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    New question here. Fenders for 29er

    I love to go riding, and I am sure most of you do as well. I like it so much that I even go riding in the rain. The only problem with that is that I I usually get all muddy from having a little too much fun. A good portion of my rides happen right after I get home from school, so I don't usually change into biking clothes that can get trashed. So, in order to stop ruining all my school clothes, I will be getting a fender set for my 29er. I am looking at getting the Topeak DeFender XC1/XC11 29er set.

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    Does this look lile a reasonable fender set? Is there anything else that I should consider? Thanks.
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    I've been looking myself. I am getting tired of the mud spray right in my face, under my riding glasses. I don't mind it on the clothes, but I need to keep it out of my contacts! It's so wet around here in the spring and with the melting snow.

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    I've had the front one on three different bikes.

    The coverage is great: they can be hugged right down over the tire, unlike fenders that attach to the fork bridge.

    Installation is a major PITA, but once they're on, they're on.

    They look fabulous. The fender is the first thing that people notice about my bike.

    Hint: ditch the yellow bumpers and use an old inner tube for an all black look.

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    I have them and they work great for my winter commute









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    I hear ya. i recently picked up a couple SETTE fenders for super cheap that have a quick release mount and work well. I dont have to keep them on when I dont need them.
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    I think I will have to pull the trigger on the Topeak DeFender! Thanks for the help!
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    Cool fenders. I strap on some fenders when it rains, or when the trails are muddy (which is strangely not the case for this time of year in NorCal). But, don't expect your school clothes to not get crudded up just because you slapped some fenders on your bike. I would say keep a second set of clothes in your locker or bag if you're really that concerned. Plus, bike clothes are much nicer to wear when wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    ... don't expect your school clothes to not get crudded up just because you slapped some fenders on your bike.
    Amen to that.

    Fender's make the spray problem better, but they don't eliminate it.

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    I have never seen this type where the front clamps to the lowers, interesting. I have used what I think was an earlier version or another Topeak model where the front inserted to the bottom fork crown and that system broke after a drop or two. Maybe this design holds up better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    Maybe this design holds up better?
    I've run mine for hundreds of miles with no problems, but I don't ride that hard, either.

    FWIW, this design has a break-away built in, so that if something goes horribly wrong and the fender hits the tire, then it won't jam up the tire and flip you over the bars...

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    Won't work on Leftys, tho. Supposedly, the crown mount one will work on a Lefty, but it didn't fit mine. I'm stuck with a down tube mounted Mudslide. It helps, but not a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    I'm stuck with a down tube mounted Mudslide. It helps, but not a lot.
    I use a "mud board" low on the seat tube, just about the FD, to keep gunk coming off the rear tire from landing on the FD and the back of my lower legs...

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    If you have a rigid 29er Planet Bike has a nice set that fits 2.3's. Cascadia 29er I think they're called.
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