Though drying perfectly now, my regional tracks of the Tweed Valley in Scotland have actually just recently remained in a post snow-melt state. That implies chunky, sticky, cake-like mud that glues itself to your frame, weighing you down something horrible. A quality, comprehensive-coverage front mud guard is an outright need to around here, so I asked the people from Mudhugger to send their brand-new Mudhugger EVO up for a spin in the slop. Here’s the report.
Evaluation: Mudhugger EVO
The Mudhugger EVO front fender is offered in 3 variations that vary just by the method in which they are installed; a bolt-on, velcro strap, or zip tie. Running a RockShox Lyrik fork, we got the velcro strap variation in for screening. The bolt-on one would have been our choice, however Lyrik forks do not have the holes for the bolt-mounted variation. Mudhugger do make a bolt-on for the ZEB fork, along with FOX and Ohlins forks.
Without the fittings, the Mudhugger EVO weighs a declared 120g. Not being a weight weenie myself, I could not care less. When it pertains to riding in the slop fest of winter season, there’s just truly something I’m worried about when it pertains to my front mud guard …
This is where the Mudhugger EVO stands out. Offered in one size just, the EVO will fit 27.5 ″ and 29 ″ wheels conveniently. Though we installed it on the 27.5 ″ fork of a Vitus Sommet, you can see quite plainly that the curvature of the guard is a little larger than the curvature of the front wheel. And, there is adequate area beneath. Determining at the leading edge of the guard, there is 32mm clearance in between the guard and the main tread of the 2.5 ″ Maxxis Assegai. At each side, the clearance in between the tire case and the guard is 14mm.
The Mudhugger EVO is 515mm long, extending 330mm out the back and 185mm out the front. That compares the the somewhat lighter however somewhat much shorter RRP ProGuard that determines up at 503mm long. Installed to a Lyrik fork with Increase spacing, the EVO procedures ~ 86mm broad.
So, does it keep my face tidy? Yes, it does this incredibly well. I discovered it so great that in all however the outright worst unclean conditions of winter season, the Mudhugger EVO renders MTB safety glasses nigh on redundant. OKAY … not rather, they are still needed to stop streaming eyes from the cold winter season air and to avoid branches from skewering eyeballs, and so on. However, I absolutely escaped without using eye security on a number of muddy flights, thanks to the enormous protection used by the EVO.
That 330mm of rearward protection likewise does a good task of keeping mud off the leading area of the downtube and the underside of the fork crown. This has a number of benefits; it keeps a great deal of water spray far from your headset, assisting to extend bearing life-span, it makes the post-ride tidy up operation simply that little bit much easier, and it likewise keeps the bike’s weight down as you till down peanut butter-like tracks.
Notification that the part of the guard that sits straight beneath the fork crown is recessed. This is for great factor. Mudhugger state they have actually established the EVO with the brand-new RockShox ZEB, FOX 36 and FOX 38 forks in mind, mentioning that on complete compression of the fork, the crown does not enter contact with the guard.
Nevertheless, we discover that on the 170mm Lyrik 27.5 ″ fork, the crown contacts the mud guard with around 3mm of travel still left. We in fact have not seen any ill results of this throughout riding, however. There seems adequate flex in the plastic of the guard that it still allows usage of the complete travel.
Mudhugger EVO versus FRX
The EVO varies from Mudhugger’s FRX offering in a variety of methods; most significantly its length, however likewise in regards to its shape at the front. The FRX is much shorter and it has actually a refused lip at the front, a function implied to assist clear mud. This lip lowers tire clearance rather considerably; I saw a variety of regional riders were cutting completion off to increase tire clearance. The Mudhugger EVO eliminates this lip function, and is rather a lot longer.
Does it rattle?
No! 6 velcro straps hold it strongly in location. 2 strap it to the fork arch while there are 2 strapping it to the fork reduces on either side. Velcro straps are more suitable to plastic zip ties as their softer product implies they are less most likely to lead to abrasive marks on the fork.
The guard is versatile enough such that it is really not likely to snap in a crash, however not so versatile that it would ever flap about in the wind like some less expensive, thinner mud guards do.
Rates & & Schedule
While the bolt-on Mudhugger EVO retails at ₤ 30, the velcro strap edition evaluated here is somewhat less expensive at ₤ 28.50. The zip tie variation is less expensive once again, at ₤ 27.50. For ₤ 4.50, you can tailor your Mudhugger EVO with decals in among 9 colorways. All Mudhugger mud guards are sustainably produced, made from 100% recycled PP.