Gear Guide: 10 Fenders for Sloppy Winter Mountain Biking

Feb 21, 2019
by Nikki Rohan  



About This Review

Living in the Pacific Northwest, riding with a front mud fender year round is pretty common. Fall through Spring is fairly wet and muddy, and summer conditions are unpredictable. Not only do fenders reduce the amount of spray flying off the wheel and up towards your face, but they protect your fork stanchions and seals from abrasive contaminants, and help keep your bridge from getting caked with mud. A fender can benefit both the "I never wash my bike" to the "I wipe down after every puddle" ends of the spectrum.

Most of us non-millennials started using some type of DIY front fender years ago. I clearly remember friends using bike tubes or ghetto cut-out plastic folders to mimic the first couple of front fenders designed to fit suspension forks. Luckily, we now have a plethora of affordable options from a dozen plus companies with distributions throughout the world. Below you will find information on 10 different front fork mounted fenders designed to keep trail debris to a minimum while you rip down your favorite trails.

It's important to note that all fenders tested are based on tried and true designs and work well to keep grit and goop out of the eyes as well as the vulnerable parts of your fork. So for this review, we focused on cost, approximate weight (each fender was weighed without the zip-ties or velcro-straps), ease of installation and overall design. And since there are multiple options available from most manufacturers, rather than bury readers in a mountain of fender geekery, we opted to zero in on what we feel is the best fender from each manufacturer in the review. Take a look at their websites for additional options and to find where you can get your grubby mitts on them.

Winter Fender Reviews





MarshGuard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

MarshGuard 275

• Weight: 29g (without the Stash)
• Colors: Black with multiple logo color options
• Material: Recycled plastic
• MSRP: €12.00 – €15.50 (€4.50 for "The Stash")
marshguard.com/


MarshGuard was arguably the first in the game when it came to a simple, basic front fender that easily fits almost any fork or wheel size. As such it's often been knocked off. But where'd it come from? Simple: back in 2012-ish, Jason Marsh, an OG wrench with the Santa Cruz Syndicate World Cup Team, unveiled his MarshGuard to meet the demands of World Cup DH racers (light, flexible, durable, unobtrusive, and aerodynamic). As a stand-alone front fender, the MarshGuard 275 is one of the lightest options available, but also still one of the smallest. And you can now purchase it with the optional "Stash" front guard, which hugs the contours of the tire to help prevent excess mud and debris from getting thrown up into a rider's face, a definite benefit on excessively soggy days. The Marshguard 275 is only available in recycled black plastic but has multiple color options for the logo, as well as a few "message" guards (50 to 1; drop and roll, etc). You can purchase it with or without zip-ties. One nice thing about this set up is that when installed, the fender with the "Stash" still fits on most bike racks that have a front wheel retention bar (Yakima Hold Up, Kuat NV 2.0, Thule T2 Pro, etc) as it extends only a wee bit past the front of the fork. - PM

MarshGuard The Stash with Original MarshGuard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
MarshGuard The Stash with Original MarshGuard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

MarshGuard 275 with "the Stash" mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Affordable
+ Lightweight
+ Easy to install
Cons

- Small surface area/may not effectively keep spray off face





Syncros Trail Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Syncros Trail Fender

• Weight: 29g
• Colors: Black & Squad Orange
• Material: High impact resistant Polypropylene
• MSRP: $14.90 USD
syncros.com/


Syncros made its name back in the heyday of mountain biking with innovative and quality products. This isn't the Syncros of old - they changed hands a few times until SCOTT Sports bought them in 2012 - but they are still churning out quality products that the original founders would be proud of. Case in point, the Syncros Trail Fender: this is a sleek, lightweight fender made of high impact resistant Polypropylene. It's designed to work specifically with Fox 34 & 36 Boost forks only (there is a separate model available for Fox 34 Step Cast forks). Their Trail Fender features a seamless direct mount to the Fox fork arch via a couple included torx bolts (ever notice those two threaded holes on the back of a Fox Fork arch? The included bolts thread right into them). Installation is ridiculously easy: there's no fumbling with zip ties; rather it's just screwing in two simple bolts with the included torx tool and voila! you've securely attached the fender to the arch. Along with the MarshGuard 275, this was the lightest manufactured front fender we reviewed as well as the smallest. It may not offer as much coverage as some other fenders reviewed here but for ease of installation, the Syncros Fender is awesome. As long as you have a Fox Fork. - NR

Syncros Trail Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
Syncros Trail Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Syncros Trail Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Factory look
+ Lightweight
+ Easy to install, comes with tool/bolts
Cons

- Only compatible with Fox 34 & 36 Boost forks/ Fox 34 SC forks
- Small surface area/may not effectively keep spray off face





One Ball Large Colored Mountain Bike Mud Fork Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

One Ball Large Colored Fender

• Weight: 61g
• Colors: Assorted mix and matched
• Material: Recycled snowboard base materials. Very durable UHMW plastic
• MSRP: $18.00 USD
one-ball.com/


The One Ball Large Colored Fender is one of four different fenders available from One Ball. The Large Colored fender is a heavier but flexible fender that offers a bit more coverage than their basic fenders and is identical to their large black fender. It's made from recycled snowboard base materials which means the designs available are all unique and different. It comes with black zip ties included and mounts pretty much like a Marshguard: two zip ties on the fork lowers and two zip ties on the arch. Although it is one of the heavier flexible front fenders reviewed (along with the Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard), this fender was super easy to install with the included zip ties and is compatible with most forks and tires (up to 3"). Clearance under the fender looked ample enough to keep all but the heaviest clay from gumming up the wheel. -NR

One Ball Large Colored Mountain Bike Mud Fork Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
One Ball Large Colored Mountain Bike Mud Fork Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

One Ball Large Colored Mountain Bike Mud Fork Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Cool colors/designs re-use of materials
+ Large amount of coverage
+ Easy to install
+ Made in the USA
Cons

- Weight
- May not be compatible with certain bike racks





Muckynutz Full Face Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Muckynutz Full Face Fender

• Weight: 42g
• Colors: Black
• Material: High impact resistant Polypropylene
• MSRP: £12.99 GBP
muckynutz.com/


MuckyNutz makes a wide variety of mudguards ranging from a very basic front guard (the Face Fender), all the way up to their XL fat bike guards. The Full Face Fender is a clear step above Face Fender and should be considered as their most comprehensive front mudguard. This guard ships flat (2D) but when folded, it offers a contoured 3D profile that works to follow the shape of the tire. How's that again? Simple: partially folding the guard so that the holes on the front and rear portions of the guard overlap and then securing them with the included velcro straps to the fork lowers creates an arched guard that extends some 4-5 inches ahead of the arch. Basically, the Full Face offers good wheel coverage in a fairly lightweight package. Compared to other guards, however, the installation was a bit trickier; i.e. getting the fold correct and lining up the holes with the supplied velcro straps is a bit of a dance. As a bonus, this guard had three strap mounts for the fork arch vs. some that only have two, making a bomber connection. Extra bonus, re-usable included velcro mounting straps (although zip ties will work just fine). -PM

Winter Fender Reviews
Muckynutz Full Face Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Muckynutz Full Face Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Shape better follows front tire
+ Lightweight
+ Fits on variety of tires/forks
Cons

- May not fit on certain bike racks
- Only available in black





Ground Keeper Cascadia Flag front fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Ground Keeper Fender

• Weight: 33g
• Colors: Variety of colors and designs, custom available
• Material: Durable plastic
• MSRP: $24.00 USD
groundkeeperfenders.com/


