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Best location for bottle cage adapter mounts on fork

Old 03-02-21, 08:50 AM
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Best location for bottle cage adapter mounts on fork

I have a lauf true grit gravel bike. No bottle cage mounts on the fork. I have a long event so throwing some cage adapter mounts on each fork. Is it better to have them located higher or lower on the fork. In training Iím not sure I noticed significant difference but thought somebody here may have thoughts or experience why higher or lower might be better
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I have never really cared where weight is on my forks- Ive carried panniers on a high mount and low mount, but neither has made much difference to me. Low mount is apparently more stable(weight low is better than weight high), but in practice I havent cared. That is the weight of bags, so im pretty sure the weight of bottles wouldnt be an issue to me. Obviously you may differ though.

An alternative option is Wolftooth's b-rad system. You can mount bottles in line or side by side. web pic from site is below.
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/...s/b-rad-system
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/...cessory-device
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
I have never really cared where weight is on my forks- Ive carried panniers on a high mount and low mount, but neither has made much difference to me. Low mount is apparently more stable(weight low is better than weight high), but in practice I havent cared. That is the weight of bags, so im pretty sure the weight of bottles wouldnt be an issue to me. Obviously you may differ though.

An alternative option is Wolftooth's b-rad system. You can mount bottles in line or side by side. web pic from site is below.
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/...s/b-rad-system
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/...cessory-device

thanks. Iím currently able to fit two bottles inside the triangle (along with frame bag) and a bottle under the down tube. So Iím adding 1-2 bottles on the forks. I didnít notice much difference when adding the mounts high vs low. This is a self-supported event hence the need to carry a bunch of crap to make it to next convenience store. I could use a camelbak but those arenít really my favorite. And fortunately this location is very flat so itís not like I need to climb a bunch of hills all weighed down
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If this bike has the carbon fork I think it has, I would be very cautious about clamping down adapters on it.
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Originally Posted by msu2001la
If this bike has the carbon fork I think it has, I would be very cautious about clamping down adapters on it.
why is that? Theyíre two fish adapters. Just a rubber backup against the fork that is held in place by a Velcro strap

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+1 for the caution about clamping anything to carbon fork blades, and carrying weight that way. Also, Lauf fork blades arenít round, and it also looks they they get a bit narrower as they go down. So either you need to clamp tightly to keep the bottles in place, which is risky for the fork blades; or the bottles may slip down as you ride - at best, leading the clamp and the bottle to rattle against the top leaf spring, and at worst, leading the bottle to rotate into the wheel.

I'd recommend a different plan, such as a cage mounted to the underside of the downtube, and/or a hydration backpack.
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Originally Posted by scubaman
+1 for the caution about clamping anything to carbon fork blades, and carrying weight that way. Also, Lauf fork blades arenít round, and it also looks they they get a bit narrower as they go down. So either you need to clamp tightly to keep the bottles in place, which is risky for the fork blades; or the bottles may slip down as you ride - at best, leading the clamp and the bottle to rattle against the top leaf spring, and at worst, leading the bottle to rotate into the wheel.

I'd recommend a different plan, such as a cage mounted to the underside of the downtube, and/or a hydration backpack.
in my riding the adapter hasnít given me issues. The rubber backing can sort of flatten against the fork. I canít imagine being able to pull the Velcro strap hard enough to damage the fork blades. To me, the fork blades arenít particularly narrow.
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I'd put my extra bottle or two in a jersey pocket or in the frame bag.
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Originally Posted by dwmckee;[url=tel:21951156
21951156[/url]]I'd put my extra bottle or two in a jersey pocket or in the frame bag.
frame bag might be a good option. I have a fair amount of crap to load up but that might work.
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