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.