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SKS Bluemels Fender/Mudguard Radial Mounting

Old 12-28-21, 08:54 PM
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SKS Bluemels Fender/Mudguard Radial Mounting

Like the title says, does anyone know if, on the front SKS Blumels fender, the mounting tab that sticks up at a 90 degree angle to be bolted to the fork crown can be removed?

The fork I have turns out to have a concealed mounting eyelet in a radial direction outwardly from the hub, i.e. pointing basically straight up away from the ground, rather than being roughly parallel to the ground.

If I use SKS Bluemels, would I need to drill out the hardware that attaches the little mounting tab to the front fender so I can use one of the holes for a bolt to attach the fender to the underside of the fork? Or is there a way of removing that tab without resorting to destructive drilling?

I am struggling to find an image of the inside of a front SKS Bluemels fender online to see if they're rivets or if they can be detached. I specify SKS Bluemels because they're easily available to me, unline a great many other brands.

Edit: The bike is a Merida Speeder 100. You can see here that the fork is quite wide in width and "thickness" so there's a type of tunnel in there and the eyelet is in the tunnel roof above the front wheel. Has anyone else mounted mudguards/fenders to a Merida or a similar German-designed bike with this type of radial mounting feature? The Merida Crossway Urban had a similar mounting system (I got the clue to look for my concealed mount from someone with a Merida Crossway Urban, a bike now discontinued).

If so, what brand of mudguard/fender did you use and were you able to remove the mounting tab from the front fender without too much bother?

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If the mounting tab is riveted to the fender, drill out the rivet and remove the tab.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
If the mounting tab is riveted to the fender, drill out the rivet and remove the tab.
That's my plan, yes. Just wondering if it's possible to save the mounting tab, though.
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Sure the tab can be recycled if removed w/o damage. Plastic fenders don't like high heat, so drilling of tab rivets should be slow and water cooled. Andy
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
Sure the tab can be recycled if removed w/o damage. Plastic fenders don't like high heat, so drilling of tab rivets should be slow and water cooled. Andy
Good point. Maybe the rivets could be ground off with a grinding wheel? Dangerous for cosmetic blemishes, though.
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Originally Posted by PDKL45 View Post
Good point. Maybe the rivets could be ground off with a grinding wheel? Dangerous for cosmetic blemishes, though.
I'd just go with drilling as Andrew mentioned. I had to do this same thing on another model of SKS fenders and the rivets were made of a soft metal so easy to drill through before generating much heat. Fast and easy.
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if not, there's all kinds of fender mounting bits, like tabs, you can acquire, if necessary. for example I've used these

https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...-fender-mount/

https://store.biketouringnews.com/ho...der-l-bracket/

they work fine on plastic fenders

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