Mudguards for a 'gravel' bike.

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Cupotea, 10 Jan 2018.

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  1. Cupotea

    Cupotea Active Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Morning all,

    Having been put off road riding a bit by the high percentage of rides with far too close calls I've moved to using my cross/gravel/skinnyknobblymudbike more. As much as I love going out and getting covered head to toe in this fair isles finest mud and agricultural poop, if you're out often it becomes a real pain for cleaning clothes, not to mention spending the whole of the cafe stop apologizing for ruining their seats. So, I've come to the conclusion I need a mudguard. I realise I'm not going to stop it all but any is a bonus.

    Top of the list are the Crud Racepac 29er and the SKS X-Blade. Has anyone any experience of these on a cross bike? Can you get them reasonably close to the wheel? Do they look an absolute bugger from being too wide?

    Cheers,

    Pete.
     
  2. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    What bike?
     
  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    a dirty one ;)
     
  4. You don't want guards 'reasonably close to the wheel' if you're going to ride gravel and dirt.

    I'm using Flinger Deluxe on my Cross Check and have set them up for use with 40c tyres (currently riding 38c Schwalbe Snow Studs)

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    Cupotea

    Cupotea Active Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    On One Bish Bash Bosh
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    It has mudguard mounts but not sure if fixed ones are the way to go.
     
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    Cupotea

    Cupotea Active Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    By reasonably close I mean closer than an ArseSaver or similar. Yours are more than reasonably close :smile: I think I might actually have a set of Flingers in the garage but not sure what size. Time to investigate!
     
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  7. Does the Bish Bash Bosh have mudguard eyes for traditional stay fitting?
     
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    Cupotea

    Cupotea Active Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    It has little screw in mounts by the chainstays and the normal eyes on the seat stay bridge and bottom bracket. I'm just concerned about them staying on over rough stuff.
     
  9. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    SKS do a few which might work. For instance

    https://www.sks-germany.com/en/products/velo-55-cross/

    You can buy them with and without the stays. I fitted some recently to a friends bike and they came with lots of fittings. I think they also do ones with a flatter profile so there's more clearance.
     
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  11. jiberjaber

    jiberjaber Senior Member

    Location:
    Essex
    I can't recommend PDW Fenders enough if you can stretch to them (45mm version).

    Currently running Panaracer Gravelking Mud but have ran Marathon Winter spiked 35mm with no probs also.


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    You do need to get the spacing right though!

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  12. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Many mudguards are not deep enough, so have a think about fitting a flap, particularly at the front.

    The lower the better, within a few inches of the ground if you can stand the look.

    @jiberjaber's bike above has sensible mudflaps.
     
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  13. Pedropete

    Pedropete Senior Member

    Location:
    West Sussex, UK
    I've a Boardman CX Team with 43mm GravelKings and gave up looking for full guards to fit the minimal clearance from running admittedly too big tyres for the frame. Ideal solution would be an XXXL type of clip-on like raceblades, but sturdier. Until someone makes something suitable I'm using the SKS x-blade 29er set, which can be positioned reasonably close to back wheel, and I put up with splatter from the front wheel. I've velcroed an old crud catcher to back of the seat tube to catch anything thrown forward of the rear guard. Not pretty and far from ideal - and not unlike riding with drogue-chutes on faster sections - but as good as I can get at present. Had considered the sks s-board for the front but not sure how sturdy it is and suspect the profile is too narrow for 43mm rubber. PS. tight clearances are worth it as the GravelKing SKs are absolutely brilliant tyres!
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  14. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Agreed.
    Having just fitted flaps to my Rourke and ridden round the skog covered back roads of Kent I can attest to their value in keeping the bike cleaner.- particularly the drive-train.
     
  15. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Thanks for posting the link. Whilst browsing Parkers other items I spotted a decent looking set of Raleigh Elements 26" x 45mml mudguards in black for a very reasonable £14.95 click & collect to my local Argos. They look ideal for fitting to my old late 80's/early 90's 501-framed Raleigh MTB on which I'm replacing the wide off-road knobblys with some 1.75" Schwalbes that should be easier-rolling for road use. Hopefully they'll look in proportion to the tyre width, rather than the tyre being "lost" under the guards.
     
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