What is it?
A full coverage fender system that fits tires up to 38mm, fully removable, and no hardware needed — explicitly designed for the off pavement rider and all-weather gravel travelers.
- Fit gravel, cyclocross and a litany of drop bar bicycles without fender mounts.
- Full personal coverage including the crucial frontal spray zone
- Sturdy hardware does not move even in the hardest of off-road descents.
- Lightweight and sturdy construction boasts a long product life.
- Rear coverage could be longer to prevent spray on paceline mates.
- Mud gets trapped in the front fender on longer rides and builds up over time.
- Fenders still require abrasion tape for absolutely no damage to the frame.
- Could include more frame abrasion stickers, especially one for the seat tube.
If you train or ride on the road all year round, chances are you have the love/hate relationship with fenders that most cyclists have. I love fenders, but I strongly dislike installing them on a bike and having them make sounds when I hit a pothole. Worse yet – finding reliable fenders that would cover a 35mm tire when riding my cyclocross bike during the winter. The plastic masters over at SKS are listening to the rumblings and devised a solution for those riders who love the gravel and despise the white stripe up the backside that can accompany it.
The SpeedRocker fender set from SKS is a full coverage fender aimed at the rider who ventures off the road and likes the ability to take their mudguards off in a blink. The SpeedRocker fits tires up to 38mm (they work with a 40mm nicely as well) assuming that your frame has the adequate room. The design and overall aesthetic is what you would expect from SKS – refined and propose driven. Installing the fenders takes a little time, mostly because of the unique design, but once you’re are familiar with how they install – on and off is quick and simple.
Unique two-piece design:
The front fender is a two-piece assembly to work around the fork crown area and skips the dance of getting the fender to sit in an awkward position – very fresh thinking on SKS’s part.
This split design allows the rider to install both front pieces using one strap – keeping the look clean and sturdy. The lower portion of the front fender is extended, stopping spray efficiently to the riders feet and face. The length does cause some toe overlap even with my 170 crankset but nothing too intrusive.
For the rear fender, SKS shows off another cool idea with a telescoping piece that extends to the seat tube – sheltering overspray and back the of the legs. Coverage for the rider is ample, but I did hear some moans from my ride mates about spray coming from my rear wheel on rainy days. The rear fender needs some length to keep from spraying anyone drafting you – but as a personal fender, they’ll keep you dry easily.
Taking the SpeedRockers off-road:
Since the SpeedRockers beg for gravel and all-road, I took them on the single track and some of the more gnarly logging roads in my area. I expected the SpeedRocker to slip as similar fenders I’ve encountered, but they stayed solid and kept me dry and happy. Even in the rough single track, the fenders stayed on target and didn’t move – a testament to the new mounting system and attention to detail in the design.
The SpeedRocker fenders mount like other SKS fenders with rubber molded pads that attach at the ends of the fork and stays. Velcro straps are added to the top of the fenders to secure the fit and allow for larger tubes. The rubber pieces have an updated, robust look that adds to the sturdiness in the ride. You can adjust the fit and tolerance of the fenders by the 3mm hex screw, and the anodized aluminum stays that slide in and out to adjust the length. At the shortest setting, there’s still a good 2cm of clearance over a 28mm tire – I had to do little to no adjusting out of the box.
If you look closely, the plate that holds the bracing arm in place holds all the mounting hardware underneath the fender. When riding in thicker gravel and mud-laden roads the debris sticks to the plate and build up – forcing the rider to knock it off or dismount and dig it out – this situation only happened once, but I can see it happening with ice and snow in the colder months. That said – there are no other points in which mud or debris build-up on the fenders or on my person for that matter.
After many hours in the rain – more than I’d prefer actually and many different bike setups, the SpeedRocker fenders performed their job flawlessly. I never required more coverage (though my buddy did) and was able to stay dry riding through water drenched pockets of road.
I recommend the SpeedRocker for any rider who uses their all-road, gravel or cyclocross bike as their only/main ride. Once dialed in the fenders install/uninstall in a matter of seconds. Perfect for racers and riders that train all-year round and like to take their intensity off-road.
For more SpeedRocker info roll over to sks-germany.com