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Fenders on ATB with Disc Brakes

Old 10-12-06, 05:58 PM
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Fenders on ATB with Disc Brakes

My commuter (for now) is my ATB, a 2005 Giant Rainier equipped with disc brakes. I have Topeak defenders for it but only use the front one as my rear rack makes it impossible to mount the rear fender.
These fenders have worked fine up until now at keeping goose feces out of my mouth on my commute. But today is another story.
Mother Nature decided to welcome us Michiganders to winter early. My 1hr commute today started off with cold rain, then turned to freezing rain, then to small hard ice pellets, then to freezing rain, then to sunshine, then to big fat wet snow flakes.
When I arrived at work I realized that I am in need of full fenders. This came to me as I scraped off all of the snow from the back of my helmet and my beard to make a snowball and toss it at one of my coworkers. That is when I noticed all the crap in my beard and on my back... rocks, mud, oil, ectoplasmic semen... you name it.
I have been eying Freddy Fenders but no LBS has them. In fact all of the bike shops I have stopped at (4 in total) seem to only cary the seat post mounted style fenders that I already own. Sure they have plenty of fenders for road bikes, but not for ATBs.
I installed my rear rack by bending the legs of the rack and using a longer mounting bolt and drill bushings as spacers to keep it from coming into contact with my rotor assembly.

Has anyone here with Disc brakes installed full fenders on their bike? Do they fit normally or do I need to MacGuyver them like I did my rack?
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Old 10-12-06, 06:02 PM
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I MacGuyvered on some SKS'es, like you did with the rack. I used a long bolt and a spacer and bent the stays. Maybe I'll take a picture. The non-disc side I left normal.

Interestingly (?), Topeak makes a rack that looks like a good fit with discs.

If you have a mountain bike with suspension, the front fender may be trickier; I dunno.
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Old 10-12-06, 06:22 PM
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It's just rear suspension. I couldn't fathom doing my commute on a "boing boing" with my weight.
I have seen the racks that are for disc brake bikes, but already had a good rack to begin with so I didn't feel the need to spend more money.
So from the sounds of it, I'd likely have to remove my rack to fit the Freddy Fenders?
hmmm, might be worth it, or maybe I could get the disc brake rack... hrrmmm....
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Old 10-12-06, 06:43 PM
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I've got the disc brake rack and it bolted on with zero fuss. WTH other companies aren't doing this is beyond me.

I also installed the rear fender using the same eyelets. Fender under rack. With a little bending on the brake side it seems to be working fine. Odd that the fender folks are also a little slow to catch on.
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Old 10-13-06, 07:50 AM
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My Cannondale F600 teases me with its available eyelets, but the disc brakes are in the way too. I was wondering if there were something like spacers that I could build out just to clear the disc brakes? Otherwise it's the Freddy Fenders ATB Seedez. (I have the ones for my road bike, but I think I would prefer more coverage.)
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Old 10-13-06, 01:17 PM
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I've had success putting fenders on several disc bikes.

For your suspension forks,you'll need P clamps from the hardware store or these:
https://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...p?pn=100077163

For the rear,the right side will just use the eyelet and the left will need a P clamp if you can't bend the strut around the brake caliper. If you need to space the strut out,you can usually find plastic or aluminum spacers at a good hardware store(got mine at the local Ace).
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Just a little modification of the connecting apparatus will do.
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