Kinesis Fend Off mudguards review

Do the Kinesis Fend Off mudguards do as their name suggests and fend off the rain? We've put them through a typical British winter to find out

Kinesis Fend Off mudguard review
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

With aluminium construction yet competitively lightweight, the Kinesis Fend Off mudguard is a fit-and-forget fender with rattle-free functionality

Pros

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    Alloy construction

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    Weight competitive

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    Zero oscillation or flapping

Cons

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    Slightly fiddly to fit stays

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    Riveted-on front bracket restricts compatibility unnecessarily

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Road bike mudguards come in various forms. Some are little more than cleverly designed plastic flaps designed to protect your backside, and while they certainly have their place in cycling, winter isn't it. The Kinesis Fend Off mudguards goes to the other end of the spectrum, offering maximum coverage front and rear, protecting not only you, but your bike and, perhaps more importantly, the person riding behind you. 

Taking the time to affix full-length mudguards to your road bike is a selfless act, and I've long been an advocate. If you've ever ridden behind an un-guarded wheel on wet roads, you'll understand why. Situating yourself in the firing line of the torrent of road spray that is ejected from a wheel doesn't make for an enjoyable experience, and the goodness-knows-what-else that is being picked up from the road doesn't bear thinking about when it ends up in your eyes and mouth. My old local cycling club would actively turn away any riders that arrived at the meeting point without them. 

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.