Best Mountain Bike Mud Guards And Fenders

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Spring has sprung for most the the United States and that means we will all start hitting the trails hard after the nasty winter. One of the biggest issues with Spring riding is the often wet conditions. While a lot of us try to stay off the trails when they’re really muddy, there can still be a lot of debris that can fly off our tires and small water crossings. Having a good front fender can cut down a lot on visibility issues and keep dry while riding. Fenders are a must for race events during in-climate conditions where hard charging race runs need complete focus without things flying in your face.

I’ve put together a great round up of the best mountain bike front fenders available. Check out my suggestions and where you can buy them for yourself.


Best Mountain Bike Fork Mounted Fenders & Mud Guards

RapidRacerProducts Neoguard

The Neoguard is made out of neoprene material. It is available in several size to fit your fork travel. The guard is easy to install using velcro tabs. The Neoguard blocks a lot of mud from flipping off the tire really well. It also compresses with your fork as you ride. It’s also lightweight and easy to wash when it gets dirty. Another neoprene mud guard model is available from THE Industries in 4 sizes and RaceFace’s Mud Crutch.

RapidRacerProducts Neoguard models

RapidRacerProducts Neoguard models

THE Industries Mud Guard

THE Industries Mud Guard

RaceFace Mud Crutch mud guard

RaceFace Mud Crutch mud guard

MuckyNutz XL front fender

MuckyNutz XL front fender

MuckyNutz Bender Fender

The MuckyNutz Bender Fender is a thin piece of plastic that when bent into an arch makes a great little front fender. It attaches simply with some velcro to the fork legs and weighs very little (under 20g). The fender sits low to the tire so mud and water is caught really well and keeps down on the mess. The Bender Fender is available in two sizes. The regular size just barely has any front fender with a longer rear. The XL version has much more coverage in the front. Similar products like the Azonic Splatter Fender and the MarshGuard are also great options.

MuckyNutz front fender

MuckyNutz front fender

Rockguardz Mudguardz sizes

Rockguardz Mudguardz sizes

Rockguardz Mudguardz

The Rockguardz front fender is made out of carbon fiber and mounts with zip ties to the fork legs. It weighs a bit more than some options (~150g to 100g depending on the model). The fender is available in 3 sizes to give you the coverage you desire. Fit is tight to the tire but still has room for mud and debris to pass through.

Rockguardz carbon mud guard

Rockguardz carbon mud guard

Mudhugger Front Mud Guard

The Mudhugger front mud guard is a formed plastic fender that attaches with velcro ties to the fork legs. It sits low to the tire and has a bit more front fender coverage than the MuckyNutz Bender Fender regular size. The weight isn’t the greatest at almost 200g.

Mudhugger front mudguard

Mudhugger front mudguard

POWA DFender Mud Guard

The POWA DFender is a molded plastic design that attaches to the fork arch of only FOX and RockShox forks. The fender is really large and blocks almost everything coming off the front tire. The weight is a bit heavy though. The look is quite stunning with this big fender.

POWA DFender mudguard

POWA DFender mud guard

 

DIY Innertube or Cut and Shaped Plastic

You can also make a mud guards similar to the Neoguard with an old innertube and some zip ties. Just cut a piece of innertube to fit between your fork arch and the crown. Poke some holes through the tube and then use zipties to attach. Mud guards like the other hard plastic ones can be created by cutting up some hard plastic sheeting then using zip ties to attach. Some photo examples are below.

DIY plastic mud guard

DIY plastic mud guard

DIY tube mud guard

DIY tube mud guard

DIY plastic mud guard

DIY plastic mud guard

 

THE Industries Pro Line Fender

THE Industries has been making front and rear fenders for mountain bikes for a long time. They have downhill and cross country specific models. The fenders are made out of hard plastic and have a lot of coverage to keep the muck at bay.

THE Industries Pro Line front fender

THE Industries Pro Line front fender


Downtube Mounted Mountain Bike Mud Guards

Crudcatcher

The Crudcatcher is sleek and stylish. It doesn’t have the widest coverage, so some mud and water will still splash up. The mounting system is dead simple though. Two simple rubber ties. There are a few other similar models like the Planet Bike Grunge Board or SKS X-board.

Crudcatcher downtube fender

Crudcatcher downtube fender

Portland Design Works Origami Fender

The Portland Design Works Origami Fender is a bit of a unique design. The fender has a mount that is attached with rubber straps and then the plastic folded fender is attached to the mount. This allows you to take off the fender easily when not needed and still have the mount ready to go for wet days. The system weighs about 60g.

Portland Design Works Origami downtube fender

Portland Design Works Origami downtube fender

THE Pro Shroud

The Pro Shroud from THE Industries mounts similar to the other downtube protectors but has a wider flare to the design. The molded plastic looks much cooler too in my opinion.

THE Industires Pro Shroud

THE Industires Pro Shroud


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5 Responses

  1. Ray Poitras says:

    Would like to buy some small mud fenders for my grandsons specialized mountain bike. We like to ride through puddles. It is around a 20 inch bike. Does anyone make something? If not someone probably should. Thanks

  2. Greg R. Schmitt says:

    QUESTIONS OF 29 INCH HARD TAIL FRONT AND REAR MUD FLAPS

  3. Bruce Gardiner says:

    Mudhugger shorty front hugger is only 80gramm, please use accurate data, we also make a longer front version

  4. Simon N says:

    I am spoilt for choice, and I really need to replace my old mudguard. I hope the POWA DFender Mud Guard will look good on my bike

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