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Bottle cages that retain the bottle firmly - recommends?

Old 04-16-24, 11:22 PM
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I use Minoura (alloy) - King (titanium) - and Enve (composite) cages

( Enve cage is 18g )

you might like the Enve cage

I use Specialized Purist bottles primarily (different sizes including Chromotek)

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The Specialized Zee cage is the mountain biker's choice for a bottle cage that won't drop your bottle and the plastic ones never scratched any of my bottles. I don't have experience with the carbon ones on scratching, but they have the same perfect reputation on bottle retention. If they can make it down a hill covered in rocks and roots, surely they can hang on to your bottle when you hop over a speed bump.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ze...=274169-172378
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Never heard of Rib Cage III, but I use plastic Rib Cage IIs and have never once had a bottle fly out no matter how bad/fast I've slammed stuff. I won't use anything else, but they will scratch the bottle, but...it's a water bottle, so who cares?

I've also used the Zee Cage and that also never dropped a bottle, but was ugly.
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The spesh rib cages hold pretty well. I like using classy stainless cages on some bikes (King or other brands), but they don't grab as tight and can toss bottles. So I don't use them on race bikes or my MTB. I have rib cages on those. The rib cages will scuff up your bottles if you care about that sort of thing.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
I like using classy stainless cages on some bikes (King or other brands), but they don't grab as tight and can toss bottles.
Try this SS King cage and let me know if it ejects a bottle.

I won't hold my breath while waiting.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
Whether they look alright on a cf race bike is debatable -- but for consistent bottle retention, nothing beats this one. I've got so many King cages that I've lost track, but I'd guess that my oldest pair of these (purchased in 2005) have been used for around 50k miles so far. And the brilliance of the design is that they never -- NEVER -- lose their shape, never need to be bent back in order to hold bottle snugly.
I don't disagree with anything you've said about the King Iris...but OP did specify that his preferred cage would hold a bottle "but not so firmly you have difficulty getting the bottle out" and I gotta say, some days it feels like I'm doing a biceps workout trying to get the bottle out of my stainless steel Iris! Yep, definitely never gonna lose a bottle from these grippy suckers!
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
I don't disagree with anything you've said about the King Iris...but OP did specify that his preferred cage would hold a bottle "but not so firmly you have difficulty getting the bottle out" and I gotta say, some days it feels like I'm doing a biceps workout trying to get the bottle out of my stainless steel Iris! Yep, definitely never gonna lose a bottle from these grippy suckers!
True, they do hold onto bottles very tightly.
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I've never heard of cages that threw bottles. Is OP riding paris roubaix or something?

The problem with too tight cages is that they often scratch bottles and/or they are hard AF to pull out, which is a PITA.
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Originally Posted by eduskator
I've never heard of cages that threw bottles.
when I used Tacx Tao cages I had bottles jettisoned on three separate occasions. One of those was on gravel, the other two times were on paved roads. Stupid design, it's more of a cup holder than a bottle cage: Doesn't grip at all.
And that doesn't include all the times (7 or 8 total iirc) that the tab which supports the bottom of the bottle snapped off mid-ride, rendering the cage unusable. Yeah, Tacx Tao is a flaming dumpster fire, not recommended.
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[QUOTE=eduskator;23221611]I've never heard of cages that threw bottles. Is OP riding paris roubaix or something?

You've seriously never heard of this happening? Really?

You must ride exclusively on glassy-smooth roads which lack RR crossings and any other imperfections, and/or you and all your riding friends use very good bottle cages.
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