St. John’s, Newfoundland is a wet, windy and cold place. These factors combine to make riding here challenging. Over the years I’ve figured out ways to eliminate the excuses for not riding – proper clothing, for instance, or DIY tire studding when the trails turned to nothing but ice. Now I have eliminated one more excuse: “the trails are too wet”. Enter full fenders for fatbikes.
Big O Manufacturing fenders get strong reviews on-line so I took the plunge. They don’t come cheap: listed at $115 USD for the ones to fit my Pugsley they also charged a flat rate of $60 USD for shipping. Gulp. The good news was that after my order was shipped I was refunded $20 USD shipping overcharge. So, to my door the fenders cost me $225 CDN. They arrived in less than 10 days.
The quality of the materials is evident; the fenders are strong but flexible, the brackets are quality aluminum and the hardware stainless steel. The instructions could be a bit better, but that’s a minor quibble. The front fender requires you to drill two holes and the rear three. Start to finish for me was about 1.5 hours.
We had just been through a couple of very wet and cold November weeks so the conditions to put these to the test were perfect. I headed out for a two hour gravel grind on the back roads in The Goulds. The results were everything I could hope for. The fenders were solid, they did not rattle and I stayed very clean and dry.