Ass Savers Mudder Mini fender / mudguard review – is 'just enough' protection worth it?

Subtle, lightweight, easy to fit and remove... but is discrete the thing you're looking for in a gravel bike mudguard? We rode through the splatter to find out

Image shows the Ass Savers Mudder Mini fender / mudguard mounted on a gravel bike.
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ass Savers' Mini Mudder front mudguard is designed to protect your headset bearings and face from the gritty wheel spray of the gravelly trails. It's cheap, incredibly lightweight, discrete, extremely easy to fit and remove, and stays exactly where you put it. But the small size means little coverage which might be less than your face and bearings need.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy fitting

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Doesn't provide much protection

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Back in 2011 Ass Saver launched its first ever product. The eponymous and self-descriptive guard is discrete and lightweight and provides just enough protection to keep the worst of the road spray off your bum.

Nowadays Ass Savers' product range is much larger but still based on the same principles of keeping guards as minimal as possible whilst providing just enough protection to keep riding through the worst of the weather. 

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Rachel has been writing about and reviewing bike tech for the last 10 years. Cynical by nature, Rachel never really trusts the marketing hype and prefers to give products a mighty good testing before deciding whether they're worth buying or not. 

Rachel's first riding love is mountain biking where she's been European and UK 24hr Champion on more than one occasion. She's not just confined to the trails though and regularly rides - and occasionally races - on gravel and road too.