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The original... and still the best? Well certainly one of the best. The Crud rear Raceguard has has a bit of an overhaul this year (review coming soon) but the Crud Catcher got only a few minor tweaks, testament to the fact that there's not a lot that's broke about it. Okay it's not as effective as a full guard but sometimes you don't want (or can't fit) one of those, and it's an excellent solution for many bikes. I've always had some kind of downtube guard on my urban bike, which has Pace RC31 forks and no option for a standard front mudguard; the Crud Catcher has replaced a cheaper all-plastic offering and there's no way I'm going back...
Did you enjoy using the product?: yes
Would you consider buying the product?: yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend?: yes
Still one of the best downtube mounted guards out there
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Make and model: Mr Crud Crud Catcher 09
Size tested: n/a
I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs
My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades
I've been riding for: 10-20 years
I ride: Every day
I would class myself as a: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling
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?
The Crud Catcher is a downtube-mounted mudguard aimed primarily at mountain bikes but also useful on hybrids, or any bike that won't easily take a standard 'guard
Tell us some more about the techincal aspects of the product?
The Crud Catcher is a firm plastic guard with a rubber nose section and a rubber downtube grip in the shape of the Crud logo. It attaches with two O-rings
any further comments on construction?
Nicely put together with good attention to detail
any further comments on performance?
Okay it's not as good as a full mudguard (or even a raceguard) but it's a useful addition to any bike, really. It noticeably reduces road spray on your clothes, takes a second to fit and weighs next to nothing.
any further comments on durability?
So far so good, my urban bike gets pretty rough treatment and the Crud Catcher is plenty tough enough to cope. It gets knocked out of position fairly frequently but a quick shove is all it needs...
any further comments on weight?
any further comments on comfort?
any further comments on value?
Good return on investment for your city bike
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. It's not as effective as a full guard but it's a real boon where proper mudguards won't fit, or aren't practical
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The rubber nose makes it easy to get the guard right up by the headtube, and the O-rings are an easy way to fit the Crud Catcher to the frame.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not really a dislike but it'd be nice to get two sizes of O-ring, the ones supplied are a bit on the large side for some road frames
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.