I’m running SKS Chromoplastics and I’m pretty happy with them.
A bugger to fit properly, but nice once they are on and not at all rattly.
Is there anything special I need to know about fitting them?
On no account should there be any visible light between the guard and the tyre. Guards on a road bike are a big enough “sin” without them being unsightly.
This covers the fitting pretty well:Posted 4 years ago
I recently fitted a set of sks longboard guards to my commuter and they really are fantastic. Much better than the standard length guards I used before. They keep all the crap off the seat tube/front mech/chainset that normal guards let through.
you’ll need the P35 size. Nothing special about fitting them except the stays are quite tough so a sharp hacksaw blade is required, as is about an hour of your time to do a decent job (like even spacing and close fitting). I cut the end off the plastic bit the stay slides through then cut in situ, much easier than trying to get the sizing right, I then file the cut end smooth.Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Crud Roadracer Mk2 guards get some good press, but I’ve yet to fit mine so cant comment. Its generally a clearance issue so I was looking at SKS Raceblade Longs because they have the section under the brake arch removed. I was thinking of the guards that Giant do for the Giant do for the Defy range. They look a bit cheaper.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got narrow SKS Chromoplastics on 28mm tyre. Width is fine. Gap is a bit tricky as its a cross bike, so fork crown and seatstay-brace are quite a way off the tyre
Fairly tight though:
Used Crud Roadracers with 25mm tyres previously. Coverage was good, they rubbed a little, but not too muchPosted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
takisawa2 – Member
Crud Roadracer Mk2 guards get some good press, but I’ve yet to fit mine so cant comment.
Great idea, but just way too fragile.
Mine are on their last warning and the spares aren’t free anymore.
They work fine, but can rub if you’re not careful and seem to explode whenever in contact with humanity.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
SKS cromoplastics. In black. Will fit long-drop brakes and a 25c tyre. 28c will be too much for most road frames. As stated, they take an age to fit properly. But with no gaps will look the part. The stays are tough to cut, but nothing has the same performance. Replace the reflector with a nice backup rear light.
The rear will snap at the brake bridge. Replace as necessary.Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
SKS chromoplasts are excellent. Spares are available in case any fixings break, which is nice. I’d go with the narrow width, they seem fine up to 28mm tyres.
Getting the stays the right length is fiddly, and not 100% necessary if you don’t want to. But it does make a neater job.
I’ve also used the cheap SKS full length guards – avoid the ‘commuter’ guards, they are a bit of a crap design IME. The ‘bluemels’ are good though, and a bit cheaper than the chromoplasts.Posted 4 years ago
Gap is a bit tricky as its a cross bike, so fork crown and seatstay-brace are quite a way off the tyre
I solved that by putting two nylock nuts on the bolt: one to tighten against the bolt head to secure the mudguard and the other to control how far the bolt screwed into the frame.
Works pretty well and saves faffing about with tons of different washers and spacers.Posted 4 years agoScapegoatSubscriber
The Crud Roadrace Mk2 on my roadbike are great. Yes they take an enormous amount of patience to fit well, but if you follow the instructions you can stop any rubbing with a simple tug to centre them. Mine are virtually silent. They get bit annoying when you get grit on the tyre perhaps, but mine have lasted me 18 months so far.Posted 4 years ago
Ask and you shall receive.
Just had an email back from SKS:
We have some black stays in 380mm length. You can order them from one of our three distributors in the UK. Contacts are attached.
None of them have the black stays at stock but they can order them directly at SKS. The item no. is: 8366-0380.
🙂Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
takisawa2 – Member
Crud Roadracer Mk2 guards… …I was thinking of the guards that Giant do for the Giant do for the Defy range. They look a bit cheaper.
I found the Roadracer’s too easy to snap.
I have however just fitted the Giant Defy’s to my er, Giant Defy (winter bike) and they are good, black bike black guards so nearly invisible.
The look of a roadbike with guards still plays on my mind though….Posted 4 years ago
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