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    Hey, I have a question that really isn't a question is more what you think. I need a fender for my bike, any suggestions. What would be better a frame fender of a fork mounted fender. If you have any pics of a fender on your bike please post them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRuss
    Hey, I have a question that really isn't a question is more what you think. I need a fender for my bike, any suggestions. What would be better a frame fender of a fork mounted fender. If you have any pics of a fender on your bike please post them.
    Most name brand fenders I have are generically good, but I like the way my SKS comes off the fork with ease. I only use a fender in the early season or winter due to the nature of the trails where I live, and NOT for digging up public single track. I don't know the brand I keep on my single speed all winter, but I'm perfectly happy with the SKS front and back that come on and off my trail bike with ease.

    Please do not consider fenders a licence to wreck sensitive trails or agitate hikers and land managers!

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    Ow definately not, I want a fender more for those rainy days when the water flips up off your tires ( I won't ride muddy trails as I am the builder of most of the FR trails in lower Canada area).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRuss
    Ow definately not, I want a fender more for those rainy days when the water flips up off your tires ( I won't ride muddy trails as I am the builder of most of the FR trails in lower Canada area).
    Then you'll probably like the easy on and off SKS ones I have. We share the trail building, so you probably know how it feels when just a few wreck the progress of many.

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    Yes I know exactly how it feels to come to your not even finished trail and find 8 inch ruts.

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    I keep my fender off the bike as much as I can but when the rain hits it's back on. Personal preference says don't have one, but weatherman says do

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    How come you don't just leave it on??

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    am i the only person that doesn't like to eat rocks, and have them pop up and hit me in the glasses and helmet? i love my front fender in all weather conditions. maybe cause i live in mammoth and we have lots of loose stuff here. i've got popped by decent size rocks in the teeth more than once (a little distracting), but not with a fender. by the way, i use a generic fender that mounts in the head tube using a star nut. i'll take some pics and post them on my lunch break.
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    i had a the fork mounted fender. it worked good till i hit a tree and it broke. i never bothered to get a new one. they work but are kinda ugly i think. frame fenders dont work as well in my opinion

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    I simply don't like riding something that looks like it should say Yamaha and not Easton on the side, if you see my drift.

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    Go with the THE fork mounted XC fender. It is very light and bends completely. I have hit all kinds of things with it and it just springs back into place. Easy on and off with a star nut and bolt, takes about 30 second to put on and take off.

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    Ok cool thanks for the help everyone. I think I will still buy a fender as I seem to have much of the same problem MamothFreeRider has all except with sticks, mudd ect..

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    When a pebble shot from my front wheel to under my eyelid (and got lodged there) where it scratched the hell out of my cornea.. thoughts about how a fender looks disappeared.

    Fenders are practical.
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    Ow man that sucks, do you think you could possible post some pics of your bike with the fender on.. thanks

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    Build your own this will protect you, your frame and your drivetrain from front wheel debris, weight about 200grams but its butt fugly


    http://kcbx.net/~tsulaiti/fugly/

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    wow thats ok but I don't need that much protection as I wash my bike of after every ride, I only need a fender to keep the mud, rocks ect. .out of my face, but thanks any way.

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    I don't have any pics offhand, but its a marzocchi integrated fender.. specific to their line, so I'm not sure if this would help.

    I'd be happy to post a pic tonight if you're interested..
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    damn, that is fulgly. it seems like you would almost create problems in the chainring area with mud, dirt, rocks, twigs getting stuck in there.
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    Actually it works well, keeps the debris from your chainrings and the tail end if made long enough can wrap up the seattube to become a rear fender and keep junk getting kicked back from the rear tire onto links, shocks, derailuers. Works good in dusty conditions but not the call in a DH race. I have it on all my bikes, from a faux bar to bighit fsr, HTs, single pivots to I drives. For trail riding it saves ones expensive bits eliminates downtubes dings and keeps the chain a bit cleaner and the rider much cleaner. Its fugly but it does its thing well. Have fun


    Quote Originally Posted by MammothFreeRider
    damn, that is fulgly. it seems like you would almost create problems in the chainring area with mud, dirt, rocks, twigs getting stuck in there.
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    [QUOTE=Locoman]When a pebble shot from my front wheel to under my eyelid (and got lodged there) where it scratched the hell out of my cornea.. thoughts about how a fender looks disappeared.


