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    Albatross bars are cool!! 1987cp's Avatar
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    SKS fenders: Longboard vs. Chromoplastic vs. "Commuter 2" (or Bluemel?)

    Just a quick question someone might be able to help with.

    The Longboards, if I understand correctly, are basically Chromoplastics that come with the fancy long mudflaps already installed for a few bucks more. Both come/came with the Secu-Clip on the front stays so they'll pop off if something tries to jam the front tire. The stays are otherwise of normal design and can installed without the Secu-Clip if desired.

    Yesterday I learned of the existence of the "Commuter 2" (apparently the same as the Bluemel on the SKS site?) such as the B42 or B53 that sell for a really nice-looking price. They come with a front stay clip called the "ASR" (Automatic Stay Release?) that's completely different than and may or may not be as good as the Secu-Clip, but are there any other differences, such as being shorter than the Chromoplastics or somehow made differently other than the release clip? I think the appearance is a little different, but it's hard to tell about things like length.

    Thanks to anyone who can help!
    Last edited by 1987cp; 05-02-14 at 02:12 PM.
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    Longer is always better, when it comes to protection......................

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    I assume this is for your Raleigh. On a 700c tire, the front flap on the longboard is about 1" or so from the ground. I assume it will be mostly the same on 27". I put some longboards on my current 26" bike, but attached it at the front of the fork crown rather than the rear, giving me similar ground clearance. I found the plastic to be longer than the chromoplastics I have on a different bike. The chromoplastics are not sufficient by themsleves, they need a mudflap. Attachment hardware is the same. I don't know anything about the commuter 2. Also, I agree with Wanderer.

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    True, true.

    The question is more just a "what are the differences" question, since the Longboards are obviously an excellent (probably the best) option but the Commuter IIs are quite a bit cheaper. If those are no shorter than the Chromoplastics, and the ASR clips aren't really worse than the Secu-Clips, I doubt I'll care that they aren't quite as good as the Longboards.
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    I put Longboards on a 1983 Trek 630 which I converted to 650b. They are great except for the fact that on this frame the flap is a little too long and can pick up debris, like leaves. I see on the Rivendell site there is a shorter flap available which might solve this problem.

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    Blumels' brand is owned by SKS now, I think, I have a 20 year old set of Blumels' sovereign, same chromo-plast stuff .

    I got 2 sets and used both rears to make a mudguard that came down pretty low to the ground, with its Flap I made.

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