Check Out: Bolt-On Fenders, Micro Jackets, Frame Protection, and a Zero-Plastic Bike Wash

Nov 24, 2021
by Matt Beer  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is an occasional round up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.



Mudhugger EVO Bolt-On Fender



Features

• 100% recycled PP
• Adaptors to fit a variety of forks
• Designed, made, and packed in the UK
• Length 515 mm total - 185 mm front / 330 mm rear
• Weight: 125 g without fittings
• $40 USD
themudhugger.co.uk




bigquotesWe've all wondered why there were even threaded holes in the back of the fork crowns if no fenders were out there. Mudhugger, a manufacturer from the UK, has jumped in with a bolt-on version of their classic EVO front fender. They're easy to pop on and off with just a few small bolts. Adaptor packages are available for almost all forks including RockShox, Fox, DVO, and Ohlins, noting that some short offset forks and older models are not compatible.

You'll never have to zip tie another fender on crooked or worry about dirt chaffing the inside of the fork arch and legs. On that note, the greener side of me loves to do away with the single use item, plus there are no sharp edges left over from the dead end of the zip tie.

The fender featured is the long EVO version and measures in at 515 mm in length (185 mm front/330 mm rear). It covers the fork seals and has an indent behind the arch to give way to the crown under full bottom out. There's no noise when riding down the trail as the fender is very secure. I run a fender almost all year round because they weigh so little and really do keep the spray down, even if it's only the odd surprise puddle. 



Velcio Men's Trail Ultralight Hooded Jacket


Features

• Ultralight weight, windproof and water-resistant (6K)
• 50 gsm Quantum Air fabric from Pertex
• ECO DWR treatment and PU coating
• Fire Red, Deep Sea colors
• $229 USD
velocio.cc




bigquotesInvesting in quality riding kit is crucial for the off-season and the Velcro Ultralight Hooded Jacket is an exceptional piece to add to the collection. Don't judge a book by its cover - this 135-gram flyweight jacket's windproof qualities help keep you warm on flowing trails in cool temperatures.

Made in Italy from 50% recycled content (51% recycled nylon/49% nylon), the jacket is cut for multiple disciplines of cycling with a hood to stretch over a helmet and a longer waist hem out back. Inside the body is a small zippered pouch where the jacket bundles itself into when not in use, and is minimal enough to even fit in the pockets of your pants or shorts. The DWR treatment helps keep light rain at bay, and while the jacket can't compete with a fully waterproof option, it is handy to have in case the weather suddenly changes.

The Quantum Air fabric breathes exceptionally well and a tighter fight actually keeps you dryer, but should you want to open the jacket a double ended zipper makes one handed adjustments on the bike easy. The jacket has a fairly slim fit, so be sure to consult the sizing chart.



Ride Wrap Chainstay and Shuttle Armor




Features

• Perfect for high-wear areas
• Chainstay Armor: Pliable 50 mm x 1000 mm
• Shuttle Armor: 55 mm x 130 mm, 3M adhesive backing
• Comes with cleaning wipe
• $20 USD each
ridewrap.com




bigquotesBest known for their clear frame finish protection, Ride Wrap also offers two additional products that keep your frame looking fresh in high-wear zones, like the downtube and chainstay. Although some frames are equipped with these features, the adhesives can be sub-par or you may need to remove them for repairs.

Shuttling through the grimy winter conditions can take a toll on your frame paint, but this thick downtube bumper covers that area well with a 55 mm x 130 mm footprint. The sticky backing is strong when applied at room temperature, but make sure the frame warms up to that mark too before committing to a location. 24-hours after the install, you are good to go.

I've used products like the Chainstay Armor before, mind you it can be tricky to track down in Canada or just outrageously expensive. There can be a list of areas that need more noise damping and making your bike quiet with this product is blissful. The passage of the chain between the rear triangle is a good place to start, on both the top and bottom sides of the stays. At a wide 50 mm, the 1000 mm length should let you do a full wrap of the stays or choose the trim method for a cleaner look.

Other troublesome spots are along the cable routing where the hoses might encounter the frame. You can also use the pliable tape to make mud-flaps in critical areas that jam up with rocks and mud. The creative possibilities for this rubbery material are endless. For the same price as a pint and burger, you can look after your frame and increase the resale value.



