Crud Roadracer mudguards arrived this time last to year to a chorus of approval from the cycling press. With wider use came a few discordant notes, most concerning questions of ease of fitment, durability and their ability to keep spray from the cycle.
Inventor Pete Tomkins quickly posted video tutorials on the Crud website to help buyers with fitment and has now brought out an updated Mk 2 version designed to provide improved coverage and greater durability.
The former comes courtesy of new extensions for the rear ‘guard. For ease of packaging Roadracers come in three sections that clip together and are secured with small plastic nuts and bolts. The Mk 2 version is still supplied with the four extensions – two per ‘guard – provided with the Mk 1 model, but has in addition two extensions to the rear ‘guard designed to improve protection. the front one is deeply valanced to shield the front derailleur mech and chain run onto the top of the chainring while the rear adds length that will protect following cyclists on a group ride.
The main section remains largely unchanged but for a modification to the fixing “ears” for the stays; the holes for the stay screws are opened out to allow them to pop free in the event of snagging rather than break the ear.
As with later versions of the Mk 1 design, there is a small pip next to the rear extension screw hole to prevent it vibrating loose.
Lastly, fitment should be made easier, or at least more secure, thanks to the provision of reusable zip ties to attach the rear ‘guard’s fromt extension to the seat tube and of rubber pads to protect paintwork where the ‘guards contact the frame and fork.
Oh, and they now come in a box.
More once we have a pair installed.
Crud Roadracer Mk2 £29.99. www.crudproducts.com.