Crud Road Racer Mudguards II


I’ve been using some simple clip on mudguards for quite a few years. But, was intrigued to see the design of these crud Road racer mudguards which have a much more extensive coverage around the wheel. Important if you are on a club run with lots of riding close to other riders.

In theory, fitting should be fairly straightforward. There are also tutorials at the Crud site here

However, I found it difficult to work out where things went and also to prevent the mudguard rubbing against the tyre. As you can see the mudguard is very close to top of back tyre. When you ride on gravelly roads, gravel can get caught between the mudguard and wheel making an irritating crunching sound.

I tried a few times to lift up the mudguard higher from wheel, but always struggled to get it right.

It’s probably just me as many other people seem to be able to use them fine and they have had good reviews. I’ve always struggled with mudguards for some reason

But, personally, I will prefer the clip on SKS race blades which are much easier to get clearance from tyre and incredibly easy to take on or off.

However, if you are wanting a comprehensive mudguard clearance, and have patience to fit. These Crud probably offer a good choice for road bikes with tight clearance.


6 Responses to Crud Road Racer Mudguards II

  1. tejvan October 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I haven’t ridden it that much. So I’ll have to see how well they behave in long term.

  2. Pipps October 3, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Sir, the big question is, are you happy with the fit of your new mudguards now after the initial patience of fitting them?

    • tejvan July 20, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      No, on this particular bike I struggle to fit. Partly because I’m not very good at any maitenance or because of shape of bike. I did try watching video and many other people seem to fit them fine. But, I couldn’t use them.

  3. ian... September 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I bought my (ex) roadbike to ride all year round, so got one with clearance for full mudguards. The thing with proper ‘guards is that with stays, they are nice & sturdy, have plenty of adjustment, and with full coverage under the brakes they keep more of the crap out.

    The only issue I had was the front guard being too short – I ended up making a mudflap to keep my feet dry!


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