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Verdict: 
Near-perfect performance from an easy-to-use clip-on mudguard at a sensible price
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256g
Flinger Race Pro Clip Mudguards
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These Flinger Race Pro Clip mudguards are truly an excellent bit of kit. They install easily with enough clearance even on my tight Cannondale SuperSix. They don't rattle too much and I love being able to whip them off easily when the weather changes: a great option for riding in mixed weather.

  • Pros: Super-quick to install, secure when on properly
  • Cons: Limited to 25mm tyres

The mudguards on my winter bike rattle so much that the noise is genuinely annoying, but they do provide great coverage from the rain (and cow muck) soaked roads, so they're a must for winter and spring. Uninstalling them to ride without is a massive faff, though, plus I'd need to reset the brakes and store the parts somewhere I won't lose them. But I've always been sceptical of clip-on guards, with friends and fellow club riders having awful experiences with theirs simply falling off.

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Fitting the Flinger guards was surprisingly simple. You simply loosen the brakes, then tighten them back down with the metal clips in between.

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The stays fit to the frame with a rubber band that can be cut to length. I found that leaving a little extra band gives you a bit to grip when removing and installing.

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When these are installed, you can then adjust the position of the polycarbonate guards by lengthening or shortening the alloy stays. These will adjust between 394-514mm in length which should fit just about any road bike. These are then fixed by tightening the barrel adjuster on the stays.

Clearance can be a big issue on race bikes but these fit easily on my SuperSix with plenty of room to avoid any frame rubbing. The guards are designed to support a maximum 25mm tyre and they'll be fine if you're tyres are mounted on wider rims. I do like that you can choose how much coverage you need, installing and removing parts as you figure it out.

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The guards are supplied with crosshead bolts installed, and Allen head bolts in the box. I first fitted them using the crosshead bolts, but they worked their way loose on my test ride. The 3mm Allen head bolts give a really secure fit; they have some thread locker pre-applied, ensuring the seatstay support stays in the correct place when you remove them.

Out on the bike, coverage is really good for a pair of clip-on guards and rivals my bolt-on mudguards. The rear is 930mm long and stopped surface water from spraying up at me, but an extra piece would need to be attached to prevent riders behind getting sprayed, although it does stop a good deal of it.

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The front guard is 780mm, which prevents the wheel spray from completely soaking your shins, though overshoes are still required.

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I've now got these on my winter bike as it's the one I'll take out in the rain. I've simply got the rear sections of both guards installed as these are the pieces that offer the most protection while also allowing easier bike cleaning and quicker installation. They're quieter than my metal guards and don't touch the frame, making cleaning much easier. These are also much lighter at only 420g for the pair.

The guards come with a five-year warranty which covers the parts from manufacturing defects. Spare parts are also easily available if you forget to tighten things up properly.

The only gripe you might have is that you're limited to a 25mm tyre. For me, it's not the biggest problem, but with many people going for wider tyres, Flinger might want to come up with a wider version.

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At £44.99, these are a really good deal. They work without fault and are easy to set up. They provide great coverage that rivals my bolt-on SKS Commuter guards (£30) and are easier to remove when the roads are dry. An excellent alternative is the SKS Raceblades, with the Pro XL coming in at £49.99, slightly more expensive, with a similar seatstay mounting system. The Flinger guards get the added stability of also attaching under the brakes, so the Flinger is a better solution for me. That said, riders with larger tyres will prefer the Raceblades as they can fit a 32mm tyre.

> Survival tips: cycling in the rain

If you don't have eyelets for guards or simply want to remove them between rainy rides, the Flinger Race Pro Clips are an excellent option that I would seriously recommend. They're easy to set up and provide great coverage with very little rattling. They're narrow enough to fit a race bike, and although being limited to a 25mm tyre might be an issue for some, I don't see it as a major flaw.

Verdict

Near-perfect performance from an easy-to-use clip-on mudguard at a sensible price

road.cc test report

Make and model: Flinger Race Pro Clip Mudguard

Size tested: 780mm front, 930mm rear

Tell us what the product is for

Aimed at race bikes with tight clearances and no mudguard eyelets.

"Flinger Race Pro are quick-fit, quick release performance mudguards for all season use. Fitted or removed in only a few minutes, no mudguard eyelets are required to fit these guards. So they are perfect for all road bikes, including those with close clearance frames."

These are certainly quick to fit and were much easier than my bolt-on guards. They're also easier to remove for the odd ride in the winter when it's not raining.

