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SKS Race Blade Mudguard Set
- Weight: 250 grams
- Includes aero fork adaptors
- Ultra tough CAB plastic blade
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An extremely light aerodynamic mudguard set that offers excellent spray protection; Designed specifically for road race bikes without standard mudguard clearance; Simple tool-free mechanism makes fitting and removal effortless; Adjustable rubber bands provide a secure and safe fit, without damaging the frame; Frame-facing side of the bracket carries a rubber insert to further protect precious paintwork; Ultra tough CAB plastic blade is stiff and light, more resistant to UV damage than standard plastics, and carries an aluminium foil strip sandwiched between the layers of plastic to improve rigidity and lifespan; The adjustable brackets use 3.4 mm stainless steel stays to provide extra stiffness, and can be manipulated to help trim the mudguard and offer the perfect fit; Supplied with 2 spare rubber fitting bands, and 8 zip ties for a more permanent fitting option; Does not include aero fork adaptors;
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I don't wear a matching helmet or lycra and neither do I care to get a wet muddy streak up my back when I go out in the rain. And oh yes, sacrilege, I cycle in the wet!
So no shame in fitting mudguards and these seemed to be the best option.
The rear blade fitted easily and works a treat, the front one is a different proposition. Whether you have caliper or disk brakes, these are not meant to go through the front wheel stays, which are narrow anyway on a carbon road bike, as normal fixed mudguards but the problem I found was that the distance between the front wheel and the downtube at its closest left very little room for the mudguard to "float" between them.
After much adjusting, and bending of the metal stays, it just about sits right almost touching the front wheel stay though I occasionally catch it with my foot when doing a slow tight turn and then there is gentle rubbing against the tyre until I re--adjust it, so keep cycling straight.
The fastening is effective, the easily fitted rear one definitely stays in place over rough road as does the front if I don't touch it.
At just 297grammes they are constructed of a light yet very strong and flexible CAB (cellulose acetate butyrate) plastic with an aluminium foil strip inner layer to provide rigidity.
Fitting is via the steel stays which are clipped onto the frame using strips of rubber. No tools are required and the contact points on the frame are all rubber to avoid scratching the paintwork.
Fitting for the first time took me a little while to get the required clearance from the tyres. This is achieved by carefully bending the stays until the right angle is reached to enable the guards to follow the curve of the wheel without rubbing. This is best done in small steps to avoid overdoing the bending (or `manipulating' as the instructions describe).
Once fitted, the guards look very slick. I fitted the black version, rather than the white, and they are very inconspicuous and barely noticeable against black tyres. They can be easily removed by unclipping the bands - again no tools are required.
The only problem I encountered was occasional minor rubbing after inadvertently knocking the stays, but this is easily and quickly remedied by minor adjustment of the rubber bands on the frame.
rear guard very quick and easy to fit and works perfectly.
Front guard is sitting in the garage as the mounts are at the wrong angle for my forks (I have a Speacilized Allez). You could bend the metal mounts to the correct angle but I'm confident I would break the guard as due to its lighweight design it feels like it would snap easily.
If both had fitted to my bike easily it would definitely have been 5 stars. Still four stars as the rear guard is the one i really wanted.
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But they keep my bum dry and stop the bottom bracket from seizing up.