Crud Road Racer Mk. 2 road bike mudguard set £16.56 at Halfords (click and collect free, delivery £2.99 or free if basket over £30)
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Crud Road Racer Mk. 2 road bike mudguard set £16.56 at Halfords (click and collect free, delivery £2.99 or free if basket over £30)

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Found 3rd Dec 2015
Highly regarded mudguard set for bikes without mounting lugs, pretty much essential at this time of year. Most people in my club have these and they seem to work well without excessive rubbing etc.

RRP is £30, most places are around £20. This is a price match with Amazon (free delivery for Prime), also extra 10% British Cycling discount possible if the Halfords bod allows you the BC discount on top of the web-only price (not all do, it's technically not allowed) meaning price would be £14.90.

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terrible product. get some sks ones if you must buy mud guards

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gally789

terrible product. get some sks ones if you must buy mud guards


Better cancel that order then!

gally789

terrible product. get some sks ones if you must buy mud guards


Why are they no good?
Tight fit?

gally789

terrible product. get some sks ones if you must buy mud guards



Not being funny, but its helpful for people if you give a reason why.

I've personally found these quite good on a Cannondale Supersix. The clearance is very low, and they are a fiddle to get on with a little bit of rubbing and movement, and occasional readjustment, but I think its to be expected.

Despite niggles, they keep the surface spray off your bum and feet which is the main thing. I'm always pleased come spring when I can take them off again, but they do the job and this a great price.

they are absolutely fantastic had them on 2 road race bikes now where there is virtually no clearance. for the wet there a must have. fellow riders will thank you too as they wont get a face full of water. even used with conti 25mm.

Original Poster

gally789

terrible product. get some sks ones if you must buy mud guards


I'd say about 60% of my club now have these, many having moved from Raceblades. Like all mudguards they are fiddly to set up, but once fitted properly they don't rattle.

I've used these for 3 years now. You have to be careful as they break easily if you are clumsy. However I learnt how to use them effectively and they are very light. I have just bought some SKS extra long race blades mk2 but they are over £40.
For £16 these are very good value.

gally789

terrible product. get some sks ones if you must buy mud guards



Depends on the bike in question - one of my bikes has an old frame without much in the way of wheel clearance and without lugs for mudguards - these are about the only mudguards that will fit and they work perfectly. I suspect they are just a bit too complicated to fit for some posters ;-)

juux

I'd say about 60% of my club now have these, many having moved from … I'd say about 60% of my club now have these, many having moved from Raceblades. Like all mudguards they are fiddly to set up, but once fitted properly they don't rattle.


I wouldn't say they are a terrible product but I bought a set for a Boardman hybrid with disc brakes and due to the location of the front caliper I couldn't get them to fit without rubbing.
I did end up buying SKS ones which sill had to be modified (by bending the support around the caliper) and they have been rock solid and remained on the bike for 2 complete years now without needing to be adjusted

Also, they will damage your paintwork where they are attached, but this is probably true of any guard like this. Best try to use some clear patches where it makes contact.

I had a set of these and also wasn't impressed.

I've run a set of these on my winter road bike for three years now and they have been great, never broken , did loose on fastener off the rear, but just taped the joint up and it has worked perfectly. they can be fiddly to fit and wont fit all bike/tyre combinations (my specialized Secteur with 28 section tyres for example!) but they are more robust than you think, even take my bike on muddy tracks and the guards took it very well. Would recommend!

Just bought these for my winter bike. Have had them on my commuter for a few months and they're great. Light, don't rattle or rub and cover my 28mm tyres, also protect the chainset and front mech. I'll try a bit of loctite on the plastic screws as they have a tendency to loosen.

Yeah, put these on my road bike recently and love them. Very low clearance, dont rattle and keep you and others dry. Loctite is a good recommendation though. Great price and well worth it

Great product - I've had two sets and they've been great. This price is very good.

These are really good and for this price they are a bargain.

Real men don't use mudguards....



Runs for cover

Had these and they rubbed pretty badly. One broke the first time I took a wheel off cos they're so flimsy. They were also on my bike when I got my only puncture of the year .... Coincidence? ... (well, yes, probably)

yeah you can spot the "real men" they are the ones who either 1. have a large black muddy stripe of cow s**t down their backs or 2. (most likley) dont go out in the wet becuase they don't want to get their precious Carbon fibre muddy! See The Rules velominati.com/the…es/

Pay particular attention to rules 5 and 9 Lol!!!:p

Good price for these. Yes they are a bit flimsy, yes they can be tricky to fit too. However they offer much better protection than race blades (which don't protect the front deraileur and chainwheel at all)
I've had a set of these on my bike a couple of years, once you've cut them to size, set them up and stopped them rubbing they are pretty good, though I'll admit I haven't bothered removing them at all on my triban 3. They are the only option though for many bikes.

