SKS SKS Race Blade Long Clip On Mudguard Set
Mudguards = necessary evil, these = least bad ones
This latest design is fantastic on 4 accounts: no more endless fiddling to get the fit just right so mounting is quite fast, splitting each mudguard in 2 sections arguably reduces the chance of one of them (usually the longer rear one) snapping, they can be taken off and put back on in seconds and so your winter trainer can turn into a summer bike on demand, and also the long design protects bottom bracket and followers reasonably well without the need to fit heavy home made rubber flaps.
All this comes at a (relatively benign but still irritating) cost: front section of the front mudguard is too flappy at least on most British roads, also the clip-ons for the mudguards sections are borderline in terms of strength and so are liable to let sections loose and hence require some creative diy.
Overall a massive improvement on previous efforts and still the best mudguards money can buy for a winter trainer / audax bike but room to become even better...
29 June 2014
Makes riding in the rain a bit easier
Gives the bike some protection from the rain soaked roads and makes riding in the rain much more tolerable. Although if you ride in a group you'll still get a mouthful of belgian toothpaste from the guy in front and everyone will be lining up to ride behind you.
They're easy to fit to the bike and are easily removable but I found the fittings that attach to the QR skewers a bit of a pain when you have a puncture. If I'm going on a ride and know there's no chance of rain I'll remove them completely. Also the front forward guard doesn't fit due to lack of clearance between the tyre and the brake calipers. I use Campag Chorus at the moment and 700Cx25 tyres and I've seen other people having no trouble fitting the front bit onto Sram calipered bikes.
They are stiff and light and don't rub on the wheels. They're the best mudguards I've fit onto an eyeletless bike.
28 May 2014
Not robust enough for the road.
These are the only long mudguards that would fit in my training bike owing to its close clearances (on the back wheel Crudcatchers rubbed under the brake and behind the front mech) so I had to accept the lack of coverage around the brakes and down the seat tube. Like several other reviewers, my rear one snapped a few weeks ago between the two pairs of stays. No impact involved, just riding on the rough roads we have to put up with nowadays. I put it down to bad luck and rejoined the parts with duct tape. I have just noticed that the rear guard has broken again with two more cracks, this time between the upper stay and the brake. I find this very disappointing considering the price of these guards. I have regular SKS guards on my winter bike and these have given years of trouble-free service.
25 April 2014
Broke after short period of use
These guards are a good idea as they allow brake clearance and fitting on bikes without mudguard eyes but unfortunately the rear guard snapped after a few hundred winter miles. My previous SKS guards lasted years.
14 April 2014
Easy to fit and look good on the bike. Quality, well designed product
12 April 2014
Easy to fit and remove
I purchased a new road bike to complement my hybrid and wanted to add some mudguards to protect both me and the bike.
These came with recommendations from various sources and were worth the extra cost over other like products.
They're really good quality and also look quite good.
The fitting instructions provided were limited but the mudguards were actually very straightforward to fit.
They can easily be removed for those dry summer days and then added back on when the rain comes.
11 April 2014
Very good, but heavy.
Good quality but quite expensive.
However, very solid once fitted and provides great coverage, which is even better with the addition of the part of a Crud Racer Mk2 set that extends between the tyre and the down tube and provides protection for the chainset...just happened to have one spare having changed to the SKS set.
As for what this fits, I have this set paired with a set of 25mm tyres and there is some clearance for something slightly wider, but then it is set up on a Racelite TK3 which has clearance for mudguards anyway.
Basically if you have tight clearances you might struggle to fit these with 25mm tyres, but for those with 23mm tyres or a bit more clearance you should be okay.
07 April 2014
Great idea and does the job
Bought these after getting fed up with wet shorts on those not so nice days. A little tricky to fit, but what a difference once all adjusted - no more waiting for the roads to dry out, or avoiding those puddles! After a spell of many punctures, have decided that the brackets to attach the mudguards to the spindle could be made a little easier to deal with - especially the rear wheel.
28 March 2014
Good choice for winter bike
These guards are much more robust than the ones that just clip on. It's a bit fiddly taking the brakes off to attach them but once done they are nice and secure.
23 March 2014
Excellent product. Light and effective.
Excellent product, which is both lightweight, well fitting and effective against all wet conditions.
18 February 2014
Does not fit bike, maybe OK on bog standard frame.
26 January 2014
This product is not very strong
I have had two sets of these in about six weeks and in both cases the rear mudguards has sheared/cracked at the middle stay support position. I use the bike about 5/6 times a week for training runs and club runs on good/average roads. They also rattle a lot which seems to come from the quick release connection point on the brake bolt. The units were fitted in accordance with the manufacturers guidance.
If push your bike hard these are not for you.
