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The clock has well and truly struck mudguard o'clock now, and there's plenty to choose from out there. Vavert is a brand you may not of heard of; they're fairly new to the game and their product range revolves around accessories that you can colour code to your bike. As such, the Fixed mudguard comes in five colours. Whichever you pick, you can be assured it'll do a good job at a low price.
I had a set of the brown ones, which were a decent enough match with my Charge Spoon saddle and Brooks leather bar tape. There's two widths, of which we had the 35mm version suitable for tyres up to 28mm. There's a wider 45mm version too. They're plastic construction with metal fittings, and you get a rubber spray flap at the rear (and rubber end cap at the front) and a rear reflector thrown into the bargain. If brown's not your thing you can have black (with blue or lime green piping), white (red piping) or silver. I like brown though. There, I've said it.
Fitting the Vaverts is easy enough; you don't get fancy-dan quick releases at the front or the miniature fixing bolts of SKS but the Nyloc nuts do the job just fine and it's a simple job to get the 'guards on. A pair of bolt croppers is handy for cutting the stays to size, and there are rubber covers for the sharp ends.
In use they're solid and dependable. The guard itself is plenty strong enough that it doesn't bend or rattle across the rougher surfaces, and the solid stays keep them from rubbing and they're simple to adjust. It's pretty easy to get them close enough to the wheel and they're long enough to to cut out just about all the road spray. Your winter-riding friends will appreciate the extra length of the mudflap on the rear too, when they're sucking your wheel.
Nicely made 'guards that come in a range of colours and sizes.
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Make and model: Vavert Fixed Mudguard
Size tested: n/a
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Polycarbonate mudguards - lightweight, flexible and incredibly impact resistant.
Mud flap provides additional splash guarding
Available in 5 colours to suit all tastes
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
No problems here, a good quality set of mudguards.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to fit, good looking.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Pity there's no room in the budget for a QR front fitting.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
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: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
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.