I bet these wouldn't fit my look241 frame , even with 23mm tyres the largest possible

still worth a look I guess

anybody actually successfully purchased ??

They are really flimsy but work really well and my son has not broken his set yet(...) Bit of helicopter tape around where they are mounted protects the frame perfectly and they have been silent an no rubbing so far (again ...).

Have the SKS raceblade longs been redesigned yet? They were prone to shearing and causing all manner of problems/damage, as many will testify... bikeradar.com/for…mp;

I've used these on my Roubaix for the last 3 years and only take them off in the middle of summer. I use my bike every day in all weathers for commuting as well as long rides once a week so they've done a few thousand miles. They do rattle a bit and if you tighten them too much they go out of line. They are much better than getting wet though! I've got 25mm tires on so there's barely any clearance.

I'll pick these up as mine are now missing a couple of screws, and I've lost the tail for the front guard.

Very good mudguards, light and easy to fabricate if clearance isn't great. But I'd say they fit almost all road bikes

daj060454

yeah you can spot the "real men" they are the ones who either 1. have a … yeah you can spot the "real men" they are the ones who either 1. have a large black muddy stripe of cow s**t down their backs or 2. (most likley) dont go out in the wet becuase they don't want to get their precious Carbon fibre muddy! See The Rules http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/Pay particular attention to rules 5 and 9 Lol!!!:p



Yep I hate cycling in the rain and drive to the gym but I don't mind the cold weather.

If you have zero clearance then these are the last resort for keeping you dry.

They do rub a little with their sponge bushes and are designed to be weak so they snap off and prevent you somersaulting over the handlebars should they get caught or something gets trapped.

If normal fenders fit, go with those but they can be fiddly to put on for some, at least they don't rub or need adjusting.

Those with OCD should not buy lol.

Edited by: "jr007" 4th Dec 2015

My bike wears them I think that they are a must have.I lost the rear part from the back mudguard sadly.

These are a B**** to install, and almost impossible to stop them rubbing/making noise, means adjusting every ride, however they are light and do a good job, just give yourself a few hours to install and a extra 20 seconds each ride to adjust..

notahoarder

These are a B**** to install, and almost impossible to stop them … These are a B**** to install, and almost impossible to stop them rubbing/making noise, means adjusting every ride, however they are light and do a good job, just give yourself a few hours to install and a extra 20 seconds each ride to adjust..



Never had that issue on the 2 sets I've had, and my road bike doesn't have that much clearance. Once setup, they last me through winter and early spring with no problem.

SteveZissou

Never had that issue on the 2 sets I've had, and my road bike doesn't … Never had that issue on the 2 sets I've had, and my road bike doesn't have that much clearance. Once setup, they last me through winter and early spring with no problem.


Its not the actual guard that rubs for me but where the arms connect to the guard (outside of tyres/wheels)

Don't forget to put a little tape on the frame so it prevents the guards rubbing your paint off.

made from flimsy plastic. not durable on long term test and can easily move from setup position to foul the tyre

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gally789

made from flimsy plastic. not durable on long term test and can easily … made from flimsy plastic. not durable on long term test and can easily move from setup position to foul the tyre



I've done a few hundred km with them on now and I'd say this wasn't really the case. The flimsiness is deliberate and means that instead of fouling on the wheel the guide brushes act on the rim to centralise the guard and keep it from rubbing. They certainly don't ever rattle, and I can't really see how they could as there is nothing with sufficient rigidity or mass to make the noise.

There's also nothing to 'move' to put them out of position as the top is firmly secured by cable tie round the caliper mounts. The brushes and general flexibility of the guards ensures they don't foul the tyre for anything but a brief moment over harsh bumps and the clamping of the arms to the seat stays and forks is variable so it should be possible to find a combination of bands that does the trick without any movement.

The small bits of grit that inevitably cling to a wet tyre do scuff round the inside of the guard, but that's a function of the lack of clearance afforded by my frame and 25mm tyres and not really to do with the guards per se. Other bikes will of course have more or less clearance, but I'd say that as I'm obviously hearing 1-2mm bits of grit rubbing I probably have about as low a clearance as is feasible for mudguards without permanent tyre/guard scuffing.

Within a few revolutions they are clear again though, and if riding in proper wet weather then you can't hear it because of all the other noise the water is making on the road and being splashed up into the guards.

Apart from that though they are commendably silent and, considering I almost threw them on and expected to have to adjust them after a ride or two (and I did it after a few beers too!), I'd say they are only a little bit fiddly to set up (small knurled nuts, sticky pads etc.)

I dare say there is may be some weird frame geometry that they might not suit, but other than that and with a bit of thought into where the supports should be fixed, I'm thinking they're a bit 'fire and forget' for the winter.
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