Pinkbike Neck Gaiter





Features

• Multiple ways to be worn
• Doubles as backup Covid mask
• Prevents Old Man Winter from breathing down your neck
• $14.99 USD
shop.pinkbike.com




bigquotesI first stumbled upon neck gaiters at the Fort William World Cup, not for their warming qualities, but actually for protection against the swarms of midge flies. Since then, I've used them in the desert to cover my neck and face against the strong UV rays and added it to layers of wool and waterproofing in the Pacfic Northwest.

They've become a mainstay with the ski touring crowd, but I find them extremely useful to manage body heat on cooler days to insulate around my neck in a hardshell jacket. They fit well over top of your head and due to their thin, stretchy materials, fiddling with helmet adjustments isn't necessary. Stuffing them into a pocket is a no-brainer and even if you don't find you need them for warmth, another handy use is cleaning your goggle or glasses on those squishy trail days.



Muc-Off Punk Powder


Features

• Makes 2x litres of bike cleaner
• 100% plastic and petroleum free packaging
• 75% plant based biodegradable ingredients
• Safe to use on all parts, including disc brakes & carbon fibre
• $19.99 USD
muc-off.com




bigquotesWater is heavy and bulky to ship, and liquids usually require a plastic container to house them, so why not just remove those problems from the equation? Muc-Off's Punk Powder does just that. There's no shortage of plastic in our daily lives, so finding a spray bottle to reuse shouldn't be a chore.

Made up of 75% plant based ingredients, this bike specific cleaner is safe to use on all components and materials on your bike, while also being biodegradable. Each sachet is compostable (certified to EN 13432 standard) and made from renewable raw materials. So it's not only the powder that’s eco-friendly, but the packaging is 100% plastic-free and uses veggie-based ink.

We've all been duped by spraying our bike clean and thinking it looks brand new, until it dries. The Punk Powder leaves your precious bike shiny and streak-free, making it essential for those of us that store bikes inside our living quarters. Wrenching on a spiffy bike makes it easier to spot problematic components and saves time from cleaning surfaces before putting them back together.



107 Comments

  • 84 2
 $229 for that jacket?

Pretty bad when you start to make Rapha look reasonable.
  • 43 0
 Yeah- one of my favourite Jackets, just based on how much I use the two I have, is the Patagonia Houdini. It is essentially this jacket... but less than half the price. Also you have the protection of the Patagonia bomb proof warranty. It's a hard jacket to beat in this category.
  • 42 0
 Finally a jacket I can wear under my Poc fishing pants and still look stylish!
  • 9 0
 Does this mean the Endura one I got on eBay for $29 is 200% less good?!?! My girlfriend likes hers. I won't let her know we passed up an opportunity to have spent an extra $200, had we waited.
  • 5 1
 Any light hiking jacket will be superior in terms of quality and price
  • 2 0
 @snl1200: The Houdini jacket is brilliant, but I’m using the Fox Defend wind jacket now because the Houdini hood billows too much at high speeds.
  • 5 0
 @SvenNorske: Haha- I hear that- It's like an unwanted parachute for your Larynx. I usually just tuck it down into the jacket if I'm about to descend- but do love having the hood for coverage when chilling on top of something or wearing it under the helmet in tough conditions.
  • 7 0
 @snl1200: My Houdini was like 60$. Perhaps one of the best 60$ ever spent. I don’t wear it all the time but it’s been a lifesaver for those days when the weather is different than expected. Everyone needs one. M
  • 1 0
 @bottleblurrocket: Any opportunity to spend more is a missed opportunity. Having not seen this one in person, I can say you should definitely buy it immediately or life will cease to have meaning.
  • 2 0
 @snl1200: I was about to say, this looks just like a Houdini but 2.5x the price
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: My Fox Nomad jacket was something I happened upon when I was buying my daughter new gloves. Same thing as you, it was around $60, it packs down to nothing and has been perfect for cold weather when used as an outer shell.
  • 3 0
 The new Rapha Trail jacket is actually really nice!
  • 1 1
 @snl1200: Patagonia all the way!!
  • 1 0
 Sounds a bit like the 50€ vaude air jacket II, except for the price tag
  • 2 0
 @snl1200: Never though I would see the day Patagucchi was a value leader.
  • 1 0
 I care about two things in a jacket, is it kinda waterproof and DOES IT HAVE FLAPPY ARMS? I can't stand having to listen to flappy bingo arms on a bike ride.
  • 2 0
 Montane Featherlite smock is also similar at just £40
  • 1 0
 Rab Vital jacket is my reasonably priced alternative. Can be had for sub £40.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. That jacket can go f*ck itself for $229. Come on Velcio. Be for real
  • 1 0
 @MillerReid: agreed, I have it and like it!
  • 2 0
 I'll never get why cycling jackets have hoods. The only purpose they have for me is catching on branches and almost ripping my head off.
  • 1 0
 @tunnel-vision: tuck it in. Bonus is it stays dry so you can pull it over your helmet if the weather really takes a turn for the worst.
  • 2 0
 @extremetothemax: 100% recommended. Mine is still going strong after 10 years of heavy use (worn or carried on nearly every ride, 1-2 times a week), and washed every time it was a muddy ride.... which is a lot in the UK
  • 1 0
 Jeezus that price! I swear they must think bikers are dumb asf, they take material from the climbing sector and relabel to charge extra. Same thing with polartec alpha, you literally pay 100% more when supplied by a bike manufacturer vs climbing brand. My Mountain Hardware kor preshell is made from exactly the same material but cost me £40 in the sales.
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: I also have the houdini, it's pretty spectacular. But I also have a bunch of velocio stuff and it's pretty outstanding stuff. I buy it either through expertvoice which is the discount site that IMBA membership offers or I buy their stuff used or through their sales/closeout section.
  • 56 5
 "zero plastic bike wash"

