Curana C-Lite mudguards  £49.99

7/10

Not cheap, but well made and stylish, shame they're not a bit longer though

Weight 415g   Contact  www.extrauk.co.uk

by Dave Atkinson   January 14, 2011  

Curana C-Lite mudguards - rear

Heard of Curana? Maybe not, but the Belgian accessory makers have big plans. We read on their website that their "innovation strategy is 100% offensive", we're not sure if that's a good thing or not but hey, it's a bold claim. These C-Lite mudguards are stylish, robust, easy to fit... and a little bit short.

Out of the box there's no doubting that the C-Lites are a quality item. The mudguards are made from an Aluminium/composite mix and they're subtly curved with a nice matt black finish. Fitting them is simple enough; we had to take a hacksaw to the beefy stays to get the blades nice and close to the tyre but once on everything feels good and sturdy.

Venture out on the bike and there's a bit of noise from the fittings on rough surfaces, we narrowed this down to the brake bridge where the blade just pushes through the fitting rather than being fixed. A bit of tape fixed that, and other than that the C-Lites were very well behaved and the minimal look suited my Genesis very well.

One thing they're not, though – in common with other 'fashionable' mudguards, if mudguards can ever be fashionable – is very long. They could do with an extra few inches wrapping round the wheel, especially at the rear where they didn't fully stop the tyre throwing up spray. They're better than having no mudguards of course, but they could do better on that front. Maybe Curana could offer a longer version as well; the blades are stiff enough to cope.

Available in 45-50mm (tested) or 30-35mm widths for £39.99, there's also a mountain bike version. All available in black or silver.

Verdict

At a copper under £50 these 'guards aren't cheap, but they're well made and well behaved on the bike. It's a pity they're not a bit longer though.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Curana C-Lite mudguards

Size tested: 45mm

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"Super stylish C-Lite guards are made completely of an aluminium and composite layered material. These are extremely light and strong with a clean high-tech look."

indeed they are.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, bit short though

Would you consider buying the product? yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? maybe

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

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Great review, my Rourke is crying out for guards, these are know top of the list.

All the gear but no idea

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posted by matrs [60 posts]
14th January 2011 - 22:23

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I'd be interested to read a review of Axiom Paceline mudguards. They are the only alternatives to classic SKS P35s that look like they are actually trying to be better at keeping spray off you and your riding companions. All the rest seem to be designed to provide partial protection on bikes that are unsuitable for winter riding or, as in this case, intended to somehow be stylish (like anything that will be coated in road goo after a couple of rides could ever be considered attractive.)

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
15th January 2011 - 11:21

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I have used TorTec Chromotec mudguards on both 700c and 26" wheeled bikes and find they're ideal. Each has mudflaps on both front and rear, and they're also available with a reflective strip. Can't see why I'd want to pay twice as much for something less capable.

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posted by Simon E [1940 posts]
16th January 2011 - 22:21

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I've bought a set of the Curana C-Lite mudguards when transforming my hybrid into a comfy commuter bike (CUBE SL CROSS RACE 2009).

On the pro side I shall mention the looks. And they seem to fulfill their basic purpose: keeping water away from me.

However, I'm not convinced of the fixing mechanism. While the majority of mudguards producers equipe their products with two brace fixings the Curana mudguards come only with one.
And this is not enaugh for the rear mudguard stability. Add to this that the rear braces are too short; and you end up with the rear mudguar clapping onto the tire.

My verdict: 3/5 Thinking

posted by Goodtwist [18 posts]
21st January 2011 - 20:34

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the single stay is pretty beefy in its defence, i didn't have any problems with the rear guard being unstable. also the stays on the test ones were long enough that i had to cut an inch from them to get them close to the tyre. so that's probably worth the extra half point from me Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7296 posts]
21st January 2011 - 23:43

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ah, i have different forks on mine, racelight 12ks with a long drop. so they fitted fine at the front.

posted by piedwagtail [11 posts]
23rd January 2011 - 21:48

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Hi - I've just bought a pair of these mudguards and I also have a Genesis Equilibrium.
How did you fit the front guard - given the carbon fibre forks it's seems to be too narrow at the top and consequently catches the tyre due to a lack of clearance.
Did you have to make an alteration to the guard and if so what?

Cheers.

Jards

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23rd January 2011 - 22:03

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