The Syncros Coast Fender direct saddle mount is designed to work with its latest version of saddles. It offers decent coverage for its design, although obviously if you haven't got the specific saddle, it won't fit.
- Pros: Decent shape and length for coverage, firmly fits in position
- Cons: Limited to Syncros saddles
We've seen many mudguards that fit under the saddle for race bikes, and the new Coast Fender is an evolution of those like the Ass Saver or Mucky Nutz Road Butt Fender, for instance.
What makes the Coast different is that it doesn't just clip over the saddle rails, it comes ready drilled and with a couple of bolts that screw straight into the threaded holes in the bottom of saddles such as the Syncros Tofino 1.0, which is also in for testing.
This obviously limits its appeal, but for those with the right saddle it does a pretty good job if you want a bit of protection on a bike that doesn't allow full guards.
The usable part of the guard that pokes out from the saddle is 160mm in length and 80mm in width and it stops a surprising amount of water and mud.
I've been using it on a cyclo-cross bike and it is ideal for those situations like when racing but you don't want to end up with a soggy chamois. I found that it kept the spray off the saddle and the back of my bibs and some of my jacket. It's never going to stop you needing to wash your kit but it does stop some of the discomfort.
It's made from high impact resistant composite according to Syncros, which in real life means it's firm enough not to flex and bounce around but if you hit it with your leg when jumping on or off the bike it's flexible enough that it won't break.
At £8.99 it's not exactly going to break the bank but it is a little bit pricier than the aforementioned Ass Saver, which you can get for about six quid. The Mucky Nutz is also £6.49, but saying that the design and shape of the Coast Fender seems to work, plus there is no chance of it falling off.
You'll need a Syncros saddle but the Fender does a good job of keeping your vitals dry
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Syncros Coast Fender
Size tested: Designed for Syncros 2019 saddles
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Syncros says, "Our Coast Fender integrates perfectly with our NEW Syncros 2019 saddles equipped with two threaded inserts. Simply attach, adjust with the two included screws and ride."
It works well and if I was to buy a Syncros saddle for my race bike I'd buy one for those rainy days.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Designed for Syncros 2019 saddles equipped with threaded inserts
Delivered with mounting screws, 2 screws supplied
Flexible material enabling to jump out of the bike easily
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For its size it stopped a surprising amount of road spray.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It has a shape that works.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's limited to one brand of saddle.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's a little bit pricier than some of the opposition that fit to the saddle rails but not so much that it would put me off.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, if I had a Syncros saddle.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A neat solution for Syncros saddle users that works well to keep the worst of the rain off your rear.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.