This is a great breakaway fender. It provides oodles of wheel coverage for people who may not have mounting lugs for a fender, but don't want to get soaked. The rear of the fender is made with a high-durometer rubber that allows some flexibility if you hit something or whack yourself with the back of it. I have personally ridden with it through heavy driving rain, and it does make a big difference. Not as much as full touring fenders, but something is better than nothing.
As mentioned, the fender lacks low wheel coverage. Though this is inline with its purpose and function (that is, not getting a locked wheel from jammed debris) it does mean that your feet will get wet, if not soaked. Wear booties if you need to have dry feet. Due to where it mounts, the fender does have one other quirk: it sheds mud and water directly over the lower leg bridge, which then drips down to the seals.
Small gripes notwithstanding, this is a fine product, and meets all of its claims. Comparing it to a set of full coverage fenders, though is like comparing apples and oranges. This is a product meant to keep the rider (mostly) dry, not the bike.
PROS: Large coverage, Secure mounting, Durable
CONS: Dumps muck on seals, No low coverage
BEST USES: Trail use, Upper body protection
While the hardware that mounts under the fork crown seemed reliable I had an occasion where the fender fell out after a few months. Had it not lodged between my wheel and fork blade I could have totally missed that it had fallen off and lost it.
***to fix this I drilled 2 small holes on each side and ran zip ties through the fender and around the top of the fork. This has proven to be a very durable solution and also stabalizes the fender minimizing any movement on its bracket. The drawback is that I lost the quick release function but that is not an issue as I have a roof mounted rack and for those times I needed to remove the fender I just cut the zip ties and replaced them later.
The gap between the underside of the fender and the top of the wheel is huge allowing rain water picked up by the tire to be thrown foward by the rotation of the wheel and then blow back over the fender on to me. I understand that there is not much that can be done to prevent this as I am using a full suspension bike as a commuter which is probably not the ideal selection for this task...its what I have though.
At slower speeds and trail use the above issue is not really a problem and the fender provides effective protection via a durable product that will not easily brake if tweaked, leaned against, or the bike is crashed.
It would be great if SKS could make pre-drilled holes for zipties should folks want to add them for added security.
Overall I am happy with this product.
CONS: Not Great For Commuting
PROS: Easy to Install, Good Protection
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