The Ground Keeper front fender is similar in shape and weight to many of the other basic fenders in this review. But what makes them unique is that their flexible fender is available with twenty-one unique graphic designs, allowing one to add a bit of personality to their bike. The company is making these "Fancy Fenders for your Bike" right here in the USA (Bellingham, WA to be exact). Along with their stock designs, buyers can also submit custom artwork via an online template and order a truly custom fender (price depends on quantity ordered). Like most basic fenders, the Ground Keeper is super easy to install with four included zip ties. The slots are designed to be able to use either zip ties or re-usable velcro straps (available for an extra $3 USD). This fender extends slightly beyond the arch towards the front of the tire, which provides a little extra spray protection while still allowing the bike to fit on most bike racks with a front wheel retention bar. While this is not a particularly inexpensive option as compared to some other similarly shaped fenders, the palette of available designs adds value as does the cachet of "made in the USA". I received lots of compliments on the trail for the "Mud Rug" fender I tested as well as a decent amount of mud-spray protection. Note that these may only be available for purchase in the USA. -NR

Ground Keeper Cascadia Flag front fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
Ground Keeper Cascadia Flag front fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Ground Keeper Cascadia Flag front fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Unique designs
+ Fairly lightweight
+ Made in USA
Cons

- Cost
- Small surface area/may not effectively keep spray off face





Kirt Voreis Special - Tube style front mud protection

DIY Front Fender

• Weight: 15g (approx.)
• Colors: Black
• Material: Used tube of any size
• MSRP: Free
youtube.com/


This particular DIY front fender style has likely been around since before I was born, or more precisely around the time when RC founded Mantis. Nowadays thanks to the internet, you can google just about any DIY project and get step-by-step directions on how best to accomplish a task. Since you can almost always go to a local bike shop and find some used tubes, and maybe beg for zip ties, this is the closest to free front fender option on the market. We didn't measure anything with a tape measure, just eyed in the length and width, cut the tube with scissors, poked a couple holes in it and ta-da, we were ready to hit the trails. -NR

Pros

+ Free
+ Lightweight
Cons

- Not as effective at keeping spray off face
- Durability





Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard

• Weight: 61g
• Colors: Multiple color options
• Material: 5 Recyclable Polypropylene
• MSRP: $14.99 USD
blackburn.com/


The Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard is another contoured style front fender that bends along the tire for extra coverage off the front and back of the tire. This fender comes stock with a roll of velcro at a super reasonable price and is also available in an XL size for fat bikes. It is available in 6 different topo color patterns. This was one of the heaviest but flexible fenders we received. Possibly due to the thickness (0.8mm), bending the fender correctly took more effort and I had a slightly difficult time installing it without an extra set of hands. The two middle sections that are supposed to velcro together against the fork leg kept popping out. Once we got the fender properly mounted, everything was smooth sailing. One nice thing about this fender is that along the underside there are multiple trim lines where you can cut down the size and as a result the weight of the fender depending on how much coverage you think you need. Blackburn products have a good reputation and a wide distribution network, so it should be fairly easy to get your hands on this fender if weight is not your number one priority. -NR

Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Price includes velcro straps
+ Trim lines to shorten, reduce size of fender
Cons

- Difficult to install with one set of hands
- Not compatible with all bike racks
- Weight





ProGurad Standard Front Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

ProGuard Standard Front Fender

• Weight: 114g
• Colors: Black (11 colored sticker sets available)
• Material: Polished Polypropylene mix
• MSRP: £24.99 GBP
rapidracerproducts.com/


The ProGuard Standard front fender is the only "hard" shell style fender we have included in this review. It came highly recommended fender from multiple sources, so of course, I had to check it out. ProGuard fenders are available in two sizes, the "standard" and the "max protection" (which offers 21 mm more coverage in front of the fork arch, and 68 mm more coverage in the rear). The "Standard" comes in a polished black and eleven different decal sets can be ordered separately to lend a bit of personality. This fender has some unique design features including indents to create additional clearance, 24 crown holes to accommodate a wide variety of fit options, and a longer front to keep spray to a minimum, even at high speeds where almost nothing keeps spray off your face. The ProGuard is designed and manufactured in the UK and has a worldwide distribution network - you can look up where to purchase on their website. This fender has a nice "factory" look when mounted and once the snow melts I look forward to putting it through its paces to see how well it holds up on our sticky clay trails. -NR

ProGurad Standard Front Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
ProGurad Standard Front Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

ProGurad Standard Front Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29" wheel (Minion DHR II 2.4 WT).

Pros

+ Sleek looking design
+ Extended/contoured front and rear to reduce spray
+ Made in United Kingdom
Cons

- Weight - one of the heavier options
- Not compatible with all bike racks
- Cost





Mudhugger SL Fender

Mudhugger SL Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
Mudhugger SL Fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Mudhugger SL Fender installed

The Mudhugger SL is one of multiple fender options available from Mudhugger, a UK company. The SL was developed to fill the gap in their range of products for a lightweight, yet full coverage option. Mudhugger also makes a wide variety of rear fenders, if that's your cup of tea, including some ginormous ones guaranteed to keep rear spackle to a minimum. The SL is a very similar design to the MuckyNutz, but the SL contours a bit more closely to the wheel, thanks to the folding design. This fender has two holes for the fork arch and is slightly heavier as compared to the MuckyNutz. Overall, the styling is pretty subdued but it is available in a few discrete colors. -PM
Details:
• Weight: 49g
• Material: No info available
• Colors: White, Yellow, Green, Black
• MSRP: $15.00
themudhugger.co.uk/

Pros

+ Sleek looking design
+ Extended/contoured front and rear to reduce spray
+ Made in United Kingdom
Cons

- Weight - one of the heavier options
- Not compatible with all bike racks





Polisport Mud-Slim

Polisport Mud-Slim front fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT
Polisport Mud-Slim front fender mounted to a Fox 34 with 29 wheel Minion DHR II 2.4 WT

Polisport Mud-Slim Two in One Mudguard

The Polisport Mud-Slim is the lightest out of the basic front guards we compared and you could definitely feel it, even though it's a matter of only a few grams. The flexible plastic is feathery light and flexes quite readily; really the opposite end of the spectrum from the One Ball guard. There is a small lip on the front of the fender that extends an inch and a bit from the arch to provide additional spray protection, although that forward edge is much smaller as compared to other similarly designed fenders. Install was comparable to the other zip tie mounted guards. Styling is minimal with only a single small white logo. Bonus: This guard can also be used as a seat mounted rear mudflap by simply clipping off a few clearly marked pieces. -PM
Details:
• Weight: 27g
• Material: No info available
• Colors: Black
• Price Around €3,99
polisport.com


Pros

+ Sleek looking design
+ Super light (xc dorks rejoice)
+ Can be used for rear seat coverage (buy two!)
Cons

- Not compatible with all bike racks
- Sterile styling





If you are in the market for a rear fender, here are two options:

ProGurad Standard Rear Fender

ProGuard Standard Rear Fender

• Weight: 64g
• Colors: Black (sticker sets available)
• Material: Polished Polypropylene mix
• Comes with 6 zip ties
• MSRP: £24.99 GBP
rapidracerproducts.com/


Mudhugger Rear 29er Fender

Mudhugger 29er Rear Fender

• Weight: 208g
• Colors: Black (Color decals available)
• Material: Polypropylene
• Comes with frame tape and 6 zip ties
• MSRP: £27.50 GBP
themudhugger.co.uk/







Pierce in Canyonlands Utah.
Nikki Rohan riding the Syncline

About the testers: Pierce Martin and Nikki Rohan live in Hood River, Oregon. Nikki has been reviewing gear for Pinkbike for the past 5 years with her partner Colin Meagher. She recently brought Pierce on board, and they will be working together on a variety of gear reviews for Pinkbike this season.



