I'm researching options for a new wet-weather commuter. Currently, the most appealing option is the new disc brake version of the All-City Nature Boy, which has track ends and fender mounts. I'd like to use the PDW Full Metal Fenders on it, and it's just occurred to me that this combination of features may cause some complications.
I'm replacing an older Fuji that I rebuilt from the frame up as a single-speed conversion. Being an older road bike, it had semi-horizontal dropouts. With fenders mounted, the clearances were slightly tight, and the tire had to be partially deflated to get the wheel on and off, so it's not the end of the world if I have to continue doing things that way. I've also read about using the plastic quick disconnect things that are normally used for front fenders, but is that still a reasonable thing to do with metal fenders?
FWIW, I'm intending to use Schwalbe Marathon tires (and some sort of studded tires for the winter), and eventually convert to an internally geared hub.