    What about just wearing some goggles instead? Just asking...

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    I had sun glasses on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman
    When a pebble shot from my front wheel to under my eyelid (and got lodged there) where it scratched the hell out of my cornea.. thoughts about how a fender looks disappeared.


    What about just wearing some goggles instead? Just asking...
    I had sun glasses on, and they fit close to my face. There was just a narrow margin and I guess the pebble was the equivalent of a magic bullet.

    Sometimes I wear goggles, but there's a fogging issue that creaps up from time to time, so they can be a pain in the @ss. A fender weighs next to nothing on the bike, and I don't have to think about it.
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    THE downhill front fender / Spec Enduro rear fender (mud flap)

    I have been using the THE downhill front fender all winter on my FXR. I went with the DH version for wider tires. I'm currently running a 2.5 up front and have plenty of fender coverage. It keeps most of the grunge from flying into my face and has held up pretty well and is easy to take on and off... I put a star nut on the bottom side of the steerer tube and can intstall it quickly w/ a 4mm wrench. (it cam with a rubber plug for installation, but I found the star nut worked better)

    On the rear I am using a Specialized 2005 enduro fender (actually more of a mud flap than a fender) that worked very well on my Foes. It does not give full coverage, but it does provide decent protection for the shock. (which was my goal). It fit on the FXR with no problems and should work quite well on other frames.

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    I second the THE downhill fender, where did u get the star nut adapter so you can screw the fender in instead of using that stupid rubber bushing?

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    THE makes an excellent front fender - used to be called the Dual Sport - smaller than their DH fender and much thicker, stronger plastic. Still plenty of coverage for a DH bike. I only run the front half, because I only care about keeping crap out of my face, don't care if my down tube gets dirty. The plastic bolts must be replaced with metal ones if you're gonna huck.

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    THE Pro DH on the front of the FR bike, (no rear fender as we haven't found one that will survive).
    http://the-industries.com/ps_fender_downhill.htm

    SKS Shockboard on the Blur & HT.
    http://www.sks-germany.com/en/stage....eite=3&start=6

    Also use a Mountian Cycling Accessories Forward Deflector Shield on the Downtubes.
    http://www.ratail.com/forward.html

    On the rear of the HT, Rear Deflector Sheild (I have a rack for commuting).
    http://www.ratail.com/rear.html

    On the rear of the Blur, I was able to modify a cheap Zefal clip on front fender to fit.
    http://www.zefal.com/AAA/page.php?no...sVTT&langue=an

    I live and ride in a rain forest so fenders are required unless you like getting mud in your face all of the time.

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    Star nut is from any LBS, it is the same one use on the top of your fork under the top cap.

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    i had a marzocchi fender and it rocked

    i have used other products and all have broken i would suggest either get the olt on marzocchi or dont bother
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRuss
    Ow man that sucks, do you think you could possible post some pics of your bike with the fender on.. thanks
    Here is one, THE downhill front fender on my Norco Man I like it I can even ride without eye protection
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    THE frame fenders work well, you'll see them on peatys bike and a couple of other pros like the Dirt Bike Mag Team...
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    I'll stick to my 10$ solution to protect me and my bits let the marketing machine grind out new dung riders
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    I had a THE fender on my bike for a while, but it broke when I went over the bars during a race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRuss
    Ow definately not, I want a fender more for those rainy days when the water flips up off your tires ( I won't ride muddy trails as I am the builder of most of the FR trails in lower Canada area).
    you built MOST of the fr trails in the lower canada area? i must call bs on that one. internet hall of fame bs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    I'll stick to my 10$ solution to protect me and my bits let the marketing machine grind out new dung riders
    "Also use a Mountian Cycling Accessories Forward Deflector Shield on the Downtubes.
    http://www.ratail.com/forward.html "

    is $5.95 US

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    Ok thanks for the suggestions guys I think I will go with THE as I know my LBS has it and I think they are probably my best bet as the majority of you suggested it.

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    Get the more expensive one as it lasts. The cheap one dies quickly like the rest of the fenders.

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