How to Mount a Fender to a Front Suspension Bicycle

How to Mount a Fender to a Front Suspension Bicycle
Riding a bicycle in wet or muddy conditions not only leaves you looking like a mess, it can also reduce or eliminate your vision. It can happen on the trail or in town commuting to and from work or the store. Fenders help alleviate the splash and throwing of debris. Today, fenders on the market mount to any front suspension mountain bike with a generic star nut mounting system using your steer tube, something found on every bike.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cotton towel or rag
  • Bike cleaning liquid or soap and water
  • Phillips head screwdriver
Step 1
Secure your bicycle in a stand or turn it upside down, balancing it on the handlebars and seat. Release the air from the front tube. Disconnect center-pull or v-brakes if you have them. Loosen the quick release and remove the front wheel, placing it aside.
Step 2
Clean the crown of the fork and the lower inside of the steer tube with a rag and bike cleaning liquid or soapy water. Dry the crown and steer tube. Place the star nut supplied with your fender mounting hardware in the bottom of the steer tube. The mounted nut must face the proper direction, with the expanding sides facing the bottom of the steer tube.
Step 3
Place the fender top side down onto the bottom side of the fork crown. Slide the washer over the screw and insert the screw supplied with your fender into the star nut. Gently tighten the screw while holding the fender in place. Tighten firmly until the fender does not move. The star or retention nut holds the fender in place with pressure, and the steer tube is steel making it difficult to overtighten the screw.
Step 4
Place the front wheel back in the forks and tighten the quick release. Fill the tire up to the proper pressure. Reattach the brakes if you are using center-pull or v-brakes. Remove your bike from the stand, or flip it right side up if it was balancing on the seat and handlebars.
Step 5
Put pressure on the handlebars while watching to see if the fender rubs or appears loose. Take the bike for a test ride. After confirming there is enough air pressure in the tire and the brakes are working, bounce weight on the front end while observing the fender.

Tips & Warnings

Place the star nut far enough in the steer tube so it has room to pull completely tight before touching the fender.
Make sure the longer fender is facing the front of the bike when mounting.
Always check your brakes and wheels after they have been disconnected or removed from the bike before taking the initial test ride.

Article Written By Jeremy Slaughter

Jeremy Slaughter is a tax, accounting and small business expert. After completing his master's degree in accounting at Keller Graduate School of Management, Slaughter co-founded an accounting and tax firm where writing plays a daily role.

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