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OK So the Profile Design Aqua Pack showed up today. All metal construction with CO2 cartridge holders that can be installed optionally. I installed them using the spacers and longer allan head bolts included with the kit.
The system is fairly versitile in that a metal split ring spacer is provided for smaller tube diameters. The mounting adapters are reversable and the bottle cages themselves have a variety of holes for attaching so height adjustent of the whole assembly is excellent. The cages themselves are the KAGE model which is also suitable for off-road and incorporates a rubber tensioning band. Can`t see how anyone could lose a bottle from these.
So yeah - they would actually fit up front on the steering stem but would be further back than I`d be happy with. And cage angle is non-adjustable so the Topeak mounting adapters are more practical. I do like the cages though and will order a couple more for up front.
Speaking of fit - PowerAide fits poorly in any cage I`ve tried whereas GatorAide fits without issue. At least some people at GatorAide actually drive bikes!
So looks like Topeak wins for the front and Profile Designs wins for the back. If after a week I still really like this - I`ll set up the hybrid similarly.
Last edited by Burton; 06-26-11 at 03:01 PM.