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Crud Catcher Road Racer MK2 Fender Set

Crud Catcher Road Racer MK2 Fender SetCrud Catcher Road Racer MK2 Fender Set
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The Road Racer is the only full length fender set designed specifically for race bikes, offering maximum protection for fast commuting and hard training. Redesigned for 2011, the new MK2 model uses an extended rear fender for better spray protection and a sturdier construction for a longer service life. The complete set weighs in a mere 180 grams, thanks in part to a super sleek design which easily fits tight frame clearances without rubbing or buzzing. Unique "floating" attachment system further lightens things up by doing away with traditional mounting brackets and hardware, truly setting this design apart from anything else on the market.

Placing extremely thin brushes against the rim, Crud's fully floating design allows the fender to hover in place directly above the tire, instantly absorbing vibration and keeping it in a center neutral position. Crud Catcher notes they have failed to significantly wear the brushes throughout extensive product testing because the friction involved is so minimal that it's almost unmeasurable. However, replacement strips are available on their website for the cost of a couple of stamps.

Designed for 700x x 23-25mm tires. Includes rubber stay mounts and safety release stays. Black.

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Reviewed 12/7/2013
by RockDocRich
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Vancouver, WA
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Light-weight and works for low tire clearance road biles

Put the Crud Catcher fenders on my wife's Specialized Ruby and even with the minimum clearance between the wheel and frame they fit well and don't rub, much. I found the rubber O-ring attachment system to be easy and effective, especially for bikes that do not have any attaching eyelets or bolt holes for racks or fenders on the front fork or rear triangle and stays (like most of todays carbon fiber road bikes). You need to pay a little more attention to the installation process than for other fenders, but once I had them attached they worked fine and didn't need any further adjustments. The Crud Catchers are very light weight, almost noiseless and you can barely tell they are on the bike.

I like that you don't need to remove the fenders to load the bike on a roof rack or when you need to remove the wheel to change a flat, unlike other more rigid fender systems like the SKS Racer long blades. I watched the Utube video of how to install the Crud Catchers, and then put them on. Took about 30 minutes to get them on, about the same as other fenders that I have on other bikes.

Because they are designed for road bikes, the fenders are low profile and narrow, but are still effective at keeping you, your bike, and your riding buddies dry. The way the fenders stay aligned is by small contact brushes that float on each side of the wheel. So even though there is some contact with the brushes, there is minimal detectable friction or audible noise due to that contact. We have three different fender systems on four of our road and mountain bikes, and after using the various fender systems, I am thinking of putting Crud Catchers on my Bianchi Pista ssfixie for those wet days when I want a real workout. And I do recommend them to my friends, especially those with low clearance light weight road bikes.

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Reviewed 4/14/2014
by Burke Gilman
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Seattle
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Nice Fenders, but make sure you have enough clearance

I've been looking for a good set of light racing fenders, and the Crud Catchers seemed to fit the bill. They are light and well constructed and stay put once you mount them. However, there are two issues (1) They hang from a zip tie attached to the brake mount bolt. While the zip tie is two-way (that is, you can un-do them) they are pretty small and hard to get to once mounting, making mounting and dismounting the fenders a pain. (2) My Orbea Orca has very little clearance between the front tire and the top of the fork. I think that's true of most carbon frames. The end result is that the front fender won't go on at all. I made due with the rear only, which did a pretty good job of keeping the crud off my backside. So, as long as you like to put fenders on and leave them , and you have about 3/4 of an inch of clearance between the front wheel and the top of the fork, these are excellent fenders.

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Reviewed 1/11/2014
by sbsimps
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Vancouver, WA
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Light and great coverage

I have been using these this winter in rainy Portland and they are great! They are very light and keep the rain off. You can watch how to install though they took a little work. They are working great. You can buy replacement parts though I haven't needed any.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Anonymous
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Puget Sound
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Effective, protects front derailleur, fragile

This is the third set I've bought. The first two ended up broken due to dropping the bike or encountering twigs on the road. The polypropylene material isn't very stong.

The reason I bought the fenders again is that they do work quite well. I ride in the rain quite often during Nov-May in the Seattle-Tacoma area. They are far superior to the partial clip-on fenders that I have used. The rear fender has a wide extension at the front that protects the front derailleur. I have 700x28 tires on and I can manage to get the fenders installed. The fenders have long tips that provide good spray containment. If you can't install real fenders then these are a good alternative.

I just wish that they were made of polycarbonate rather than polypropylene.

