Kenesis Fend Off Shorty review – full metal gravel fender
As the name suggests the ‘Shorty’ is a broader, shorter version of Kenesis Fend Off’s existing full mudguards and it’s designed specifically for wide tire gravel bikes. It’s a tough and good looking design, but a bit more detailing could avoid several fitting issues.
Design and specification
The ‘Shorty’ fender section uses an inverted trough shape to make it stiff and twist free and the sand blasted finish is powder coated so it’s cosmetically as well as structurally tough. A slotted metal tab is riveted onto the front end for bolting into a horizontal seatstay bridge, while the tail end gets a laser etched logo. There’s a drilled hole in the center for the U-section stainless steel rod that forms the fender stays. These stays are rubber coated at the top and at the tips to reduce vibration and avoid metal on metal contact. A pair of metal P-clips then clamp the lower tips once you’ve bolted them into the appropriate threaded mounts on your frame.
At 265g with fixtures and fittings, the all-metal construction make the Fend Off a lot heavier than plastic options. That might rule it out for the carbon bike / titanium spork crowd, but if you’re rolling on a steel frame with an enamel dangle mug that’s less of an issue. Either way, the metal construction with thick stays makes it proper tough and the single Nylock bolt has been totally secure after a fair amount of rattling miles. The 62mm width and 560mm length are great for keeping butts, back lights and bikepacking bags clean even on properly filthy rides, but the lower frame and transmission doesn't get any protection like they would on a full guard. The Shorty leaves enough back tire exposed to shower following riders too, but you could always drill it and add an extension flap and the gain for you is plenty of mud room if things get boggy.
The vertical tab with it’s reliance on an old style ‘brake bolt’ position is out of step with most disc brake frames and while I managed to bend and bodge a zip tie attachment out of it something more universal would make a lot more sense.
The bolted P-clips mean fender position and maximum clearance depend on where the fender mounts are your frame and I was clamping on the very end of the stays on the host bike I used. The stays also fouled the wider brake caliper when I switched from SRAM to Hope brakes. There’s no facility for a bike without rack/fender mounts either, although you could probably bodge one.
If it fits, the Fend Off Shorty is a tough, corrosion resistant big tire compatible rear fender with no mud clearance issues. It’s heavy though and the seatstay tab and bolted P-clip mounting system is much less compatible with modern gravel bikes than it could be.
Tech specs: Fend Off Shorty gravel fender
Size: 560 x 62mm
Options: Black only