by Robert Holler
Ahhh fenders. The accessory that no matter what bike type or brand you have takes a bit of fiddling and custom work to get just right depending on your tire size, wheel size, etc.
The fit for fenders on the Cruzbike S40 2020 is tight - particularly on the front end with the stock tires. This is due to a crown change in the fork from the S40 2019. The result is a better handling bike overall in the 2020 version, but resulted in reduced clearance for front fenders with a 30c size 700c tire.
The rear fender will fit easily with any tire and wheel combo as there is plenty of clearance there.
There are solutions however. If you drop to a slightly smaller diameter tire in 700c - such as a 25c tire, most standard 700c fenders for narrow tires will fit as usual and there are strut mounts on the fork and rear stay for those. If you are looking for a wider tire than the stock size for light trails or more cushion, I recommend (whether you use fenders or not) a swap to a 650b size set of wheels and tires. With that change, you can get a 40c tire for a very plush ride that will be the effective diameter of a stock 700c wheel/tire. This makes for a fast cushy ride and maintains the seat height and overall geometry that makes the S40 so awesome right out of the box.
But if you are going to run the stock 700c tire/wheel combo, and still want fenders - never fear - there is a perfect option. They are the SKS Speedrocker fender set. These can be found through many local bike shops, REI, or easily ordered from Amazon here. Note: these fenders work great for the S40 and should work with a V20, but will not work with a Q or T50.
This fender set will go on your stock Cruzbike S40 and offer great full protection. Plus they make the S40 look like it came from the future! I have been using a set here personally to test and have had great success and no issues. In fact, after a week so far of testing, this set will now be my go-to for fenders for my Cruzbike.
They go on easy - just follow the included instructions, and take a look at some of our pictures here of the install. Only a small bit of strut material needs to be trimmed off of both the front and rear struts out of the box to allow for the proper tire distance, and the other brackets simply strap to the frame. The set includes protective material to add to your frame to keep the paint safe. The front fender strut mount that wraps to the fork at the top has a nice little tunnel to clear the derailleur cable that runs along the back of the fork too - perfect! The nice front fender extension completes the look and works great.
If the SKS rear fender doesn’t give you the “full wrap” type of coverage that you like, any 700c rear fender will work in tandem with the SKS front on a stock bike. Personally, this set looks and performs incredibly and for 99% of riders and the type of weather you might find yourself in - these are the bees knees. The rear also goes perfectly with the S40 rear rack.
One of the greatest benefits I have found personally for this fender set over a “traditional” bolted-through-the-crown fender set is this: I can remove these fenders in less than a minute if the ride is sunny or there is no need for fenders on a particular day - without any tools. This makes putting my S40 on my Saris rear rack (that clamps the wheels) simple as I can take these fenders on and off at will.
Once they are set up - putting them on and taking them off is a breeze and takes seconds. If you have a love/hate relationship with fenders in general like I do - you will definitely love the convenience of being able to strip them off and leave them at home or in your car when you really don’t need them.