How to adjust your fenders

 

 

When diagnosing a rubbing front fender, the first step is to make sure that your front wheel is installed correctly and centered in the fork. If needed, use your trusty Charge tool to loosen and re-tighten the wheel (see wheel assembly instructions). Then give the fenders a little wiggle to make sure something isn’t snagged or caught between the fender and tire.

If these don’t solve the problem, then we can jump into adjusting the fender hardware!

 

Before making adjustments, let’s get familiar with the parts that make up the fender assembly:

 
1. The plastic fender bridge that houses the metal strut
2. The plastic tension nut that screws onto the bridge to hold the strut in place
3. The metal fender strut that extends from the frame or fork up to the crown of the fender

Fender Photo 1

 

 

1. Look down at the wheel from above or from the front to see which side the fender is positioned. If the fender is off-center, take note on which side it is positioned and continue through the following steps.  Fender Photos 2

 

2. Loosen the plastic tension nuts by turning them counter-clockwise. Once unthreaded, you can let them slide down the metal fender strut so they are out of the way.  Fender Photo 3

 

 

 3. Gently slide the fender bridge up or down on the metal fender strut until the fender is centered over the tire. Small adjustments can be made on each side (e.g. raising one side while lowering the other) to help with alignment. Fender Photos 4

 

 4. Once the fender is centered, thread the tension-nuts back onto the threaded portion of the fender bridge by turning them clockwise onto the threaded portion of the fender bridge.
Be sure to check that all of the loosened parts are tightened back up before riding!
Fender Photos 5

A few tips for adjusting:

  • The side that you raise the fender will result in moving the fender over to the opposite side (eg, if you raise the fender on the side with the gears it will move over towards the side without the gears).
  • Conversely, if you lower the fender on the fender strut, the fender will move closer to the same side.
  • Sometimes the metal struts may be bent from an impact. These can also be gently bent back into place to correct alignment.
  • Depending on how far off-center the fender is, you may only need to adjust the fender bridge height on one side of the bike or have to make adjustments on each side of the fender.

The adjustments can be a little tricky at first, but with a little patience you’ll have your bike fine-tuned and ready to get back on the road!