SKS Germany Dashboard and Dashblade Mudguards  2012 Mountain Bike Review

SKS Germany Dashboard and Dashblade Mudguards 2012

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SKS have an extensive range of mudguards to cover any application you may need.

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The Dashboard and Dashblade are marketed as a pair, but can be bought separately.

The Dashboard is a front-end moto style snap on type that is light at just 104g, it mounts on an expansion plug that fits into the fork steerer.

Once you get the expansion plug lined up right it stays there and then you just clip the guard on as needed.

When it is fitted correctly protection is excellent, it takes a while to get used to riding through mud and puddles without getting spray on your face. Alignment stays pretty true over xc type trails and our test Dashboard has lasted several outings over rough ground without snapping off which is an improvement over guards we have tried in the past.

The Dashblade is a rear blade type guard that is pretty darn big and uses a quick release strap system to connect to your seatpost.

The strap is set to the correct tension then a cam lever secures everything in place and there are rubber dots on the strap to help with grip. The angle of the guard can be changed to suit your set up.

In use the Dashblade offers massive protection from spray and ensures that your derriere stays nice and dry. Fitting is easy as is removal, at 178g weight is low for so much protection.

As with all such rear guards there is the issue of the alignment going out over the course of the ride, but if set up right then the Dashblade is one of the best out there for staying put.

Overall the combination of the Dashboard and the Dashblade give fantastic protection from the elements and are spot on for commuting and xc/trail riding.

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This review was in Issue 19 of IMB.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.

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