290 Comments

  • + 448
 "Living in the Pacific Northwest"

You don't know mud. I was born in it, moulded in it. I didn't see the dry until I was already a man; by then, it was nothing to me but blinding.

Regards,
Scottish riders.
  • + 25
 Agreed
  • - 57
flag vhdh666 (Feb 21, 2019 at 2:00) (Below Threshold)
 you must be a tough guy
  • + 15
 When Glasgow is in ashes, then you have my permission to fry... ... a battered mars bar.
  • + 37
 If it’s not Scottish, it’s CRAP!!
  • + 11
 @ReformedRoadie: I wonder if the majority are old enough to get this lol
  • + 5
 its fookin raw
  • + 17
 Smile . Most people from Scotland (or northern Wales) would feel right at home in the PNW. where I grew up gets 1250mm of rain a year with 230 overcast days a year. An hour north there are spots that get 4300mm plus a year. Mt. Hood - Portland area gets 850mm to 1100mm. Most riding locations around Seattle get about 1000mm a year. So plenty wet to test those mudguards, if not quite truly Scottish good

I spent a month in Wales (Machynlleth area). Geographically and weather-wise it felt just like where I grew up. I think I saw blue sky on two days the entire time I was there.
  • + 11
 @allenfstar: IMHO, all of Mike Myers best work was Scottish based, from that SNL skit, to So I Married an Ax Murderer, to Fat Bastard.
  • + 1
 @ReformedRoadie: I am 44...I got your reference. Fat Bastard! Big Grin
  • + 5
 Do You feel in control?
  • + 2
 @ReformedRoadie: Come on, Wayne's World? A sphincter says what?
  • + 2
 A rainstorm in scotland is a lovely summers day ready for shorts and teeshirts
  • + 2
 @pmaddock: Its all I use for a whole winter in South Wales Big Grin
  • + 1
 This might be my favorite comment I've seen on pinkbike. ????????????
  • + 0
 Why isn’t speed creatures fenders in here ? They have the all time best fenders a long with shirts and sickers. The fenders have an awesome length and durability and they are made to fit any bike. Definitely would recommend going over to speedcreature.com and check them out!
  • + 1
 I’ll throw you one...what?! @drunknride:
  • + 1
 Do they even know what precipitation is?
  • + 1
 Yes, but are you initiated?
  • + 0
 Upvote if you read @bloodsexmagik post out loud rocking your best Bane impression
  • + 1
 @pcmxa: I love it when people quote mm's of rainfall, in the good old UK it's measured in "pissing down, hammering down,or f*ck me come look at this "
Wink
  • + 1
 @scoot34: Olympia, WA where I grew up, we were conneseuers of rain. It sometimes poured, but really it was always just water falling from the sky from October until mid-July. It would drizzle, mist, shower, spritz, dribble, and sometimes rain, bucket, hammer.... Basically, it just stays wet moss and mildew grow in every surface that isn't moving or moved on And we thought we were dryish with our 4 ish feet of rain a year, cause up the road, in the rain forest, they got more than 10 feet. We culturally identified with rain. We knew it and how to live in it and felt that made us special. We told ourselves stories of just how wet and miserable were were on adventures, thinking this made us special really it just meant we suffered mud and cold uncomfortable damp (if we were lucky)

Now I live in the high desert where it is sunny 300 plus days a year. I'm currently looking out the window at two inches of snow knowing in two days time (maybe less) I'll be able to ride in mild temps on trails with the perfect moisture for miraculous fast rolling traction.

Salutations!
  • + 1
 @scoot34: lots rain if fine if the ground drains well. Not so when its clay. Granted it doesn't rain as much here but hell is it muddy when it does.
  • + 126
 Mudhugger 29er Rear Fender........ yeah sorry I would rather get covered in mud than run one of those.
  • + 3
 I agree !
  • + 33
 Aka the Boeing 747 wing
  • + 13
 Horses for courses eh. I love mine, in fact I'm on my second one. Only downside is the cost :/
  • + 11
 Well if you want less maintenance it is the real thing.
  • + 6
 I won't buy a frame that doesn't accept a Mudhugger. I would give up rear suspension before my Mudhugger.
  • + 3
 Ugly as sin but there's nothing better than finishing an epic muddy gritty ride with absolutely no trace of dirt or moisture on your butt grinding away at your saddle.
  • + 7
 @jonnyboy: I always have moisture on my butt, mudguard or no mudguard. I'm that excited to be riding my bike you see.
  • + 6
 I just bought a Mudhugger this year. It's ugly as hell but works awesome. I love it.
  • + 4
 I'm surprised, I thought these would be mandatory in the UK. Love mine here in the PNWet.
  • + 4
 Ugly as sin, but I always get asked where I got it when everyone's suffering from mud butt. Saving my rear susp and dropper post is worth it.
  • + 1
 I've got a Mud Guard rear "fender" it slides under your seat and bends at the rails. It's flexible as well, so when things get super steep you can get your butt over your tire and not worry about breaking it. It's also very inexpensive.
  • + 92
 Why is MarshGuard still getting credit for being the first when Muckynutz offered the Bender Fender several years earlier? Do your research!
  • + 9
 Came here to make sure this was made clear Smile
  • + 12
 Not to mention that the bender fender is available in tons of colors and it has really nice velcro straps and not the awkward fork scratching zip ties.
  • + 2
 Exactly.
  • + 5
 Because World Cup scenes
  • + 4
 No one mentioned about local stationery shop?
  • + 8
 I'm sure that wasn't the first either, a load of us were just making our own versions of this back in 1996.
  • + 8
 I thought the first bender was to use a DIY cut plastic bottle attached with some ties. No, seriously, forget about all these brands, and get yourself a plastic folder in any supermarket for under $2 and cut it to your desired size. It is the EXACTLY same material and quality than Marshguards, MuckyNuts, On Ball, Polisport, Mudhugger, Blackburn and Ground keeper. You will save time, money, and get the size and shape that fits you most.
  • + 2
 @kirat: you'll get a lot of work that doesn't worth the 8 extra. I've found mines, Mucky and they fit every bike. Done! ;D
  • + 4
 @bigtim: Made my 1st mini-fender out of a plastic Heinz ketchup bottle in 1989 ....and it probably still wasn't the first
  • + 73
 I would rather guide my father into my mother than attach one of those rear mudguards to my bike
  • + 7
 Comment of the year right here......kudos
  • + 3
 Lol, this comment made my day bro! Legend.
  • - 2
 I was looking for a pun, but he's just hit it straight and true. Btw, I would rather watch you do that than ride in mud, the whole concept of needing mud guards being horrific.
  • + 2
 Also, my son is Dublin born and I'm now fairly concerned.
  • + 53
 who cares about the weight!!!
  • + 36
 Ha. I was about to make the same comment. If you're concerned about the weight that much, you probably shouldn't be riding in the mud.
  • + 8
 Exactly! Especially when the mud is going to weigh half the weight of bike!
  • + 9
 @jlawie: beat me to it. any trace of mud will weigh more than that piece of plastic
  • + 14
 I think this is some kind of mental disease, really. I mean why would a sane person care about 100g on their bike especially when it will gather 2kg of mud in 10sec of riding? I am 100% serious here - I think most bikers would really benefit from psychotherapy.
  • + 4
 @lkubica: Thank you! Any one who puts any thought into the weight of one of these fenders is out of their mind.
  • + 2
 I mean more unsprung weight is always worth avoiding.
  • + 3
 @mnorris122: Exactly. The weight is just something to consider and no, it's not the End of the World if the fender one prefers is 50gr more than another...just use it. But if looking at essentially two identical fenders and one is twice the weight of the other...for a reasonable price difference, if any...use the lighter one. Not exactly rocket surgery Smile
  • + 3
 Exactly, that 200-odd gram rear Mudhugger easily prevents 500g+ of mud sticking to my bikes and clothing. Run a front FRX all year on all bikes, the rears appear around November and removed around April. Makes all-weather riding all year a pleasure.
  • + 1
 While it only rains here a couple months out of the year, I keep my Marsh Guard on all year because it's small, light, not worth the hassle to take off and put back on again, and I don't have to remember to pack it when going somewhere muddier. Many people I know also keep their Marsh Guards or Mucky Nutz fenders installed all year. I'm not a weight weenie, mind you, but I would think this is probably the reason why other people may care about the weight - for year-round installation.
  • + 29
 How is the original Mudhugger not included in this test? It's the best mud fender I've ever used. It's crazy that it's not included in this test because it blows everything else out of the water.
  • + 8
 How is the Rockguardz mudguardz not included?
www.rockguardz.com/mudguardz.html

