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What do you think of Speedfil (hydration system)?

Old 06-25-09, 11:06 AM
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What do you think of Speedfil (hydration system)?

I did a search by title and could not find any discussions. While mountain biking, I prefer camelbak over water bottles because I can take small sips all day. While road riding, I use water bottles, but I do not sip my water frequently enough. Recently, I saw this Speedfil hydration system and wonder if I should consider getting one for my road biking. In a nutshell, it's targeting at long rides. It seems to be popular among triathletes. I do not use aero bars and most of my riding is either ascending or descending. I wonder if it's a good idea for me to take a plunge -- they are not cheap.

Anyone had any experience with it?
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I think $100 is absolutely ridiculous for a water bottle with a hose attached.They essentially made a hard shell Camelbak which fits in a cage. Unbelievable.
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yea, you could accomplish that with a spare camelback hose inserted into a water bottle.

dont do it man, that thing is ridiculous
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If you like camebaks, stick with them. They have smaller ones now, mostly for TTs I guess, but less cumbersome than larger c'baks.
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It seems like a complicated solution to a simple problem: just drink more. It can be tough to snag a drink on a twisty descent, but if you are doing repeat climbs and descents, just do your drinking (and eating) on the climbs. If you tend to forget, set a timer on your bike computer to beep at you every 15 minutes.

It seems like it would be a pain to refill during a ride. You'd have to detach the reservoiur and carry it to where the water is (faucet, drinking fountain, or rest stop on an organized ride). If you like to have plain water in addition to sports drink, you'd need a second bottle.

OTOH it would be pretty useful for extra capacity on long rides where there's no water available. For that I'd rather have a frame-mounted camelback than one on my back.
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