If you live somewhere where it rains and snows and you are going to be using a bike for transportation, it is a great idea to invest in some bike fenders. If you have ever walked outside after it has rained and kicked up dirt and water onto the back of your pants, you can imagine what kind of wet grit and grim could get kicked up by your bike from the wet roads. Even if the rain has stopped or there is just a bit of snow, the moisture and mud on the ground will still get picked up by your wheel and splashed onto your legs and also onto your bike.
Bike fenders will make a huge difference in keeping the mud and water off of you and your bike if you are riding in the rain or after it has recently rained or snowed. Your feet, legs, and back will stay clean, and your bike frame and moving parts will also be mud-free. If it is raining, you will of course still get wet, but it will only be from the clean rain that is falling from the sky!
Tips to consider
Before buying a mudguard for your mountain bike we consider that there are three aspects to assess that are fundamental: size, compatibility and ease of assembly and disassembly.
The size of the fender will make it offer a greater degree of protection against dirt. If you have a MTB with 29-inch wheels, you’ll have to buy a larger fender than if you have a bicycle with a 26-inch wheel.
The compatibility of the model with your bike is very important so that you can install the mudguard. In general there are no problems with the rear fender, as it is attached to the seat tube. Yes, there are usually more incompatibilities with the rear fender, since many models have to be fastened in the fork’s hole and not all of them give enough width.
Ease of assembly – disassembly
Another key aspect is to choose a mudguard that can be easily assembled and disassembled. In this way you can remove it from sunny days and place it when the ground is wet or there is possibility of rain.
Finally, you should also assess if you want a set of two pieces (front and rear mudguard) or just want a set with a mudguard for the rear wheel of your MTB
Types of fenders for mountain bike
Everything will depend on the moment, what we are willing to spend, the weight or any other characteristic that we appreciate, but the truth is that in this world we will find options from the simplest to the most complete .
Simple or folding fenders
This type of mudguards come from the world of urban bikes and are also known as ass savers – protects rear. They are characterized by being constructed with very light materials, being able to be installed without the need for tools and most can be stored on one’s own bicycle when they are not being used.
Mudguard with greater protection
In this second group are the most complete fenders and offer more protection . In return they are heavier and must be installed before leaving home – they do not allow to be transported easily once uninstalled.
Top Best Fenders Reviews
In this guide we will review the wide variety of fender types available. No matter the type of bike you use: whether you use a road bike, mountain bike, cyclocross or bicycle touring, you will surely find the model of mudguard that best suits your two-wheel machine. Some offer more protection than others, while some models are easier to install and remove. Then we will take into account the main advantages and disadvantages of the different models available.
Fender Ass Saver
We started this fender guide with what are probably the most basic of the market: the Ass Saver . They are designed in Sweden and are very simple plastic accessories that can be placed on any bicycle in a matter of seconds to achieve considerable protection against back splashes.
- Easy to adjust
- Only offer back protection
- They do not protect your bike or the transmission
- Do not protect your legs or the front
Similar to the Ass Saver, these fenders offer similar protection, but only on the front wheel. The Front Wheel fenders are simple and can be placed on the crown of the fork on your mountain bike or cycle. This model offers great protection against splashes from the front wheel that would otherwise end up on the chest of your jacket or jersey, and at the same time also protect the joints of the suspension fork from splash and dirt.
- Easy to adjust
- Only offer front protection
- They do not protect your legs or your back
- They splash considerably the lower tube and the transmission
Attachable rear mudguards
The attachable rear fenders are ideal for quick positioning only when needed and get important protection against splash back. They attach to the seatpost in a matter of seconds, and once adjusted to the correct height, they should stay in that position until you decide to remove them. They are available in versions for road and mountain bikes with LifeLine .
- Easy to adjust
- More robust than Ass Saver
- They offer more protection than Ass Savers
- They are heavier than Ass Savers
- They are more prominent than Ass Savers
- They can get misaligned and leave your body exposed to splashes
Half-length mudguard with tether strap
These are the next level with respect to fenders attachable to the seat post, and most are sold in pairs, with one for the front wheel and one for the rear. The adjustable fender belt to the suspenders and fork legs to get a good protection against splashes and dirt are held.
- Easy to adjust
- Front and back protection
- They help protect the lower tube, the transmission and the user
- They can cause friction
- They are not valid for mountain bikes, nor robust enough for off-road use
- They do not cover above the fork or in front of the rear brake bridge (it receives some splash)
Full fixed mudguards
Finally there are the models of integral length and complete protection: the fixed mudguards . For these you will need that your bicycle has holes or supports in the frame and in the fork to place them, a task that requires some time and patience. However, they offer a higher level of protection than any other type.
- They offer the maximum possible protection for the bicycle and the body
- By going fixed to the frame and the fork are the most robust
- Its greater length gives rise to a protection that also extends to other cyclists when going in groups
- Its placement takes time (requires cutting the fender sheaths with pliers)
- Once placed they are not easy to remove
- They are heavier than other models and are not aesthetically so beautiful
There you have them: a wide choice of mudguards for road and mountain bikes.
- If you are a road cyclist and your bike has holes or supports for mudguards, you can opt for the magnificent protection of full mudguards .
- If you are a road cyclist and you are looking for an easy option to put on and take off, you could opt for a fender attachable or adjustable by straps , or directly choose the easiest option: an Ass Saver .
- If you are a mountain biker and prefer to wear front and rear protection, you could combine an Ass Saver or a rear fender attachable with an Front Guard in front.
There are a lot of different combinations! But if there is something that everyone has in common, is that they allow you to go a little more comfortable and protected against splashes every time you go cycling on a bike during the winter or rainy days.