Best on the market and all the thin plastic ones look like cheap flexy homemade garbage imo.
  • + 2
 @Flowcheckers: +1
great investment for the year round rider
  • + 2
 Mudguardz FTW
  • + 3
 I have a original Mudhugger front, not the race version and, I replaced it with a RRP Proguard Max Protection. I have not had mud or water splashed in my eyes since.
  • + 4
 @Legbacon: I also bought the Proguard Max. Although they only mention the smaller one in this article, the max version gives flawless mud protection.

For those pissed that they didn't mention Mudhugger, it's pretty much the same thing as the proguard mentioned above, and likely just as effective. I agree they should have included some more options.
  • + 2
 Yeah they’re being disrespectful by not including it.
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic:
I was drunk when I posted that, but I stand by my point that it's miles better than all the others.
(also what's with the rear mudhugger? don't really get it)
  • + 24
 How is Made in the USA a plus? I really don’t care where such plastic is made, and neither should anyone.

Made in Europe would be a plus btw.
  • + 24
 maybe because it isn't made in a low cost country, nevertheless i also don't think that it is a plus. Using ecofriendly plastic or recycled water bottles would be a plus. A friend of mine always uses old broken plastic buckets and a big scissors for cutting his own mudguards.
  • + 4
 many more mentions for pros being made in the UK...funny criteria, lol
  • + 11
 Some people do care about buying things made in places with labor and environmental laws; if that's the US, or Europe or Canada, I'm indifferent, but if prices are close to something I don't know where it's made...

It's strange to me that you feel justified having an opinion on what I SHOULD care about. Especially since in one sentence you say no one should care where anything is made, then the next you say you do.
  • + 4
 Polisport is made in Portugal, btw.
  • + 12
 So made in the USA isn’t a plus, but made in Europe would be?

I thought it didn’t matter where such plastic is made?
  • + 8
 We put made in the UK as a pro on the Mudhugger. If you are going to bitch and single out one example, you should make sure that there aren't others.
  • + 1
 I think the bigger plus of the One Ball is that it's made from recycled snowboard bases from Mervin Manufacturing.
  • + 2
 It has to do with the source of labor more so than materials. Some people get a sense of satisfaction knowing the product they're buying is creating a job for a citizen of their own country. Most things you buy that say "made in X Country" probably source materials from another country... I know in the US, only a certain % of the process has be done within country borders for the company to be able to put a "Made in the USA" sticker on their product...
  • + 3
 For an American, it is putting $ back into their own economy.
  • + 0
 @Weens: The last sentence is sarcasm of course.
  • + 1
 @shadow20: Nope, not for me it doesn't. That last sentence was bullshit of course, thought you guys would know.
  • + 1
 @Weens: You missed the joke. He is not from the USA. He is from Europe.
  • + 4
 @diegosk: Yeah so only Americans and Brits get that satisfaction from paying their fellow countrymen for products? The Chinese or any other nationalities don't? You know there are people from around the globe on PB, don't you? How is "made in the UK" relevant or a 'pro' to a Canadian or Norwegian reading this?

Is any and every country of origin going to be listed as a 'pro' in PB reviews now? Because there will always be a reader to whom the product is local.

@Xtreena Sure and for a Taiwanese person, a Taiwanese product is putting $ back into their own economy so I look forward to PB listing "made in Taiwan" as a pro under a review for that very reason.

@nkrohan If you are going to bitch and single someone out for bitching, make sure you realise there are more than 2 or 3 countries in the world (and represented on PB). Maybe it's a good idea to consider focusing on pros and cons based on the product's functionality that's relevant to everyone or be prepared to be consistent and mention the country every damn time. I have a gut feeling though that you're more likely to list any Asian country as a 'con'. If that feeling's wrong, then why exactly did you only consider country of origin as a 'pro' on UK/US products in this review? Every one of those plastic fenders supports *someone's* economy.
  • + 1
 @Dennisvdb Cuz 'Murica! (comic san implied)
  • + 1
 @bananowy: I could care less where my stuff is made. I buy tons of stuff made in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. I am down with the global economy. I guess my use of "some people" might have come off as snarky or implying that I am "some people" but it really wasn't, and as stated above, its not a point of concern for me personally. Just trying to explain why it might be viewed as a pro.
  • + 25
 you forgot to mention that the syncros thing doesn't protect your stanchions and seals from dirt and debris
  • + 6
 Clearly for those times when you want to divert all the mud directly to your fork seals.
  • + 22
 Grab a template off google and a notebook divider and make your own front and back for nothing.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/12783295
  • + 19
 Remember in the late 90's when they use THE moto style fenders on 4x bikes.
  • + 4
 Still have mine. Tried fitting it on my old Patrol, but it rubbed on the headtube. Looked wicked though
  • + 0
 Excellent advertisement space for your sponsors... just like Sam Hills handguards... water bottles... just saying
  • + 1
 They should have included that in the test for comparison.
  • + 1
 I still use my THE downtube fender for the winter combined with a DIY fork fender. I tend to get everything in the eyes.
  • + 10
 No RockGuardz, Crud Catcher XL, Powa Dfender or Mudhugger.

All way better than the stuff in the article, if you riding in rain/mud you want a proper guard, not a bent bit of plastic!
  • + 2
 I agree. Most of the fenders reviewed above look like they were home made. Only the proper moulded ones are genuinely effective in real mud - like those you mention
  • + 1
 I use a shock blade fender that mounts under the crown, its a big moto style fender. I think it looks cooler and it works better than these wheel level plastic bits. 125g heavy, and yeah it will sometimes buzz but not too bad. Doesn't protect the stanchions though. I've had problems with the wheel level fenders with big tires, rocks keep getting chawed through them. Doesn't seem to be an issue for other people.
  • + 2
 @IllestT: I used an old laundry detergent bottle and because of how it was molded it looks just like the molded ones that you say don't look homemade :-)
  • + 2
 +1 for the Dfender!
  • + 1
 The Proguard in the article is pretty much the same product as the Mudhugger. It's a fully molded and rigid. I bought the Proguard Max version (more wheel coverage), and I can't imagine any fender having better protection, because the Max prevents 100% of mud flinging.
  • + 1
 @mammal: If you go into the photo album, you will see a pic of the Proguard Max and Mudhugger original. We opted to pick one option from each brand for this particular review, but there is always the possibility of an independent review on the ones we missed.
  • + 2
 @nkrohan: Sure, my comment was a reply to sir-hc, who seemed to be miffed that there wasn't a fully molded option covered in the story. In my opinion, those two front fenders would be pretty equal.
  • + 1
 The funny thing to me was - they reviewed a bunch of the same style (binder / bendy) and they all had the same cons....no shit. The binder ones are great for keep dirt out of your eyes when you forget your glasses on mostly dry trails.
  • + 12
 In Europe you can buy Decathlon front fender for like 3€. Looks like most of the above and works perfectly.
  • + 3
 yeah i have one and they fit on the forks with backwards arch
  • + 2
 @hans-dampf-26er: just wanted to comment the same haha
  • + 10
 Can we see them fitted to Manitou forks so I can smile ruefully through my pebble-chipped teeth?
  • - 11
flag zyoungson (Feb 21, 2019 at 2:03) (Below Threshold)
 Havnt seen a set of manitou forks actually in use since about 2006
  • + 1
 Manitou, Pace/DT (except for the 535), Magura, anything with an arch in the rear. Also, I think fenders like these should be pictured with the fork fully compressed, just to get an idea of how well it clears the downtube when it matters.
  • + 3
 www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2451078

