Mudguards are ace! They keep you a lot drier and cleaner than riding a road bike without mudguards on wet roads, and your riding pals will thank you as they won’t get a face full of grit either.
Sporty road bikes with mudguards ready fitted are quite uncommon, so if you like to ride whatever the weather and prefer a dry bum we've done the work and found some for you
If your riding style is more sedate, consider a touring bike; for a start they're far more likely to come with mudguards as standard
Our selection of mudguard-equipped road bikes starts at £999.99 and includes bikes with aluminium, steel and carbon fibre frames
On average across the UK it rains on 133 days of the year. It's amazing that it's not easier to buy a bike designed to cope
Many road bikes have eyelets to mount full-length mudguards (the best kind) but not many bike brands actually sell bikes with mudguards already fitted. If you’ve ever tried fitting mudguards you’ll know they can be a bit finicky. Wouldn't it be nice if someone else did the hard work?
We’ve rounded up some of the bikes that are sold with mudguards already fitted. You can walk into your nearest bike shop, or click purchase at your favourite online retailer, and be riding a mudguard-equipped bike without the extra cost of buying mudguards and time lost fitting them.
The 2021 Nuroad from Cube is a gravel and adventure bike that is big on versatility. The new version has been tweaked for more tyre clearance — now up to 45mm from the previous 40mm limit, or 40mm with mudguards, as shown here. It's sold with mudguards and rear rack making it suited to everything from winter training rides to commuting and touring. This model gets the latest Shimano GRX 2x groupset and there’s even an integrated Supernova E3 dynamo for hassle-free lighting.
The Paralane is the German company’s endurance focused road bike, and it’s the only bike in this market we know that is sold with mudguards. They don’t quite offer the same amount of coverage as some full-length mudguards, but there’s nothing to stop you adding flaps (stop tittering at the back).
The two-bike range starts at £2,099 for the Shimano 105-equipped version; the Ultegra model is £2,549. As well as taking mudguards, the Paralane takes up to 35mm tyres, there’s a carbon seatpost that provides more comfort, and the geometry offers a balanced and stable ride.
The aluminum GXA gravel bike is the spiritual successor to Dolan's Dual, one of the original mudguard-compatible carbon fibre frames. However, that bike was showing its age with limitations like a maximum tyre size of 25mm thanks to the rim brakes, so it's good to see a similarly-versatile new ride popping up on the Dolan website.
The GXA will take 45mm tyres, so should go up to 40mm rubber with mudguards. You do have to remember to specify the guards in Dolan's bike-ordering system.
The clue is in the name with the Grandurance, it’s bike designed to do it all, from commuting, touring to exploring. This model pairs an aluminium frame with a carbon fork with clearance for the 35mm Schwalbe G-One tyres and full-length mudguards. There’s a rear rack for load lugging and a Herrmans MR8 dynamo powered front and rear light.
The Ribble CGR AL combines traditional frame design with modern disc brakes for a compelling winter bike. As the name suggests, the frame is made from aluminium, complemented by a carbon fork and it’s designed as an all-round bike (the TLA stands for Cross-Gravel-Road) so comfort is a top priority. Ribble has been aggressive with new bike launches in recent years, and it also offers easy bike customisation via its website, so you can build a bike up with mudguards from £1,049.
One bike category that traditionally comes with mudguards (and a rear rack) is the touring bike, built for eating up the miles while carrying luggage from guest house to campsite and beyond. The Genesis Tour de Fer 10 is a modern light tourer with disc brakes and wide-range double transmission that'll keep you dry (or at least get you less wet) whether you're commuting or riding Land's End to John O'Groats.
The British bike brand with an Italian sounding name offers the reasonably priced CK7 Disc (there’s also a rim brake version) which is sold complete with a set of full-length mudguards. The CK7 uses a 6061 aluminium frame with a carbon fork and uses the now common 12mm thru-axles with flat mount brake callipers. The spec on this bike includes a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset with a wide range 11-34t cassette and Tektro mechanical disc brakes.
If you've spotted a brand new bike that's sold with mudguards fitted do let us know in the comments section.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.