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Old 01-08-11, 12:42 PM
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Mudguards

I revieved my first roadbike yesterday, a Giant Defy 4. As it is currently winter, and rainy where I live, I have decided to get some mudguards. There are mudguards which have been made especially for the Giant Defy/Rapid etc. However the size of the mudguards is 700x30, and the size of my tyres is 700x25. Now this may be a stupid question but would those mudguards fit or should I just buy some other mudguards which are 700x25?
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Old 01-08-11, 12:47 PM
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the 700*30 will fit, you will of course want the fender to be wider than the tire, otherwise you won't get much protection.
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Old 01-08-11, 01:05 PM
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It's my understanding that the general rule for fenders is at minimum they should be 8 to 10mm wider than the tire. As long as everything fits, it should be fine. It's better than nothing, for sure. Post a pic when you get them on and set up. I'm curious to see how you'll get fenders on that bike. Or are you using Crud RoadRacers?
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Don't waste your money. That's my .02. I have road racers and they do help a bit with spray from the rear tire, but:

You're still going to have to wash your bike. Still going to have to wash your clothes.

That said, a lot of people on this forum love them, and specifically Mr. Crud Road Racers. You can put them on/remove them very easily. I believe they came out with a new model recently.
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In the snow, mud and muck of winter, my mudguards certainly do help.
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If you're going to ride in the rain fenders are great to have and even though some cleanup is required, they're still much better than not having anything at all. I've used the SKS Race Blades and those are ok but don't cover as well as Crud Road Racer mud guards. The latest Crud model has an extended area which provides extra coverage to protect the drivetrain and work very well; they're fairly easy to put on and take off too as well as being lighter than SKS Race Blades.
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The Giant Defy can accept standard bolt-on fenders such as SKS Chromoplastic. The P35 should fit, it is rated for 20-28mm.
These are far superior to clip-on race-bike fenders. They are very tough and durable and come with safety-release front stays.
If you search on here you will find plenty of advice of fitting which is a bit of an art.
They sometimes need to be trimmed a bit to fit between the chainstays (they used to come pre-trimmed). I use a dremel to eat away until the width is suitable.
The chainstay bridge bracket is not particularly good. I drill a small hole and use a zip-tie.
This pic is an older version.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
If you're going to ride in the rain fenders are great to have and even though some cleanup is required, they're still much better than not having anything at all. I've used the SKS Race Blades and those are ok but don't cover as well as Crud Road Racer mud guards. The latest Crud model has an extended area which provides extra coverage to protect the drivetrain and work very well; they're fairly easy to put on and take off too as well as being lighter than SKS Race Blades.
!00% in agreement--Cruds Rock!
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