Best mudguards for gravel bikes 2024: top fenders we recommend

Want to extend the life of your components and ride in greater comfort? We’ve rounded up the best fenders / mudguards to protect both you and your gravel bike

Cyclist riding through deep mud
Cyclist riding through deep mud
(Image credit: Future)

Fenders - or mudguards - are one of the best accessories you can add to your gravel bike. The ground might be hard and dusty when it hasn’t rained for days, but those tracks can turn to a sloppy, muddy mess in the winter - and even much of the spring and autumn.

A good set of fenders/mudguards will do a lot to protect the vulnerable parts of your bike like the headset and drivetrain. If you’re loaded up with a full complement of bikepacking bags - even if they are rated as waterproof - you’ll be better served by not testing their capabilities. It only takes one night in a wet sleeping bag or drenched tent to be assured of the importance of keeping these things dry.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg