The Shockboard special geometry takes into account both the travel of the fork, as well as a sufficient footroom around the pedals. It moves parallel to the steering so that the wide section is permanently positioned above the front wheel.
a Cross Country Rider
from Augusta, GA
Date Reviewed: October 27, 2008
Strengths: Light, easy on and off, works very well
Weaknesses: Mount is weak
It works. The mount is a little weak, mine broke when someone steped on the fender when the bike was laying on the ground...but, I don't really blame the fender for that. Besides, I'd rather the mount break than the fender itself. I drilled a few holes in it, and now I just zip tie it on when I need it. Works great - keeps the muck and mud off ya. I just used it for a six hour endurance race a day after 2" of rain, I stayed clean, didn't have any mud hit me in the face.
a Weekend Warrior
from Richmond, Va
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2008
Strengths: keeps crap out of your face on the trail. looks pretty nice too. taking it off the bracket takes all of a second, and installing it is a smidge quicker
Weaknesses: the little plastic mounting bracket you insert into the steerer tube can break if you use the fender in cold weather and hit it from the front/top
very nice fender if you don't ride in the cold much, but if you use this in the cold (like around or below freezing), be careful, as you can break the plastic mount on it with a good fall and thwak to the fender itself, and finding a replacement hardware kit ain't exactly easy. only place I've seen that carries them is jenson and that entails waiting 16 weeks for the bloody $11 part kit to ship. great for what it's designed to do, but looses a bit for having the mounting bracket break
Favorite Trail: anything mildly technical with chances to get air
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: Performance Bike
Similar Products Used: the downtube of my frame
Bike Setup: 2006 GT I-Drive 4 5.0 disk, Ritchey Riser bar, Ergon MP1 grips, Crank Brothers Candy C pedals, WTB Speed V saddle
a Cross Country Rider
from Reno, NV
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2008
Strengths: Wide mud flap on back end, constructed of flexible, durable plastic/rubber, quick release/attachment
Weaknesses: NOT COMPATIBLE WITH CANNONDALE LEFTY. The tolerance between the fender and the attachment rail is big --> fender has room to wobble.
Note: this review is actually for the Shock Blade, not Shock Board; though, my understanding is that the two products are similar enough that the review should apply to both. Looks and feels like a good fender all by itself. The interface between the fender and the mounting hardware could use a little work, though. However, this problem largely stems from the quick release/attachment design; which I like. The critical fault for this product for me is that it does not mount to my bike --at all. This is for two reasons. The first being that the head tube is much larger than the largest diameter to which the largest "expansion plug" expands. The second reason is that the point on the fender where the front portion steps up from the back part conflicts with the lower clamp of the Lefty suspension. Nevertheless, if you have a Lefty and you're desperate for a fender (as I am), these problems can be worked around. Though my attempts to do so thus far have been ineffective they have provided proof of concept. Essentially, it boils down to using a device which operates on the identical principle of the expansion plug (perhaps even using the expansion plug with its diameter increased) and a shaft which extends forward enough to allow the step up to clear the lower clamp to which the mounting rail is attached. I don't know how safe this is when you start getting close to full compression on the shock, however.
Favorite Trail: Keystone Canyon and connecting trails
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: LBS
Bike Setup: Cannondale Rush w/ Lefty Speed DLR
a Weekend Warrior
from Freiburg, Germany
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007
Strengths: Couldn't figure out any strengths yet, because...read the weaknesses
Weaknesses: I simply can't attach it properly to my frame. (Talking about the front one). As soon as I twist the screw in, so that the other piece "stretches its legs" to grip inside the frame, the bloody piece work itself out of the frame again. So, once the screw is tightened, the whole thing is not inside the frame anymore but I got it holding in my hand. Is my frame the problem here or is this mounting mechanism just a major piece of crap? I reckon!
I am really fed up that I spent money on that mudguard. I rather get soaking wet on my rides than trying to mount that bloody piece of plastic again.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2007
Strengths: Light Good mud stoppage Easy to install/remove
This is probably the only front fender I'll ever buy. I did a 25 mile race yesterday, riders without fenders were completely covered in mud, head to toe. I got some on my shirt and just a few spatters on my face. Crashed several times but the fender was fine.
