How To: Mounting Civia Flat Aluminum Fenders to your Volagi Liscio

Initially, when we were picking fenders to test on the Liscio, I had chosen the Civia Flat Aluminum fenders as a bit of a wild card. I loved the way they look, though I wasn’t sure if they would fit or really be that useful for spray coverage as they lack sides like a traditional fender. After messing around with a few more common fenders, it turns out that the Civia fenders happen to be my personal favorite by a long shot. Why? Well, their spray coverage is great, they never rub on the tires thanks to their lack of sides which also contributes to their great looks, and they fit the biggest tires of any fenders we’ve tried.

What’s not to love? Well, one thing in particular – they do need substantial modification to fit on the Liscio. However, it is only in one spot and anyone who is a bit handy should be able to manage it. To help you out, we’ve got a full tutorial after the break.

The Civia Flat Aluminum fenders are just what they seem – flat pieces of aluminum curved to fit around the wheels. No frills, mudflaps, sides, etc. just form and function. From profile, minus they stays you can barely tell they’re there. I feel their look perfectly compliments the Liscio’s sleek but functional form. The Civia Flat fenders are available through any local bike shop with a QBP account, and are sold in 32mm and 42mm sizes. You will need the 32mm size for the Liscio.

But…. thanks to their unwavering 32mm wide blade, they don’t fit into the fork arch. This is the only spot that you will run into problems, but given the fact that they will rub on 25mm tires like this, it’s a big problem. Fortunately, there’s a remedy for the situation.

The short of it is: you’ll have to cut up the fender. Unfortunately, the fact that it’s 2mm thick aluminum means you can’t just take scissors or shears to it and be done. I have an affinity for Dremel tools with cut off wheels, but you could probably use a number of cutting or grinding tools to get the job done. As always, if you don’t feel comfortable with power tools you could always ask your local bike shop for help. It’s obviously not a standard job, but if someone came to me with this project when I was in a shop I would look at it as a challenge and be happy to help. Safety first: whenever using a Dremel tool be sure to wear proper eye protection!

In order for the fender to fit, you are going to have to remove a 68mm long x 4mm wide section of each side of the fender. As you can see from my amazing hastily done MS Paint engineering drawing, you should start the cuts 5mm ahead of the mounting tab. This will give you plenty of clearance in the fork, and will allow the fender to retain plenty of structural integrity.

Go ahead and draw the design right on the fender (a red Sharpie works great), then clam in a vice and you’re ready to begin.

If using a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel, lightly score the outline of the cut first. This allows you to get the basic shape down, and then you can go back and finish the cut afterwards.

When cutting curved lines, making horizontal relief cuts will help along the radius to keep the cut off wheel from binding or breaking.


Once both sides are cut out, you can clean up the edges with a file, then hit the edges with  a coat of black paint and voila! No one will know the difference.

After the modifications have been made, the fender now fits perfectly into the fork. If you’ve measured the cutouts properly, you will barely even notice they are there as they are hidden inside the fork. From this point, it’s all standard fender mounting procedure from here.

I chose to use a button head screw to mount the rear fender tip inside the chainstays, rather than the included socket head cap screws for extra tire clearance. These are not included with the fender, but can be found at your local bike shop.

For the brake bridge fender mount, make sure to bend the metal fingers in enough that they are tight on the fender itself. If they are slightly loose it will cause the fender to rattle and make a bunch of noise. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to clamp the top and bottom together to get them as tight as possible. Note: This should only be done, after you have completely installed and adjusted the fenders as your last step. That way everything is in place and tight.

Like most fenders, the fender struts will be too long once everything is adjusted. Cut them down with a Dremel tool, bolt cutters, hack saw, etc. Just remember to leave enough length to adjust the fenders out for 28mm tires if you plan on using them.

Adjust the fenders to fit the tire so they don’t rub. This picture shows the fenders on 28mm Rubino Pros. After the picture was taken I evened out the gap a bit, so they fit even better than it looks in the picture. No rubbing, 28mm tires, full coverage protection. Awesome.

When finished, shake your shop dog’s paw for a job well done, and go for a ride!

 

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3 thoughts on “How To: Mounting Civia Flat Aluminum Fenders to your Volagi Liscio

    • Ken, I’m not sure how one might attach the front end of the rear Berthoud CF fender onto the aero shaped Volagi seat tube. That clamp is designed for round section seat tube. I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the beauties of the Liscio frame is room for full coverage fenders.
      (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fenders.asp)

  1. I’m really liking your frame design and I’m especially psyched about integrated disc brakes and fender mounts. I’m doing randonneuring events as much as 1200k this year so I need a little more cargo room. Can your rear fender mounts accommodate a rack as well as fenders?

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