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Which of these King Cages would you guys suggest?

Old 07-20-16, 08:11 PM
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Which of these King Cages would you guys suggest?

Heard that these never eject bottles? If so, would like 4 of these for our [yet to arrive] gravel bikes.

Which one of these is better functionally do you think?

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Old 07-21-16, 06:49 AM
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I have both
they work the same
they don't eject bottles, but again ive never had bottles ejected from any other cages
theyre steel so presumably you can bend them a bit to fit tighter or looser.
though ive never tried that. my bottles fit a tad tight in them.
and contrary to advertisement - they sure DO mark up bottles
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They make Titanium ones too.
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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
I have both
they work the same
they don't eject bottles, but again ive never had bottles ejected from any other cages
theyre steel so presumably you can bend them a bit to fit tighter or looser.
though ive never tried that. my bottles fit a tad tight in them.
and contrary to advertisement - they sure DO mark up bottles
Well, I've had a bottle ejected a couple of times only but that's on a road. Off road, I'd expect more issues. I dont care about the bottles getting marked.

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They make Titanium ones too.
I'm not keen on spending that much. Any advantage other than weight?
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Old 07-21-16, 08:57 AM
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Both are great choices, stainless is the way to go with cages IMO. It comes down to aesthetics. I like the traditional one on the left, personally.

BTW, the Performance Strada Lite cage is essentially the same design, is a bit more robustly made (as it has a full length mounting plate with a longer weld) and is about 30% cheaper:
Forté Strada Lite Stainless Road Cage
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Old 07-21-16, 09:13 AM
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the 2nd model (on the right) looks way better
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Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
I like the traditional one on the left, personally.
Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
the 2nd model (on the right) looks way better

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(Ti) Any advantage
Natural elasticity of the material.
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Old 07-21-16, 10:23 AM
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I wouldn't use on a CF bike.
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Old 07-21-16, 12:20 PM
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I have the Iris cages and love them. Never an issue, and they hold my bottles super tight.
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Old 07-21-16, 12:52 PM
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It's really difficult to eject a bottle. The only reason I've found is cheap cages - the ones for $5.95 and then only after a lot of use. The thing to watch out for is too tight cages, especially with new bottles. Often you want to quickly pull the bottle out, drink, and put it back in easily. Nothing like fighting a bottle going fast with a sharp curve ahead and riders right beside you.
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I like the appearance of the King Iris cages better. Mine hold bottles very tight, almost too tight, and I can't image a bump large enough to shake bottles loose from them.
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Just replaced some old black cages (forget the make) that looked like the first picture in the OP a few months ago. I bought two Ibera black aluminum cages for $10 each:

https://www.amazon.com/Ibera-Bicycle.../dp/B00GQOW71E

They work really well. Not the cage for classic/vintage. But if you have a newer bike and don't mind black, then these could work on a budget.
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They can definitely be bent so they won't eject.
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Old 07-22-16, 03:22 PM
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if mounted on the frames, it shouldn't eject regardless of what bottles you use. but if using as a rear saddle mount bottle cage.. then yes it'll eject.

i had issues using rear saddle mount cages.. so now running with XLab Gorilla XT (14lbs grip strength @ 59g ea). got them cheap from Merlin.

or u can opt for these type of bottles that has a more aggressive curve to be clipped or held in.

Performance WideMouth 24oz Bottle i just bought 2 to try out for $12.19 shipped to local performance shop.
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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
the 2nd model (on the right) looks way better
These would be my choice, different but still a class act.
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I have the Ti versions of the left one on two bikes and the steel version on one. I prefer the Ti and really don't like the steel. I have one of the steel right-side one on a bike too...that one is nice. The steel/left one is not as elastic as the Ti, and either grips the bottle too tight or too loose and is harder to adjust. They also, for some reason, leave black marks on the bottles. The Ti ones do not. All the Ti ones are on carbon bikes since I have not found a carbon cage that is easy easy to use.
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I have two of the stainless on the left. They hold the bottles well on a road bike. They are not always slippery enough to get the bottles in or out easily. I have four of the Ti model, two on an MTB. They hold the bottles very well and the bottles slide in and out easily.

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