i produce them myself to run my Dorado through the heavy mud in the alps
  • + 2
 Riesel has mudguards that's built to fit both Manitou/DT and "normal" forks also. I run one of them on a Manitou Mattoc and it does what it's supposed to do.
  • + 6
 Manitou makes their own that screws directly to the fork. Best system available
  • + 1
 @LaXcarp: They are really good at protecting both the fork and rider from mud! have that one on my other bike also Smile
  • + 1
 I've mounted the Pro-Guard to manitou reverse arch, with no problem. You just need to add a couple additional holes just behind where the stock mounting holes are. I also use very skinny velcro straps for attachement, instead of cable ties, and that allows me to swap the fender to my hardtail (Fox fork) in about 60 seconds without waste of cable ties. Having so many mounting holes allows swapping capabilities.
  • + 1
 @LaXcarp: That system is only on the boost product. Pre-boost lowers don't have the threaded holes for mounting the fender.
  • + 6
 If you would like to see some less black plastic, you can check some examples of our custom regular mudguards here:

www.pinkbike.com/u/hasdesigns/album/Custom-MUDGUARDS

or our custom SYNCROS fast fenders here:

www.pinkbike.com/u/hasdesigns/album/SYNCROS-fast-fenders

Thanks
  • + 4
 memorypilot.com/products/front-fender this is made in Santa Barbara, CA from #2 HDPE fit racks with front wheel holder, protects stations, is long enough, and is 1.4mm thick, so a little more durable without losing the ability to flex. I am making these things myself...
  • + 3
 I can vouch for the quality of Memory Pilot products, made by a passionate mountain biker and tested in all sorts of conditions. Their socks are awesome too!
  • + 3
 Really great to see a local fender made here in SB, best quality I’ve seen from a fender so far and nice to know it’s made by a real rider!
  • + 4
 I’m also loving my Memory Pilot fender. It’s way more rigid than others I’ve used and fits better too.
  • + 1
 Another thumbs up for the Memoy Pilot. Just works.
  • + 1
 MemoryPilot fenders need to be on this list. Their socks are the best I have ever tried as well!!
  • + 4
 Not sure why these tests dont cover the main irritation with these products, in that if you run them for long enough they rub the paint off your fork unless you put some protection there. Would be easily solved with small rubberised patch on the mounting leg. I agree with many of the comments - the original mudhugger is still the best and its a shame it doesnt get covered here.
  • + 1
 That wouldn’t solve anything, it’s not the plastic that scratches your fork it’s the grit that gets in between the fender and the lowers, the only way to prevent that is by applying some protective foil on places that are in contact with the fender.
  • + 0
 Some of the fenders come with frame tape to wrap around the fork under the zip ties. Mudhugger did send us the original fender. We were just trying to keep an apples to apples review, but its good to know that is a popular option.
  • + 1
 @nkrohan: This stuff is great to keep paint from rubbing off, it only sticks to itself and can be pulled tight enough to prevent anything from getting under it, I keep a roll around and have found it useful for more things than I originally thought.
www.amazon.com/Silicone-Fusing-Bicycle-Handlebar-Bonding/dp/B0742KGX1T
  • + 2
 On my 36, I just wrap some electrical tape around the arch where the zip ties cinch down. It’s likely already in your garage and paid for, and if your fork is black your eyes won’t even be drawn to it.
  • + 3
 May I also add another to the mix. Super cheap, easy to install, good coverage And good clearance. Mate was buying a new bike and I saw this in the shop and recommended he try it. Bloody amazing for the money, and stiff too!! www.zefal.com/en/mudguards-mtb/68-deflector-fm20.html
  • + 3
 down side to fenders --- when it's really bad conditions, mud is basically trapped in the system with no place to go. Did a few years of super muddy races at Snowshoe, WV, 24 Hours, Granny Gear stuff --- mud mud mud and more mud from start to finish, fenders didn't really do anything. fenders are great though for dry--er conditions and the occasional splash thru mud
  • + 2
 Very true. I didn't go into details in this review but we have a lot of clay in the soil here. If I get caught out in a freeze thaw cycle the clay gums up on the wheel and gets stuck under every fender I have ever tried. Same problem with snow.
  • + 1
 Depends on the type of mud, where I live the mud doesn't really get thick and build up under the fender so they're great in super wet conditions. But it's different in other places.
  • + 2
 I've been using mudhugger rear fenders for several years and basically they work better than anything else I've tried. Muckynuts on the front but the real advantage is the rear fender. The brown stripe of mud up your back is totally absent and I stay warm and dry. It is a project to get them on and off at end of wet season but it's well worth it. It's important not to have mud coating your seals in your seatpost and any rear fender that attaches to your seat is quite useless in that regards. My mechanic extraordinaire Mike Berna uses a road tube zip locked along the post to shield the seals but the mudhugger if you can get over it's immensity is my clear favorite.
  • + 2
 Having used some of the more flimsy options (Marsh Guard), which is essentially the same as all the other thing plastic versions, yeah they are better than nothing, but not by much.

The Rockguardz one was ok, but a bit fragile, the Mudhugger one was crap, too flimsy & gets boring having to pour boiling water on it because its warped and rubbing something.

The best I have used by far is the RRP Pro Guard. It just works.
  • + 1
 I disagree with mudhugger being crap. We have 3 mudhuggers in 3 bikes on the rear. No issues. Rockguardz is a bit brittle. But it will last. Gave you vote up because this RRP really looks like a thought out product. Maybe better than Rockguardz and Mudhugger. Not pretty but seems very functional. This is what I value the most.
  • + 2
 The Fox fender also works on the non-boost version of the 36 - at least the 15/16 year version. The bolt hole distance and dimension is the same, you just have to shave a bit of plastic off the sides of the fender near the arch. The arch isn´t as wide on the non-boost forks, nut it can be sorted using a sharp Stanley knife.

Only problem is the bottom of the steerer hitting the fender a few millimeters before bottom out.
  • + 2
 I wish most forks (looking at you RockShox) had some type of attachment point on the forks for this purpose (fox does but from what I can tell it really doesn't keep mud off the stanchions) It would also allow the fork manufacturers to get more money by selling mud guards.
  • + 2
 dont forgot to mention which models get all flappy, noisy, kinked, and sometimes even fold under themselves onto the tire and get sucked thru the fork brace by the wheel. I run Marsh Guards and that dosnt happen. good simple product that looks great too.

Anyone remember T.H.E fenders? those were a thing.
  • + 2
 I've yet to use a front mud guard that doesn't rub the tyre at some point though - all the designs above have clearance issues!

Why doesn't anyone make one that sits on the top of the fork bridge rather than underneath?

