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Old 12-14-13, 02:36 PM   #1
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SKS Raceblade XL fender review

If your frame doesn't have clearance or mounting provisions for conventional fenders, these are worth considering. Review here:
http://www.gravelbike.com/?p=2684
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Old 12-14-13, 04:17 PM   #2
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I have these and love em. I can remove them when I don't need them and install them in 30 sec or so when I do.
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Old 12-15-13, 01:29 PM   #3
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I have the raceblade longs. They fix behind the brake caliper and two brackets that slip in between the skewers and the frame. They are a bit more fiddly but going through puddles has never been so fun
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Guess if nothing else works in a too close or no eyelets frame

and you dont want to invest in a frame that has clearances, and mounting points for mudguards

then you cope, it does let you do that.

In an N+1, the bike with a frame that did not plan on users needing mudguards for 1 reason or another

hangs inside a lot, and the one with mudguards gets parked inside the door and used most.

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Guess if nothing else works in a too close or no eyelets frame

and you dont want to invest in a frame that has clearances, and mounting points for mudguards

then you cope, it does let you do that.

In an N+1, the bike with a frame that did not plan on users needing mudguards for 1 reason or another

hangs inside a lot, and the one with mudguards gets parked inside the door and used most.
It continues to amaze me that so few bike manu's don't factor in clearance for tires wider than 23mm, and/or proper fenders.
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i ride bikes with more than enough clearance for UCI illegal cross tires and i prefer race blades to normal fenders. at 350 gms and 5 seconds to remove i'm kicking myself for not switching many years ago. in fact, i'm going to replace the cracking sks p35s on my rain bike with full coverage race blade longs:

http://road.cc/content/review/50952-...long-mudguards
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It continues to amaze me that so few bike manu's don't factor in clearance for tires wider than 23mm, and/or proper fenders.
they do, thats the whole hybrid-commuter-cross sector ..

Road bikes you just HTFU like the pros in the classic races do . and soldier on.

Hot shower at the end of the day's race..

It's all personal preference..

jyl seems to like PDW's full metal fender , it's made for 23mm road wheels
lots of PDX cyclists like skinny tire rigs.

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I've used RaceBlades, PDW Full Metal Fenders, and Crud RoadRacers.

The RaceBlades are mediocre as fenders but better than nothing for sure. The bike still gets very dirty as the fork crown, bottom bracket, brake bridge areas aren't protected. Water sprays off the front tire, high enough that you then ride through it. The fenders mount quite solidly and don't rub, clearance is ample, installation and removal are fast. If you want fenders to put on and take off frequently, these are a good choice.

The Full Metal Fenders have very good coverage. They are full length, don't rub or move, keep the bike clean, minimize spray. They can be mounted with no eyelets, using ring mounts that the QR threads through. Installation is about as time- consuming as regular fenders. You wouldn't remove/reinstall them more than once a year, at least I wouldn't. The mudflaps are too flexible and get beat up after a year or two, plan on making better ones. If you want permanent fenders for a skinny tire racy bike, these are great. Solid enough to mount lights on. 25 mm tires max. Rather expensive.

The Road Racers are full coverage, meaning they go under fork crown and brake bridge, protect the BB and FD, extend way down the rear of the tires, and cover about a foot in front of the fork which stops the worst of the front tire spray. They do not require eyelets, and fit tight clearances where nothing else will. My bike has < 0.5 cm clearance from brake caliper to tire, and the fenders fit. They also weigh nearly nothing. They are flimsy and fiddly to fit, and a bit floppy. I wouldn't be inclined to remove/reinstall these frequently. They are on my weekend bike for the winter and I'll take them off for the summer. Since there is essentially no weight penalty, I'm okay having them on half the year. 23 mm tires max, I'd say.

On other bikes I have VO alloy fenders (very nice, pretty too) and Planet Bike (your basic black fender, inexpensive and functional). Of the running bikes in the fleet, only three lack fenders.

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I've used RaceBlades, PDW Full Metal Fenders, and Crud RoadRacers.
The RaceBlades are mediocre as fenders but better than nothing for sure. The bike still gets very dirty as the fork crown, bottom bracket, brake bridge areas aren't protected. Water sprays off the front tire, high enough that you then ride through it. The fenders mount quite solidly and don't rub, clearance is ample, installation and removal are fast. If you want fenders to put on and take off frequently, these are a good choice.
I think the race blades are prefectly adequate when it comes to protecting me from splatter (and i assume others too). I run disc brakes and tend to give my bike a quick spray after a wet ride so problems with road grime build up are not an issue.

In my experience, cruds only work on bikes with small amounts of clearance. I use them for my low-clearance drop bike but they will not fit on my other bikes (which have clearance for 32-34 mm). I also have to fiddle with them a lot more than my race blades which -- for me -- are install and forget fenders.
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I think the race blades are prefectly adequate when it comes to protecting me from splatter (and i assume others too). I run disc brakes and tend to give my bike a quick spray after a wet ride so problems with road grime build up are not an issue.

In my experience, cruds only work on bikes with small amounts of clearance. I use them for my low-clearance drop bike but they will not fit on my other bikes (which have clearance for 32-34 mm). I also have to fiddle with them a lot more than my race blades which -- for me -- are install and forget fenders.
OK, so it's not just me, then. I've been having a devil of a time fitting the cruds on my Black Mountain (47-57 brakes, pads near bottom of slots). Weird.

I'm going to give the TOBA Frank fenders a try next ( http://www.tobapeople.com/en/product/frank/ ).
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Cruds are designed for skinny tire road race bikes. I have them on a bike with 23 mm tubulars and, as mentioned, <0.5 cm clearance from underside of brake caliper to the tire. That seems to be their natural habitat. The fenders are narrow and I don't think they'd adequately cover a tire much wider than 23 mm. I've read various reviews of the Cruds and none of them bother to mention this.
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Cruds are designed for skinny tire road race bikes. I have them on a bike with 23 mm tubulars and, as mentioned, <0.5 cm clearance from underside of brake caliper to the tire. That seems to be their natural habitat. The fenders are narrow and I don't think they'd adequately cover a tire much wider than 23 mm. I've read various reviews of the Cruds and none of them bother to mention this.
+1. I bought the CRUDs with the intention of using them on 25C, and potentially 28C+ tires, but they are only suitable for 23C and below. They are great for those set-ups thought, light and easy to install.
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