, it's tighter than I would like but it's ok. I'm using 27x1 1/4 tires on that bike. You also need to see if you can move the rear wheel forward enough to get it in and out. If you can try the fenders and bring them back if they don't fit would be best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    It depends on the size of the tires you have and the clearance on your particular bike. I have done it successfully on more than one bike. The one I use the most is very tight under the fork crown, it's tighter than I would like but it's ok. I'm using 27x1 1/4 tires on that bike. You also need to see if you can move the rear wheel forward enough to get it in and out. If you can try the fenders and bring them back if they don't fit would be best.
    I'm also using 27x1 1/4" tires. I just checked and right now there's 1cm clearance from the fork crown. Do you think that's enough? And as for the rear wheel, here's a picture:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jlin453
    I'm also using 27x1 1/4" tires. I just checked and right now there's 1cm clearance from the fork crown. Do you think that's enough? And as for the rear wheel, here's a picture:
    You should have any problems with putting fenders on that bike. It will be close under the fork but just push the fenders up as far as they will go. The fender should be up against the fork on top. If it isn't, it's probably because the bracket won't let the fender go up as far as possible. You can bend the bracket to get the fender as far up as possible.

    The fenders for the rear should fit just fine. You have lots of room

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    It still is hard to tell it's so close I can't be positive. It sound pretty tight under the fork crown. I'm on good terms with the place I bought the fenders, and they let me try them with the condition that if I did not scratch them all up I could return them. Also It is possible to end the back section of the front fender at the back of the fork crown and then continue the other piece in front. Are you OK with making brackets and cutting the fender. Or experimenting? In other word neither fender has to go under the fork or the brake bridge if you are willing to cut them and make a bracket to hold them in place. It may not look too good. I've done it on bikes that I don't mind if they look a little messy. If you are doing mail order from Performance you can probably get your money back if you don't damage them. They have a good return policy.

    The front fender that is very close on one of my bikes sometimes gets a small stone and rolls it right up the fender and out the front. A little more clearance would be better, but I have put a few thousand miles on it the way it is with no problems.

    Nice looking bike, somebody took very good care of it.

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