I guess I'll find out soon as I'm about to start experimenting with scissors and a plastic milk bottle...
  • + 3
 If you sit one on top of the fork bridge you won't get any protection for the stanchions.
  • + 1
 That's a fair point, though it might be solvable with a flap in the right place. Still my #1 priority is keeping mud out of my eyes. And my #2 would appear to be not having the mudguard rub every time I hit a bump or berm.
  • + 1
 If you fully compress pretty much any fork you'll notice that the top of the bridge will move above the crown so any mudguard on top would be cut in half. Plus the closer to the tyre it is the more effectively it controls spray at faster speeds.
  • + 3
 With all the ways we can make our own mud guards (often with the same materials as these) why should we part with our $$$?

You could almost certainly make & mount a mud guard before completing an online order for 1.
  • + 2
 The mudhugger rear fender isn't aesthetically pleasing but it works really well and I'd much rather have a dry backside than worry what it looks like on the bike. If you secure it too tight with zipties they snap on the trails, leave a little movement when securing it and there are no issues
  • + 4
 I gotta say, the one that integrates seamlessly with my ($2/3/4/5000) bike rather than throwing some zipties on it, has lots of appeal to me
  • + 8
 Yeah except it doesn't protect your fork stanchions/seals, which is one of the main reasons to use one in the first place.
  • + 1
 @Vulhelm: no much of a problem though...moto fenders dont cover fork seals either and is fine and works

Mud seems to get everywhere on rides anyway
I ride a front syncro and have zero problems....nice clean attachment

However all these fenders would work
  • + 1
 @Vulhelm: But you can get some stanchion booties to help keep the mud off and help protect the stanchions.
  • + 1
 @tacklingdummy: I've herd some arguments where those do harm, since they keep the dirt contained.
  • + 3
 Now I have a Fox fork I really like the Syncros's bolt on style but not how small it is in that there's no stanchion protection. Any body make anything like that???
  • + 2
 SR Suntour make really nice ones not sure what other forks might fit .
  • + 1
 I found on a set of 36's that the usual mud guards hit the crown on bottom out and make quite the racket! I got annoyed with this and bolted the Syncros guard on and have been very happy with it. I've not noticed significant build up of crud around my seals - certainly nothing compared to no guard at all. For me it's the best compromise.
  • + 1
 You need a Powa Defender mate, I bought a bike with it on it so didn’t have to stomach the price, but it’s the best out there and fits my 36 like a dream, and just one thumbscrew to take it on and off-so quick.
  • + 1
 When the fork sags it should ride inline or below the seals?

From experience, I've owned the Dfender but still found mud got in my eyes and all over the stanchions and found it got in the way when loading the bike in the car so sold it. In my experience, useless for the price paid. This seems much neater and if it offers a little bit of protection I'll be happy and it doesn't look like it will get beat up when loading the bike in the car.
  • + 1
 I run these myself, front and rear for a bit of Spanish style!.. they do the job very well I find.

www.assaultbikewear.com/en/product-category/mudwar-english

Assault being a very small company in Spain that I like to support, after I ran into the very helpful guys that own and run it, on a bikey holidaySmile
  • + 1
 My problem with mud isn't really that it gets everywhere, more that I'd hate it if it doesn't leave. So sure mud gets on the tires but I'd rather see it fly off in all directions than have it compacted in my thread. Sure mud gets on the stanchions but I'd rather see it fall off again too rather than collect in the lowest point between stanchion and fender. And especially those who like to jet wash their bikes are more likely to force it past the dust wipers as it just has nowhere else to go. I never jet wash, I rarely even wash it with water. I just wait for the mud to dry and just wipe it off. Never seen excessive stanchion wear. Just do a regular lower leg service and you'll be fine. See, if it is muddy outside, you're going to get muddy. Especially if you crash. Just accept it. And I rather accept that than see my tires getting clogged up or seeing mud build up between stanchion and fender.
  • + 1
 I don’t know if anyone will read this this far down the line, but I’ve always found when I am doing manuals in the trails, the half front fenders don’t keep the mud off my face. Any one else have any luck with the front fenders that cover both sides of the fork?
  • + 4
 Go to a dollar store
Plastic binding cover
Zap ties.
Cut and bend plastic
Poke holes
Attach
2$
  • + 1
 "Most of us non-millennials"

I hate to break it to you, but your profile says you're 37, which makes you 100% millennial. You'd need to be one or two years older for any of the various generational typologies to consider you Gen X.
  • + 1
 We can agree to disagree. Im consider myself an inbetweener or a xennial. It’s a blurry wide line that takes many factors into consideration.
  • + 1
 @nkrohan: Well fair enough, I'm 35 and certainly share feeling a little uncomfortable with the generational category. But the use of non-millennial in this context feels closer to the way that the media deploy "millennial" to just mean "young people", which feels especially odd considering I'd imagine a pretty reasonable portion of the readers of PinkBike are Gen Z Wink
  • + 5
 Missing the Rockguardz, best Solution
  • + 3
 How can you measure the weight without including the zip ties?!?! Knowing to the milligram is absolutely PIVOTAL in my decisions of what to put on my race rig!
  • + 1
 Pinkbike: why didn't you review the nicer Mudhugger front fenders as opposed to the SL? We've sent them several times to your different reviewers. The Mudhugger Long Front and Standard Front are the shining stars of their lineup.
  • + 3
 You guys should definitely consider the Slicy ones : www.slicy-products.com
Cool shapes and cool designs or even customizable.
  • + 1
 As someone who commutes by bike and rides MTB as often as time allows, none of these "fenders" are a real solution to the "spray" problem.
That being said, I've been running Marsh guards on both my MTB's for years, and carry an "ass saver" if it's going to rain and there's a longer commute between trails (on the most rainy days) and home. The reason is simply that I don't have to wear glasses or (heaven forbid) goggles. They keep the direct-in-the-eyes crap at bay.

Motos really don't look right without fenders. MTBs don't really look right with them (present company excluded). I'm not sure I'd ever feel right about going for a ride, which I knew to be wet and muddy, about coming home not looking like I'd shit myself. I'm okay with that. My washing machine on the other hand...
  • + 1
 I made my own from the flat side of a 5 litre motor oil jug. The material is suoer durable. (We can't recycle motor oil jugs here anyway.) It is modeled after the Marsh Guard. Works great. Easy enough to do with an Olfa knife.
  • + 3
 (Shameless self-promotion ahead) Awesome to see the Cascadia design from Groundkeeper - that was a design that I submitted for a custom run and it's now become a stock item.
  • + 1
 It's blasphemy, I repeat BLASPHEMY not to contour the sides of the fender around the fork lowers by running the zip ties the other way. Are aerodynamics a joke? Jokes aside a nice fender like this is a crucial part of any new bike, truly a game changer in the wet. Good write up!
  • + 1
 DIY Front Fender: youtube.com

