The front fender was fairly fussy to install due to the uneven tension on the disc brake side. The accompanying hardware is intended to create enough space for the fender mount not to interfere or rub against the disc brake caliper housing, but it doesn't work that great. The uneven tension makes it hard to center over the tire. Also the fender mount rattled against the brake caliper housing, but I made a fix for that with two-inch segment of a thick rubber band folded double. The friction point is now padded and silent. All that being said, I've ridden in wet conditions a few times and had little to no spray on me, my shoes, or my frame. They do the job well once finely adjusted and installed properly. You just have to be patient.
I ride all 4 seasons, and you may have heard it rains on occasion here in Washington. I wanted a good quality fender for my new Lynskey Helix Ti road bike. With some modification (road bikes are not built with fender mounts) These work very well, keeping me drier, and more of the road git out of the running gears.
I would (and have) recommended these to a friend.
I bought these to fit to a 26 wheel MTB running Big Apple tires. The were easy to fit, just needed the stays trimmed due to the smaller wheel size. So far I have not had any rattles from them like I have had with other brands. I can't comment on the long term performance as yet.
These fenders made a huge difference on our 6 day trip on the C&O. The trail was muddy and we weren't. They worked great on the wife's hybrid, but had some issues on my old Fuji Saratoga. The fenders fit tight to the tire, and would pack with mud and sand I need to modify them to work better on the Fuji I also picked up a stick with my rear wheel spokes, and accordioned the fender. Looked like the end of that fender, but no, pulled it all back, made some adjustments and all was good. I'm glad we had them on this trip, they keep us and our bikes clean.
This fender is replacing a set of Planet Bike Hardcore fenders on my touring bike. The Hardcore fenders broke during shipping back home after a tour. I wasn't too disappointed because I wanted the extra coverage of the Cascadia Fenders. I have the Cascadia Fenders on my commuter so I knew how good they are. The Hardcore fenders only broke because I had mounted them in a non-standard way and they couldn't support the weight that was placed on them in the shipping box.
I placed the fork mount of the front fender behind the fork to put the bottom of the front fender as low as possible and get maximum protection.
Put these on a touring bike. The only problem was the mounting bracket to attach to the top of the forks wasn't long enough. It left the fender too far off the wheel for my liking. This was more of a bike problem then a fender problem. The same mounting bracket is on every fender I looked at. It was easily solved with short metal piece I drilled a couple holes in. Very nice looking fenders. Seem sturdy and durable.
I purchased the Planet Bike Cascadia Fenders for use on a dedicated winter bike.
I've ridden on slushy, salty, and wet roads through every month of this past winter in Minnesota.
I've been amazed at how well these fenders completely eliminate spray on my clothes.
As the weather warmed above freezing recently I started using a new bright red cycling jacket with white side panels.
I thought there is no way this thing will stay clean considering the roads have been completely wet and salty.
The jacket has remained completely clean through several recent rides.
I was planning to store the winter bike when I didn't need it in the summer, but I think I'll keep it out just to enjoy riding on wet roads with no spray, unlike my usual road bike.
Installed these with no problems. Well engineered. No more water splatters. Only issue my bike has no chain stay bridge. I can confirm that their tech support (reached by phone) cable tie (furnished) recommendation adequately anchors the rear fender front to the bike chain stays.
Purchased these fenders for my touring bike and they have not let me down. I was especially pleased with the quality for the price. Installed easily and are very sturdy(don't bounce and rub on the tires. Overall length of the fender is perfect, no issue of splash or debris while on my last tour(300 Miles).
I didn't think I could find fenders for my 29er but here they are. Excellent fit and finish. Using stainless steel was very much appreciated. A little trimming is in order. BTW, the front fender may not have axle holes in the right place but you can use the black nylon ties to secure to the forks. Looks and feels like factory.
I have been using Planet Bike Cascadia fenders for several years, mainly on my bikes used for commuting. The Cascadias are easy to install and adjust, don't rub my tires and are quiet. The built-in mudflaps are a nice feature and make the fenders much more effective. PB also has excellent customer service and replaced free-of-charge one of my fenders that failed prematurely.
I use these on my cyclocross bike which is my do-all workhorse. It's my only source of transportation and I live in rural Oregon, 14 miles from the closest grocery store, so there is no putting up with second rate equipment. Because I also race, my fenders come off and go back on very frequently so ease of installation, including getting a nice fit, is as important as the perceived durability and overall quality of these fenders. They fit nice and secure. No rattling vibrations or any change in feel to the bikes ride in any way other than the fact that I stay nice and dry. To already have a buddy flap is a bonus to the already very complete coverage. I'm incredibly pleased with every aspect of these fenders so far.
I purchased these fenders to use on my 29er hardtail for winter commuting. I wanted this style rather than the traditional MTB fenders to better catch the water and road muck. Be warned the front fender is difficult to mount on a bike with a front shock as most of them are not designed to take this type of fender. With some improvising I was able to make it work.
These fenders have turned me from a cyclist that cringes when the road is anywhere close to wet, to a rider that isn't afraid to hit a puddle or two or ride through a downpour! My main reason for not riding in wet conditions was the dirty road spray, more so than getting wet. These things also keep your drivetrain clean and your feet dry. In addition, if you live in an area with lots of other cyclists, the rear fender and mudguard provides ample coverage to keep spray off your fellow cyclists.
The instructions are kind of bad, and they will take time to dial in if you are getting the smallest road fenders. I put these on my 700x25c tires and chose the 35mm fenders. They took several remounts, but do not rub any longer and are great!
Good coverage for my 32c touring tires. No flashy planet bike logos. Fairly adjustable. Securing the rear fender to the bottom of the frame involves a zip tie... My Surly has a spot for a screw, but an additonal screw of appropriate length was not provided. The zip tie works for right now, but I am keeping my eyes peeled for an extra bike screw to replace it.
The two things I like best about these fenders are the extreme lightness and the completeness of the hardware and instruction that was included. Provisions were made for a couple of different likely mounting scenarios (as it turned out, my situation was a little different from either and required a compromise on the rear fender). Appearance of flimsiness is not a fatal flaw, if you can get them into the proper position, they will protect you from tire spray. Putting them in that position requires that you have an eye for how tension in a particular direction guides the shape of the attached object. I personally wish these fenders were aluminum, as the gain in weight would be small payment for the extra stiffness and the ability to bend them to fit your tire. The metal stays, which are long enough to allow adjustment to fit a range of tires, tend to stick up out of the fenders in a rather unattractive way.
If I could make one suggestion to Cascadia, I would ask them to be slightly less fanatical about the weight and add some reinforcing structure that would at least double the stiffness of the fenders while making them describe truer curves that would better align with the shape of the tires. In conclusion, I'll say that the other day I went grocery shopping on my bike in a sleet storm, and was in heaven except for one foot getting wet due to front fender leaning left. The fenders work, only real complaint is that I had an idea that for this price, they'd be perfect with all the little issues worked out. But they sure are light, and a competent bike fixer can make them do what they should do. I think they'll serve my purposes, though I worry about unforeseen trouble when I put my Big Apple tires back on in the spring...