Velo Orange 60mm Stainless Fenders 26″

7 11 2011

26" wheeled Surly LHT with VO fenders...

I’ve been riding and tweaking my 26″ wheeled Surly LHT project bike.  One thing it definitely lacked was fenders. In my opinion fenders make a bike look finished and classy fenders take it to the next level of sexy. I had been waiting to make up my mind about which tires to stick with and what size wheels I was going to use. I started off with 26″ wheels and 2.15″ Schwalbe Big Apples. I have a lovely set of Velo Orange 650B rims in my office that was thinking about using on this bike and if not some narrower 1.5″ slick tires I also considered as possibilities. If money was no object at the moment I would likely have gone with the 650B wheels, but that would require new hubs and a custom wheel build plus new brakes as well as new levers. That’s a few too many $$$ for me to spend at the moment when the I have wheels that work. I’ve decided the monster truck feel of the Big Apples makes me pretty happy and I have a 700c LHT with 35mm tires if I want a more speedy flavour of Trucker.

I managed a decent rear fender line...

Fenders aren’t hard to install – especially a set of VO fenders, but I have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle this job. For whatever reason I was in the zone yesterday morning so I got down to business installing this 60mm VO stainless ATB fender set.

The black and silver looks pretty sharp...

Stainless fenders are a bit heavier than their aluminum brothers, but they make up for it by being very stiff and strong. This LHT isn’t about being a featherweight or even touring across the continent. It’s about a practical, fun bike that’s ready to get stuff done around town.

Definitely needs a mudflap....

The Velo Orange fender kit comes with everything you need to install the fenders. It took me about 20mins/wheel once I got going. You can do it faster, but I recommend taking your time and checking twice at each step before you go on to the next.

Nice fender line and good coverage...

I do like a fender that follows the tire reasonably evenly. I don’t get too anal about this, but it’s worth spending an extra 5mins now for a great looking fender install you can enjoy for years.

Wide fenders for wide rubber...

The 60mm fender width is just enough for the ~54mm tires. Both the tires and the wide fenders give the 26″ wheeled LHT a purposeful look – kind of like an American muscle car. Both fenders will get a mudflap as soon as I decide what to use. I have a set of Buddy Flaps that I haven’t installed which are the likely candidates.

New bars...

I really liked the shape of the VO rando bars I started with on the LHT, but they were too narrow at the drops for my wide shoulders to be happy. Alix from Bike Mexico was complaining about her LHT’s drops and since she has narrow shoulders I gifted them to her so they would get to experience some Mexican adventures! Since I had a spare set of no name drop bars on my shelf I decided to use them for now until it makes sense to upgrade.

Downtube porn...

The other thing I wanted to change was my shifting setup. The downtube friction shifter isn’t making me happy with a cassette designed for indexed shifting. Unless I get the shifting position perfect the ramps and pins on the cassette try and “help” me by shifting the chain up or down to the next cog. I’ve got 3 options:

  1. swap in a 9spd indexed bar end shifter
  2. swap in a 9spd indexed downtube shifter
  3. get a 7 or 8 spd cassette without pins & ramps for better friction shifting

I’m not 100% sure which way I’ll go yet – probably whatever falls to hand easiest.


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21 responses

7 11 2011
Shinichiro Ikki

Hello.
My name is SHIN.
I’m living SHIZUOKA JAPAN, and always enjoying to read your blog that makes me very helpful.
I decided to fix fat tires to my troll yeah.

Sorry I’m not good at English.

7 11 2011
thelazyrando

Your Troll has room for nice wide tires. You’ll enjoy them!…=-)

7 11 2011
Wilson

Shiny.

7 11 2011
Ian

Hey Vik why don’t you badger your local Surly dealers for a couple of their mudflaps? Would finish off those shiney mudguards nicely 😉

7 11 2011
Ian

Sorry, to clarify I meant Surly mudflaps…

7 11 2011
thelazyrando

@Ian – I’ve never seen any surly branded mudflaps.

7 11 2011
Greg Jensen

Hi Vik: do you have experience putting Big Apples on a 700c LHT? I’ve gotten mixed responses about whether they will fit, along with fenders. Thanks for the cool site!

7 11 2011
thelazyrando

@Greg – Surly says the 700c LHT can fit 45mm tires without fenders and 45mm tires with fenders. So by design the 50mm+ BAs will be tough to fit with fenders. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible, but you’d have to buy everything and see if there was any way to make it work with minimal clearance. I suspect that even if you got it everything inside the frame/fork it would be so tight you wouldn’t be happy.

8 11 2011
Soeren

I am the happy owner of a 60 cm LHT 700C, I have mounted it with 700×50 Maraton Supremes and a couple of sks fenders, it’s a tight fit but have worked well for app. 2 years now. Best regards

8 11 2011
Ian

They’re out there! 😉

8 11 2011
thelazyrando

@Ian – wow those look Pugsley sized….=-)

8 11 2011
Michael

I vote 9-speed indexed downtube shifters. Been using 8-speed Shimano 600 indexed shifters on mine for over a year and love them.

17 11 2011
Misha

Hi Vik,

Great build, really nice fenders job. One question, do you think your 26″ LHT would take 700×37 or 700×42 in the rear? You managed to fit 2.15″ with fenders, that is pretty close to 700×42… I am asking because 26″ disc trucker with 28″ wheels would be my dream bike, I do need a high BB (i have cranks that are 205mm long), tall head tube but short top tube. Currently a custom build would be my only choice but I lack the money. Toe overlap shouldn’t be much of an issue as i can always mount a slightly taller fork, but rear wheel may be a deal killer..

17 11 2011
thelazyrando

@Misha – if I get motivated I’ll swap wheels between my two LHTs and see how the 700c x 35mm one fits the 26″ frame. You can always send Surly an email at their website. I’m sure they have this answer on the tip of their tongues. You could always use a Surly Ogre or Karate Monkey. They both have taller BBs and will take 700c wheels and discs no problem.

18 11 2011
Misha

Vik, thanks for reply. Ogre and KM do look very nice, but they have awfully long top tube, no drop bars there…

I’ve asked Surly, but no reply so far. I can’t see from your photos, so what’s your feeling, is there any space left after mounting fenders, could you go for even larger tires? (or if you happen to have a ruler at hand when 26″ lht is close it would be great if you could measure the distance between the dropout center to the fender mounts (those between the chainstays) :).

Greetings from Germany,
Misha

18 11 2011
thelazyrando

@Misha – a rough measurement from center of dropout to where fender bolts to chainstay bridge is 35.5cm.

18 11 2011
Misha

Great, thanks a lot! That may leave just enough room for the 700×37!

18 11 2011
thelazyrando

No problem. That measurement doesn’t include the fenders themselves so that’s to the edge of the CS bridge.

20 01 2012
Keith Moore (@keithmo)

What stem spacer did you end up using? You’re right — the sliver ones do look much nicer.

23 09 2013
Omi

Question, how were you able to attach mudflaps to this? Did you have to drill a hole?

23 09 2013
Vik

@Omi – It’s been a while, but I recall drilling holes for the mudflaps.

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