Get your greenwashing out of here. Just wash your bike with water. Cheaper and 100% eco friendly.
As a bonus you wont have detergents ruining the lubrication of your bearings.
If you need to get rid of grease use a towel and dispose of it properly. The grease from your bike belongs in the trash, not in the soil you wash your bike on.
  • 3 1
 Well said Camarade. Danke
  • 2 1
 "We've all been duped by spraying our bike clean and thinking it looks brand new, until it dries. " ...yeah, like your liquid detergent!
  • 21 1
 Some idiot is going mix up their bike wash powder with their electrolyte powder. Gonna clean out those insides real good. Gonna be more like Muck-out.
  • 4 0
 It's Got Electrolytes !
  • 19 0
 @mattbeer do you mean neck gaiter? A neck gator sounds kind of bitey...
  • 9 0
 I’ll start collecting my own list of autocorrect errors
  • 16 1
 Fits most forks, except the ones most sold. Lyrik/pike etc. Really.wish someone did a bolt on for the lyriks.
  • 1 0
 Amen
  • 4 0
 They don't have any bolt holes I think, that's why
  • 4 0
 @NicoOfner: annoys me that the zeb was the only 2021 rockshox fork that could have a bolt on
  • 7 0
 @DanielP07: but does it come in the box or do you have to pay extra for it? All new forks should come with a bolt on fender included
  • 20 6
 Muc off is a joke.. tell how this is better than a few drops of dish soap..
  • 7 1
 Yeah I also wonder this. It can’t be that much different than a bit of dawn (or the super eco friendly stuff too). Detergent is so cheap. Just use a few drops of the eco friendly stuff and call it good
  • 3 0
 It’s different in that it doesn’t wash away the grease that’s in your bearings. At least that’s their schtick…
  • 13 2
 Man, let me tell you something — Muc-Off is no joke. One of the few products that works even better than advertised. I don’t know what’s in it, or how it works, but it’s about a million times better than dish soap. Your bike is showroom clean—like new—in 5 minutes or less with minimal work and scrubbing on your part. It’s crazy how good it is.

