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SKS Bluemels Mudguard Set

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Product Description

The SKS Bluemels mudguard set is great for commuters and road cyclists needing protection from dirt and spray. With key parts made from stainless steel the SKS Bluemels are very durable for daily use.

Easy to fit to your frame and providing plenty of coverage you can ride to work or the shops and stay clean and dry.

Key Features

  • Front angle, sliding bridges and fixed bridges made from stainless steel
  • Security fastening ASR joint, angle adjustable
  • Size: 20x45mm, 20x53mm, 24x53mm, 26x60mm, 26x65mm, 700x35mm, 700x42mm, 700x45mm, 700x53mm, 700x65mm
  • Colour: Black, Silver, Matt Black

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SectionRimTyre
 35mm700c 700x20-28c
 42mm700c 700x28-35c
 53mm700c 700x38-47c
 60mm26" 26 x 1.6-2.10"
 65mm**26" 26 x 1.5-2.5"



SKS Bluemels Mudguard Set Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.5
out of 5
4.48
Build Quality
4.43
Performance
5
Value For Money
4.30

Customer Reviews (27)

4
Excellent, but a pain to fit...

I have these in a 700x40c (fitted to a Genesis CdA 20) and they look great and perform perfectly, with no rattle or tyre-rub (despite being a *very* snug fit) and they give great wheel coverage. But... They are a nightmare to fit. The instructions are very poor and refer in written form to parts which are not visually identifiable. The stainless steel stays which hold the guard away from the tyre require careful pre-fitting and measurement, before cutting them to size with either a vice and hacksaw, or a pair of bolt-cutters. I got part way through the process and realised that in addition to the above, the longest bolt supplied, was far too short to go through the bike's fork to mount the front mudguard. For these reasons, I admitted defeat and took the whole lot to a good bike shop. All the faff and kerfuffle aside though, if fitted by someone who knows what they're doing; they are superb. If you're after a seasonal or temporary solution, I'd probably recommend quick-release mudguards. In my case, I'm happy as I intend to leave them on the bike permanently and use them year-round.

I have these in a 700x40c (fitted to a Genesis CdA 20) and they look great and perform perfectly, with no rattle or tyre-rub (despite being a *very* snug fit) and they give great wheel coverage. But... They are a nightmare to fit. The instructions are very poor and refer in written form to parts which are not visually identifiable. The stainless steel stays which hold the guard away from the tyre require careful pre-fitting and measurement, before cutting them to size with either a vice and hacksaw, or a pair of bolt-cutters. I got part way through the process and realised that in addition to the above, the longest bolt supplied, was far too short to go through the bike's fork to mount the front mudguard. For these reasons, I admitted defeat and took the whole lot to a good bike shop. All the faff and kerfuffle aside though, if fitted by someone who knows what they're doing; they are superb. If you're after a seasonal or temporary solution, I'd probably recommend quick-release mudguards. In my case, I'm happy as I intend to leave them on the bike permanently and use them year-round.

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4 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
SKS Bluemels 28" x42mm

Well engineered product. I've used the 28" x 45mm version on a previous bike and I'm still using them 5 years later! This pair[black 42mm] I've just fitted to a new bike and apart from looking good,they fit well.I've modified both types by switching the front stays for the rear ones to make them fit by carefully measuring and bending the top left stay around disc calliper mounting points.Fitted perfectly! Fitting the nuts to the bolt [mudguard end of the stay] was a bit fiddly with the new type of parts,but that is the only complaint. Good product,great price and good value. My first choice, if I need any more!

Well engineered product. I've used the 28" x 45mm version on a previous bike and I'm still using them 5 years later! This pair[black 42mm] I've just fitted to a new bike and apart from looking good,they fit well.I've modified both types by switching the front stays for the rear ones to make them fit by carefully measuring and bending the top left stay around disc calliper mounting points.Fitted perfectly! Fitting the nuts to the bolt [mudguard end of the stay] was a bit fiddly with the new type of parts,but that is the only complaint. Good product,great price and good value. My first choice, if I need any more!

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
So far so good

Fairly easy to fit (hacksaw needed) and look great although wish the bars were black rather than stainless. Maybe in a plastic sleeve.

