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.
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.
Fitting the Flinger guards was surprisingly simple. You simply loosen the brakes, then tighten them back down with the metal clips in between.
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.
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.
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.
The front guard is 780mm, which prevents the wheel spray from completely soaking your shins, though overshoes are still required.
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.
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.
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.
Near-perfect performance from an easy-to-use clip-on mudguard at a sensible price
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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)
These are lightweight yet sturdy. The barrel adjuster on the stays keeps everything very sleek.
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.
The Phillips head bolts are supplied fitted, but the provided Allen head bolts are essential for proper fit.
Lighter than my SKS Commuter, easier to remove, just as sturdy and provide similar protection.
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.
About the tester
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. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.