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De-Fender update (this is not it)
Gerard Vroomen - 15-Jan-2020
It's 2020 and of course we had hoped to start shipping our De-fender system by now. And to state the obvious: We're not.
It's been a lot harder to get the last details ironed out, but as of yesterday we have. So now we will update the final drawing, get the final prototypes and then immediately go into production. I don't know yet what exact timeline this will take, as soon as I do I will update you here.
In the meantime, those who want to have a fender - any fender - on their WI.DE. and cannot wait for the De-fender, or for those who own and U.P./U.P.P.E.R. , there are of course clip-on options. Here is Andy's personal bike with his favorite fender, the SKS Speedrockers.
Of course like any fender, these do limit you in tire size somewhat. It will still fit these 700x42c tires comfortably, but as always, it does depend on the exact tire and the rim it is mounted on.
For 650b tires, the clearance is generally better than for 700c tires. This effect is limited on the Speedrockers as the way the blade is attached runs too close to the tire, but even there a lot of 2.25" tires will fit. To show you the extreme situation, here are some photos of the Speedrocker with the G-One Speed 27.5 x 2.35" tire. It has 3mm of clearance on the sides (much more in the center) so I don't recommend you ride it like that, but it visualizes the clearance very well.
These photos are meant as a service to you, so please no comments on Andy not cleaning the bike or the office first!
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