Normally the word hassle is associated with fenders, not anymore. This innovative design from SKS Germany will fit road racing frames with tight clearances where other fenders fail. Cleverly engineered elastic mounting system allows for quick, secure installation and removal.
No Alignment issues, No noise or rubbing. These function great for those winter months when most of the training rides are in less than ideal conditions. The front fender really keeps the spray off your feet, and the rear fender keeps the spray and dirt off your back. I would buy again. Kick it Hard and in comfort!
Just what Ive been looking for. Two of my 20-mile (one-way) commute is on the American Tobacco Trail (unpaved as yet). Got tired of the mud up my backside. Light, easy on/off, effective. Good value.
All these years I have had a wet, soggy, squeegee, crusty shorts when riding in the rain.....not anymore! Now you can limit the excuse not to go training on wet roads....just fit these, rug up and off you go.......! Little niggles are as below...the frame gets covered in road grime (but it would anyway!!), they are not as good as full fenders but full fenders dont fit modern race bikes. I left my guards on for a few days continuous riding in bad weather and the grit did scratch my frame....doh! I have just built up a "winter" bike and will be leaving these on that bike full time. The best thing about using these is that when you pull up at the coffee shop you just know what the other riders are thinking....."dang I should get me some of dem!" Who cares "what they look like" function over form in crappy weather...all you fashion continues pretenders....think again and get a pair!
These are great. They fully met my expectations. Yes, they fall short of a set of full fenders,but if you want full coverage, thats what you should buy. I live in grimy, gritty Jersey City, and they do a great job keeping my jersey and shorts clean. No skid mark up my spine. They fit well on my 52cm Cannondale Six13.
A very nice, light, compact fender set. I ran the narrow 23s on my road bike with 23c Contis. The rubber connection points dont mark up the frame as long as you remove them for cleaning when they get dirty. The only negative is that they provide minimal coverage - still allowing water to hit the bottom of your headset in the front, and water spray from the rear to soak you from under the rear brake arch. They dont work on cross frames, though, because the rear brake bosses interfere with the attachment location.
I have these fenders for my road training bike and am buying a pair for my cross bike. The only gripe I have is that the front fender should be a little longer. If you install these correctly, they work very well. I would recommend using the twisty ties and not the rubber things that come with them (it also comes with the ties). I found the rubber bands slipped around and would cause the fender to rub on my tire. Also, I would recommend getting the XL version for every bike. The thinner ones, which I have, are a perfect fit, which is great, if your wheels are perfectly true all the time and have zero flex. Since I doubt many of you are looking to mount these on your new bike with super stiff wheels, get the wider ones to avoid all rub (they also catch more spray). Otherwise, theyre awesome. Im in SE Michigan and just used them out in some serious sludge (its a dirty, dirty February thaw), and they keep you much, much cleaner and dryer (and, as a result warmer).
The search is not over. If you care at all about your bottom bracket, your shoes or your chain you will not buy these fenders. True, they are easy to install and they do keep your back and stomach dry. However, your feet, your legs (or pants) and the entire lower half of your bike will be not only wet, but also covered in road grime.
Editors Note: Ride in the rain and wet weather and you will get...wet. These fenders minimize, but do not prevent you from getting wet. Other gear is involved to keep you completely dry such as water proof shoe covers and wet weather gear.
The search is over. The SKS Raceblade Road Fenders are easy to install and function perfectly well. They will keep you dryer than anything else - short of a full set of fenders. Highly recommended.