I think the DIY fender deserves better then a random link to "Youtube.com", please correct your article and put a decent link, like to this one "How To Make Your Own Mudflap":

www.youtube.com/watch?v=isbiYv7wEps
  • + 5
 Should have found an old THE fender to add to the mix!
  • + 4
 No review on the THE fender from the way-back machine?
  • + 1
 Haha I ran this on my Super-T Pro. Badass moto style! Until every drop or harsh landing where it folded itself into the tire
  • + 1
 why isnt "So ugly you'll never want to be seen with your bike" in the list of Cons for half of these?
seriously good way to make a high performance piece of sporting equipment look like a poorly made children's toy.
  • + 1
 I wish someone did something like the Syncros one that bolts ofn but for a 40. We bought one Marsh Guard and a black crazy carpet and started tracing them out. Made a few custom rear ones too.
  • + 1
 It seem kind of bodgy to me that we have to use zipties to mount a piece of bent plastic to a (sometimes) 1000$ fork if we dont want to get muddy...there has to be a more professional solution.
  • + 0
 DHR II 2.4 on a front wheel? Shouldn’t that be a DHF 2.5
Why showcase a rear tire on a review for front tire mud guards.
Maybe it’s a mud thing admittedly I live in SoCal where rain is almost never an issue until this year.
But still curious
  • + 3
 It is the tire that comes stock on this bike directly from Pivot. I think Santa Cruz and likely other brands (?) do the same thing. Lots of people run this tire as a front tire.
  • + 4
 I use my mudhugger all year as it also protects the stanchions.
  • + 1
 I love the Synchros fender since it doesn't involve any zip ties, but I'd say it's biggest downside (other than only fitting 34s & 36s) us that it doesn't cover the wiper seals.
  • + 2
 I didn't see mention that fenders prolong the life of your headset almost indefinitely. That's one reason I started running them.
  • + 2
 The best one I have used is 1.2mm thick and holds it shape really well. The thinner ones at .5mm start to rub the tire after a little while.
  • + 3
 RRP Proguard Max Protection front, Mudhugger rear is the best combination ever. No more mud in the eyes or mouldy ass!
  • + 2
 rear fender is the biggest issue , solve that one and I will buy 2 of them ,wet ass and 35 degrees outside is difficult to accept
  • + 1
 Had a Marsh Guard for years, not running a Ground Keepers fender because I couldn't pass up the strawberry frosted donut fender...I haven't paid for anything that quickly when I saw it!
  • + 4
 Missing the Beaverguard.ca mudguards... made in Canada!!
  • + 2
 Shame RideGuard missed the cut, the BFG and PF1 have got some killer graphics. Smart design made from recycled post industrial waste so you can sleep at night too.
  • + 1
 Thanks Banner (the Hulk right?) we like it when you get ANGRY but don't let this spoil another set of pants, Pinkbike dropped the ball but they're only human. (Jump onto Insta DM us and we'll send you a guard for caring so much!!) www.instagram.com/rideguard
  • + 4
 Whatever happened to the "THE" fenders?
  • + 5
 THE just kinda disappeared didn't they. Folk would s**t themselves if they saw they old procore-esque rims they did back in the day!
  • + 1
 @scottishmark: I tried a set of those rims! Heavy AF and didn't really work. It was a good idea though.
  • + 1
 @scottishmark: I think Toby Henderson(of Toby Henderson Enterprises(THE)) has something to do with Box components now.
  • + 3
 They failed because nobody could google them.
  • + 1
 @jefe: Hah! That's true... I remember my frustration at trying to find "THE Helmets".
  • + 1
 i’d forgotten about my carbon zebra striped THE helmet!
  • + 4
 Rideguard XL , recycled, made in the UK, nice graphs, shaped and taut
  • + 2
 Thanks Artigas, you just won yourself a new guard - we were feeling like we missed the Pinkbike party, but hey you just made our day. Hop onto our insta and DM us with your details and we'll send a guard out www.instagram.com/rideguard
  • + 1
 Big fenders for the win - protect your eyes folks! "Scottish Dust" has given me a nice eye blister (ptygerium) over the years, and the current crop of big fenders helps a lot with keeping that in check
  • + 2
 @nkrohan
Nice review! Do you know if the proguard rear fender would work on a frame with offset seat stays like an Evil?
  • + 1
 Also looking for a rear fender that works with evil rear triangle
  • + 1
 Mudhugger all the way. It's been unreal for me up in the NW ride 12 months of the yr. My wife is happy her washer machine isn't coverage in mud all the time.
  • + 3
 $2.99 plastic binder and free pattern from internet.
  • + 2
 Why didn't they review a proper Mudhugger instead of that knock off abomination?
  • + 2
 Mudhugger 29er is the best rear fender I've ever used. it extended my riding season by 2 months this year
  • + 3
 Man Glitter comes in two flavors: Sawdust...and Mud
  • + 1
 Boy, nothing like a timely product review.

Up next, ringing in the new year on your bike: tips and tricks for a great riding NYE!!
  • + 2
 What’s not timely about this review? In the northern hemisphere spring riding season is prime fender season.
  • + 1
 @nkrohan: I almost feel bad posting such a late response to yours, but I'm on Pinkbike schedules now :p

It is my opinion that winter guides should be posted prior to winter actually starting, not on the tail end, though here in Utah winter has been slightly more tenacious this year.

And I fully agree that mud season is a GREAT time for fenders. At any rate, no harm, no foul. Just messing with the editors a little. Big Grin
  • + 1
 You forgot the Zefal FM20 .. Works quite well down to chest level. Kept the cow pie out of my mouth and chest mounted GoPro in Peru nicely.
  • + 1
 Or the FM30, even better coverage and works with plus tyres.
  • + 1
 @ajantom: i had meant the fm30.. Thanks for the correction
  • + 1
 I like that ProGuard. Never had anything but bad luck with fenders though. Also, I painted my fork, and I wouldn't want the zip ties to rub the paint off.
  • + 2
 Just stick on some heli-tape (or whatever you have to hand) - problem solved
  • + 2
 Can confirm that the ProGuard Max prevents 100% of mud fling. Only bolt-on options or the kind that plugs into the steer tube will prevent scratching your paint job though. Factory powder coat puts up with abrasion much better.
  • + 1
 Huck Norris for the win! It's free with the pair of tire inserts, as part of the packaging. Eco-friendly, light, effective, and the cheapest of the lot.
  • + 1
 I have the Syncros one bolted on my 40s! Looks super cool! I just had to re-do the bolt holes on the fender and it fits perfectly.
  • + 2
 Where's the RideGuard BFG PinkBike? Recycled plastic and totally adjustable.
  • + 2
 'in the Bible it once rained for 40 days and 40 nights - that's still the driest summer on Welsh record!'... Rhod Gilbert
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 I got one, from Ride Guard. The BFG i think its called. It's really good, shame its not been included in this.
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 Would be interesting to know whether the Mudhugger fits a Formula Selva. The MH Race didn't. It would touch the crown well before bottoming out.
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 "Sterile styling"? It's a blooming mud guard not a prom dress.
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 Only Pros. No Cons. Ride a PARAMERDA mudguard. Costume made logo and form. paramerda.ch
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 U are right!
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 Got the mudhugger rear 29r. Pretty stout and does a good job in the slop.
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 SENSUS fender is way cooler than all of these!
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 MudHugger front fender on my bike pretty much all year round.
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 Wow. When do we get a zip tie review article?
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 I ride reverse arch forks, where in the world can I find a front fender!?
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 What a waste of space this article is... install a bunch of fenders but not actually try them out in the mud?
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 I don't know made in USA is a pros....lol funny
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 I like to run beach cruiser full fenders for the best coverage.
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 Or, like me you have an inverted fork, and you can ride this bad boy : media.alltricks.com/hd/sksgardebouexguard.jpg
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 Props to @pinkbike for including a DIY option Smile
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 its called a vorskin because it was developed by kirt voreis jeez you guys are noobs
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 If you click on the photo you will see on the photo caption we gave him credit.
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 Dont let them know you rode a wet trail at Dirty Fingers, least one wants to listen to a 15 minute rant.
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 Fenders remind me of the Huffy Mudslinger I had as a kid. I thought I was so cool with that thing. I’m sure I wasn’t.
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 Ive seen the Syncros's bolt on fender used on fox 40s before. I cant find where to actually buy it tho.
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 It's a modified 34/36 fender. The arch surface is trimmed down a lot.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/15714516
www.vitalmtb.com/community/qblambda,44173/setup,36171
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 MarshGuard is also available in a Plus size, which covers perfectly with 29" wheels
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 Be nice to see that syncros fender for the first gen ohlins rfx forks where clearance is an issue.
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 Pinkbike: now that winter is almost done, here is a fender review.
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 Our winter just started. Spring through July is prime fender season.
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 *Waiting for snarky reply from someone on the other side of the eaquator*
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 I honestly didn't think of that. I'll tuck my tail and leave now
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 Cant beat a trusty marsh guard
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 I’m a big fan of Beaver Guards. beaverguardfatbike.com
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 Crud fast fenders, anyone?
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 One Ball Large Colored Fender: why is "made in the USA" a pro?
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 The Syncros Trail Fender takes the fun out of using zip ties.
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 Do it Yourself, much better.
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 I paid 1.19$ for one fender from aliexpress... Smile
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 Anyone able to find shipping on the Syncros to the US?
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 Your local Scott dealer has them. I've got two on different bikes.
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 Where is the polish RaceFender? This is the best fenders ever Big Grin
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 Anybody run a fender and the inner tube combo?
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 I only use Real California Organic milk jugs
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 Or one of these beauties...????

