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Who knew that one of the most popular accessories for mountain bikes and fat bikes would be some bits of plastic and a few zip ties? We’re talking of course about the number of fenders that have popped up and zipped onto forks across the world. As it turns out, the minuscule fenders are pretty effective at keeping most of the spray from hitting you in the face which is their main goal. They also serve to protect the seals and stanchions of your pricey suspension fork.

It also turns out that creating fenders that fit a wide range of bikes and tires sizes while standing up to all temperatures and riding conditions isn’t that easy. One of the first to pop up for fat bike use, D.Fender is back with a new range of fenders with increased fit and better performance whether your bike is fat, skinny, or somewhere in between…

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Much like the original D.Fender, the new Fat model is meant for fat bikes with suspension forks. That includes the Lauf Carbonara as well as suspension forks designed to clear 27.5+ tires (probably 29+ as well). The fenders are all made and screen printed in the USA and are cut from a new material that is guaranteed to stand up to any condition with a 2 year no questions asked warranty. Heck, even the included zip ties are made in the USA. D.Fender Fats will sell for $16.99 and include everything needed to attach to the bike. Skinnier versions will soon be available to fit standard mountain bike forks as well.

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Out back, the new D.Fender Rigid V2 also works well as a rear fender for the Salsa Bucksaw suspension fat bike. Also meant for rigid forks, the D.Fender R is built with all the same specs as the suspension fender and sells for $17.99.

Finally, in a move to help dealers display the fenders each will include an easily removable hang tag. The move means dealers can easily show the product on the shelves, yet the fender has almost no packaging keeping the price and the environmental footprint down to a minimum.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I’m in the market for some fenders on my plus bikes, after a couple of soggy weekends in Uwharrie with way too much mud on my face, in my mouth, in my eyes. I’m just trying to justify coughing up almost $20 each for some cut out pieces of flat plastic.

  2. I was going to order one, but not at $6 for shipping on top of the premium for the product.

    I like it a lot, but that’s a few good beers.

  3. You’re right, they did provide a nice graphic I can just scale to the right size for whatever bike. Thanks Bike Rumor! Sorry D-Fender!

  4. satisFACTORYrider…. actually what I did was start from scratch with an idea on paper, transferred that Idea to CAD, printed out several versions in the spring of 2014 and tested, tested, and tested till I was happy then shopped around for USA production. This isn’t easy especially finding someone to do small batches. I finally found a production company in the USA that didn’t want 3K (not exaggerating) and ran a batch for me. Each product is cut to .0032″ tolerance with lasers, so nearly all of production is very, very precise. I then have them screen printed, by an actual human being in Pennsylvania, then package and ship all of my orders myself while working 40-60 hours at a bike shop and doing social media for the shop when I get home.

    So between all of the actual costs associated with production, printing, packaging etc, I make very little, but I love what Ive created from nothing and am super proud of it.

  5. D.Fender–Sweet design, in the MSRP zone of your competitors, and I like the hangy-tab–cool idea. That said, don’t get sucked in to defense mode by the nay sayers. You are the pro, now go.

  6. Marsh Guard and MuckyNutz have been doing fenders for years. They offer xl models for big tires. For years they didn’t have distro in the US but now they do. No offense but it’s a fender, friends and i have been customizing our own for years for pennies.
    Not hating on your entrepreneurial spirit. I applaud it. Just sayin it’s not an original execution that hasn’t been around and can’t be done for cheaper. It’s like eating out for a burger. I like burgers… From different places …. Sincerely, Good luck with your product though.

  7. I put this fender on my bluto last month and can say I will never be taking it off, even in good weather. I am now a fender evangelist and have put them on all my bikes. Its great not having mud and small rocks flying into your face when rolling at high speed.

    Fenders are totally worth the cost and weight. It is amazing that fork manufacturers haven’t made fender mounts standard on all suspension forks. It is literally bordering on incompetence, fenders make that much of a difference.

    My bet is that all fork manufacturers will start including threaded mounting holes on arches and lowers like DVO has done with their Diamond fork. Until that happens, a professionally made product like this is worth buying. It’s sturdy yet a bit flexible. It mounts so solid that it almost seems bolted on.

  8. Not all bike owners want to spend their time with DIY projects, and that’s why this has a market. If a customer makes $35/hr at their job..Why spent 2 or more tracking down the materials, making a template, and cutting something that won’t necessarily be as nice a finished product?

    MADE IN USA for less than $20, quit your complaining.

  9. If I only needed one, I’d just buy one. I’m looking at putting fenders on 4 bikes between myself and my friends. Front and rear for multiple bikes starts to add up quick, like $150. That makes it worth a trip to the office supply store. It’s a great idea, but I think they are putting far more labor into the product than it may be worth. I’d think you should be able to get these stamped out and printed by machine for a few pennies each, including material cost. There’s still overhead to worry about, but with the availability of cheap Chinese manufacturing, someone is going to eat your lunch when they start selling the same thing for less than $5 each. Reality is harsh in the business world, better get your profit while it’s still there to make.

  10. Satisfactory rider .i get it. I do like the marsh guard stuff and have respect for them since they were developed by a bicycle mechanic. When I started Thai whole process Mucky nuts had no fatbike products for bluto or rigid. Thanks though I like burgers.

  11. As far as making a whole lot of money on this I’m not in it for that. I will never outsource my products, I believe in USA manufacturing, and want to keep it that way. Thanks everyone for the stoke it means a lot.

  12. Eating out for a burger and making your own burgers are two different things.

    The quality of the burger meat and bun also make a big difference. I mean sure you can buy twenty five cent frozen patties but are you going to stick that on your $5500 bun?

  13. @dfender- i dig US made burgers! more power to ya!

    @gabe- people can complain just like you telling em not to. secret is not to let it hit ya in the feels… cuz internet…where we talk at each other and not to.

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