28 January, 2010

Stainless Fenders Galore

We have three new models of stainless steel fenders. I generally prefer alloy fenders for road bikes, but there are good reasons to choose stainless steel. Stainless steel fenders are more durable and dent resistant. They are particularly good for city bikes that spend time in bike racks and locked to parking meters. Stainless steel fenders should also be considered for long distance touring bikes where maximum reliability is more important than a little extra weigh.



The first new model is a 60mm 26" fender set for city and touring bikes that take a lot of abuse and run wide tires.


Next, we have a 58mm 650b fender. It will accept tires up to 48mm wide. Not that many folks need tires that wide, but if you think you do... It's also good for 38mm to 44mm tires when you ride on littered roads or trails as it provides extra room around the tire decreasing the chances of twigs and pebbles getting caught between tire and fender.

Finally we have a 47mm 700c fender. This is a special deal fender that's only $35 while they last. Why? These fenders are 18mm deep, versus 22mm for our other VO fenders, so the tire coverage is not as good. Otherwise they are identical to our other stainless fenders and come with the same hardware.

We also have our older model 45mm 700c stainless steel fenders that have proven very popular since we introduced them last spring.

These new fenders, and all other VO models, are pre-drilled and come with the hardware kit.

14 comments:

J ustin. said...

Wish those fenders had been announced two days earlier...

Anonymous said...

Chris-

Will there be 700mm fenders in the deeper depth after these?

Also, any recommendations on their fit with 27" wheels?

Thanks.

Chris Kulczycki said...

We have the regular 45mm x 700c stainless fenders. 700c fenders fit perfectly on 27" wheels too. A 27" wheel's radius is only about 1/4" larger than a 700c.

1/28/10 1:38 PM

Richard True said...

do you think the 650b fenders will look too big with the col de la vie on my desperately needing fenders polyvalent

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I have 26" wheels but I think 60mm fenders would look weird with my 1.25" tires. The 26" Honjos are 45mm, I think those would work better. Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and pay the higher price. :(

llewellyn said...

Would love a set of these stainless steel fenders for my Montague Paratrooper.But can I get them undrilled as fitting has to be done to suit my bike,unlike normal bikes.

budger said...

Big fan of you products. Love my Porteur rack. Planning to buy a pair of those beautiful Diagonale wheels. Any chance that you guys can remake those great flashlight brackets that could attach to the Porteur rack? Thanks for all you do.

Casey said...

I put a set of these stainless fenders on my bike last week and I couldn't be more pleased with them. They're easy to install, work great, and don't rattle (use the leather washers). They top any polycarb fender that I've ever seen, and after ten years as a bike mechanic, I've seen a bunch. Thanks for making these available.

yukaho said...

I just purchased a set of 58mm x 650b fenders for my polyvalent. I am a bit puzzled because they are just too wide. The front one simply won't fit in the space of the fork. The rear one could go between the seat stays but is too wide to get close enough to the chain stay bridge.

What is the maximum fender width for the polyvalent frame?

Andy Skalet said...

Yukaho, I went through the same process with my 57cm polyvalent and the 58mm stainless fenders. Easy fit through the seatstay bridge, tight through the fork and tighter at the chainstays. I was initially worried about the fit but after talking to Alec (I believe) at VO, I decided to make the 58mm fenders fit. All I needed to do was squeeze the front fender at the fork crown, I just did it with my hands. At the chainstays, it needed a bit more pinching, but again I was able to do it by hand and let the bolt perhaps finish a bit of the work. Now that they are fitted, I am happy that I have the 58mm fenders rather than the 52s because I want to run Hetres. If I was always running a smaller tire like Pari-Motos or Col de la Vies or Soma B-Sides I would probably stick with the 52s. Hope that Helps.

Chris said...

Hi there. Can you guys or do you know of somebody that can make a decent LED retro-light?

I'm building a French-style randonneur and a vintage Italian tourer and there simply are no good, lightweight, battery, vintage-looking LED lights out there.

I found 1 crappy Chinese bullit light on eBay and that had to be converted to LED. I Imagine whoever makes a good vintage-style LED for a decent price will clean up.

Anonymous said...

What's the weight difference between the VO aluminum and stainless in 45 x 700 size?

Anonymous said...

Do you think the 700c fenders would be able to fit onto a bike with English 28" (ISO 635) wheels (1.5" tires)? Pashley Guv'nor owners would like to know, particularly about the Zepplin stainless fenders.

fitchicafitness said...

I too have 28" / 700c tires.

Which fenders do you recommend?

THANKS!