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Topeak DeFender FX 26" Front Mudguard

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Perfect for any MTB the Topeak Defender FX front mudguard will keep your face, eyes and mouth clear of dirt and spray - thanks to the wide profile. The Defender FX is constructed from very durable injection molded plastic which can take the abuse of all-weather, daily riding. The front fender can be installed and removed in seconds with a quick release feature. This is ideal for when you no longer need to ride with a mudguard.


Topeak DeFender FX 26" Front Mudguard Reviews

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Overall Rating:
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3.5
Build Quality
3.5
Performance
4
Value For Money
3

Customer Reviews (2)

5
Topeak Defender FX Front Mudguard

This mudguard is of sturdy construction. It is made of a very suitable material, which in my opinion is not susceptible to cracks and breakages. At first it was tricky to attach, but this has more to do with the bicycle than the product itself. The mudguard's sides protects the rider from outward splashes of water and mud. A lot of mudguards on the market are curved in profile, and do not deflect debris effectively. The Defender FX has a tough and robust appearance, and you can see it does the job just from looking at it. All in all, this is an excellent mudguard, and I am unaware of anything negative about mine.

This mudguard is of sturdy construction. It is made of a very suitable material, which in my opinion is not susceptible to cracks and breakages. At first it was tricky to attach, but this has more to do with the bicycle than the product itself. The mudguard's sides protects the rider from outward splashes of water and mud. A lot of mudguards on the market are curved in profile, and do not deflect debris effectively. The Defender FX has a tough and robust appearance, and you can see it does the job just from looking at it. All in all, this is an excellent mudguard, and I am unaware of anything negative about mine.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
2
Protects but attachment is Poor.

This mud guard fixes to the underside of the forks with a screw in fixture that expands. However this fixture is of poor build quality. I tighten it but it never feels tight subsequently it reaches a point where a piece of the fixture snaps and then its useless! I have therefore resorted to using cable ties to fix the mounting bracket to my bike. Nonetheless once its on the bike the mud guard protects you from spray and dirt. Overall it does half the job.

This mud guard fixes to the underside of the forks with a screw in fixture that expands. However this fixture is of poor build quality. I tighten it but it never feels tight subsequently it reaches a point where a piece of the fixture snaps and then its useless! I have therefore resorted to using cable ties to fix the mounting bracket to my bike. Nonetheless once its on the bike the mud guard protects you from spray and dirt. Overall it does half the job.

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2 out of 5
Build Quality: 2/5
Performance: 3/5
Value For Money: 1/5

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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