14 January 2014
I purchased these after a little research. Due to very low clearance space between my tyre and brake calliper/frame I found that single piece mud guards don't fit very well, and the 'clip on to seat post' style, although they work a bit rant the best, and as good as nothing for people behind you. These on the other hand fit my bike perfectly as each wheel section is in two parts.
Once set up, these guards provide brilliant protection for myself and my bike. the guys I ride with have also commented at how practically no spray comes off at the back when they are behind.
They are a little fiddly to get on first time, and the only thing about this product that lets it down are the instructions, however that is not enough to lower the rating. i found it far easier to install after following GCN's video on youtube (link at end)
However once they have been set up first time, the are easy to remove and reconnect as the little metal mounts stay at the wheel hubs and under the breaks. i have had no issued;
repairing punctures (i remove just the wheel),
breaking down my bike to fit in the back of a car (removing both wheels and guards),
or use on a turbo trainer(removing guards).
when you want the guards back on you simply click them back into place and you're ready to go.
Initial instillation took around 30-40 minutes. about 10 minutes of that is fine tuning the guards side rails so there is no rub on the tyre.
link for mud guard set up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlOXOSqecEc
08 January 2014
Perfect fit for my Triban 3. Easy to install. Easy to remove when needed.
05 November 2013
Good idea but.....
When I first fitted these they worked brilliantly, but in just one month the rear mudguard clip has broken. It looks like the grit & mud has worn the clip mechanism preventing it from closing properly & holding the guard in place. Its now fixed with a cable tie which means I cant unclip it easily if needed.
I'm hoping I can get through this winter using them & then try a different pair next year, but I have my doubts that they will last a full winter - which is disappointing given the high price of them.
23 October 2013
They work, but a little fragile.
These guards are quite good and effective for the road bike that was not designed for mudguards, and if you have a bike like that, then these are a great option. For that reason alone, I highly recommend them.
That said, I have just bought my second set of these after my first set broke in late spring (2013.) But had been gradually deteriorating throughout last winter. First to break was the release clip of the front-wheel forward guard. Next the brake mech' release clip on the front major guard. Finally, in major rush-hour traffic on an A-road, the rear major brake mech' clip failed, the guard touched the tyre which yanked the whole thing forward tearing the rear minor guard off in to the path of the cars behind me. I'm not sure why all my major incidents happen when I'm in heavy traffic, but that's life I guess :)
Buy them if you need your roadie in wet weather occasionally, otherwise if you have another bike with space and mounts for proper guards, use that for day-to-day commute (I'm poor, so my roadie is all I have, it's name is Fergal.)
19 October 2013
Move over Mr Crud, there's a new kid in town
I've been a fan of Crud Roadracers for some time but getting them set up to be rub free on my winter road bike was always very fiddly and time consuming and never actually worked as well as I had hoped. So I bought a set of these and was set up and rub free in under 10 minutes! These are excellent, lots of coverage, super easy to fit and set up and more robust than the competition. Sorry Mr Crud, I won't be using you again.
15 October 2013
Practical solution for wet splatter!
Neat fixing system gets over lack of clearance for conventional road bike mudguards on my CAAD5, easily removed . Usual SKS quality.
11 October 2013
Back mud guard broke within 5 weeks
I initially thought these were great. I've killed a couple of mudguards before (they always break around the attachment point by the rear brakes. These lasted 5 weeks and then sheared in the same area, my commute isn't that bumpy.
I maybe just had a faulty pair. Aside from the breaking issue, the mud guards were easy to fit, they kept the water off very well and the didn't make the annoying vibrating sound too much.
11 October 2013
Decent mudguards for a race frame
I bought these to use on a race bike that now serves as a shopping/recreational runabout with a rack mount. The guards fitted well and are easily removed when not required. They are well made given the target use. A sample ride suggest they should do the job well. Obviously not as good as a full set of mudguards, but if your frame does not have mudguard clearance, then these solve the problem of keeping you and your bike dry for the most part.
01 October 2013
Almost as good as permanent mudguards
Excellent and well built, take a little bit of setting up to get lined up with the tyre, there is also an easy to follow video demonstrating how to put these on by SKS.
Once on they fully protected me from the wet and dirt. And no obvious sound of rubbing. So overall very pleased, much better than standard race blades that riders behind hate and crudcatchers which are just too flimsy.
23 September 2013
Great mudguard, tip for installation
What a genius design these mudguards are. Some earlier reviews suggest that the installation is a bit fiddly but here is my reccomendation:
for the attachment that goes onto the quick release skewer, place the the bracket closest to the skewer lever, then put the first spring on, put the skewer axel through the hub, then the second spring, followed by the second bracket and finally the tightening bolt.
This, I find, helps keep the brackets from getting in the way when you have to take your wheels off for punctures etc. The brackets are kept away from teh forks and alow easy removal and fitting of the wheel.
Also, I find pointing the connectors that fix to the back of the brake set up as much as you can prevent the mudguards from ratteling.
