Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rear Fender

This is the Axiom Rainrunner MTB Reflex 26" which I bought from Amazon.  Having a fender serves two purposes.  First, and foremost, it keeps water from accumulating in the rear battery bay.  Without it, the water from the back wheel drips down from the bulkhead into the battery bay.
Secondly, it keeps mud splatter from covering the back windshield.  Since I ride on the dirt/gravel trail, this is actually pretty important too.

As you can see from the picture, I drilled a hole in the frame to mount the fender.  The hardware that came with the fender works for this installation and the only modification was to bend the tie bars near the mounting bracket.  This isn't a perfect installation since there isn't much clearance above the back wheel and the bottom of the storage tray.  I also tried to use the bracket provided with the fender by drilling a hole in the ELF just below the OT logo.  You can see the screw there that would hold that bracket.  Unfortunately, the clearance above the wheel wasn't high enough, so the bracket rubbed on the wheel.  Without the bracket, the fender occasionally rubs on the wheel and needs to be re-centered by hand.   But it's not been much of a problem and I've been removing the fender (only 2 screws) when the forecast is clear. 

The front of the fender is just sitting on top of the parking brake.  This keeps it from rubbing on the front of the wheel.  I've thought about using a twist tie to hold it in place but so far it hasn't been necessary since it seems to be staying and it's easier to remove the fender without it. 

Although the hardware that comes with the fender work pretty well, I recommend replacing the screws and nuts with ones that fit the installation better.  

1 comment:

  1. Nice to have a fender! I put an old metal cruiser fender on my ELF as soon as I could to keep all the road junk out of the drive train. I removed the caliper brake, (replaced with a disc), so the fender could extend all the way down in front. I drilled a hole in the fender and through the bottom of the storage tray and secured it with a flat head screw and nut. I used the stays secured to the frame like you did to stabilize the back of the fender. If you are interested you can see some pictures at Peter Talmage