Planet Bike sent us a set of their new Grasshopper fenders to try out. These pretty fenders are made from laminated Moso bamboo with a marine-grade finish. If you look closely, you’ll notice the blades have a subtle compound curve (the woodworkers in the crowd will have to tell us how they did that). The stainless steel hardware is the same (good) quality as supplied on Planet Bike’s other fenders.
As you can see, the front fender is on the short side. It’ll be fine as is for dealing with the occasional puddle or two, but for year round commuting it needs a mud flap. A Honey Brooks would look swell on this fender.
Installing the Grasshopper fenders was nearly as easy as installing plastic fenders (the process took less than 30 minutes – compare this to the typical 2-3 hours for a Honjo installation). The hardware comes pre-installed and everything was straight and where it was supposed to be. Mechanics will like these fenders.
Here are the specs from Planet Bike:
- Made from fast growing and sustainable Moso Bamboo
- Durable marine-grade top coat finish and 3 ply Bamboo laminate construction
- Hardware is all stainless-steel and pre-installed for hassle-free mounting
- V-stays for added stability
- Meets EN test standards
- Release Tabs on front fender
- Hybrid/touring (45mm)
The Grasshoppers will be at dealers in April. Retail price will be around $125-$130.
About Planet Bike
Whenever I review one of their products, I like to point out that Planet Bike donates a full 25% of company profits to grassroots bicycle advocacy organizations. Learn more here.
Disclosure: Planet Bike is a sponsor of this website and provided the Grasshopper fenders for this review.