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On the 37mm Fox forks we’ve tested the top crown can actually hit the main bracket on the mudguard on the way down well before bottoming, it’s also been tested on many prototype forks with even less offset with similar results.
It’s likely to be less about the offset than the placement of the fork brace over the tyre on these forks, but the 44mm min stated is a ‘catchall’ just to be safe. If you have a ProGuard bolt on one or a friend does you MAY find it just misses but many don’t.
NB: For this same clearance reason we’re also struggling with adapter brackets for other forks for DVO, X-Fusion, Cane Creek etc.
[if the top crown taps the main part of the mudguard on bottom out that should be fine, just not the bracket]
Hope that helps explain a bit.
It's true that the Seal Guard does have 2 functions, protecting the seals prolonging their life, but also it gives vital strength to the rear to ensure the guard doesn't flex downwards and buzz the tyre on drop-offs (we made ours thicker material than the rest to also help).
It's probably right that it's a little larger than necessary but this is due to the ever widening forks that are also getting really high for better tyre clearance on plus tyres, the wider and higher they go the bigger the Seal Guard needs to be.
The fork in the review is fitted on the most common setting in the middle of the indent which is correct for that fork, but if you needed to rotate it forward and use the rear holes then the Seal Guard disappears a bit more.
One of our major design goals was to ensure there was only one design for ALL wheel sizes and ALL tyres up to a 3" plus tyre (no fat size yet sorry), so this is the result of this and to future proof our design against any new standards.
The ProGuard STANDARD and MAX PROTECTION will go on sale in the next few days.
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