WIT Industries has been producing a folding bike fender for a while now. Recently, they just released their newest iteration dubbed the Fendor Bendor 3. It employs an ingenious folding design that allows it to fit pretty much any bike, as long as it doesn’t have a mono-stay. It even fits aero tubing shapes, and has cutouts allowing you to customize it to your frame size, and brake position. This is a great solution for anyone who doesn’t need a permanent fender, as it can be easily removed, folded, and stowed in your bag. Cost is very reasonable at €14.95 plus €3 shipping world wide (roughly $23 USD shipped).
Full press release and more images past the break.
AMSTERDAM (NL) 20TH OF SEPTEMBER 2012
Olaf Wit of WIT Industries has developed an improved lightweight foldable fender for road bikes, fixed gear, cyclo cross and mountainbikes: the Fendor-Bendor 3.
This fender folds up flat for easy transport and if it rains, can be unfolded and slid through the bikes seat stays and wrapped around the seat tube providing the cyclist with a fender in a matter of seconds. When the rain stops it can easily be refolded and put in a bike jersey’s back pocket or bag, waiting for more rain.
“For all cyclists who don’t want a permanent fender on their bicycle, but sometimes could really use one this is an ideal solution.” says industrial design engineer Olaf Wit.
Wit has come up with the very first version of the folding fender in January 2011, and his since seen a whole new category come up of foldable mudguards made of the same material, with about 4 direct competitors who offer similar products. “We were the first, and the competition is exciting. We believe that with the new version, we offer the best solution on the market.” says Wit, as he continues to describe the advantages of the latest fender:
– It’s more universal: it fits almost all rear brakes, and many more frame types than version 2.0 due to a new velcro closure (for example: it will even fit very well on aero tubes now).
– It folds into an even more compact size (9,5 x 21 cm) – so it fits into a cycling jersey’s back pocket.
– It’s stiffer because of the use of a slightly thicker plastic.
– Installation and removal are very easy and fast – a matter of seconds
The principle of the construction has remained equal to version 2: The polypropylene fender gets its shape and stiffness by pre-folding along the dye-cut pattern running along the length of the fender.
The Fendor-Bendor 3 is, just as its predecessors, designed and produced in The Netherlands. The plastic used is 100% recycled and recyclable.
“Keep your bike light and naked, without any ugly add-ons – and don’t worry about rain, the Fendor-Bendor 3 is there when you need it.” says Wit. Get your Fendor-Bendor 3 via www.witindustries.nl or one of the resellers.