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Spe­cial­ized’s Dry-Tech mud­guards are made from alu­minium and are 51mm wide to cover tyres of widths up to 45mm. They can be fit­ted con­ven­tion­ally, with the steel stays bolted to the out­side of your bike’s dropouts, or via Spe­cial­ized’s ‘Plug + Play’ sys­tem, where the stays sit in ports built into the frame and fork. Plug + Play fit­ting re­quires 2.5, 3 and 4mm hex keys, a span­ner, torque wrench and pos­si­bly a drill or hack­saw.


These are fairly heavy­weight, sturdy mud­guards – their wide body en­sures ex­cel­lent rigid­ity. There are three mount­ing points for the front mud­guard (one at the fork crown and two by the dropouts) and four on the rear (at the seat stay bridge, be­hind the bot­tom bracket and at the dropouts) and this ar­range­ment meant that no mat­ter where or how fast we rode the Dry-Tech mud­guards they’ve re­mained res­o­lutely se­cure.


Al­though in­tended for 45mm tyres, we found nar­rower tyres that in­flate to that width were a very close fit due to the lim­ited space be­neath the fork crown on the Spe­cial­ized Se­quoia we tested these on. The rear ends of these mud­guards are made from a more flex­i­ble plas­tic that func­tions as a flap to min­imise spray for you and any­one be­hind.


The Dry-Tech mud­guards are an in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion that com­plete a com­pat­i­ble Spe­cial­ized bike nicely, but can be used most other bikes too. We’d stick to tyres be­low the 45mm stated to en­joy the ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion they of­fer though.

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