These also fit my Cannondale SuperSix Evo which doesn't have much space inside the frame.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

- Suitable for 700 x 18-25c

- Lightweight polycarbonate construction

- Thumb-lock, quick adjust alloy stays, 5mm to 8mm

- Compatible with modern frames and brake callipers

- In the Box: Guards are partially assembled for speedy fitting, plus full fitting kit included

- Frame Compatibility: No mudguard eyelets required

- Stay Extension: 394-514mm

- Front Guard Length: 780mm

- Rear Guard Length: 930mm

- Warranty: 5 Years

- Weight: 420g (pair)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

These are lightweight yet sturdy. The barrel adjuster on the stays keeps everything very sleek.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Fantastic coverage, easily detachable yet secure when on. Riders behind will get a little spray and you'll still need overshoes, but the guards do most of the work.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

The Phillips head bolts are supplied fitted, but the provided Allen head bolts are essential for proper fit.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10

Lighter than my SKS Commuter, easier to remove, just as sturdy and provide similar protection.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Cheaper than the SKS Raceblade Pro XL and more secure.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Perfectly. Great protection from wet roads.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The combination of being so simple to fit/remove with the performance in the rain is ideal.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Being limited to a 25mm tyre might put some people off.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah. So simple to fit and adjust and perform really well.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes. I'd happily buy these.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

These are a really solid design that have replaced my bolt-on SKS Commuter guards. Their near-perfect performance at a decent price warrants a high 9.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 22  Height: 177cm  Weight: 64kg

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.

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Rapha Nadal [847 posts] 1 month ago
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Ironic that they're called "Flinger" as the person sat behind you will have road shit flung into their face!  That rear guard is so short!

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Fish_n_Chips [558 posts] 1 month ago
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Hi,

Do you get any spray where it’s just the clip covering the tyre where the guard can’t reach?

That back guard has a slight gap between the brake and guard, where it’s just the clip/bracket covering the wheel.

Thanks.

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don simon [2307 posts] 1 month ago
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Are they more robust than Raceblades?

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hawkinspeter [1984 posts] 1 month ago
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don simon wrote:

Are they more robust than Raceblades?

I have no knowledge of these, but I can declare that yes, they are more robust than Raceblades.

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TheScotsman [36 posts] 1 month ago
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The big question is whether or not these will fit a Giant Defy XL frame, since even Giant's own mudguards for the Defy don't fit XL frames.  (I had to bodge them with a Dremel and cable-ties, as they only fit up to L frames, and they rattle like crazy on anything other than perfectly smooth surfaces).

 

I tried Crud Roadracers once - there was no way to fit them without constant rubbing & rattling, and on their 2nd ride over Edinbrugh cobbles, the rear-most section of the rear guard broke off and I ended up binning them in disgust with less than 20 miles of use.

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Liam Cahill [116 posts] 1 month ago
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TheScotsman wrote:

The big question is whether or not these will fit a Giant Defy XL frame, since even Giant's own mudguards for the Defy don't fit XL frames.  (I had to bodge them with a Dremel and cable-ties, as they only fit up to L frames, and they rattle like crazy on anything other than perfectly smooth surfaces).

 

I tried Crud Roadracers once - there was no way to fit them without constant rubbing & rattling, and on their 2nd ride over Edinbrugh cobbles, the rear-most section of the rear guard broke off and I ended up binning them in disgust with less than 20 miles of use.

 

Ton of clearance around the brakes and easily customisable so probably. These aren't silent but they're a load quieter than the Commuters they replaced.

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Liam Cahill [116 posts] 1 month ago
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Fish_n_Chips wrote:

Hi,

Do you get any spray where it’s just the clip covering the tyre where the guard can’t reach?

That back guard has a slight gap between the brake and guard, where it’s just the clip/bracket covering the wheel.

Thanks.

On the frame, for sure, but not that I could feel hitting me.

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bike.owner [196 posts] 1 month ago
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What size are the Challenge tyres in the images? You mention what size the guards are limited to but not what the tyres pictured are. They look like 23mm but images can be deceiving

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Liam Cahill [116 posts] 1 month ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Ironic that they're called "Flinger" as the person sat behind you will have road shit flung into their face!  That rear guard is so short!

If I rode regularly in the winter with the club, then I'd look to attach an extension. It'd probably reduce the stiffness though, hence the reason they made it short. 

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Liam Cahill [116 posts] 1 month ago
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bike.owner wrote:

What size are the Challenge tyres in the images? You mention what size the guards are limited to but not what the tyres pictured are. They look like 23mm but images can be deceiving

They are 25mm, but the tread is super wide, so they sit at 26mm. No issues

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KoenM [98 posts] 1 month ago
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Ordered these right after I read this review, I had a mix and match on my winter/rainweather roadbike (Canyon Endurace AL 6.0 2016) of sks mudguards and it looked horrible, the rear mudguard was cracking and it wasn't a full mudguard at the back so the seattube wasn't protected.
I can say that these fit perfectly and the adjustments of the stays are very usefull, all in all a topproduct would rate it 9/10!

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bike.owner [196 posts] 1 month ago
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Liam Cahill wrote:

They are 25mm, but the tread is super wide, so they sit at 26mm. No issues

Valuable information. Cheers. As an aside, how much clearance under the 'guard mounts do you see with those tyres fitted? There seems to be a lot of clearance under the 'guards themselves but I assume the limiting point is the mount (under the brakes).

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whobiggs [143 posts] 1 month ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
don simon wrote:

Are they more robust than Raceblades?

I have no knowledge of these, but I can declare that yes, they are more robust than Raceblades.

 

Eh?