SKS Bluemels Longboard mudguards review

If you’re looking for a mudguard to protect yourself and your bike from the very worst that winter can throw at you, look no further

SKS Longboard mudguards
(Image: © Peter Haworth)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Extended coverage in a lightweight package with some long-awaited fitment upgrades


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    Unbeatable coverage

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    Improved design

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    Ease of fitting


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    Longevity was a problem with older generations

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SKS introduced the Longboard mudguard system over a decade ago and, over those years, it has been continuously improved with minor updates to the fixing hardware and placement arrangement. They're available in two widths: the 35mm is suitable for tyres of 20-28mm, and the 45mm is aimed more toward all-road bikes with tyres of 28-38mm. 

I have been using various generations of Longboard mudguards for as long as I can remember on my winter road bike. If you’re a rider that spends a lot of time riding throughout the winter months and you ride in a group, then both your bike and your riding friends will be very grateful for the length of these full-length fenders. 

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Peter Haworth
Contributing Writer

Peter has been riding and racing road, CX, and mountain bikes since the early 2000’s. He spent a decade working at a large independent bicycle shop, handling customer service, warranty and technical questions. Thanks to an obsession with product details he loves nothing more than picking over the newest tech. 

Peter is a fastidious mechanic and will not settle for anything less than perfect when it comes to bike setup, whether it be a child first bike or a highly integrated top-tier time trial or road bike. 

He’s been writing for Cyclingnews since 2020 as a Contributing Writer, where having a 50km commute to his day job allows him to quickly rack up the miles when putting any new products to the test in all weathers. 

He currently rides one of the following:  Specialized Tarmac SL6, Basso Diamate, Talbot Frameworks steel road, Trek Emonda ALR, Specialized Crux, Santa Cruz Tallboy.