Finally, a rear mudguard that should actually work on modern trail bikes!

Rear mudguards are rarely things of great beauty, but there’s another big reason why a lot of mountain bikers shun them – in these days of long-travel frames and dropper seatposts, it’s difficult to find one that actually works. Well, two brothers from the UK, Bruce and Jamie Gardiner, reckon they’ve got the solution: the Mudhugger.

By mounting directly to the seatstays/swingarm, it gets around the problems associated with designs that attach to the seat-tube (doesn’t work well on full-suspension bikes as the distance between the ‘guard and the tyre varies as the bike blows through its travel) or seatpost (as above, plus limited room on a dropper means the fender often ends up touching the tyre).

Seems like a good idea to us, and we reckon that, as rear mudguards go, its wheel-hugging design actually looks pretty good. If all goes to plan, it’ll go on sale online in early May, for £20. Check out the photos to find out more. More info at www.facebook.com/themudhugger.

The Mudhugger is reassuringly rigid, thanks to its shape and the thickness of the plastic – 3mm at the sides. Picture by James Costley-White

The Mudhugger is reassuringly rigid, thanks to its boxy shape and the thickness of the plastic – 3mm at the sides

As a result, we can’t see the end drooping when mud starts to build up – a problem with some MTB fenders. Picture by James Costley-White

As a result, we can’t see the end drooping when mud starts to build up – a problem with some MTB fenders

The tip will be flicked up a bit more on production models, to provide more splatter protection, and there'll be less of a cutout at the seat-tube end. Picture by James Costley-White

The tip will be flicked up a bit more on production models, and there’ll be less of a cutout at the seat-tube end

Tyre clearance is good with the 2.3in Specialized Purgatorys seen here – the brothers wouldn’t advise using the Mudhugger with treads over 2.35in. Picture by James Costley-White

Tyre clearance is good with the 2.3in Specialized Purgatorys seen here. Treads over 2.35in might be an issue

Made from injection-moulded polypropylene, the 'guard has a flattened bottom to provide a firm base on the seatstays. Picture by James Costley-White

Made from injection-moulded polypropylene, the ‘guard has a flattened bottom to provide a firm base on the seatstays

It attaches with cable-ties, and will come with heli tape to protect your frame – you can tell the brothers are MTBers! Picture by James Costley-White

It attaches with cable-ties, and will come with heli tape to protect your frame – you can tell the brothers are MTBers!

The inner tube sections seen here were an experiment. They’re planning to add more cable-tie holes, a shiny finish and some logos. Picture by James Costley-White

The rubber seen here was an experiment. They’re planning to add more cable-tie holes, a shiny finish and some logos

The only bike they’ve found so far that the Mudhugger doesn’t fit is the Orange Five. The plan is to lengthen it and add trim marks so it works with 29ers too. Weight is estimated at 135-140g, excluding cable-ties. Picture by James Costley-White

The only bike they’ve found so far that the Mudhugger doesn’t fit is the Orange Five. The plan is to lengthen it and add trim marks so it works with 29ers too. Weight is estimated at 135-140g, excluding cable-ties