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Carbon Schwag-y Bottle Cages

Old 05-02-07, 07:35 PM
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Carbon Schwag-y Bottle Cages

So the tab on the bottom of my bottle cage delaminated, and now the bottle keeps falling through the bottom of the cage. It doesn't go anywhere, so it's not a huge deal, but I still think it's time for some new cages.

My old cage:



Now: post OCP kick-ass Carbon cages (that don't break the bank)! But they've got to hold:

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The new Blackburn model is about $40 and does not have the break-off tab.
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I just put a pair of the Arundel Dave-O's on and I seem to like them. I have also been looking at the Rav X Beta X's and the Zipp's. The Dave-O's go for around $35, the Rav X's go for around $26 and the Zipp's can be had for around $45. I still haven't decided though. Pictured is the Dave-O's, the Rav X's and the Zipp's





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I've been using the Zipps for over a month now and I am very pleased with them. They hold both the small and the large bottles very secure and I don't feel like I have to baby them.
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very nice!! Good thread!! I am looking into a zip currently..
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After doing Battenkill-Roubaix and seeing the amount of bottles on the course and the amount of bikes with carbon cages that were empty after the race, I'm never gonna buy one of those pieces of crap.
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Bontrager Carbon are great. Super hold with easy removal and entry.
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The Alu ones kick a$$, so if bling was my thing:

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Originally Posted by eippo1
After doing Battenkill-Roubaix and seeing the amount of bottles on the course and the amount of bikes with carbon cages that were empty after the race, I'm never gonna buy one of those pieces of crap.
I never gave carbon cages much thought mainly due to price until I used the Tacx Tao cages. I know the Tao's have a great reputation and even though i never lost a bottle with them, I think they are junk. Mine are bent up three ways to Sunday. I use both small and large bottles and I ended up with deformed cages because I had to bend them out to use the large bottles and bend them back in to use the small bottles. So after dealing with that, I decided to go to the carbon cages. After putting a bottle in the Arundel cage, there is no way I will loose a bottle, they hold very tight.
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Originally Posted by grahny
The Alu ones kick a$$, so if bling was my thing:

Looks a bit flimsy-but the rubber should help.
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Elite Carbon Patao's.

Robust, very secure, smooth bottle egress, looks great, tons of pros use. Mine weigh 33 grams.

Retails for $89, available from this eBay supplier in Hong Kong for $40.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Elite-Patao-...QQcmdZViewItem





Elite's on Landis's bike:

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Originally Posted by R900
Bontrager Carbon are great. Super hold with easy removal and entry.
I was just thinking how well my Bonty bottle cages work. I've had them for a couple of years and they have never let me down.

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At Bellatisport.com for ~$28...

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i've been cycling for a couple years now and i'm at the point where i'm replacing parts with higher end stuff. i must admit that i'm still a little baffled at $80 for bottle cages. what exactly is the benifit? the weight difference can't be that much between el cheepo aluminum cages. what am i missing?
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I have these Token cages w/o logos...

I am surprised how well they hold the bottle, how easy it is to get the bottle in and out, and how durable they are...

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Originally Posted by spearce
i've been cycling for a couple years now and i'm at the point where i'm replacing parts with higher end stuff. i must admit that i'm still a little baffled at $80 for bottle cages. what exactly is the benifit? the weight difference can't be that much between el cheepo aluminum cages. what am i missing?
Basically, looks only. $80 for water cages isn't worth very much performance benefit.

My cages are very functional - easier to get bottles into and out of than aluminum - but they've also broken already, after only about a year of use. Granted, they're $20 cages instead of $80.
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Great thread guys

My bike came with the Elite Gel, its almost impossible to remove or put the bottle in them, I actually have to think before removing the bottle while riding, I really don't want to spend too much money on a high end carbon cages, any recommendations on other options ie. plastic maybe. Also my frame is small and the seat tube cage is very hard to use with a 24 ounce bottle, do you think a side entry maybe in order here?

Here is what I currently have on the bike:

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You're onto something with the plastic ones, FlyWolf. I've got some plastic Trek cages on my bike, and they're great. At $15/ea, they seem to me to be the best of both worlds of price/performance.
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Thanks Brian, will positively go check out the Trek cages, I know Specialized also make good plastic cages.
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Originally Posted by Flywolf
Great thread guys

My bike came with the Elite Gel, its almost impossible to remove or put the bottle in them, I actually have to think before removing the bottle while riding, I really don't want to spend too much money on a high end carbon cages, any recommendations on other options ie. plastic maybe. Also my frame is small and the seat tube cage is very hard to use with a 24 ounce bottle, do you think a side entry maybe in order here?

Here is what I currently have on the bike:

I just swapped out my Elites on the tandem for Bontrager Plastics. They just work great.
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Originally Posted by mpd224
I know the Tao's have a great reputation and even though i never lost a bottle with them, I think they are junk. Mine are bent up three ways to Sunday. I use both small and large bottles and I ended up with deformed cages because I had to bend them out to use the large bottles and bend them back in to use the small bottles.
so you think they're junk because you felt you should bend them to use them with bottles that they shouldn't have been used with in the first place. that makes sense...
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Is this the one you'r talking about R900?

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+1 for the Arundell Dave-O, fantastic cage, holds a bottle like RyanF holds onto his pictures of Cypress.
beats my aluminum cages hands down.
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Originally Posted by Ritterview
Elite Carbon Patao's.
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Retails for $89, available from this eBay supplier in Hong Kong for $40.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Elite-Patao-...QQcmdZViewItem
Completely aside from the fact that $89 or even "just" $40 is a complete and total ripoff for a freakin' bottle cage (unless the purchaser is obsessive-compulsive, which I personally am in denial about), I'd be re-he-heeeeeally weary about buying stuff from Hong Kong manufacturers.

I work in an IP Law Firm (specializing in the procurement of patents and enforcement of patent rights) and we come across completely blatant 100% ripoffs originating from various locations in Hong Kong and greater China almost literally on a weekly - sometimes daily - basis. Anything from kitchen gadgets to electronics - you name it. Hong Kong is a hot bed for piracy. Generally speaking, they couldn't give a rat's @$$ about someone's Intellectual Property.

This guy you link to *might* be legit, and actually appears like odds are in his favor considering the vast assortment of other supposedly name-brand parts he sells which would be pretty hard to sell in the quantities he does and still get a great feedback rating if they were really suspect (someone would start smelling a rat pretty soon), but the uber-skeptic in me still says to beware.

...and really - $40 or even $90 for a stupid bottle cage? The plastic Specialized Rib Cages I have on my Tarmac work beautifully and set me back all of $14.99 per cage. Even then I thought they were over-priced.
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