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by James Huang
May 5, 2016
It’s back! After a one-year hiatus, we’ve resurrected our monthly product showcase where we highlight gear that has landed on our doorstep, providing firsthand impressions of their performance — good or bad. This month, we’re featuring some parts and accessories from our new U.S. office in Boulder, Colorado.
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Easton E100 handlebar
Edco Monoblock cassette
Gore Bike Wear One Gore-Tex Active Bike Jacket
Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses
Just Enough Tools JET Roll III tool roll
Ass Savers Fendor Bendor fender
Ass Savers made its name with simple (but effective) plastic splashguards that wedged between the saddle rails. Now, the company has followed up with the somewhat more elaborate Fendor Bendor — originally designed and sold by WIT Industries — which straps around the seat tube and extends back through the seatstays for more thorough coverage.
It isn’t offered in many colors — just black or white — but it’s still refreshingly inexpensive. The ‘slim’ size tested here (which is what most road bikes would use) weighs 48g and includes a patch of clear adhesive-backed vinyl to protect your frame’s paint.
The Fendor Bendor will only work on bikes with traditional split seatstays and a seatstay bridge. And if there’s a rim brake mounted here, some modification of the fender will likely be required, too.
In spite of its simplicity, the Fendor Bendor does quite a decent job of keeping your rear end and back dry — and it’s much better at guarding the back of your legs from road spray than the original Ass Saver. Granted, add-on splashguards like the Fendor Bendor will never provide the same level of protection as a set of proper, full coverage fenders, but those don’t easily fold up and stuff into a jersey pocket, either.
When not in use, the Fendor Bendor folds up to easily fit in a jersey pocket.
That said, it seems telling that nearly all of Ass Savers’ marketing collateral depicts the Fendor Bendor on track bikes or fixies. I tried installing the Fendor Bendor on nearly a dozen different road bikes — there was interference on every one that had a conventionally positioned rear rim brake. Slotting one side of the fender obviously helps, and WIT Industries’ earlier Fendor Bendor designs actually included punch-out tabs just for this purpose. But it’s a permanent modification that not only negatively impacts the fender’s rigidity but makes it a little trickier to transfer the fender between multiple bikes. The Fendor Bendor also won’t work on monostay-style rear ends or frames that don’t have seatstay bridges.
Price: US$14 / AU$18 / £10