I have had these a month now with some rain, great protection and very sturdy. Easy to take off for the better weather.
05 July 2013
Robust and effective
Bought to replace broken crud racers on commute bike. Solid and strong. A bit of pain to fit but work well in UK summer rain !
Not as much protection for front gear as crud but the more solid construction is a compromise worth making.
15 June 2013
Really well designed & manufactured product.
Bought these race blades for my new Verenti Belief.
Found they were easy to instal & the fittings are first rate.
Ideal for any race bike with limited fork/wheel clearance & no mudgard fitments on the frame. They only take a few seconds to remove for cleaning or summer cycling. Added some thread-lock on a couple of the fastners for added security just to be on the safe side. Done 170 miles so far & they do keep this rider & most of the bike clean & dry. Only the bottom bracket gets a moderate amount of spray due to the design. Best on the market !!!
11 May 2013
Great Mudguards Rear Mudguard could be longer but will suffice
04 May 2013
Should be better!
These initially work well, being much more sturdy than my previous crud catchers, and less prone to rub. If you have an old set of cruds you can even continue to use the wrap around bit that fits behind the seat tube by screwing it to the SKS brake mount rather than the silly little guard that comes with these, and have complete protection. I thought they were near perfect for all winter use.
But the clips quickly wear, and the guards rattle no matter what you do. Eventually the little front guard detached itself, never to be seen again. At least that was one less annoying rattle! Then the rear spray catcher disappeared. Neither things really affected performance much though.
However, they finally failed when the front guard simply snapped and half of it fell off. There was no impact, or twist - it seems to simply suffered from fatigue through vibration or rubbing from the stays and snapped cleanly. Not brilliant value given they're not cheap and they've only lasted one winter of, admittedly, fairly hard use.
22 April 2013
Mudguards with good clearance
Better protection than normal blade.
Clearance for 25c tyres.
13 April 2013
Let down by poor/ sloppy clips
Not the easiest to fit but got there in the end. Coverage is very good however, it is amazing how much muck appears around the brakes where there is no protection. The stays which clip into the mounts soon become loose and rattle. A rattle which I have been unable to stop.
The front part of the guard, another clip fit, no longer clips into position and fell off. I have not been able to secure since so have removed it.
I would say that this is potentially a good product however SKS need to come up with a more robust design. If they did, I would probably buy again.
09 April 2013
They fall apart quickly
I bought these just months ago and they have fallen apart. The fittings become loose and quickly require tape/tie cables to help hold them on. The rear mudgaurd came away from the fitting and ended up lodge between frame and wheel almost causing an accident on a club run. These are not fit for purpose and definitely not worth the price. Im now shopping for a replacement as the rear gaurd now lies at the side of the road.
17 February 2013
excellent coverage and easy to fit once you have got your head around the diagrams.
07 February 2013
Unfortunately this is not currently available on a wider tyre touring version, however if it is produced we will look into this further as and when we're able to, apologies for the inconvenience caused.
Looking for some mudguards that will come on and off relatively easily which will fit my new bike. I used to use some of the other popular ones (that rhyme with Chud Toad-tracer) on my old road-bike, but that had much narrower tyres (700*23) whereas the new one has much bigger tyres (700*38)
I previously brought a set of SKS Chromoplastics however it turned out these did not fit in the clearance on the 2013 Trek 1.5 I have. Can you advise if the Race Blade Long clip on set will fit with the available clearance on the 2013 Trek 1.5 (or advise of fixed mudguards which will fit on the mountings on the bike).
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Without seeing the clearance of your bike unfortunately it is difficult to offer a definitive answer to this for you. The Race blades are designed for road race bikes so I would expect them to be ok. If you do require a very low profile guard then the racer guards are also good option.
Hi, I have the GT GTR 5 2013 road bike and would like to purchase some mudguards, but am concerned about the limited clearance above the front wheel (i tried a pair of bontranger ncs at high street shop and the front wheel rubbed). Is there a robust pair that you would recommend? Many thanks,
I ride a cross bike with more than enough clearance between tyre and brakes.
My question is will the mudguards provide enough coverage for 25mm tyres. And will it fit around a 25mm tyre? I'd rather have a decent set of long mudguards that are reasonably light than settle for raceblades or a heavy pair of commuter guards.
These guards are designed for bikes with tyres up to 23mm. the clearance on a bike with 25mm tyres would be very tight and would most likely cause rubbing on the tyre. These might prove to be a better fit for use with wider tyres; http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sks-race-blade-xl-clip-on-mudguard-set/
These guards use metal clips that are held in place using the brake fixings. The guards themselves are well clear of the tyres. The metal clips require a clearance of just 2~3 mm max. I fitted mine to an old Raleigh race bike and the clearance is good. The guards are easily removable for dry weather, though I suspect it would be best not to disturb them too often to avoid wear and tear.