Fairly easy to fit (hacksaw needed) and look great although wish the bars were black rather than stainless. Maybe in a plastic sleeve.

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4.3 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
4
Uncomplicated and effective

I've fitted SKS Bluemels to many bikes over the years. I wanted to cover the 29"x2.1" WTB Nanos on my chunky drop-bar gravel bike so recently bought the 28x53mm Bluemels. I've always experienced frustration fitting mudguards of any make and these were no exception, however, it didn't take long to square them up with a little persistence. My bike has a carbon front fork with no mounts for guards so I made use of cable ties which although not providing the most robust fitment has proven reliable so far. I found it necessary to remove the inner lip of the rear guard over a particular section due to the width of the tyres vs guards and the fact that the rear tyre sits so close to the seat post. I used sandpaper for this and actually felt reassured by the density and strength of the plastic used by SKS. Overall, the complications with fitting were expected by me and would have been necessary regardless of which brand of guards I had chosen. My high regard for SKS remains and I won't hesitate to buy more in the future - as the bike collection grows...

I've fitted SKS Bluemels to many bikes over the years. I wanted to cover the 29"x2.1" WTB Nanos on my chunky drop-bar gravel bike so recently bought the 28x53mm Bluemels. I've always experienced frustration fitting mudguards of any make and these were no exception, however, it didn't take long to square them up with a little persistence. My bike has a carbon front fork with no mounts for guards so I made use of cable ties which although not providing the most robust fitment has proven reliable so far. I found it necessary to remove the inner lip of the rear guard over a particular section due to the width of the tyres vs guards and the fact that the rear tyre sits so close to the seat post. I used sandpaper for this and actually felt reassured by the density and strength of the plastic used by SKS. Overall, the complications with fitting were expected by me and would have been necessary regardless of which brand of guards I had chosen. My high regard for SKS remains and I won't hesitate to buy more in the future - as the bike collection grows...

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4.3 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Stay dry with these sturdy but light gaurds

A well made and effective product. Sturdy construction and light weight, easy enough to fit. They do a great job at keeping you dry. Very pleased.

A well made and effective product. Sturdy construction and light weight, easy enough to fit. They do a great job at keeping you dry. Very pleased.

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
Great Mudguards.

I have them in matt black and they go very well with my matt black frame. The Build Quality is very good, very sturdy and well made. I have 700x40c tires so I got the 53mm ones wich fit perfectly for my frame and are quite big for my tire so they protect me very good but they don't look goofy at all. Value for the money is decent. However they still have some problems.. it took me some time to fit them. I think that some bikes will make them fit a lot more easly but I have disk brakes and it took me quite a bit of time time cut the stays for the right fit. After all a great product but take in consideration that if you buy bigger measures like the 53mm ones your frame have the necesary space to fit them.

I have them in matt black and they go very well with my matt black frame. The Build Quality is very good, very sturdy and well made. I have 700x40c tires so I got the 53mm ones wich fit perfectly for my frame and are quite big for my tire so they protect me very good but they don't look goofy at all. Value for the money is decent. However they still have some problems.. it took me some time to fit them. I think that some bikes will make them fit a lot more easly but I have disk brakes and it took me quite a bit of time time cut the stays for the right fit. After all a great product but take in consideration that if you buy bigger measures like the 53mm ones your frame have the necesary space to fit them.

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
5
Not too hard to fit, look good

Look great, a little patience to fit, but not too hard

Look great, a little patience to fit, but not too hard

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Nice 'guards!

These are well made and very strong. Lots of bits included to fit almost any bike. A little time consuming to fit but worth taking that time to get a great result. I replaced my SKS Chromoplastic 55mm mudguards with these. As the old mudguards were 55mm I ordered the 53mm Bluemels but had to swap for the 60mm. Make sure you measure your original mudguards to ensure you get the right size. Tredz swapped without a problem.

These are well made and very strong. Lots of bits included to fit almost any bike. A little time consuming to fit but worth taking that time to get a great result. I replaced my SKS Chromoplastic 55mm mudguards with these. As the old mudguards were 55mm I ordered the 53mm Bluemels but had to swap for the 60mm. Make sure you measure your original mudguards to ensure you get the right size. Tredz swapped without a problem.