Also, dish soap is harsh, often leaves a film behind, and can act as de-greaser depending on the kind you use. (There’s a reason they designed it for greasy dishes). Use it if you want, but seriously, Muc Off kicks its ass on bikes.
  • 1 0
 @Abacall: a few drop of dish soap doesn’t wash the grease out of your bearings either.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: This shit is 100% true though. I was on the muc off hate train until I tried it.
  • 2 1
 @jbrow148: Yeah, the “just use dish soap” crowd has no clue. That stuff is magic.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: I'm looking at my dishes now, no film weird huh? A few drops not a whole bottle.
  • 1 0
 @Bushmaster123: Have at it, man.
  • 8 0
 Heads up, I got the shuttle armor pad thing and it kind of was a disappointment. I cleaned my frame and was in my warm garage for application, but the rubber is pre-formed and slightly curved, if your downtube is a smaller circumference than the armor it will peel at the outer edges back to its original shape. I wanted to keep it on but it wouldn’t stick completely. Trapping dirt between my frame and the sticky inner side.
  • 1 0
 I put the shuttle armor on top of a frame wrap and it seemed to do fine. It might have these issues if you don't have any other frame protection beneath it.
  • 1 0
 I've had shuttle armor on my bike for two years. It's never given me any problem. I've shuttled at least a dozen days each year and it shows barely any signs of wear And I'd rather the shuttle armor wear than my bike. Bikes are expensive and hard to find.
  • 2 0
 @marrrty @captbennett do both of you guys have carbon frames or just generally large diameter downtubes? My bike does not and that is the point I was getting at. If my DT was better suited to its pre formed shape, or if there was different bend options for the armor I would still be rocking it. It did seem very sturdy, and I wish I was able to keep it.
  • 1 0
 @nskerb: Yeah, I have mine on my 2018 Specialized Demo 8 S-Works.
  • 1 0
 @nskerb: it might have been an idea to heat it with a heat gun to make it pliable and more likely to take the shape of your frame.
  • 1 0
 @nskerb: mine is on a Spec Enduro, and I have one on a SJ evo. I used a heat gun to make sure the shuttle armor and the frame were both warm and then secured the shuttle armor with tape and let it sit for 24 hours before playing in the mud.
  • 1 0
 I had the same problem but in reverse. The underside of the downtube on my bike isn't curved enough, and is way too wide, so the Ride Wrap shuttle guard would protect only half of its width anyway. I exchanged it for a large Lizard Skins frame protector, which has been great.
  • 1 0
 Buy the roll of armor tape from One. Can cut to size and does multiple bikes.
  • 1 0
 Yea this happened to me too. I have a Ride Wrap kit on my bike and I could not get my shuttle armor to stick. I think your frame has to be the perfect shape for it to work. Props to Ride Wrap for sending me a replacement but it too just fell off after one ride.
  • 9 2
 At first I was looking at the shuttle frame protector like, "that's cool, I could justify that $20 purchase." Then I thought back to the last time I used a shuttle (never) and decided that it wasn't worth it to me. But that is a cool product for people who use shuttles a lot.
  • 2 0
 Yeti sells one for 5$. Just as thick and big. Works well for my friends trucks that use the tail gate pads
  • 1 0
 @kobold: Does it fit square tubes, and is it malleable or a hard plastic? I assumed it was specific to Yeti, and want a guard - but I don't care for the ride wrap graphics.
  • 3 0
 @kobold: Yea but the shipping is $50 and they won’t warranty it when the tape won’t stick. Smile
  • 5 0
 @carym: That only happened to the prototype ones shipped out for press reviews.
  • 6 0
 If you're going to zapstrap a cheap fender on, wrap the living crap out of your fork in electrical tape because I've seen zap straps turn a brand new fox 40 into a throw out in one season.
  • 1 0
 10 or 12mil clear vinyl works too.
  • 1 0
 @SkullsRoad: what am I? Made of money?
Wrap all the bikes in tape. So much dollar store tape.
  • 7 3
 $230 for a jacket that is 50% recycled? Imagine paying $230 for actual trash.
  • 12 0
 I guess you're only paying $115 for trash.
  • 2 0
 Little tip for the fender. Use a bash guard spacer on the 2 outside bolts to angle the front of the fender down and rear up, where you really need it. Makes a huge difference in catching debris.
  • 3 0
 Who says my bike is precocious? As far as that goes, is Outside/PB hiring a proof reader? I could be had for the right money...
  • 4 1
 It’s proofreader. One word. Just sayin’. Smile
  • 2 0
 @TheR: I spell that Irony, baby! I had to defeat spellcheck to get that in. I congratulate you on your vocabulary!
  • 1 0
 I’ll drop my secret packable jacket advice to you all. The “Zero Resisance Windstopper” short sleeve jacket. I can fit fit it in my pocket if I very tightly roll it. It was made for golf so it won’t hinder your range of motion one bit. they don’t make them anymore unfortunately. $30ish on eBay is a good deal.
  • 4 0
 Decent bolt on fender: about time!
  • 8 0
 RRP have had a bolt on guard out for a while so worth checking that out too
  • 4 0
 100% buy for me since it fits dvo. That tiny little fender dvo gives you is a joke and I don't believe anyone else makes a fender that fits
  • 1 0
 I have a $20 Syncros short one on my 2020 36 Rhythm. It is so, so much better than the flat plastic zip tie ones that I've used in the past. It doesn't rattle and the included torx screws holding it to the arch even had a little blue Loctite on them, and I've found it does a halfway decent job of keeping my teeth mud free - not so much the frame
  • 5 0
 100% recycled PP Smile
  • 1 1
 .... I dont really think that's possible. Even with recycled materials they typically need to use some amount (10-20%) of virgin material to assist with the injection molding process.
  • 10 7
 Wow, a whole article on laughably-overpriced items (minus the shuttle guard). $40 for a piece of plastic for a fender. PFFFT
  • 17 1
 Mudhugger is one of the best in the biz for mudguards. Don't knock 'em till you try 'em. It's honestly the ONLY thing in the article worth the price.
  • 2 12
flag CSharp (Nov 24, 2021 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 What would you expect from Outside when they can prove from their survey that most PinkBikers ARE DENTISTS, surgeons, and multi-millionaires?
  • 3 1
 @noapathy: yep mudhuggers are the shiz. Although, I’ll stick with my OG version as the bolt on looks ugly as.
  • 7 0
 @noapathy, agreed. It's hard to go back to short little flexible fenders after using the longer Mudhugger. It makes such a difference in the slop.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Right? Too bad you don't get to ride someplace that stays wet for long periods of time. Oh, wait...
  • 2 0
 I want the mud hugger. The Crud XL Fender fits the Lyrik/Yari ok but does not gel well with the Zeb.
  • 1 0
 @noapathy: I'd be happy if I didn't have to fat bike in the winter. I'd gladly take slop.
  • 3 0
 @noapathy: Well worth the money! RRP also sell a very good one.
  • 4 0
 The $220.00 windbreaker...A paywall is on the way, people!
  • 4 0
 For christ's sake even a patagucci houdini jacket is less than $100, and I thought I was dumb for buying it on sale at $79. These prices are taking the piss!
  • 2 2
 I like Ride Wrap but their shuttle armour pad was not up to the task on my families bikes and wore through after 6 rides or so with lots of shuttles. Although they well out preformed the stock ones that came on my Altitude this year. I wore through those almost immediately. There is space in the market right now for a good durable shuttle guard. And I don't care to much about how much it weighs.
  • 7 0
 Are you mounting your bike to a bare piece of steel? How are you wearing through these that fast?
  • 1 0
 @loamfiend: The usual tail gate pad. No idea, my main shuttling road is pretty bumpy.
  • 2 0
 Huh? Is your tailgate pad made out of sandpaper?
  • 3 0
 $20 for anything on my bike is a deal.
  • 1 0
 Weight: 135grams.

