HOW TO CHOOSE MUDGUARDS?
Mudguards have the function of protecting you from particles of soil that can be propelled directly on you.
On muddy terrain or during a downpour, you will very quickly have brown legs and wet back if you are not adequately equipped with mudguards. Moving wheels project water, mud, and particles backward, towards your feet and on a center line in your back. To avoid this inconvenience, you can install mudguards, just choose the right ones.
What type of mudguard will fit your exits?
City outings and pure mountain bike trips are very distinct practices requiring specific equipment, especially regarding mudguards.
For a city out on the road, you should mainly seek a good water protection. Indeed, the main element on the road that can be projected on you is the water, following a downpour for example.
The mudguards that are best suited to city practice perfectly fit the shape of the wheels of your bike. Close to the surface of the wheels, they block any splashes in the tires and the water does not fly on all sides. If you are a fan of speed road practice, choose lightweight mudguards that do not create overweight and are easy to install.
For mountaineering in mountain or forest, mudguards have a more protective function. They will hinder your legs from splashing water, mud, but also pebbles.
These mudguards must, therefore, be shock resistant and securely attached to the frame. It is also preferable to install mudguards with minimum space with tires, especially on muddy terrain. This spacing will prevent mud buildup between the mudguard and the wheel which can slow you down and increase the difficulty of pedaling. It is also advisable to install lightweight mudguards, compact and easy to install, which do not interfere in the event of a puncture for example.
The main characteristics of fenders
The most important before choosing mudguards is to check compatibility with your bike . Some mudguards are compatible with all frame types. However, others depend on the size of the wheels, the fork or the diameter of the seatpost. Depending on the type of attachment, you must make sure that you can install them correctly on your bike.
Lightness is an important factor. For freestyle or sporty mountain bike trips, it is essential to have non-bulky and lightweight mudguards. Rigid and heavy mudguards will limit your mobility (jumps, accelerations and sudden braking, skids, figures, etc.). For a practice on the high-speed road, it is also necessary to eliminate as much weight as possible and therefore choose the mudguards as light as possible.
3. Ease of installation
Some fenders are installed in seconds, others require more time and tools. Be sure to choose mudguards that you know how to install yourself. The ease of installation depends on the attachment system. The mudguards can be fixed on the frame or on the seat post. Each fastening system offers a different stability to the mudguard. It is recommended to find the best compromise between ease of installation and stability.
Mudguards have several shapes. Those for ATVs are generally shorter and have a less rounded shape. The mudguards of city bikes are mostly wheel-shaped and are quite long.