As in any sport, one of the easiest ways to improve your performance is to look at great championsand let them inspire you with their gestures, preparation and technical choices. This is not just a matter of emulating: many solutions that are commonly used today among athletes and enthusiast were initially introducedon World Championship’s bikes. Simple adjustmentsconceived by mechanics that work to provide their rider with the best solution available.
An example? The mudguard on the front wheel. About ten years ago, this was not so common on the trails. Nowadays, instead, it is quite surprising to meet a rider not using it. Although mud has always existed.
The fender has a dual purpose: it protects your face from water and mud splashes, and helps to preserve stems and dust guards, keeping dirt away and extending their life.
Simple and practical
The cheapest and most popular version is in plastic with a paddle shape. There are many producers and thousands of graphics available. This type of mudguard started to become widespreadafter its first appearance in 2012 – specificallyat the third round of the World Championship in Fort William, Scotland.
Its best quality lies in its simplicity. You can add to your bike something that can really make the difference when riding conditions become hard, spending just a few euros. Mounting is easy: four cable ties, two around the stays, two around the fork arches and that is it. Lightness and minimum overall dimensions make it a fix element: you do not have to take it off when you ride in the dry.
Want to look like a pro?
There are some more refined and expensive alternatives, in carbon and with a more embracing shape. These protect better and give a factory look to your bike. This type of fender started to become widespread during most recent races and is very useful, especially when mud turns racing conditions into extreme. It is unusual to see it during a competition when the soil is dry.
Taking care of your bike in every detail is a pleasure. If you recently brought a new bikehome, either used or the latest model of the year, the fender is one of the first accessories you can get at an affordable cost. Moreover, it provides further room for customization: it is the perfect place for a new sticker.