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RRP NeoGuard

It actually “catches” the mud that is thrown in between the fork crown and arch so that you will no longer experience mud in your face or mouth. 

Mud guards are riders’ greatest ally during this wet season. They help riders to navigate through mud clogged trails without mud getting into the way.

RRP – NeoGuard is pretty new and they do not look like any other mudguards that are currently available in the market. While the product itself is new, the idea is not. Downhillers have long used inner tubes between their forks to prevent mud from splashing onto their faces. In their case, due to their long travel forks, traditional downtube fenders do not work well. We got hold of one NeoGuard and put it through the test and see how well it compares with the traditional mud guards.

First Impression

Unlike traditional mudguards which are either fitted under the frame or the fork, NeoGuard is mounted onto the space between the fork crown and the arch. It is made from neoprene, the same material used for chainstay protectors, comes with 5 Velcro straps and weighs not more than 25 grams depending on the size.

Installing it

Installation is straight forward via the use of Velcro straps. Two go on either side of the crown and the rest are wrapped around the arch. It takes less than a minute to secure it in place. The many Velcro straps are needed to make sure that the NeoGuard stays in place despite the fork boggling up and down. An important point to take note, make sure that you get the right size NeoGuard for your fork. There are 4 different sizes available for 3 inch cross-country forks to 8 inch full blown downhill monsters.

Using it

After installation, this little piece of neoprene is inconspicuous from the side, but does look out-of-place when viewed from the front, especially on a cross-country bike. Since the original idea for the NeoGuard is for downhill application, it makes me wonder if it would work as well on a cross-country bike.

Putting it through its pace proves that mud thrown from front wheel have greatly been reduced. It actually “catches” the mud that is thrown in between the fork crown and arch so that you will no longer experience mud in your face or mouth. You still get some mud thrown onto your chest area if not “blocked” by the downtube. But not getting mud onto your face and eyes greatly helps keep your focus on the trail itself.

The other advantage of having the NeoGuard is that it does not collect mud unlike the traditional fender. Every time the fork compresses and extend, it creates a flicking motion and that helps to repel any mud on it. On extremely muddy day, this could mean enormous weight savings as it will not be picking up excess weight as you navigate through the mud.

After the ride, you can simply dump it with your muddy clothes and wash it like how you would to your cycling attire.

Conclusion

The NeoGuard would appeal to riders who are weight conscious and who prefers not to have any fenders when the situation does not call for it. Its easy removal and installation means you can get it on and off your bike as warranted. On the flip side, it will not appeal to speed demons as it creates wind resistance. Guess that is why you cannot find them on any road bikes. There is also a noticeable amount mud dripping down to the fork seal area, so users would need to spend more time washing the area, making sure it is free of mud deposit.

I would highly recommend the NeoGuard to cyclist looking for a mudguard that does not weigh down their bike or have bikes that have problems installing traditional mudguards. Or lastly, if you simply do not like the look of traditional fenders on your bike.