€14 disc guard is the cheapest we’ve ever seen

Simple plastic guard from Roto spotted at Eurobike 2018


We’ve seen a number of disc guards over the years, but this simple plastic example spotted at Eurobike 2018 from Italian accessories manufacturer Roto is by far the cheapest so far, at just €14.

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The cover is designed to protect you in the event of a pile up in a race
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Like other disc guards, this unnamed guard is designed to protect you and others from rotor-related injury, should you be involved in a pile-up during a race.

The guard clips onto a proprietary quick release skewer or thru-axle
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Unlike the other guards we’ve seen previously that attach beneath the brake caliper, this one clips onto a special quick release skewer with a machined lip on the outside edge of the nut.

For thru-axles, a plug similar to the quick release nut slots into the end of a proprietary thru-axle.

This plug slots into the end of a thru-axle
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The top of the guard is held solid and steady on the frame with a rubber band.

Why does this guard matter?

We’ve seen a number of disc guards over the years but, for the most part, they’ve been prohibitively — arguably unnecessarily — expensive. This guard is far more affordable and we suspect it might herald the start of an era where we see these far more widely specced and used.

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The question of whether they’re necessary in the first place still stands, but that’s beside the point.