Sitting somewhat unheralded on the SKS stand at Eurobike (and annoyingly lit from underneath) was a cycle fitted with what look like quickly detachable – or quick fit – mudguards covering as extensive a segment of wheel as the German company’s regular full-length guards.
Bearing the legend “Raceblade Long”, the guards extend well behind and below the wheel and feature stays designed to work on cycles lacking mudguard stay bosses. Instead, steel strips clamped by the quick release skewer lever head or nut clip into moulded plastic retainers at the hub end of the stays, which attach to the mudguard itself as per the original Raceblades.
Further aiding attachment to frames with limited clearance are the strips that fit under the brake calipers and fork crown or bridge. Equipped with a U-shaped tang designed to be clamped by the caliper centre bolt, the strips also attach to section of main ‘guard in front of and behind the brakes via quick-release clips.
They should, at the very least, be quick to get on and off.