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Mudhugger EVO Bolt-On Long: Looking for the best mudguard of 2024

Mudhugger’s mudguards are proven classics in the MTB scene. In our comparison test, we put the new bolt-on version through its paces, screwing it directly into the fork bridge instead of using Velcro or cable ties. It’s the most expensive mudguard in the test, but promises compatibility with a wide range of forks. Is that enough to beat the competition?

You can find an overview of the test fleet in the comparison test: The best Fender 2024 – 8 models in the test

Price: €43.99 | Weight: 127g | Length: 510mm | Manufacturer’s website

Mudhuggers are best known for the size of their mudguards. No wonder the company hails from the rainy islands of Britain, where the fenders are designed and manufactured. At a whopping 510 mm, the EVO Bolt-On is the second longest mudguard in the test after the Mucky Nutz and at 127 g it is also the heaviest. If you feel like it’s a little too long, there’s also a shorter version. The EVO Bolt-On costs €43.99, making it more expensive than any other model in the test. For some forks you also need an adapter, which costs between 1.99 and 8.99 euros depending on the fork. For example, if you want to buy the mudguard for your RockShox ZEB, you have to add another €5.99. Owners of a FOX 36 or 38 do not need an additional adapter. To find out if the mudguard fits your fork and which adapter you need, you can check the table on the Mudhugger website. If your fork is not compatible with any of the bolt-on adapters, you can also buy the Mudhugger as a Ziptie version for €37.99, which is attached to the fork with cable ties.

Mounting the Mudhugger Evo Bolt-On fender

Depending on the fork, the Mudhugger is attached to the fork bridge with two or three screws. Apart from the small size of the screws, which makes screwing them in a bit awkward, attaching the mudguard is quick and you’ll be ready to hit the trails in no time. To prevent the fork legs from being scratched, two self-adhesive foam pads are included. Simply stick these onto the fender wings according to the instructions.

These two screws hold the fender in place on a FOX 38 fork.
The fork seals are well protected by the wide sides of the Mudhugger.

The Mudhugger EVO Bolt-On mudguard on the trail

When we checked the fit of the fender after installation, we found that it moved slightly and was not as tight as the FOX model. This is partly due to the increased weight and the fact that the bolt-on part only attaches to the triple clamp and not to the down tubes. We were therefore not surprised that the mudguard rattled slightly on the trail. The rattling was noticeable, but not so loud that it distracted us from the path. However, when it comes to protection, the mudguard performed excellently and ensured that our faces always stayed nice and clean, even on the muddiest days. The fork seals were also well protected. Overall, the Mudhugger offers better protection than the SKS MUDROCKER. It was only surpassed by the longer Mucky Nutz.

Conclusion on the Mudhugger EVO Bolt-On mudguard

The Mudhugger is a classic mudguard and offers excellent protection. Assembly is quick and we’re impressed by the fact that it’s the only fender in the test that’s entirely screw-based while also being compatible with various forks. It provides a clean look without cable ties, but does rattle slightly. For this reason and because of the price, the Mudhugger EVO Bolt-On does not achieve the test winner award.


  • good protection
  • Clean look without cable ties
  • easy to install and remove


  • rattles slightly
  • Most expensive mudguard in the test

For more information, see Mudhugger website.

For an overview of the group test: 8 mudguards in comparison

All mudguards in the test: FOX fender | Mucky Nutz MugGuard Long | Mudhugger EVO Bolt-On | Trickle design kol:oss stealth | RockShox ZEB fender | Slicy Enduro/DH long mudguard | Zefal Deflector FM30 | SKS MUDROCKER FRONT

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Words: Sebastian Dirscherl Photos: Simon Kohler

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