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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    Cleaned the bike, changed the chain and mounted the fenders.
    The fenders are very easy to install and hope they will do their job.
    Ready for the dark and nasty time of the year.
    tobsn, I'm always envious of how much time you have to ride your bike all year! I put in far too few miles and now it's put away for a few months.

    What brand of fenders are those? Were they easy to mount? I seem to remember that Felt was supposed to offer fenders specifically for these bikes.

    I have a couple of adventures planned for next year where they might come in handy. The hybrid that I used to use on this type of ride had a rear rack on it that acted as a decent rear fender (kept my back clean!), but I'm not using anything like that on the VR.

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    Yes, those are the original Felt fenders.
    https://www.felt-stuff.com/parts-spa...black?c=200030
    Unfortunately not available at the moment and much more expensive. I bought them for 24.95, now listed for 34,95.
    They were pretty easy to mount, took me around 30 minutes.
    My 32mm 4Season fit easy. I think up to 35mm are no problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    Yes, those are the original Felt fenders.
    https://www.felt-stuff.com/parts-spa...black?c=200030
    Unfortunately not available at the moment and much more expensive. I bought them for 24.95, now listed for 34,95.
    They were pretty easy to mount, took me around 30 minutes.
    My 32mm 4Season fit easy. I think up to 35mm are no problem.

    USD$31 here direct from Felt (26.70). With shipping added up to $43, but well worth it to have around, especially on multi-day rides where weather is unpredictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    Yes, those are the original Felt fenders.
    https://www.felt-stuff.com/parts-spa...black?c=200030
    Unfortunately not available at the moment and much more expensive. I bought them for 24.95, now listed for 34,95.
    They were pretty easy to mount, took me around 30 minutes.
    My 32mm 4Season fit easy. I think up to 35mm are no problem.

    I'm curious about these fenders, the euro website lists them as fitting all VR models, and unfortunately still out of stock, but the U.S website states they do not fit the VR30 and VR40. I'd be a bit disappointed if they didn't because the VR30 still has dedicated mudguard mounts, the rear is in a slightly different location but the fork is the same. It's getting to the time of year where I need to get some fenders on the bike! I've emailed Felt in the U.S but no reply yet.

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    With my fenders (EU) I received two different type of mounts for the rear.
    One for the case the screw is on the inside of the chain stay, like on my VR2.
    One for the case the screw is on the rear side of the chain stay.
    Unluckily I don't have the instruction anymore.
    Where is the screw for the fender on the VR30?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
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    With my fenders (EU) I received two different type of mounts for the rear.
    One for the case the screw is on the inside of the chain stay, like on my VR2.
    One for the case the screw is on the rear side of the chain stay.
    Unluckily I don't have the instruction anymore.
    Where is the screw for the fender on the VR30?
    It is on the rear side of the chain stay (facing backwards). I've actually had a reply from Felt and the mudguards, as of this summer, do fit the VR30 and 40 models. Only problem is, they are totally sold out and are struggling to get more in!

    How do you find them? Worth waiting for or are the other mudguards on the market better?

    Thanks
    Steve

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    If they are better or worse, I can't tell. I don't have much comparison.
    So fare they work well, fit perfect and pretty solid quality.
    For commuting they could go further down, shoes and angle are still sprayed with water and dirt. But for leisure and sportive rides it doesn't bother me. Got waterproof shoes.
    Some time I touch the front flap with my shoes (Size 8). Some may like fenders without that flap.


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    So, now I'm through with all the features of the VR.

    I mounted a bento box. For 17 a good buy.
    Was fitting very well to the Felt VR2, perfect for the flat tob tube and very stable, even with the heavy battery.

    VR Series-img_20171115_182030.jpg

    But I dismounted it after yesterday night ride and will send it back.
    I could only fit the small battery (2,6 AH) into it, which left me without light at the end of my ride
    A bigger bento box which would take the normal battery (5,2 Ah) looks awful. I ordered one from topeak, but not even mounted it.
    Bento boxes are nothing for me.
    The battery for night rides will be mounted under the top tube or in a water bottle as before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rochrunner View Post
    USD$31 here direct from Felt (26.70). With shipping added up to $43, but well worth it to have around, especially on multi-day rides where weather is unpredictable.
    And did you get your fenders.

    I'm really happy that I got mine.
    Normally it is colder here with less rain. This year it is very wet and without it would be ...

    VR Series-img_20171209_120910-effects.jpg

    VR Series-img_20171216_144547-effects.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    And did you get your fenders.
    Yes, and they're still in the box in the basement, which is also where my VR will be for the next few months. I did take a look at the instructions and they should be no problem to install.

    However, your comment on still getting a lot of spray from the front tire is making me thin about only installing the rear fender and just using a wider downtube-mounted splash deflector like I have on my hybrid. One main use for the fenders will be for riding on possibly muddy rail-trails and would like to keep my shins and shoes a bit cleaner. This worked well last year on one of my messier all-day-rain rides:

    VR Series-2016-06-08-14.52.25.jpg

    No need to tell you where that mud would have been without the deflector!

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    Felt Fender or down tube mudguard, both does not prevent shoes and lower shins from water and dirt.
    Still I would say, that the upper body will be more protected with the fenders.

    To prevent shoes and lower shins, the fenders have to go much further down, like you see it on custom commuter bikes.

    My bottom bracket area after Saturday 4.5 hour ride on wet and dirty roads incl. 1 hour rain/snow.
    Looks quite similar to yours.
    The rest of the bike and rider was clean and looked like fresh out of the washing machine.

    VR Series-img_20171219_155832.jpg

    Too show how far up the feet and shins it will spray.
    After yesterday nightride, rain at the end. Rest of bike and rider clean, no splash.
    With the fenders I don't care about rain anymore, waterproof shoes given.

    VR Series-img_20171219_182807.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    Felt Fender or down tube mudguard, both does not prevent shoes and lower shins from water and dirt.
    Still I would say, that the upper body will be more protected with the fenders.
    Yes, of course you're right. Below is a pic of me taken at a rest stop on the day that it was raining so much. You can see that my lower legs are splashed, but my upper legs and body are wet but clean. I was wearing rain covers on my shoes, so at the end of the day that was the only thing that I really had to clean off.
    VR Series-2016-06-05-11.49.04.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    And did you get your fenders.
    Well, after fitting just the front fender and seeing how they're a bit tricky to get just right, and they're certainly not a "quick on/off" accessory, I've decided that they simply don't suit my type of riding on this bike. If I were to ride it daily rain-or-shine -- such as for commuting -- I'd have them on there at certain times of the year, but at my stage of my riding career I can afford to be a "fair weather" rider. I still need something for taking along on multi-day trips where the weather is less certain and especially if it's unpaved, but can do that with some cheap MTB-style flaps like the one in my previous post.

    So my fender set will be for sale, probably at just $20 or so plus shipping. They are definitely well designed and made to fit using existing attachment points on the bike. Just a bit more semi-permanent than I would have liked.

    BTW, these fit all models: VR30, 40, 50, 60, and all carbon models.

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