Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Fenders, a Comparison

(Update 10/2/2014: SKS have updated their fender line and the Chromoplastic fenders and Longboard fenders have been combined and are now called SKS Chromoplastic Longboards)

The SKS Longboard fenders are in at the Bike Touring News Store. I have been anxious to see how long these really are. So I did a side by side comparison with the Honjo alloy fenders and the Planet Bike Cascadia fenders.

3 fender sets to compare lengths

rear Fenders- the SKS Longboard on the bottom, then the Planet Bike Cascadia and the Honjo

The rear fenders are about equal in length, but with an aftermarket mudflap the Honjo fender would provide the most coverage, maybe not as important as front fender coverage- except maybe for whoever is behind you!

Arguably, the coverage provided by the front fenders is the most important because the farther the fender comes down on the trailing side the less spray onto the rider’s feet. And as we can see, there is quite a bit of difference in the coverage of these three front fenders.

Photo to compare lengths of 3 front fenders

front fenders- SKS Longboard on bottom, Honjo, then Planet Bike Cascadia

In the above photo of front fenders the fenders are positioned according to the point where they would attach to the bicycle fork, and you can see that the Longboard fenders are the longest providing more coverage in the front as well as in the rear than the other two. To be fair, with an aftermarket mud flap the Honjo fender would provide equal coverage.

Picture of mudflap on front Honjo fender

Aftermarket mudflap provides more coverage on the front fender.

2 comments… add one
  • Frenchie April 21, 2014, 11:03 pm

    I’d love to see the SKS BlueMel Reflective stripe fender reviewed. This is a awesome looking euro-fender, however I can’t find it for sale in the states. The SKS BlueMel Reflective Stripe seems to be a Euro fender we very much need here in America. Thank goodness for E-Bay.


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