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Reviewed 9/25/2013
by Anonymous
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PA
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It's ok

These fenders are really hard to put together and I think the manual was a little bit hard to follow.

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Reviewed 4/11/2013
by Velobeck
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Good but fragile

I have but zero tolerance under brakes but these still fit. Nice design. But first time I pulled the bike onto back wheel in process of turning it over to work on chain, the back piece breaks off. Just be careful.

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Reviewed 1/21/2013
by xanthoptica
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Portland, OR
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Great way to enjoy your best bike all winter

The Crud Catcher fenders are worlds apart from anything else out there. They will fit your tight-clearance road bike, and if you use all the fitted extensions, provide as much coverage as literally any other fender out there. They are pretty easy to install, and you can get multiple seasons out of them. Also super-light.

Downsides The biggest one is noise. Because the fit is unavoidably tight, you will get some tire rub from time to time (especially riding through, say, fir needles or other debris on the road). You'll just have to get used to it, knowing that it is only cosmetic (not wearing down a tire or anything). I bet they clog up super-fast in wet snow or sticky mud (haven't done the mud, but got some accumulation in a bit of snow recently). They are not the toughest, because they have to be flexible for small adjustments in radius (for fit), but you should get two seasons out of them. You will probably need to run medium-to-small tires (I do fine with 23mm tires on my Madone, but I doubt I could make 25mm ones work).

In the end, these are a hugely effective solution to a tough problem (keeping clean on a tight-clearance bike). I'm loving staying clean and dry on my best road bike through a Portland winter.

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Reviewed 8/2/2012
by Demoncyclist
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Boston suburbs
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Fenders for bikes that don't usually take fenders

I put a set of these on my Cannondale CAAD8 last year- they kept me relatively splash free even in torrential downpours. Just ordered a set for my wife's brand new Madone. They can be a pain to install, but once they are on and set, they work great.

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Reviewed 5/21/2012
by Chris
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Chicago, IL
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Nice improvement to the original design

I upgraded my original pair to the latest version which has longer front and rear guards for the back fender as well as some new adhesive tape to keep the mounting screws in place. Minimal amount of fine-tuning necessary. I suggest removing the fenders from the packaging and letting them lie on a flat surface for a day or so before mounting. This should eliminate any warps from shipment.

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Reviewed 4/24/2012
by McG
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Zanesville, Ohio
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Awesome for your road bike in the wet!

Unlike others I don't see the difficulty in mountingdismounting these fenders. You have to know if they fit your frame first, however. They will not fit my Bianchi but they fit my Trek and Orbea. All 3 bikes are the same advertized frame size. Bianchi doesn't have fork clearance. Seem to be made for the Trek.

After over-the-winter-storage the brushes were coming loose. Removed them and remounted them using double sided tape.

Have never had the nuts get loose, but I check my tire pressure and condition before each ride - check the fender nuts too.

I am now definitely drier in the wet. Am I wrong to think these are a good looking set of fenders? Fenders for a road bike - who would have thought it? Crud Catcher did! Thanks.

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Reviewed 4/2/2012
by Grant
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Bothell, WA
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Great option for a year round rider, but these are fragile and require attention to setup.

These are a great full coverage fender. Many road bike fenders dont cover enough of the rear tire to prevent spraying the riders behind you, these fenders DO. These fenders work great, but do take some time and patiencecare to properly setup. Make sure you watch this video before you install them httpyoutu.bexrB6DRk2cwE . Once installed be careful not to bump the fenders as they easily get out of alignment. If you do bump them, its a bit of an art to re-align, but not a difficult task.

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Reviewed 3/22/2012
by crivera
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New York NY
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Excellent performance, well designed and easy to install, good value, highly recommended.

These fenders are on my commute bike. Set-up is solid, no chatter while riding, no slippage. Excellent coverage, water has nowhere to go but down. Extra material on front derrailleur side a good feature as well.

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Reviewed 3/8/2012
by Jlemaire
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Vancouver, bc
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Like the protection and the lightness but needs constant adjustments

I'm ok with the fact that I need to re-ajust my fenders regularly. They are small, light and they protect very well on rainy days. If you don't mind the extra 15 seconds to stop the rubbing noise once in a while. I like them!

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Reviewed 1/23/2012
by Diego
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Westport MA.
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Fenders that fit.

These fenders I used for my winter single speed. Easy installation, great adjustability, light weight and even look good. Overall these fenders are better than expected.

