Raleigh Airlite Raceguard mudguards review£21.99

Lightweight full-size 'guards

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These ultra-skinny, lightweight, full-length mudguards require careful fitting. The positioning of each sliding fixing point is crucial, especially the brake hangers, and may take more than one attempt.

We also had to shave the thickness of the front hanger in order to fasten the brake calliper bolt. Once fitted, the Airlites are barely noticeable next to black tyres, but their 28mm width and flat profile only just covers a 23mm tyre, limiting protection against heavy spray.

The unsupported length of the rear between the brake and the stainless stays lacks rigidity and bounces freely over bumps, but after initial adjustments has remained secure. Overall it’s a sleek, minimal design which saves bulk at the expense of outright performance. 

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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