Review of the 3 different fenders:


1. SKS Mud-X Downtube Fender - only $7.50 & Topeak Defender RX Rear Fender - only $15

  • Least Coverage
  • Easiest to Install/Remove
  • For 26" wheels

Front Fender

  • Pretty much just keeps water and mud out of your eyes at low speeds.
  • At high speeds, sray comes up and you run into it.
  • Your feet and lower legs get wet.
  • Very easy to install - just two rubber straps.
  • Quite secure.

Rear Fender

  • Keeps your butt dry
  • Fender doesn't quite extend far enough back
  • Your back will get splatters
  • Doesn't protect your front derailleur.
  • Easiest to install/remove if you remove your seatpost
  • Harder to install if you remove by unscrewing the webbing and have to re-thread it onto the plastic spindle inside.
  • Not very secure - it's easy to bump it out of position.


2. SKS Velo 55 Cross Snap-On Bicycle Fenders

  • Good Coverage
  • Difficult to Install
  • Easy to Remove
  • Cheap - only $18
  • For 700c wheels

Front Fender

  • Keeps water and mud out of your eyes even at high speed.
  • Your feet get wet. About half-way up your shins gets splatters of water.
  • Very difficult to install on my bike anyway.
  • You can click on the link here to a video.
  • Quite secure.
  • Can't "snap it off"
  • Easy to remove, just one bolt.

Rear Fender

  • Keeps your entire butt and back dry.
  • Doesn't protect your front derailleur.
  • Should have installed easily, but didn't.
  • This bolt hole is oriented vertically instead of horizontally.
  • Secure
  • Easy to remove, just one bolt, one rubber band.


3. Bontrager NCS-1 700c Fender

  • Best Coverage
  • Installed easily
  • Requires fork and chainstays have mounting eyelets
  • The sliders for adjusting distance from the tire work well.
  • Most expensive at $50
  • Least Easy to remove, but not bad, just lots of screws.
  • For 700c wheels

Front Fender

  • Keeps water and mud out of your eyes even at high speed.
  • Keeps water off your feet best.
  • Easy to install, but had to use Zip Ties for rear fender.
  • Quite secure.
  • Least easy to remove, but not bad.

Rear Fender

  • Keeps your entire butt and back dry.
  • Protects your front derailleur.
  • Should have installed easily, but didn't.
  • This bolt hole is oriented vertically instead of horizontally.
  • Secure
  • Least easy to remove, but not bad.