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Stainless Steel Bottle Cages

Old 02-27-08, 04:19 PM
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Stainless Steel Bottle Cages

Question: Do they mark up bottles?

I can't find a carbon cage that I like aesthetically. I tried the Tacx Tao, but didn't like the aesthetics so I gave them to a friend. Now I am thinking of going with the classic SS cage...

Also, which of the two designs holds the bottle better?

//Design One//



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I like one more.
Has a more retro look to it.
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Stainless shouldn't mark up your bottles . . . I like the looks of #1 best but my hunch is that #2 probably holds the bottles more securely. But I would think either one would hold them tight enough.
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When I first started biking, I had aluminum cages of the "design two" variety and they ejected bottles like crazy. I am hoping that SS will be a bit beefier.
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I have the SS Blackburn Chicane. They are simple, re-adjustable, and don't mark the bottles much (if any) when clean. Aesthetically, the King cages look better IMO.
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I have the aluminum version of #2, for the two years I have used them, I haven't had any problem with bottles ejecting, and I've ridden on some pretty bad road as well. These are the only bottle cage I find aesthetically pleasing.
You can bend the cages to tighten their grip on the bottles.

I can't comment on stainless steal marking up bottles but I had black version (aluminum) of #2 and it marked the bottles pretty well. The titanium coated one I have now aren't so bad.

I had Taos before as well, they are fugly.
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I own design 1. The only issue I have with them is that they really fit the Polar water bottles very snug. All others are fine. Currently, they are on my Steel HT MTB and my SS road bike. I like them on the HT because they grip the water bottle battery pack very snug and the battery pack doesn't rattle around or come close to ejecting. The other design isn't so forgiving but works better if you are using the Niterider battery pack that is the old design.

I also use a Salsa steel cage:

https://www.salsacycles.com/accessories.html


I like it too for my Cygolite battery pack and MTB night riding. It also cradles the bottles better and is more polar bottle friendly.




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Question: Do they mark up bottles?

I can't find a carbon cage that I like aesthetically. I tried the Tacx Tao, but didn't like the aesthetics so I gave them to a friend. Now I am thinking of going with the classic SS cage...

Also, which of the two designs holds the bottle better?

//Design One//



//Design Two//

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The Nitto ones are very nice, if pricey.
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i have a the ss blackburn cages (#2) on my road and mtn bikes. never lost a bottle and my bottles don't turn black on the outside like they would with alloy cages.
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I have five or six spare aluminum and plastic ones in my garage. They have never ejected bottles, and they've spent time on my mountain bike. Where are you riding on a road bike that would eject a water bottle?
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I have five or six spare aluminum and plastic ones in my garage. They have never ejected bottles, and they've spent time on my mountain bike. Where are you riding on a road bike that would eject a water bottle?
Bunny-hopping pot holes.
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stainless steel is for kitchenware. aluminum is for beer cans. serious cyclists use carbon for the aerodynamical and weight savings benefit. i can't even believe you'd post this thread here. it's a thread devoted to choosing which piece of junk is the best piece of junk. in the end they're BOTH junk and if you knew half as much about being the best bicycle rider as i do, you would be ashamed of yourself wasting my time with such nonsense.
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Originally Posted by Zinn-X
stainless steel is for kitchenware. aluminum is for beer cans. serious cyclists use carbon for the aerodynamical and weight savings benefit. i can't even believe you'd post this thread here. it's a thread devoted to choosing which piece of junk is the best piece of junk. in the end they're BOTH junk and if you knew half as much about being the best bicycle rider as i do, you would be ashamed of yourself wasting my time with such nonsense.
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Haha!

Those are both King Cages, just different models.

I have the #2 style SS King Cages. They look great and hold the bottle well. My bottles don't seem to be overly marked up.
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actually Rock Racing uses the Tacx Tao cages which are plastic.

On the other hand, Reynolds 953 as a frame material is something for me to seriously ponder. (since you mentioned stainless).

I don't use alloy cages either.


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stainless steel is for kitchenware. aluminum is for beer cans. serious cyclists use carbon for the aerodynamical and weight savings benefit. i can't even believe you'd post this thread here. it's a thread devoted to choosing which piece of junk is the best piece of junk. in the end they're BOTH junk and if you knew half as much about being the best bicycle rider as i do, you would be ashamed of yourself wasting my time with such nonsense.
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now that's fun. I was riding the Poprad on a group ride the other day and the guys with their 303s were oh so careful with their bikes. I was just plowing through things and bunny hopping the little holes they were pointing out.


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I have Nittos too. They're very nice with their classic looks.
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I prefer your choice #2 and have them on two of my bikes.
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The Performance branded stainless cages are identical to the Blackburn's, only cheaper. No reason to spend more on a cage unless you get value esoteric silliness.
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I have the Performance stainless cages. They are springier than aluminum cages, so they grip the bottle very well. They don't mark up the bottles and don't show any wear, either. 45 grams. I think I paid $8 each.
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Maybe I'm just dense, but I never understood why folks get so worked up about water bottles getting marked up...
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Originally Posted by MIN
Question: Do they mark up bottles?

I can't find a carbon cage that I like aesthetically. I tried the Tacx Tao, but didn't like the aesthetics so I gave them to a friend. Now I am thinking of going with the classic SS cage...

Also, which of the two designs holds the bottle better?

//Design One//



//Design Two//

i have some delta inox stainless steel cages which are similar to design one and i use 20 oz. polar water bottles with them. the fit seems perfect to me. i would be surprised if i lost a bottle at some point. seems like a great combo.
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No they do not mark up bottles. It's not a huge deal to me really, but with a light colored or clear bottle the marks can look nasty.

How do the King Cages (design #2) compare to the Blackburns? Anyone tried both?

Oh, and avoid the Topeak stainless cage like the plague. It won't hold a bottle for ****.
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Oh, and avoid the Topeak stainless cage like the plague. It won't hold a bottle for ****.
I have never had any issues with mine.
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Originally Posted by MIN
Question: Do they mark up bottles?

I can't find a carbon cage that I like aesthetically. I tried the Tacx Tao, but didn't like the aesthetics so I gave them to a friend. Now I am thinking of going with the classic SS cage...

Also, which of the two designs holds the bottle better?

//Design One//



//Design Two//


MIN: I presume those are both King Cages? If they are some other brands, you should look at the King Cage site for identical designs.

I have the first pictured model -- King calls it the Iris. Holds bottles VERY securely and does NOT mark them up. Steel won't mark bottles generally. I suspect the second cage pictured above will hold well, too, and may be slightly easier to slip bottles in/out of -- not that the Iris is a problem in that regard, they just require a little push back in, which is probably why they hold bottles securely. Anyway, about 2 yrs/13k miles in the Iris cages w/out problems.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
I have the Performance stainless cages. They are springier than aluminum cages, so they grip the bottle very well. They don't mark up the bottles and don't show any wear, either. 45 grams. I think I paid $8 each.
Yup!

I use the MTB version on my road bike(s) - 55 grams each. Not sure I need the extra robustness but I typically carry super large bottles and don't want to take any chances.
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