Back in Stock and New Fenders

Let’s start with the most exciting part first: We’ve got new 75 mm-wide fenders, both in 650B and 26″ versions to fit comfortably over our widest tires. They’re made from a thicker aluminum for extra strength, so it’s well-suited for bikes with knobby tires which can pick up sticks and rocks that risk collapsing less-strong fenders. (Of course, no fenders are totally fool-proof – always use good judgment and caution when riding off-pavement.)

At 75 mm wide, our H98 fender works well with mountain bike and One-By drivetrains with a wider chainline. If you use a road drivetrain, you’ll either need to indent your fender to clear the chain in the smallest gears – you’ll need about 6 mm clearance – or can run our narrower H80 fenders that have the same radius, but less coverage on the sides of the tire.

Before you ask why the new H98 is available only in a polished version, and not in black… The thicker aluminum isn’t available pre-coated in black. We could have spray-painted the fenders, but the result wouldn’t be as scratch-proof as we’d like. And nothing looks worse than black fenders with scratches that show the silver aluminum. (Sort of like black anodized cranks with rub marks from your shoes/heel…) So they’re aluminum, which means you won’t see scratches and can easily repolish them if you don’t like the patina they develop over time.

Like all our fenders, the new H98s have extra-long coverage to keep your feet and drivetrain dry and clean, and they come with our custom hardware and with detailed mounting instructions.

We do offer the new fenders with tubular stays. They save 35 g with no loss in strength. Those who calculate the price-per-gram-saved ($0.50) will confirm that it’s one of the cheapest weight savings upgrades you can find.

In more fender news, we’re now offering the 62 mm-wide H80 in a 700C version, perfect to cover our 44 mm Snoqualmie Pass tires. (The H80s are also available in 650B and 700C.) This one comes in black, too. In the past, we’ve run the narrower H50s as on David’s bike above, but a little more clearance will be welcome here. And we now offer the tubular stays for our narrower 700C fenders as well. They’re available separately if you want to retrofit your bike.

All other Rene Herse fenders are back in stock, too. And we’ve updated our page that lists the recommended fenders for each tire size.

In the same shipment as the new fenders were also many parts that have been out of stock. For those of you who’ve been patiently waiting for the Rene Herse decaleurs to mount your bags more securely, we’ve got good news and we thank you for your patience while these were in production.

Among our most popular products are our handlebars, and all models are back in stock. For long-distance comfort and all-day rides, you won’t find better bars than these, with their generous curves that support your hands and allow room to roam and find new positions when your hands get tires of holding the bars in one place. And to continue the weight savings theme, our bars are among the lightest aluminum bars that pass all the safety standards. (You can make lighter bars from ultra-strong 7000-series aluminum, but this material is brittle and has a tendency to suddenly break without warning.)

We wrap our bars with Maware leather bar tape. Made from pigskin, it’s thinner and a little grippier than most leather tapes. Riding through the night during last year’s Paris-Brest-Paris, I remember the small delight every time I changed hand positions and felt this wonderful tape under my palms. (I usually don’t wear gloves.)

The brown and tan colors are back in stock (as is the off-white). We’re still waiting for black – sorry.

We’re also restocked on all MKS pedals, including the always-popular Allways flats with their slightly concave surface that hold your foot so much more securely than most other pedals.

In our boxes were also small parts like the MC-2 cleat that allows you to ride traditional toestraps with modern 3-bolt shoes, and separate Rinko adapters for riders who want to use one set of pedals on two different bikes. If you need these parts, you’ll appreciate them.

Kaisei frame tubing is found on more and more bikes these days, because builders appreciate the high quality of these tubes. They’re mostly made for the bikes of professional Keirin racers, and when you livelihood depends on your bike, you won’t settle for second-best. Above is J. P. Weigle’s latest bike taking shape. We’ve been out of seatstays – Peter got the last set! – but they’re now back in stock.

Nitto bottle cages are welded from stainless steel, they are light, strong, never drop a bottle and look great. Now back in stock for that final touch on your bike. (If only we could get our new waterbottles, but they are stuck in California…)

Photo credits: Nicolas Joly (Photo 4), Peter Weigle (Photo 10).

9 Responses to Back in Stock and New Fenders

  1. Lawrence Vargas May 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm #

    I’m still looking forward to the new projects you guys are cooking and, also, for the Summer BQ, and new water bottle design, too!

  2. Tim Evans May 17, 2020 at 9:53 am #

    Oh yeah, blame California!

    • Jan Heine May 18, 2020 at 8:34 am #

      Not blaming anybody! We’re glad our suppliers are staying safe, even if it means that our bottles are stuck in their warehouse. We all have old waterbottles we can continue to use a bit longer (scrub hard!) for now, while there are more important things.

  3. Mike Morrison May 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

    Woohoo, new fender day! And just in time to upgrade the fenders on my bike!

  4. Andy Stow May 18, 2020 at 11:41 am #

    Dang, I built my bike up about a month too soon! I definitely get a little more spray than I’d like with the 62 mm fenders.

  5. Alex Sielicki May 18, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

    Those fenders look great! Is the 75 mm width measured on the outside of the fender? I’ve seen some Honjo fenders listed with both outside as well as inside (between the rolled edges) dimensions.

    Also, would you happen to know the radius of the fender? I have some big Schwalbe G-Ones that measure about 70 mm mounted, and I’d like to use these fenders but the radius is a whopping 360 mm. Do you think these will fit or is there a way to roll them out a bit?

    • Jan Heine May 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm #

      The 75 mm is the outside width. The radius is 366 mm. You can squeeze the fenders, so the radius opens up. You’ll need to gain at least 14 mm, which seems like a lot, and the fenders will get a bit narrow at this point. Really, they are intended for tires up to 55-58 mm wide.

    • Jacob Musha May 18, 2020 at 6:05 pm #

      This is the fender I’ve been waiting for! I’d like to think my pestering (er, requests…) had something to do with it. Either way, I’m excited to try a pair! My short commute of just five miles on wet roads this morning reminded me once again that my 62mm fenders and long mudflap are inadequate to keep spray off my chain and shoes when using my favorite tire, the Rat Trap Pass.

      • Jan Heine May 18, 2020 at 9:31 pm #

        Talking to you definitely had an influence… It took a while to figure out together with Honjo what they can make on their equipment. We’re entering new territory as far as lightweight bicycle fenders are concerned.