New SKS Longboard Fenders

SKS Longboards

Nothing beats the good looks of a hammered or fluted metal fender (IMHO), but nothing beats the practicality of an SKS or Planet Bike plastic fender. They’re tough, easy to mount, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive. My only complaint with the SKS is that they were a little short—until now. With some design help from Mark and Jay at Rivendell, SKS has come out with a new, longer, full-coverage fender they’re calling the “Longboard”.

For now, they’re available in one size that fits 650B and 700C up to 45mm wide. Price is around $40. Pretty cool.

SKS Longboards at Rivendell

20 Responses to “New SKS Longboard Fenders”

  • Steve Fuller says:

    These are a lot nicer as far as coverage goes. Closer to how I had my VO fenders set up on my LHT. I’d still like to see the rear fender extend a little below the bottom bracket to drive the water back into the tire a bit more. That said, these are a no brainer choice.

  • Ron Whitmire says:

    OK, here’s a stupid question maybe someone can answer… Is there a reason why every picture I’ve seen (only a few so far) of these fenders actually mounted on a bike shows the front fender attached at the front of the fork crown? Is that type of mounting necessary in this case to keep the awesomely long mudflap from hitting the ground? I ask because I’m thinking about these for a bike with canti brakes and no way to mount anything at the front of the crown. And I’d always thought the front fender should be attached behind the crown anyway, for aesthetic reasons I guess.

  • Rafael Paonessa says:

    Good! It’s about time they made true full-length fenders in this material.

  • Joseph Eisenberg says:

    That’s a good price. The similar Planet Bike Cascadia fenders cost $45 at REI or Amazon. Even the cheaper Planet Bike fenders (which are shorter) are $35.

    I’m surprised they are not available in Black, but the white and silver colors look nice.

  • Garth Madison says:

    Wouldn’t a curb or substantial pothole take that front fender off? Looks a little too low in that picture.
    Garth-

  • Alan Barnard says:

    That fender does look a little too close to the ground. I’m pretty sure the bike in the photo has 650B wheels – I wonder if that has something to do with it? I’d like to see the fender rotated forward about 1″ (clockwise in this photo).

    Alan

  • vik banerjee says:

    Have they changed the way the fender struts mount to the fender on this new model? I agree that PB and SKS fenders are nice except that they rivet the fender mounts inside the fender so that water hitting the mounts runs out to the sides and sprays the rider/bike.

    I’ve seen some DIYers that drilled out the mounts and re-riveted them on the outside to solve this problem.

    I’m glad they made the fenders longer – hopefully they attached the strut mounts to the outside as well.

    safe riding,

    Vik
    http://www.thelazyrando.com

  • D'Arcy says:

    The mud guards would be very good in snowy weather. I’ve got regular fenders without guards and they work quite well but in snow and slush, the slightly thicker than water crud almost seems to curl up behind the fender onto your shoes. It also collects on rear panniers where water spray doesn’t.

  • Dolan Halbrook says:

    I’ve owned 3 or 4 sets of SKS fenders, and whereas they’re quite nicely put together, one thing makes me vastly prefer the Honjo mounting system instead: those little rubber caps that go over the fender-mount end of the stays inevitably fall off, leaving sharp poky metal that can cause some pretty painful scratches on your legs if you’re not careful. If SKS could solve that issue somehow I’d be more inclined to keep buying their fenders. That said, having gotten used to the longer Honjos on my bike, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

  • samuel gamester says:

    the front fender is fine in that position, the mud flap is flexible so if it does scrape on the ground it will float over it. I’ve seen lower in fact. and yes they can be mounted on the back of the fork crown.

  • Thomas Birks says:

    @ Dolan. SKS has actually solved this issue. They stopped using the rubber tips a couple of years ago and now use a black plastic piece that is secured by the mounting nuts. Take a look at the images on Rivendell’s site and you can see these new plastic covers. They make the fender install a little more time-consuming but don’t fall off

    I like this new design. Can’t wait to read the review.

  • Gary Young says:

    I think the front fender is too long or the flap should be made more flexible so that it hangs straight down. I had a similar setup on my touring bike (VO aluminum fenders with Planet Bike Cascade flaps) and when I rode on a trail with lots of sticks and branches the semi-rigid flap would scoop them right up into the fender.

  • Dolan Halbrook says:

    @Thomas

    Good to know. Thanks for the info.

  • doug peterson says:

    I’m a little amazed that it took this long for someone to make a long-enough plastic fender. This is an issue everyone’s been aware of for years! I might just get these to replace the not-quite-good-enough Cascadias on my camper. Though I’ll probably snag another set of the super blow out Fluted VO fenders for $36 with shipping.

    Re: the low front
    To fix the awful SKS fenders (awful, yes, they were awful, as my feet were drenched after every ride!) I used to have on my commuter, I cut a massive (6″x7″) mudflap out of a campaign sign and mounted it to the bottom of the front. Its bottom was about two inches from the pavement, but I never had any issues when riding. It often hit stuff when I pulled my bike up stairs and onto curbs, but riding on streets never posed any issues. Any potholes big enough for the fender to hit I steer around (usually!) I would guess rough-stuff riding might pose minor problems.

  • D'Arcy Dunal says:

    A real cheap material for a mud guard is the dollar store rubber entrance mat. They’re thin enough to be easily cut into any shape (you can be quite creative here), then bolt or rivet them onto your fenders.

  • Josh Mitchell says:

    @Ron,

    Actually, I wondered about your question for a while too, as it may seem odd at first. However after riding in the rain a few times it became clear. The explanation is that you have a significant amount of water “throw” off the top of the tire. Without the extension, this water would shoot straight up in from of the head tube (splattering the rider as they rode into the spray) even with the fender extending out you can get some spray it’s just mostely forward rather than up.

  • Ron Whitmire says:

    @Josh, thanks, I guess that does make sense.

  • Jim Raines says:

    Gah! Just bought some \too short\ fenders as couldn’t find anything like this here. SKS is distributed here, so I will definately be keeping an eye out.

    ron, I looked at the Civia website for their plastic fenders, which are the same as mine although mine a different brand, and they do allow mounting at the front of the fork, but also with Canti brakes. You might like to look there.

    When mounting my \too short\ guards, I mounted at the back of the fork for more coverage of the BB, but the mounting hole in the fork itself is better for mounting in front, as the back on my bike is designed to take the nut. This might also be why the fender is mounted to the front in all the pics you’ve seen.

  • Orlando Wiebe says:

    The pokey-bits-sticking-up problem was solved years ago by me and 100s of other riders (I’m sure) by simply cutting off the stays just beyond where the drawbolts grip them. No need for rubber caps and makes for a much cleaner line. I blue loctite them for a little insurance.

  • Lee Trampleasure says:

    I purchased and installed a set of Longboards a couple weeks ago (on my Surly LHT), and in California we’ve been getting torrential downpours the last week. *The fenders work great.* I feel like a kid again, aiming *for* puddles :-)

    I mounted my fenders on the back of the fork crown, so the back of the fenders are as low as I can get them.

    I like the new “pokey bit” covers for the stays, but unfortunately the stays are way too long for my bike to allow me to use them. Now that I’ve had the fenders on for a while and am happy with them, I’ll cut down the stays (the cutters on ViceGrips are great for this) to a short enough length to be able to use the stay covers.

 
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