Bike Setup: 06 Kona Stuff w/ ODI grips, WTB saddle, Axiom flat pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2006
Strengths: Great holds up and is very flexible so it doesnt break. Me and my freind have them and love them. Great product
Weaknesses: rattles a little but a star nut fixes all of that.
Thsi product is great it comes in many colors but if you get the clear and dont spray paint it then it will turn like a dingy clear because the mud will stain it. Also take the extra $1.99 and buy a star nut so it satays tight it is worth it. BUY THIS
Similar Products Used: marzocchi integrated fender
Bike Setup: RM, flow fs
from Palo Alto, California, USA
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2004
Strengths: Keeps the mud, rocks and debris out of your face and off your downtube, looks cool and is very strong.
Weaknesses: twists side to side fairly easy, and it is kinda thin.
This is the best fender you will find. Not only does it look cool, but it keeps the debris of your bike and out of your face. It is thin but very strong. What more can I say, I give it 5 flaming chilis overall
Similar Products Used: mud machine and mrp front fenders
Bike Setup: 2001 big hit pro with boxxer, hayes HFX Mag hydrolic brakes, 26" Mag 30 front with hadley hub, 24" Mag 30 rear with dt swiss hub, XTR DH cranks, Sram 9.0 Deraileur and trigger shifter.
from Newtown, CT USA
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004
Strengths: Quick to mount. THE replaced the old Star Nut with a rubber sleeve which mechanically mounts fast. Simply put the 4 bolts/nuts (Plastic -No more rust nor weight issue)and tighten main bolt which in turn will pull itself tighter into fork assembly. Stops all crap from hitting face. It does what is made to do.
Weaknesses: None really.Installation instructions could be more detailed on insertion into fork assy,
Alan F Moore
a Cross Country Rider
from Ray City, GA, USA
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2002
Strengths: I have both frt & rr fenders & they do their job fairly well & look great!
Weaknesses: The #1 weakness for me is the rear fender mounting bracket! After putting the rear fender on three different s-posts the weak, plastic-mount broke & i've had to "Rig-it!" Does T.H.E. moto fenders have a website?! Front fender wants to be squeaky! & will twist on you in crash...but, better that's than breaking & you can twist'em back!
The S-post bracket is a big weakness for me & you must be very careful in how much you tighten it!! or the screw will go right through it!! But, other than that & a little sqeak upfront, i really like'em!!
Strengths: Keeps water, mud, and rocks off of you. Takes crashes well because it is so flexible. Very light weight. It does not get in the way of my front suspension fork.
Weaknesses: The price is way too high. The bracket that holds it in place bends way too easily so if you crash you might wind up with the top part of the front fender out of line with the bottom part, but hey, just bend it back.
It does the job. I get alot of compliments on my bike because of the fenders (not that I care about stuff like that). I used to ride alot without fenders and as a result, got alot of mud on my backside and water on my face. So when I purchased my new bike in July I told the bike shop owner that I had to have fenders. He only carried T.H.E., so that is what I got.
I was not too happy with the price just like everyone else, and I thought that they were a bit too flimsy. But when I had a couple of major crashes (on one ride, I split my helmet in two when I endoed over the handle bars)and just about nothing happened to the fenders. I began to appreciate the fact that they are so flexible. I now think that the fact that they are so thin and soft are actually in their favor.
I think everyone should have fenders, why most mountain bikes are made without fenders makes no sense to me. Especially when you consider how muddy and wet mountain biking can be. However, even though I really like my fenders, they are too expensive. They should only retail for $15 to $25, rather than $35 to $40. Because of the price, I cannot strongly recommend this product even though I am pleased with it.
Favorite Trail: French Creek in Sheffield Village, OH
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Dale's Bike Shop
Similar Products Used: My big wide behind and my Kool-Aid smile face.
Bike Setup: trek 4900, all stock.
