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Tacx Tao cages

Old 07-07-05, 05:05 PM
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Tacx Tao cages

Inspired by roadbikereviews and my OCP thread, I'd like to ask other riders what their experiences have been with the Tacx Tao cages. It seems like the material that joins the locations of the bolts to the rest of the round cage are rather thin and fragile, and the reviews on it seem to agree. The bolt-ons also raise the cage above the downtube of the bike, so I'd imagine that they could bend and break where they aren't been supported by the tube. The rolled aluminum of my Ciussi's just seem to be sturdier.

I've seen lots of bikes in the post your ride thread with people using Tacx cages, so lets hear how long you've had them and how they've been holding up.
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Old 07-07-05, 05:08 PM
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Two years, no problems. Bottles go in and out easily. The cages are relatively light, relatively inexpensive, and, in my experience, durable enough.
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Originally Posted by Prosody
Two years, no problems. Bottles go in and out easily. The cages are relatively light, relatively inexpensive, and, in my experience, durable enough.
No trouble here either. It aint rocket science- its a bottle cage.
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I'd heard several forum members complain about those cages snapping just at those weak looking points, so I went with the new Profile Designs Kages. They're polymer, similar profile to the Taxc, similar weight, cheaper, but not quite as OCP. Pick your poison.
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No problems here, I think if people are snapping them then they must be tightening them too much.
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They're fairly light, inexpensive, black and they work. I've never bounced a bottle out of one. What else are they supposed to do?
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They are good.

Just needed longer screws to attach my frame pump under the one on the seat tube..
Very sturdy, never had a problem.. and they're acutally cheap!! omg.. something that's OCP, but inexpensive... compared to the carbon cages...
I think they're pretty light too.... but I'm not really a weight weenie...

Get em if you like the way they look...

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Originally Posted by hmai18
It seems like the material that joins the locations of the bolts to the rest of the round cage are rather thin and fragile, and the reviews on it seem to agree.
Don't overtighten them and they're fine. A lot of people think that they need to break their wrists to tighten a screw. Needless to say they're wrong - don't believe the reviews.
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I picked up a pair of silver ones last week, and despite all of the responses to the poll I put up, they just didn't look right on the bike. Took them back and exchanged them the next day for a pair of black ones and they've been good so far. They're secure and easy to get the bottles out of. Have to admit that they look much sleeker than the Ciussi ones they replaced.
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Tacx Tao Carbon. Now THAT'S ocp.
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Saw those on CSC's carbon Soloist. They are teh sex.
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