Specialized Dry-Tech mudguards/fenders review$130.00

Plug, play and keep the spray at bay

BikeRadar score4/5

Specialized’s Dry-Tech mudguards/fenders are made from aluminium and are 51mm wide to cover tyres of widths up to 45mm. They can be fitted conventionally, with the steel stays bolted to the outside of your bike’s dropouts, or via Specialized’s ‘Plug + Play’ system, where the stays sit in ports built into the frame and fork.

Plug + Play fitting requires 2.5, 3 and 4mm hex keys, a spanner, torque wrench and possibly a drill or hacksaw.

These are fairly heavyweight, sturdy mudguards and their wide body ensures excellent rigidity. There are three mounting points for the front mudguard (one at the fork crown and two by the dropouts) and four on the rear (at the seatstay bridge, behind the bottom bracket and at the dropouts) and this arrangement meant that no matter where or how fast I rode the Dry-Tech mudguards they remained resolutely secure.

Although intended for 45mm tyres, I found narrower tyres that inflate to that width were a very close fit due to the limited space beneath the fork crown on the Specialized Sequoia I tested these on.

The rear ends of these mudguards are made from a more flexible plastic that functions as a flap to minimise spray for you and anyone behind.

The Dry-Tech mudguards are an innovative solution that complete a compatible Specialized bike nicely, but can be used on most other bikes too. I’d stick to tyres below the 45mm stated to enjoy the excellent protection they offer though.

Specialized Dry-Tech mudguards/fenders specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Width: 51mm
  • Suitable for tyre widths: Up to 45mm
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: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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