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Reviewed 1/19/2012
by Anonymous
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Seattle
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Decent for a tight fit bike

I almost gave them three starts, but then I decided that's just because although we need them around here (Seattle) and they're helpful, they're always annoying one way or another, which is just my bias against all fenders. These work better than raceblades because of the fuller coverage. The fit is tight and although they don't rub, when my tires pick up schmutz, they rub for a few seconds until all the sand, etc comes off. Fenders in general are a little spendy and these are on par-ish. Ideal world is a rainbike with clearance for real fenders, but this comes in a strong second.

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Reviewed 1/19/2012
by Anonymous
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CT
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Not a bad product - better than most road fenders

Install is a snap. Read the instructions and install takes 30 minutes - max. Does not work well with 700x28c or large 25c tires. If you are using a wide rim the fenders may rub - I have a powertap wheel with a HED oversized 700c rim - no go. These are small issues (for me), as this is just on a winter bike anyways...My only real complaint is with the thumb screws - don't overtighten or they will break off at the head.

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Reviewed 1/19/2012
by Cliff
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Boston, MA
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Best fenders imaginable

The fenders fit so closely to the tire that they don't look clunky, they attach without the need of fork or seat stay eyelets, they're light and inexpensive. Since the mounting system employs a brush arrangement to keep the fenders from rubbing, they wipe the black gunk that collects on the rim from wet break pads. Lastly and most important they work flawlessly.

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Reviewed 1/13/2012
by semperfi8
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Boston MA
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These fenders out perform my previous fender, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

These fenders are far better than the Planet bike fenders I had used previously on my Litespeed Ghisallo. They encompass of more of the wheels circumference and prevent sand and road crud from filling up your brakes and derailleur. They do take some time to install and I had to install and remove my rear wheel countless times to get them installed in addition to snipping off several centimeters of the bottom leading edge of the rear fender. As well as using a heat gun to mold the arch to a more uniform radius.

I would like to comment on other reviews before me in a general way. Many reviewers sentiments of installation noted these were more difficult than they initially believed it would be. In response to that, the difficulty encountered installing these fenders are likely directly related to your ability and tools.

Loosening hardware was also noted as a problem. The manufacturer includes double sided taped to secure the only jointed section in these fenders that along with the screw and nut will hold very securely. If transverse movement (the 2 pieces are allowed to slide relative to each other) of the bolted sections of this fender is allowed no matter you tighten the hardware it will not prevent it from loosening. Over tightening hardware in an attempt to secure it more firmly is never a good idea. All that prevents a nut and bolt from loosening is the stretch of the bolt (its stored energy) over tightening can cause plastic deformation (no pun intended) and subsequent hardware failure.

As far as the material being too, frail! The idea that it cant be abused and survive being a manufacturer defect is misinformed the material chosen to make the fenders needs to stop road debris and rain from getting on you and your bike, period. It might be nice that you could have a material that also has high tensile strength though not actually necessary. It like saying, wrenches make poor hammers!

To reviewers who give a negative review because these fenders would not fit their brand of bike tell us your make and model you own so others who own that brand wont make the mistake.

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Reviewed 1/13/2012
by Petecraft
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Portland, OR
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Protects you and your bike's drivetrain in the rain.

Nice to have full coverage on a road bike with tight clearances and no fender mounts. They'll keep the guy riding behind you dry and they look good too.

Installation is a complex process but not impossible. The zip ties are not the most elegant solution to the installation.

Because of the tight clearances you hear rubbing noises from the small centering brushes on the fenders. A pain to take on and off.

Reccomended for people that ride year round in the rain on tight clearance bikes.

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Reviewed 10/8/2011
by Anonymous
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Portland, OR
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Awesome!!

These are perfect. I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about having a hard time installing them. I have barely 5mm clearance front and rear and I had the fenders installed with no rubbing in less than 30 mins. I took them out today and tried to abuse them, taking no caution on the rough terrain. They held strong no problems no movement whatsoever. It was mostly dry today, but last night after a fresh rain I ripped up and down my street about 10 times in my city clothes, they did the job perfectly, not one drop of water on me, and it kept my front derailleur and crank area nice and clean. Way better than the half fenders from SKS or whatever. Not only do they do the job, they look pretty dang sweet as well you can barely tell they are on there.

I'm actually excited to ride this winter, for the first time ever. Get these if you have the room, also if you have smaller stays in the rear twist the o-rings 2-3 times, it will keep them from shifting around on the back end.

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