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Has anyone ever seen a case where 2 cages don't fit?

Old 02-04-09, 10:38 PM
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Has anyone ever seen a case where 2 cages don't fit?

I don't get it. How can there be bosses for 2 sets of cages, yet only 1 fits.
I know this is a smaller bike (54 cm), but come-on it's not that small.

they are close...



but a little too close:



Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? Obviously the behind the saddle is an option.. but rather ugly IMHO. I'm HTFU is another one.. but i'm not sure how 1 bottle would cut it. (and no electrolyte drink)

Why would Orbea do this? My Tarmac fits two cages just fine.
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Old 02-04-09, 10:41 PM
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Obvious question, did you try different cages?

And if you are stuck with one cage, try this: http://www.topeak.com/products/Bottl...s/ModulaCageXL

It would look amazing on the Orca.
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Drill new holes in one of the cages so they'll fit.
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Old 02-04-09, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by PanicDog View Post
It would look amazing on the Orca.
I think we have different definitions of amazing.

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Old 02-04-09, 10:50 PM
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I think we have different definitions of amazing.
But they're engineering grade plastic.
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I've seen it happen, but never on a 54. That's weird that they're so close. I kinda doubt any other standard cage will be better, but you can try.

Possibly a weird cage that has the screws towards the bottom, instead of the middle so you can move the cage up farther without drilling anything.

Drilling holes in those CF cages sounds like a bad idea, but I dunno. Drilling holes in fiberglass works fine, but I've never drilled anything that thin.
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Custom cages. It's the only way.
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my 51 cervelo soloist has trouble fitting cages... have to use non-matching cages to get it right
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My girlfriend's bike has the same problem. Try going with Tacx Tao, they work well in a cramped triangle. Sorry they don't look quite as bling though.

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Tacx is about the best option here that will work.
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Ohh, but those plastic cages are soo heavy! Think of the grams, man!
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Yeah you'll have to try different cages, some mount lower or higher than others. A mate of mine had this problem with certain cages on his Giant (med frame, so probably about a 54). FWIW, he replaced them with Tacx Taos to fix the problem.
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Originally Posted by kmart View Post
Ohh, but those plastic cages are soo heavy! Think of the grams, man!
You can get the Tacx Tao in carbon too.

Also even the Tao's can be a problem in a smaller frame because they aren't flexible and can be difficult to clear the top tube with your bottle.
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I've got a 48 and a 51. The 48 uses two tacx cages and they fit fine. The 51 uses a Serfas cage you have and some no-brand cage and fits fine. A 54 shouldn't be having those problems =/
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Poorly designed.
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Hi,

I had never experienced a problem with bottle cages until I tried to put Profile Karbon Lite cages on my recently sold 52 cm Look KG481SL The seat tube bottle was resting on the down tube bottle in such a way that it kept on popping out when I hit a large bump. Before the Profile cages I had Elite Cuissi Inox cages for years and they worked fine on that bike. I ended up putting Tacx Tao cages on before I sold it and they worked fine.
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Tacx or Elite Patao standard

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Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler View Post
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Tacx or Elite Patao standard

+1 I use these on my compact frames, the slotted screw holes allow the positioning clearance you need.
Only issue is getting the bottle out from under the top tube, if the seatpost bottle cage is too high up
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I had this problem and I got some forte cages at performance they worked great on my bike's cramped frame.
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Originally Posted by dragonian View Post
I don't get it. How can there be bosses for 2 sets of cages, yet only 1 fits.
I know this is a smaller bike (54 cm), but come-on it's not that small.

they are close...



but a little too close:



Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? Obviously the behind the saddle is an option.. but rather ugly IMHO. I'm HTFU is another one.. but i'm not sure how 1 bottle would cut it. (and no electrolyte drink)

Why would Orbea do this? My Tarmac fits two cages just fine.
I had the same problem with those cages on my Pinarello. I just elongated the holes on one of the cages so that it would slide up a bit to provide the right clearance.
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
Drill new holes in one of the cages so they'll fit.
has anyone tried drilling into carbon fiber? Does it work? Google seems to think it'll work if i'm drilling into a carbon fiber hood.. but it might be a had bit tougher for the cage. Or will i end up with an expensive piece of trash?

It does appeal to me to use these cages (since i bought them especially for this bike). And they look good.
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You should be able to file or cut a slot starting from the original bolt hole going downwards, it doesn't need to be that big to get the clearance needed. I used a small hack saw blade to do a similar thing to a deda carbon cage that couldn't fit due to a braze on clamp.
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Any cage that doesn't hold the bottom on the outside directly will work. The cages are interfering, but bottles won't. Those cages just have big knuckles out there to hold the bottle in. Even a $5 aluminum cage will work for you.

It's funny though, I could fit 3 or 4 bottles in all my frames.
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Arundel Sideloader maybe?
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Originally Posted by Cdy291 View Post
You can get the Tacx Tao in carbon too.
They do and they're a whopping 8g lighter then the regular plastic ones.
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