Dirty skunk-stripes, wet bottoms, and dirty shoes — these are some of the things that will never be fashionable. Unless you use your bike only in dry seasons or live in a desert, your bike needs mudguards. More importantly, responsible bikers must care for their bike. Your bike and the people you pass hate dirt as much as you do.
If you want to extend your bike’s life — and avoid hearing colourful cusses from passers-by — get your bike some anti-splash protection. But, choosing one isn’t easy. There are many factors, such as cost, ease of installation, extent of coverage, and tyre sizes, to consider. Weighing the pros and cons of all the brands will take you considerable time and effort.
The good news is we’ve done all the hard work for you. So, if you are sold on buying mudguards, let us show you the best options out there.
1. Curana Mudguards CLite
Curana traditionally manufactured metal mudguards. But then, they decided to push the limits and design a new product that surpasses all existing solutions. The CLite mudguard is the result of that resolute decision.
The Clite is the lightest of its kind in the market. At the same time, it is also one of the sturdiest. This is because of the Curana BLite Technology. The BLite Technology allows Curana to make injection-moulded mudguards with sandwiched aluminium and plastic layers.
But, extreme durability and stability isn’t the only standout feature of this product. Another great thing about the Curana CLite is the range of sizes. It comes in 12 models which offer 10 widths for 28-inch tyres. The width ranges from 30 mm to 55 mm in increments of 5 mm. For 26-inch tyres, the CLite comes in 55 mm and 60 mm. So, no matter what sort of bike you have, there is a Curana CLite for you.
2. Bontrager NCS Road Mudguards
Although pricier than the Giant Road Fenders, the Bontrager NCS Road Mudguards offer a couple of features that others do not. Firstly, you can install the Bontrager with just two tools – an Allen key and a wrench. Plus, you don’t even have to remove the tyres. In a way, this is a plug and play version of the full-length version. Installing and uninstalling the whole thing takes only 10 to 15 minutes. So, if you don’t like having the mudguards on your bike during dry seasons, you should go for this option.
Second, the Bontragers have not-cut-struts. This system lets you adjust the clearance without having to cut the struts. What’s more, you can tweak the clearance whenever you want. The whole setup is ingenious. Since the package also includes removable rear and front mud flaps, the amount of splash protection you get from them is good.
3. Crud Roadracer mk3
Mr. Crud introduced the first version of the Roadracer in 2009. Now, in its third avatar, the Roadracer mk3 is still nothing like anything in the market. The mk3 combines the benefits of clip-on and full-length mudguards. With the mk3, you get the best of both worlds. Here’s why:
Like the traditional mudguards, the mk3 also floats on top of your tyres. However, the mk3 does not use stays to prop it up. Instead, it uses a velcro-like assembly called Duotech technology to fix the assembly to your bike. You can literally stick them on to your bike. When you don’t need them, you can just pull them out.
The mk3 accommodates tyres with width up to 35 mm. It is perfect for disc brake systems and calliper brake systems. Another advantage is that the mk3 requires only a minimum of 4 mm clearance. The Roadracer’s package includes pile-strips that let you perfectly centre the mudguard and the tyres. However, this product is relatively expensive. Also, you will have to be very careful while aligning the Duotech strips. Otherwise, the mudguards won’t stay in place.
In summary, if you want to put mudguards on your bike and forget about it, buy the Giant Road Fenders. However, if you want the flexibility to attach or detach the mudguards whenever you choose, go for the Crud Roadracer mk3 or the Bontrage. For more options in size, explore the CLite models. CLite models are also great for people looking to minimize the weight.
Now, what you need to do is find out your cycle’s tyre size and clearance. Then, you need to choose between a permanent and a temporary setup. Once you make up your mind on these parameters, you can be confident that one of these four products will suit your needs.
So, if you are ready to put an end to the skunk-stripe days, you know what to do.
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