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Those who ride with 3, 4 or more inch front tyres have until now(ish) had very little choice if you wanted some kind of mudguard … Mucky Nutz are hopefully going to change all that.

I imagine that most of you reading this will have already heard of / seen / used Mucky Nutz fenders, they’re cunningly simple, unobtrusive and inexpensive. They simply fit under the brace of your forks and are held in place with velcro straps, fitting and removal takes 30 seconds and luckily they’re pretty much unbreakable. However, they are designed to fit suspension forks and keep the spray, clag and crap from a ‘normal’ width tyre at bay. I’ve found that a standard one can be adapted to fit rigid forks okay but it still only provides protection from a common a garden width tyre … with the rising popularity of fat bikes a gap in the market is starting to develop.

A, B or C … choose your weapon.
The guards in the above picture are prototypes which I very kindly offered to try on your behalf. All 3 have been designed for fat front ends, ie wide rigid forks and big tyres. B and C are similar in design to the companies standard guards but A is a new design and features  ‘splits’ from the outside mounts to the inner mounts … sounds odd but works really well.
C in place, the slots allow it to curve.

When fitted the slots allow the guard to deform and rather than the guard remaining flat it curves, so the front and rear are lower than the centre … simple and neat.

‘C’ is designed to mount to the rear of the forks and catch spray off the front wheel before it gets thrown forwards into the air … where you promptly ride into it.

C … like this without the front on.
Non of the above guards are available yet but hopefully a production version of one or all of them will be along soon. If you fancy one to grace your fat front visit the Mucky Nutz website and express your interest … and just so you know, if I had to pick one of the guards to make it into production, I’d pick A.

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