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Velo Orange Zeppelin Fenders : On Review

by Bike Shop Girl

There’s an assortment of Velo Orange products on review and the first one are very cool Zeppelin 52mm fenders.  These aluminum fenders are full coverage with a beautiful matte finish.  I actually prefer this matte finish over the high polish of other metal fenders.  My worry of scuffs and dings are very low due to the finish.

The setup of these guys was a bit more in depth than a standard SKS or Planet Bike fender.  Due to the shape and length of the metal fenders some fenders/bending was needed..  Using a standard set of side cutters worked well and some patience with setting up the aluminum struts.

Width : The fenders fit up to a 44mm tire, due to my frame type I can only run 32mm tires with fenders, and the brakes (Tektro R536) required some fine skilled “bending” of the fender to fit through the brake.  Every time I would brake the fender would flex, finally I fine tuned it to work with out flexing.

Length : Front fender is 80cm and the rear is 110cm long.  They give a good full coverage but could use an extra mud flap to catch things from flying on to the rider behind me.  The front fender also doesn’t allow the bike to sit on my roof rack.  Quite a bummer as I use the roof rack daily to get from home to work in the mornings.

So far in the week I’ve had these fenders installed I’ve been super excited and thrilled by them.  The looks alone catch me and others eyes, also I’m coming to like the tinging of gravel and sand on the metal as I’m riding down rough roads.

Two thumbs up for a set of $48.00 fenders with all the needed hardware, and pre drilled!!

 
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6 Responses to “Velo Orange Zeppelin Fenders : On Review”

  1. Spenny says:

    Those look really nice! Do they rattle much?

  2. Ghost Rider says:

    If they’re installed correctly, they don’t rattle. VO sells leather fender washers that eliminate the chance of rattling, too.

    Looking sharp! VO has lots of yummy fender choices these days…

  3. Arleigh says:

    Spenny,

    They don’t really rattle at all, atleast that I can notice.

  4. Spenny says:

    Thanks guys… Once I get paid I know what Im buying for my bike!

  5. Patrick says:

    I’d love to see a review of the Basil Memphis Panniers. I’ve been meaning to get to Velo Orange to check them out but haven’t gotten there yet. There was a review on Austin Bike Blog but I’m especially interested in your thoughts on the ease of mounting/removing and how easy they are to carry if/when taken off the rack. http://austinbikeblog.org/2008/10/21/review-basil-memphis-panniers/

  6. velovixen says:

    Last week I installed a set of Zeppelin fenders on my commuter. They do take a bit more work than the plastic fenders, but they’re worth it. For one thing, the Zeppelins are longer and cover more than most fenders. And they are very stylish.

    I also want to plug Velo Orange: They offer lots of useful and interesting products, and it’s hard to beat their customer service. I’m also using their touring pedals, toe straps, toe clip leather covers, leather handlebar wrap and cork grips. All are well thought-out, well-made, nice-looking and resonably priced.

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