www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2414938
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 Article's a little too late..shits bout over
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 Where is this magical place you live? We have snow on the ground and months of fender weather, snow melt and muddy trails.
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 Da heck you talkin about boy? You being ironic? lol Hate to call you out, but I'm also in Snohomish... it's just beginning!
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 Ok lol..1st wouldn’t be talking stupid shit to a local person..this ole boys got 10plus years in your college ass. And “calling me out” and adding your lovely condescending haha?? For what saying it’s about over? Hate to break it to you, but I guess I will.. Dec 21-March 21st is winter. This was Feb 21 2months out of 3 into “winter” being almost over. In addition to our area, i rode my local trail right up to this day and shit WILL be ridable again starting this 50degree weekend and back to 40s all week .. and STAY rideable without snow on trail. That’s that boy
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 @DirtMcGuirk07: Really quite funny how you get so ticked off... I almost didn't bother replying. However, I should apologize. I did put too much attitude in my previous comment. Notwithstanding, I'm not talking about when the season termed "winter" is on the calendar. I'm talking about when fenders would be beneficial in this area. Even if "winter" is over in a month, we've still most likely got a couple solid months of muddy riding, especially now that all the snow and ice is melting, as @nkrohan said. If anything, it would be easier to ride esp. w/o a fender, when everything was frozen vs when it's a swamp. I'm tempted to ask how good of a trail you can ride in almost 2 ft of snow, unless you're on a fatbike or something, but it's not worth arguing over. Kudos to you for riding. I'm not saying stuff is unridable, I'm just saying that at this time, in this area, with this weather, fenders are very relevant. You don't like it, that's cool. Other people will be the article's target audience, and like myself, find it useful. Smile
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 @mtbikeaddict: yeah ur right, that's true to the article, fenders are needed. Wasn't ticked, just the "i got to call you out" got me to respond, isn't that the point of a call out?, so I did cuz I think it's ridiculous to "call out" the weather man even let alone me. And I see you mentioned your newer to riding so fyi around here, (or anywhere your going fast enuf) the front just a part of your bike 100% of the time, and never go full fender. But, thanks for that cool and big of you ✌️
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 @mtbikeaddict: "just beginning "? Haha,,Da heck were YOU talking about boy..u ride this weekend like I did and everyone else around here? The local trail is hero dirt right now, NO slop. If u would of been cool, you might of been able to know what local DH/freeride I'm talking about. Hate calling YOU out!!
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 @DirtMcGuirk07: Wow, and here I thought we had talked, grown up, and gotten past this maturely. Facepalm Rolleyes smh. No surprise that after over a week of sunshine etc, the trails will be in good condition. That has nothing to do with when this article was written and there was still a sizable amount of snow on the ground. Good day sir. Enjoy your beautiful sunny trails.
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 @mtbikeaddict: i figured a response like yours, about a maturity thing since your prolly projecting. But of course I'm going to respond, you made a dick out of the blue initial response about me saying that "WINTER" was about over, and instead of you just being wrong by saying it was "just beginning" (dumbass) you had to be an ass. I responded with the rest of my weather thoughts of it'll be over this week, and whaaala! I said shits ABOUT over so obviously when a week later and it's over, I'm going to respond with,, you were wrong. And call YOU out, that's all that is.. maturity was shown from your very 1st response,,and all your "giggle, snort, and eeek" comments lol hahahaha
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 @DirtMcGuirk07: I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're drunk/high, instead of so immature that you have nothing better to do on a beautiful Monday morning than dig up an old thread to gloat about. So for the moment it's nice weather. Whoop dee doo. If it had turned foul, you would've heard nothing from me. If it turns foul in the near future, you'll still hear nothing from me. Why? It's not important. Nobody besides you cares about this thread. I don't know why it's so important to you, but whatever... For the moment, you're right, I'm wrong, and we're having good weather, and obviously will never have bad weather 'til next fall/winter. Not that anyone else cares, but I hope that can help you move on with your life. This would've been better had you left it at your 2nd response. Peace. Salute
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 Ah the eek giggle snort made u mad enough to pull out the “you must be drunk/high”. It’s simple. You didn’t need to randomly respond to my initial comment as a dick which you felt the need to apologize, which you also agree by your own logic, no need to respond about weather lolohahaha ..which was my initial point why call anyone out including the weather man let alone me about weather.. thanks again lol you must be high please don’t tell me your that stupid because the Article said Winter and I said that’s about over, not anything about foul-ish weather don’t change it lol haha @mtbikeaddict:
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 @DirtMcGuirk07: Going off again doesn't change what happened. I made an unnecessary comment. You pointed it out. I agreed. I apologized. You accepted it. We were cool. There is no edit/delete function, so I can't change my OP. Then suddenly a week and a half later you blow up about the OP?! It's like you had amnesia. Please reread those couple comments. Nothing more to be said here; we'll just sling more and more insults, which doesn't help anything. Good day.
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 @mtbikeaddict: “nothing better to do on a Monday morning” did your grandma teach you to look down on people using there phones btwn 9-5 M-F lmao.. but you are. You don’t know what hours I work or don’t so stfu, talk to me when you own a 3/4 mil lake front home 2 personal vehicles a bike for a few disciplines a new 450 a dual sport and freedom to call you back out on a Monday morning, was too busy riding during the weekend. Gtfoh
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 @DirtMcGuirk07: So you took issue that the article said "for sloppy winter riding" and even though there will likely be more sloppy weather, it may not be "winter"? Fenders aren't just for winter, they're for sloppy weather. Nobody cares, it's an irrelevant technicality... are you even trying to say something worthwhile? Not that it matters. This is done. Peace out.
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 @DirtMcGuirk07: At least I'm not so insecure I have to post my supposed accomplishments on a global website (dedicated to something else) to attempt to prove their validity. Smile Seeing how you won't even read my comments, or comprehend them, farewell.
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 Don’t u got mid terms you should be studying for instead of making dumb random comments online .. grandma would t approve @mtbikeaddict:
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 I’m insecure? Lol you just blocked me..You should proly quit throwing so many insults at someone local I’m not a random dude to throw random comments/insults at. @mtbikeaddict:
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 His mudder was a mudder. His mudder was a mudder?
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 Shred crybaby for me!!! Best days ever on the syncline!
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 I use Ass-savers fenders. They work well and say ass.....
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 Fiordland, New Zealand. Measure the rainfall in Meters per annum.
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 I don't even ride in the mud and I have a Syncros
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 Winter is over ....
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 I hope it is....
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 Tldr: they're all the same except the mudhugger knock off.
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