Adam the Great
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2001
Strengths: keeps stuff out of your eyes, looks cool
Weaknesses: impossible fork mounting, rattles
the t.h.e. is a cool fender, but my god, the, make it possible to put it on. i had to take it to the bike shop so the could grind the hell out of the block thing to make it fit in my fork. overall, its a good fender
This is a follow-up (foul up?) review. Apparently after reading my previous review, THE got in touch with me and informed me that there's been a revision to the bracket and mounting stud - lo and behold, there was a new bracket and stud in my mailbox two weeks later. The new bracket works as advertised - no more banging on the fork brace. The original star-fangled nut thingie was a good idea - IF you had the proper tool to install it, but the new setup is an expanding rubber sleeve. (I didn't try it since I fought and swore so much to get the nut IN, I wasn't about to try and get it OUT! The rubber mount might also help with the vibration issues some people are having).Three flamin' turds for value (it *IS* still pricey) Four for Functionality and Stylin' and five for customer service.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Jose, CA
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2001
Strengths: Plastic is tough
Weaknesses: Mounting bracket is weak and brittle. The bracket broke in less than 30 days, no crashes just vibration. Fender does rattle up and down quite a bit.
It was the crap response I got from THE when I asked for a replacement bracket "Send in the bracket and a check for 3.50 for the shipping and we will send you what ever you need." OK, I am supposed to send them the old one AND pay for shipping on a replacement?? totaling 1/2 what the fender cost in the first place? No thanks, I'll try a different manufacturer who stands behind their products.
Strengths: Flexible to absorb impacts, aluminum mount easily bent back into shape or fabricate a new one, looks cool, KEEPS YOUR EYES CLEAN
Weaknesses: COST- it's just a coulple of hunks of PVC, a bent aluminum bracket, a rubber plug and some nuts/bolts. oh yeah, the patent.
It's the best at what it does. Sure it will break if you hit it hard enough but it is just a peice of plastic hanging of the front of a bike that IS going to crash. It's just the destructive nature of our obssesion. I found the installation a breeze.
Bike Setup: stumpjumper: judy race, next lp's, sun ringle platforms. Iron Horse: stratos ss8, 7.25 in the rear, sram shifters, ac guide
a Weekend Warrior
from Sodertalje, SWEDEN
Date Reviewed: March 25, 2001
Strengths: -Looks good -Does its job
Weaknesses: -Couldn’t be any thinner -Poor mounting bracket construction
I agree with others on this site about the flimsiness of the plastic. But to its defense might be mentioned that this could contribute to the fenders forgivingness on hits (instead of breaking off…) and that this also brings down the weight of these things. What I’m not to crazy about though is the mounting bracket needed to assemble this unit to your suspension fork. It doesn’t work out of the box! I have two different forks: a -99 Manitou SX Carbon and a -00 Rock Shox Judy Race, and two different THE Front Fenders bought one year apart. Neither of the two fenders fitted the forks. Both fenders mounting brackets were in the way of the fork brace and its travel. The fork braces simply hit the brackets long before the fork bottomed out. Solution: cut material from the brackets and weld them together again. C’mon Toby, I’m not on the payroll of your R&D department, I shouldn’t have to do this sh*t! At least get the construction right before you get these things to market, and if you don’t get it completely right at first, at least learn from error and improve… Other than this drawing board flaw, they are pretty cool and work well.
Favorite Trail: Any trail that will allow me to ride it!
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: Jenson
Similar Products Used: None
Bike Setup: -99 GT Xizang dream bike, -00 Scott Team Racing Limited
a Weekend Warrior
from Mountain View, California
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2001
Strengths: see my 1/24/2001 words
Weaknesses: see 1/24/2001
Just read my own review. I haven't actually broken or even bent mine yet but I haven't had any crashes worthy of my ability to crash hard.(I broke the GAS TANK on a '92 YZ250 at Pismo 3-4 years ago). My point is that if I should happen to break it's unlikely that I will buy another complete assembly as the bracket and front and rear halves should be available individually if T.H.E. thinks it's going to survive as a company.