Cost: $229.00 USD

That's $769.43/lb, or $1696.30/kg !!

Their business model must be based on 100% of their customers being DENTISTS??
  • 1 0
 Trash bag emergency rain jacket. Cheap, Light, Bad for the Environment. Choose 3.
  • 1 0
 Ride wrap to protect the car from Commencal.. Nice
  • 1 0
 I am waiting to buy an Outside branded gaiter instead.
  • 1 0
 Worst list ever, I wouldn't buy any of these things.
  • 1 2
 The greener side of me .. hahaha.. GTFO
  • 6 8
 A neck gaiter cannot be used as a covid mask Pinkbike!! It doesn’t filter anything
  • 3 0
 No, but it will catch sputum and other bioaerosols. Better than nothing.
If you got offered a 2% pay rise, would you say no thanks, there's no point - it's only 2%?
  • 7 0
 @jaame: never seen the word sputum in the Pinkbike comments before, well done that man. Thought I'd seen everything.
  • 4 0
 @nickkk: have you seen a man eat his own head?
  • 2 1
 And yet people do, everywhere. Just like those who "wear" their masks just below their noses.
  • 4 0
 @jaame: you can get your sputum all the way up to your neck? Young man’s game!
  • 1 0
 A neck gaiter is the only tolerable face covering for park riding. Its efficacy is irrelevant Smile

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