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
3
my oh my what a right pain to fit

The instructions made it look so simple. An hour later, and, having used nearly all the tools in my tool box I managed to get these fitted on my daughters bike. The biggest issue was they only seemed to come with half the nuts & bolts needed to fit them. I emailed customer services but never heard back. As such, I spent even more time rummaging around in the old nuts and bolts box than I planned on. So, I think these are good (daughter has not complained yet), but you will need a hacksaw to fit them, and some pliers, and lots of patience. And probably a beer after. And maybe there is an additional bag of nuts and bolts I should have bought... so look for those as well.

The instructions made it look so simple. An hour later, and, having used nearly all the tools in my tool box I managed to get these fitted on my daughters bike. The biggest issue was they only seemed to come with half the nuts & bolts needed to fit them. I emailed customer services but never heard back. As such, I spent even more time rummaging around in the old nuts and bolts box than I planned on. So, I think these are good (daughter has not complained yet), but you will need a hacksaw to fit them, and some pliers, and lots of patience. And probably a beer after. And maybe there is an additional bag of nuts and bolts I should have bought... so look for those as well.

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3.2 out of 5
Build Quality: 3/5
Performance: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 3/5
4
Solid but complex

Has these a little over 2 weeks and thus far I have been very happy with them. I did have issues putting them on the bike and in the end got Halfords to do it for £10. Treds did say they would fit them for me but this was not the case. The guards are very nice looking and work as expected they do however have a little squeak which I need to investigate.

Has these a little over 2 weeks and thus far I have been very happy with them. I did have issues putting them on the bike and in the end got Halfords to do it for £10. Treds did say they would fit them for me but this was not the case. The guards are very nice looking and work as expected they do however have a little squeak which I need to investigate.

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4.3 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
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Mudguard Guide

Which mudguards are best for me?

Mudguards come in three main types – full length, clip-on and mountain bike style. Depending on your bike frame you may be able to fit some or all of these types.

Full length mudguards

These traditional looking mudguards are commonly fitted to hybrid and touring bikes. They're great for commuting too as they offer the most protection. The long rear mudguard also keeps the rider behind clean.  

You will need a bike frame with eyelets – usually at the apex on the fork and where you rear wheel fits to the frame (at the dropouts). If your bike doesn't have eyelets (most mountain bikes and road bikes) you'll want can consider clip-on mudguards.

Clip-on mudguards

Clip-on mudguards are super easy to fit to your frame and offer a good amount of coverage for you and your frame. Simple fastenings make fitting and removal quick which is great if you want one set of mudguards for multiple bikes.

You can usually fit clip-on mudguards to road bikes with minimal clearance such as race bikes.

MTB style mudguards

Mostly fitted to mountain bikes, these mudguards are designed to mount to your downtube or fork crown and clamped to the seatpost. They're ideal for any bike with suspension and will fit to almost any frame design. Simple attachment means these guards are quick to fit and remove. These mudguards will offer limited protection compared to the other two types, but they will stop much of the spray.  

How to choose a compatible mudguard?

Check your wheel size and tyre width

When buying a mudguard you'll have to choose one that will fit your wheel size and cover the width of your tyre.

You can find both these figures on the sidewall of your tyre. You will see a combination of digits such as 700x32 or 27.5x2.40. The first digit is your wheel diameter (size) and the second digit is tyre width. Road bikes are measured in millimeters while mountain bikes are measure in inches. 

Check your brake clearance (full length mudguards) 

There should be a 20mm gap between the top of your tyre and the mudguard and about 5mm either side. Most standard road caliper brakes offer up to around 40mm while deep drop (also known as long drop) brakes have arms over 55mm to allow room for mudguards. 

Depending on the thickness of your tyre, your brake arms may have to extend 50mm or over to reach the braking rim. 

What if my bike has suspension?  

You can't bolt a mudguard onto the apex of a suspension fork like you can a rigid one. You'll want to make sure the mudguard doesn't touch your wheel when the fork is fully compressed. 

If you have a full suspension MTB you're main concern isn't likely getting wet and muddy. If you run a dropper post you won't want the mudguard clamp getting in the way, so it's best to avoid having a mudguard. 

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