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If rain is your favorite excuse not to ride, don't buy these fenders.
Identical in construction and purpose to the standard Race Blade. The ease of installation is the same, as well. The only difference is this: the standard Race Blade is build for tires 18c-23c, whereas the Race Blade XL is for tires ranging from 25c-32c. Available in Black only.
- Item #SKS0002
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was in search of the perfect set of fenders to mount on my cyclocross bike that I use to commute to my other job at a local Emergency Department. I ordered 5 sets to compare and decide which to keep. I ultimately kept this set. I liked the amount of coverage it provides the front wheel so as to not spray your feet with water. Installation is super easy. Took my about 5 minutes.
They fit over my 35 mm cyclocross tires with no problems!
Hard to get just right
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are not the easiest item to put on your bike but once you get it right, they are awesome. I bought a 2nd pair for my wife. I would buy them again.
Great once installed
It takes a little time to get these fitted properly to your frame. However, once you have done that they go on and off very easily. The front one keeps a majority of the water off my feet and the rear one works at keeping the water off my behind. This is my second pair. I gave my other one to a friend.
Great way to extend your riding season
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I picked up a pair of these after a slushy, messy ride in the snow here in Utah. After some finessing the straps into position, these worked great on a ride with about 2 inches of fresh snow and some existing slop from plows. I went ahead and got the XL for my cross bike, and they work well with my 700x32 continental clincher tires. Although these do a fantastic job of eliminating rooster tail, I would recommend pairing them with something like the nanoflex bib tights if you are riding while it is actively raining/snowing.
I give them 4 stars only because the set up was not as straightforward as would be ideal. 4 quick screws and a few straps don't present too much of a battle, but it took a few tries to nail down the arc of the fender.
These are awesome, it doesn't say anywhere on the description, but its for 28" - 35" tires, for the american population. They are just wide enough to cover the tires, very light weight and sturdy. mounting position is adjustable, with the option to finalize the adjustment. Plenty of extra mounting straps and protection for sensitive pieces, and Mudflaps too. I am really impressed with the entire package, and the very small amount of assembly, was rather enjoyable.
Raceblade with Optional Mudflap
better than a water wedgie
When you ride in the rain, it's pretty much a given that you're going to get soaked one way or another. What I really needed from a fender was one that could mount easily, and keep the rooster tail from splattering that attractive brown mud stripe all up and down my jacket and backpack.
Was pretty skeptical on how these would perform, given that they're mounted with a only couple of rubber straps, and don't provide the level of coverage from a full road fender. However, after much finagling on the proper height (I'd first mounted them too low, and on a test run, they rubbed against the tire) to mount them on my steel frame, I hit the road in a surprise rainstorm, and came back completely soaked--save for my asscrack, and my lower back, just beneath my messenger bag (which was also bone dry). Seat rails and post were also totally clean.
So, mission accomplished?
* easy to mount, but admittedly tricky to find optimal spacing and fit between fender and tire
* this particular blade runs best on tires bigger than 23mm wide
* low-profile design nicely dials down the dork factor for your roadie rig
* ideal for strapping on for that just-after-rain road wetness
Works like a finicky charm
At first I didn't think these would mount correctly onto my Rocky Mtn Metropolis, but after careful inspection and some slight coaxing I was able to successfully attach these puppies. As it turns out the fenders will slide, with some effort, within the mounting bracket to achieve the correct clearance. This also means that the fenders can become maladjusted in the course of daily use but are easily re-situated.
The disc brakes on my bike narrows the selection of fenders from which to choose and these do a respectable job considering that. I still long for sturdy, stylish, securely mounted fenders though.
I have a rocky mountain vapor bike and...
I have a rocky mountain vapor bike and would like to add these fenders. Are they wide enough to cover the tire (26 X 2.1) and how does the front fender mount with fork suspension
Isn't there a race blade type fender (quick...
Isn't there a race blade type fender (quick attachment, detachment) by SKS for mountain bike size tire (26")?