It’s high time someone developed easy-on, easy-off, road guards that are low profile enough to fit a race frame, with zero rattle. Pete ‘Mr Crud’ Tomkins, the brains behind one of the simplest and most successful mountain bike guards of all time, might have just done it.
The superslim, superlight Crud Roadracer has a number of neat and unique features. First off it is slim enough to pass under the fork crown and rear brake bridge rather than just butting up against the fork or brake caliper. This should enable it to perform more like a traditional guard.
The safety stays will, reassuringly, break away should anything become jammed; important up front, where a snagged mudguard would otherwise see you sailing over the bars. The best ideas are often the simplest, and the Crud Roadracer uses nothing more than a brush strip, alongside the rim, to eliminate rattle, with the additional benefit of cleaning away grit from the braking surface. The rubber O-ring mounts are a familiar and effective way to keep fitting simple, fast and tool-less.
Compatible with 23-25c tyres, and we’re told, almost indestructible, for £27.99, the Crud Roadracer should be in the shops right about now.
We’re genuinely excited the Crud Roadracer guard might well be the best looking, lightest and simplest solution to the age-old quandary between a dry backside and a fashion faux pas.
Contact Crud Products, www.crudproducts.com
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