€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.

The cover is designed to protect you in the event of a pile up in a race
The cover is designed to protect you in the event of a pile up in a race

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
The guard clips onto a proprietary quick release skewer or thru-axle

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
This plug slots into the end of a thru-axle

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.

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

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
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