I’ve made fenders for the rear suspension bearings and bushings on many different bikes in the last 20 years, including Specialized, Ibis, Santa Cruz, and Yeti. It’s one of the first things I do when setting up a new bike. It seems to prolong the life of any such pivot points that are right in the line of fire off the rear wheel and it makes cleaning tight spaces around suspension parts easier because they don’t get as dirty. I’m not sure why the MTB engineers and designers have not incoporated small plastic fenders as part of the design, as moto design teams have been doing for decades. Amazing that we are just now seeing this on bikes.
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Correct. High tech zip tie attachment system.
Edit: attached to seat tube and frame section just behind the SI.
I just got an SB150 a week ago. I’ve got three chunky, abusive rides on it so far and I agree with your assessment. It’s a really fun bike that mobs the rough downs, corners well, and can climb.
I made a plastic fender out of the top of a Rubbermaid roughneck storage container that zip ties to the seat tube and portion of the frame that is just behind the switch mechanism. It is doing a good job of keeping the muck off the switch mech and away from that little shelf under the switch mechanism that collected mud on your test bike.
I had a similar home made fender on my 5.5 and it did a good job of keeping the switch mech on that bike out of the line of fire from the rear tire. In that case, after 1200 miles with an occasion grease gun hit, the switch mech is in perfect shape.
I’m running a 2.5 Aggressor in the rear with no clearance issues, and it’s been muddy on my home trails lately.
Thanks for the review.
AJ, who makes that front fender? Looks very effective...
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