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bicycle mudguard buying guide

Mudguards aren't the most exciting cycle component; but they are one of most useful. Bike mudguards help to keep you and your bike cleaner, and more comfortable; on those wet and muddy rides. But what mudguards are right for you?

In this guide, we take a look at the wide variety of mudguard types available. Whether you have a road bike, mountain bike, cyclocross bike or touring bike; there is an extensive choice. Some offer more protection than others, and some are easier to fit and remove. We consider the Pros and Cons of different models.

 

The Ass Savers

Ass Saver Mudguard

We'll start this mudguard guide with probably the most basic mudguard on the market today: Ass Savers. Designed in Sweden, this simple piece of plastic can be fitted to any bike in seconds, and provides valuable protection for your backside!

Pros

  • Easy to fit
  • Discreet
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Only rear protection
  • No protection for your bike/gears
  • No protection for your legs or front

View the Ass Savers range at Wiggle

 

The 'Enduro Guard'

Enduro Guard Mudguard

A bit like the Ass Saver, but for your front wheel; the simple Enduro Guard fits on the fork crown of your mountain bike or cyclocross bike. This mudguard provides valuable protection from front wheel "spray-back" that hits your chest, while also protecting your suspension fork seals from spray and grime.

Pros

  • Easy to fit
  • Discreet
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Only front protection
  • No protection for legs or back
  • Still significant spray onto downtube and drivetrain

View the Enduro Guard at Wiggle

 

Clip-on rear mudguards

clip-on rear mudguard

Clip-on rear mudguards are ideal for a "quick fix", with a decent amount of sturdy protection for your back. They attach onto the seatpost in seconds, and once adjusted to the correct height, should stay put until you want to remove it.

Available in both road bike and mountain bike versions, from LifeLine.

Pros

  • Easy to fit
  • More sturdy than Ass Savers
  • More protection than Ass Savers

Cons

  • Heavier than an Ass Savers
  • More obvious than an Ass Savers
  • Can get knocked off centre - leaving you exposed

View the LifeLine Clip-on Mudguards at Wiggle

 

Strap-on mid-length mudguards

SKS Raceblade mudguard

These are the next step up from a seatpost clip-on mudguard, and most come in a pack with both a front and rear guard.

Strap-on mudguards strap onto the seat stays and fork legs, and provide good protection from spray and grime.

Pros

  • Easy to fit
  • Front and rear protection
  • Mudflaps help to protect your downtube and drivetrain, as well as following riders

Cons

  • Can be knocked off centre, leading to rubbing
  • Not suitable for mountain bikes, as not sturdy enough for off-road use
  • Don't extend in front of the fork, or in front of rear brake bridge (still some spray)

View the SKS Raceblade Pro Mudguards at Wiggle

 

Full-length fixed stay mudguards

fixed mudguards

Finally, the fully committed, full metal jacket approach: the fixed stay mudguard. You'll need eyelets on your frame and fork to fit these, and it will take some time and patience. However, they will provide more protection than anything else.

Pros

  • The most protection possible for your bike and body
  • Sturdy as they come: the fixed stays stay put!
  • Long length to provide protection for following riders when on group rides

Cons

  • Time consuming to fit (requires stays to be trimmed to length with cutters)
  • Once they are fitted, they will take time to remove
  • Heavier than other, and some would say they detract from the looks

View the range of Mudguards at Wiggle

 

Summary

So there you have it: an extensive choice of cycle mudguards, for your road or mountain bike.

There are many combinations! One thing in common between all of them though, is that they will provide you and your bike with a bit more comfort and protection this winter!

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