Sweet Jesus, I've just bought the worst mudguards in the whole world.
They're ZEFAL cab fenders, for my Specialized Sirrus and they were recommended by the bike shop.
Good points. None. Absolutely none.
Bad points. Instructions are a joke, a complete joke. The parts supplied are made of cheese. The parts supplied do not fit. I eventually found a way to get the front one on, after shearing a bolt and replacing it, despite the instructions. The back one? No chance. None, at all.
I checked on the net to get a few tips or instructions with, um, pictures, but found these instead at http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Extras/p..._20949.shtml:-
"These plastic "speed clips" are unreliable. Not recommended!"
"First pair of fenders I had to return - they were with defects and couldn't be installed properly."
"Anyway, installing Zefal fenders was a real pain."
"An occasional light impact is enough to crash all the system."
"I installed the seat post mounted Flamingo, swung my leg to mount up, and *SHATTER*. My foot caught the edge of the piece of crap and it blew up! No give at all. In this age of plastics, Zefal should be able to find a material that's a little more forgiving."
"The instructions suck bigtime, I 've tried every variaton of the sack of clips they give you and none of them work. Of course any form of picture or instruction would help. (Yes I can read and yes I am mechanicaly inclined) They must smoke a lot of pot in the tech writing dept. in France. Don't try their website, no pictures there either, and their "contact us" site crashes when ever you try to email them. I'll be back to the bike shop this weekend."
"I wonder how far I can bat a Twinkie with this piece of sh*t!"
"Worthless pieces of junk!
I've have never seen such inept engineering. They used cheap plastic clips to attach the stays to the CAB fender. Two of the clips broke on the first test drive. Even if they had survived the attachment is incapable of withstanding even the mildest drop off a curb. Zefal should be ashamed of producing such junk and trying to sell it for 30 bucks. My god what were they thinking. They did however do a great job on the packaging which skillfully hides this design feature until you get it home."
"Don't walk, RUN away from these cheeseball fenders."
"This flimsy piece of junk burst into pieces as I did an awesome one inch drop off on the way out of the driveway. Unlike others this did not tangle in my brake or cause anything other than laughter."
"I was riding down the street and the front portion popped off, went in front of my bike, and under my tire. I ran it over, turned around, and found little pieces all over the road, (1 lane) I would not recommend buying this product for any reason. (yes i did install it correctly)"
"I just had a hell of a time with these putting these on my computer and I must b1tch about them .
I wanted full fenders and this was the closest I could get to after several LBS trips. "Clip on" makes the installation sound like a breeze, however, the only thing that clips on is the stays to the plastic. Everything else is fairly arduous. The "instructions" leave a lot of guesswork as there's four bags of hardware and nothing is marked and there's only three diagrams for about 20 steps. Plus, a lack of alternatives within - one part requires latching to the chainstay bridge. My bike doesn't have one (I used a zip tie instead).
The worst part though is the stays bending. They have little more tensile strength than a wire hanger. After installation on both, the fender had bent away from the side I had placed on the eyelet first, so they didn't exactly align themselves up with the tire when I was complete. Try to line it back up, the stay pops out of the mount. Cool feature, huh? The washers hardly cover the required areas and I had to dig up some parts of my own to make this all work. I haven't even had them in the rain yet but I can tell that at very least, the front fender isn't low enough to prevent wet feet and a shower on the bottom bracket. Looks like I still need a mud flap. Groovy! I also don't believe I can steer the bike when my pedals are in the 3/9o'clock position. I also had to find new screws to make the rear fender fit with a rear rack. I may as well have wiped my ass with the $25 and given my money some purpose."
"This product sucks ass."
"poor mounting- fenders fall off struts unless you modify them
don't even come with enough screws for installation
coverage not complete- bottom bracket and feet get soaked
tendency to fall off when you go off curbs or anything bumpy, causing crashes"
"Mounting them is horrible; rubber feet fall off at the slightest bounce- fenders then fall off struts and into your tire, locking wheel. Make sure to break out the locktite and pliers, so nothing has a chance to fall off. No matter what you'll do, they'll rattle and rub against your tires."
"The first time I rode this fender it was -10 degress out (that's celcius people)...It started to vibrate in the wind then shattered all over the trail."
"it's tricky to install it so that it doesn't touch the tires on bumps."
Avoid, like AIDS.
£20 down the tube. I'm going to the bike shop on thursday, returning the back one, in bits. Not asking for a refund, as I've got the front ne installed, and it's not fecking coming off. I'm asking them why they've got the cheek to sell them.
Pi$$ed off. That'll teach me for trusting a bike shop when I get caught in a rain shower, instead of researching on the net.