I have ridden mountain bikes for a long time and have over that time in the UK appreciated more the need to fit mudguards of some sorts. I ride now with them on 97% of the time. Occasionally there is fun to be had playing on wet trails but there are the after effects that have turned things sour that get me to fit guard most of the time.
Mud the destroyer of all nice things (read expensive and shiny). Grit the smallest files in the world.
Not so obvious benefits:
* suspension bearings and bushes –> less servicing
* dropper seat post
* thread seams in your pants
* ride multiple days and kit relatively clean
* washing machine
* weight mud gained
* dog shit
* sit in the car / tea shop
* …. “yeah enough already we get it”
At the first chance of a dry spell they are off! However the reason I ask is I see some people with pants backside etc plastered thinking do you hate mudguards.
I don’t like mud on my face, so my fs have one fulltime front mudguard and heli-tape at the back of the seat tube. I put front and rear mg on my fat during wintery weather. But I remove them when its dry. I don’t really ride when its muddy anyway, since its not good for the trail plus I hate washing bikes when its cold.
I love the idea of mud guards but haven’t had much luck making them work on either of my mountain bikes.
I got a set of guards in for review (honestly, I don’t remember which brand they were) and they wouldn’t fit on my converted 29er -> 27.5+ because there wasn’t enough tire clearance. No biggie, that’s another drawback to putting wheels in a frame they weren’t meant for. 🙂
Then, I tried putting them on my hardtail which has a Manitou fork. Because the fork crown is on the back of the fork instead of the front, the fender was no go on there either. The rear fender would fit on the hardtail but I personally get way more value out of a front fender to keep mud out of my eyes. Mud butt isn’t ideal, but at least it doesn’t have the potential to make me crash or go blind. Ha!
Jeff, I also have a manitou fork. I picked up a mucky nutz fender not thinking about the fork crown and was disappointed when I realized it wouldn’t fit right. What I ended up doing was cutting a slit in the fender about half way back, and attaching that to the crown. Then I picked up some velcro ties that are used to wrap up cords and such, and used those around the bottom of the crown behind the stanchions. It actually looks pretty natural, and works great!
I try to stay off muddy trails. However, I am thinking of getting a pair of guards because many of the trails I ride on in CO and in Mongolia have a lot of granite scree. Of course the best time to ride these trails is during or after good precip. I think the scree can work its way into vital linkages and joints. So the more one could keep it off the bike, maybe the better. Not sure how much the guards would help, but it’s probably worth a test.
I love mud guards, anything that keeps dirt off my forks and naughty bits is fine with me. Never been concerned about the “appearance” of my bikes, mine always look like a pack mule when I’m done with them!
It’s tough to tell how where I attached the bottom of the fender seeing as everthing is black, but I was able to position it in what seems to be the right location. The original slits in the mucky nutz are pretty much right at the front, so I went about 1/3 of the way back and added my own. Hope this helps some, I know it isn’t the best picture!
Necessary Evil, I ride trails that aren’t super muddy but enough to be a problem. I don’t really mind the mud but It is a pain when we stop to get something to eat on the way home. I also think it is a good idea to keep mud out of dropper seat posts. Droppers fail enough as it is…why give them another excuse. I have never had a fork fail but keeping mud out of moving shiny parts seems like a good idea.