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Defend Your Again Facet With PDW’s Full Steel Fenders


I really like a motorcycle with a set of full fenders that boasts a good fender line. And though I dwell in Southern California, the place we don’t get a variety of rain (although it’s raining proper now), I run my present Randonneuring bike with full protection fenders. So, when Portland Design Works (PDW) despatched us its Full Steel Fenders for evaluation, I used to be excited to attempt them out.

However, you’re most likely asking, why me … why the editor who lives the place the annual rainfall is lower than 11 inches yearly?

Rando bike
My Rando Bike with full-coverage, polished aluminum fenders.

Sure, the actual fact is, I don’t actually need my bikes to have fenders, however I really like the look of my Rando bike with full-coverage fenders … and take a gander at that fender line. Ooh, la, la!

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders back side shot

Again in November, I obtained a pair of Portland Design Works Full Steel Fenders. I obtained the 700×55 dimension in anodized black aluminum. I unboxed them, tossed the packaging, and put them apart for a bit. I didn’t get to put in them till later within the month.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders what they came with

After I lastly acquired round to getting them put in on my bike, I’d forgotten that I obtained the 700c model and proceeded to put in them on my Rando, 650b bike. It was my mistake, however they really put in… tremendous. The one concern I had was that I obtained the model of the fenders with out the “disc brake adaptor.”

Seems there may be solely a disc brake adaptor possibility on the 650 Beast 55mm when ordering the fender kits. Which is a bit ironic as that’s the dimension I ought to’ve obtained. On the opposite fender equipment sizes, it seems to be like it’s a must to add the Disc Brake Spacer Set individually. I really assumed that every one fender kits would have some type of disc brake adaptor included with them these days. And, I nonetheless assume that every one fenders ought to.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders staggered front stays
The fender keep mounted excessive to clear the disc brake.

Moreover having to make some snips to the stays, and a slight mod to the best way the entrance fender attaches to the bike (utilizing the mid-blade fork mount as an alternative), the Full Steel Fenders have been put in with none points. Even with the wheel dimension distinction.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders hardware exposed

The directions have been nicely listed out and defined the steps nicely. It got here with all the stainless-steel {hardware} I wanted (sans the disc brake adaptor).

Shortly after I put in the fenders, our wet season was upon us. I acquired to make use of the fenders for what they have been supposed for this final month or so, as we’ve been getting an honest quantity of rain (for my space) so it labored out completely.

I managed to get in a number of rides proper after 2-3 consecutive days of rain, plus acquired caught in a small storm on the tail finish of one other journey. As anticipated, the full-wrap Full Steel Fenders did their job rather well, holding the mud and water from flying up into my face, throughout my sneakers, or up my again finish. The included extended-length mud flaps added to the fenders’ capacity.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders puddle action

As a bonus, the fenders stored the water away from the uncooked (though handled) underside of the leather-based saddle.

I did discover that the PDW Full Steel Fenders, within the 55mm dimension measured true to dimension at 54.9. Which they are saying will match a 47mm tire max. By comparability, my polished Velo Orange fenders measured out to 59.4, which match a easy tread 50mm tire with out concern. In that case, you’d need the PDW 650 Beast fenders which measure 65mm.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders back side

I actually favored the best way that the black fenders regarded on the black bike and thought they regarded fairly boss. However, I’ve to say, I do want the added 5mm width and rounded look of the polished fenders, a minimum of for this bike — it retains the traditional Rando bike aesthetic.

I take my absolutely fendered Rando bike on a variety of mixed-surface rides from lengthy, quick, fireplace roads to the very occasional steep, technical descents to quick buffed singletrack. And the Full Steel Fenders carried out fully noise- and rattle-free (one thing my different fenders don’t do).

The fenders connect to the bike with security tabs making certain that if a rock or particles will get sucked into the fender line to get caught between the tire and fender, the fender will break away.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders double rear stays

The double rear stays that come on these fenders are like night time and day in relation to how a lot rattling and noise they made when driving off the overwhelmed path. They have been quiet, with the rear fender barely having the ability to be manipulated or moved by hand whereas the bike is standing nonetheless.

Conclusion

The Portland Design Works Full Steel Fenders are an amazing addition for the rider who has to take care of the climate whereas driving, a commuter who needs to remain clear on the best way to the workplace, or a bicycle owner who simply thinks fenders look sick on bicycles.

The fender equipment weighs in at 694 g for the mannequin I obtained (700×55). These are a well-thought-out set of fenders that got here with every part I wanted to have a profitable set up (simply choose the appropriate brake configuration). Should you have been having points getting the proper match, PDW affords a Particular {Hardware} Package to assist with that.

Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders dirty

Portland Design Works Full Steel Fenders are available in a dimension to suit nearly each body’s clearance. I extremely suggest them.

At $139, the fenders include a lifetime PDW guarantee.

Take a look at all of PDW’s merchandise by clicking the hyperlink under.

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