What the world needs is proper aluminum fenders that are long enough to really keep water off and don't cost $80. And that's exactly what arrived at the VO shop today, hundreds of high quality Velo Orange brand aluminum fenders.
They come in a smooth profile that's 46mm wide and will easily take tires to 35mm and probably 38mm (need to check). The second model is fluted and 49mm wide and will accommodated 40mm tires. They fit 700c and 27" wheels. The stays are 5mm aluminum, just like Honjos and they use similar (but not identical) R-clips and stay-to-fender draw bolts. They are not highly polished like Honjos, but have a slight mat finish.
The front fenders are 90cm long and the rear are 120cm. That's longer than most Honjos and every other fender but one; our special extra-long Honjo models are still a bit longer.
So what are the drawbacks compared to the more expensive Honjos? The VO fenders are not as shiny as Honjos, though you could buff them up in about 30 minutes. The hardware is generally not as nice as on Honjos and the attachment for fork crown and bridge is a little crude compared to Honjo's nice daruma crown bolt and sliding bridge. Like most metal fenders, they are not pre-drilled.
The best part is that they only cost $35 per set with all hardware included!
So wadda ya think?
27 July, 2007
Posted by Velo Orange at 12:31:00 PM