Topeak Defender R1 mudguards review

Topeak Defender R1 mudguards
Cycling Weekly Verdict

You’ll barely know the Topeak Defender R1 mudguards are on — till you get home that is, and your backside is still dry!

Reasons to buy
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    Fits race bikes without mudguard eyes

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    Uses a clever mounting system

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    Doesn't rattle

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    Fits tyres up to 25C

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Reasons to avoid
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    The wet weather that means you have to use mudguards

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I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that the Topeak Defender R1 mudguard has copied SKS’s Race Blade guards, but there are similarities.

Topeak is an innovative company, and its design has some neat features. Topeak’s front Defender R1 uses a clever system to attach inside the head of the brake calliper bolt, at the back of the fork, even if it is hidden. It’s simple and effective, providing a secure mounting.

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