I had already removed it for summer riding, but I brought it to the race just in case. Took only about 10 seconds to re-install it, no tools required. It's a very well designed product that really works. Not the cheapest, but the price is reasonable. If you need a fender, buy it!
a Weekend Warrior
from Sundsvall , Sweden
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2006
Strengths: Looks, function, easy to install, makes ur mtb look like something even though it might not be;)
Weaknesses: none really except for the adapter, it's might prove a bit hard widening the expander for use in a more narrow steeringtube, but this is only an issue if u use it between 2 different bikes with different specs of course.
the mudguard in question is EXCELLENT! i've been using the same one since 2003, and apart from it breaking away from the steeringtube attachment ONCE, it has served me execellently in the swedish "outback" if u are looking for a mudguard that looks good AND does the job, then this is what u wanna buy!
Similar Products Used: nonames cheap-o-crap-o from swedish clas ohlson,i.e. the swedish equivalent of walmart. it was supposed to fit a suspension fork, but brother it did NOT, it damn near turned my kenda kinetic's into slicks
Bike Setup: Giant terrago, crappy suntour 60 something fork that needs to be replaced badly.
from Pittsfield, MA
Date Reviewed: September 28, 2004
Strengths: Works with Cannondale Headshock bikes using their adapter.
Very good coverage for mud coming up from the bottom of the wheel.
Weaknesses: Reduces tire clearance.
Can not be used with a Cannondale Headshock and a 2.3" tire. Tire rubs on the fender.
Can be used with a Cannondale and a 2.1" tire but sometimes rocks get stuck and hum along until they fall out - or sometimes - it's neccessary to actually stop and roll the wheel backwards to get a rock to fall out.
I like to race on my Cannondale, but hate getting mud in my eyes. I have other bikes with fenders on them, but had trouble finding a fender for a Cannondale. This one works well, but reduces tire clearance when using the special adapter for a Cannondale Headshock. Unfortunately, it covers up the Headshock air-filling shrader valve so you have to cut the zip ties anytime you want to change the air pressure in your headshock.
I decided to try the SKS Mudmax Downtube Fender. http://www.speedgoat.com/product.asp?part=47562
If I could find the SKS Mudmax Downtube Fender to evaluate I would, but I can't, so let me tell you about it here. If you're trying to find a fender for a Cannondale - or any bike for that matter - the SKS Mudmax Downtube Fender works GREAT and it's dirt cheap! It also doesn't interfere with the cables on my downtube as some other ones do. Only $8 at speedgoat.com.
I was skeptical that the downtube only fender wouldn't keep mud out of my eyes when flying down hill at high speeds, but it appears 99.9% of the debris that hits me in the face comes from below and almost none comes from it shooting out the front and then running into it. So a downtube only fender works great.
So - If you want a full fender and aren't concerned about loosing a little tire clearance - the SKS Shockboard Front Fender works great. Having it removable is nice too, especially if transporting it on a roof top of a car and you don't want it to get torn to bits by the wind as I've had happen to a THE fender once.
But a downtube fender works just as well and weighs less and it easier to install.
Similar Products Used: THE Fender (on non-Cannondale bikes)
SKS Mudmax Downtube Fender (on Cannondales)
Bike Setup: Cannondale F700 - stock.
from London, England
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2004
Strengths: Light weight, easy to install
Weaknesses: Breaks to easily, the attachment mechanism is too weak. Once it becomes damaged then the fender falls off easily. If you are riding hard it will fall off and you don't notice it. Then it is lost. Don't forget to take it off if you put the bike on the car!!
I like the product, works well. To bad the attachment is so weak. After loosing 2 I have now zip-tied it to the fork!! Would get a much better rating if it didn't break so easily. Hope the zip ties work.
Bike Setup: Marin, mix of LX, XT and XTR components.
from Perth, WA, Australia
Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003
Strengths: -light -easy to install -cheap -keeps the most of the mud, gravel and stones from your face especially your glasses. -quick tool-free removal. (eg. cleaning.) -clicks off when you crash forcefully enough, better then breaking the unbreakable plastic. -works with my suspension fork.
Weaknesses: -avoid the carbon weave one cause it looks cheap and skanky but that's my choice.
-bloody good, worth the spending money which is not much, 'unbreakable', easy to install and IT WORKS !