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Old 04-11-11, 03:29 PM
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ebay carbon cages

are garbage.

they are priced so cheap that it's hard to resist buying them....and i didn't resist.

i bought a pair last october. It is now April and my water bottle goes flying every bump i hit.

you get what you pay for....
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Never saw a thread with this title before!!

I have weight weenie tendencies but I prefer stainless steel cages. Very durable and only weigh like 20g more than carbon.
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My Elite something or other with fiberglass reinforced whatever is starting to lose my insulated polar water bottles. Kind of annoying.
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Steel is real (malleable). Aluminum is ok too.
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I don't know why you'd be twitchy about it. You bought the cheapest nastiest cages you could find, and got 6 months out of them. What did they run you with shipping, like $10-15 each?

Bin them and buy another set, better yet buy half a dozen so as they fail you've got a ready stock. I'm not being sarcastic on that ... seriously at that price they are a disposable item. If you want something that's going to last, well buy something more expensive.
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Operator error.....I have a pair that I have used for almost 9 months with camelback podiums and have never had an issue. 20 bucks shipped for a pair. I am sure the units that cost 75.00 a piece will hold them much tighter, however the ebay versions work just fine.
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Old 04-11-11, 06:37 PM
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anyone wants to buy mine? They are mint. $15 shipped for 2.
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I've got ebay cages and have zero issues with them. I'm a big believer in you get what you pay for but i thought i'd try them out anyway just cause there so cheap. We'll see how they hold up throughout the summer.

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Old 04-11-11, 06:58 PM
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i love stainless steel cages. no ejection, and non-marking. what's not to love?
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+ a gazillion on stainless steel. The bomb...end of story.
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I bought 4 carbon cages off ebay for $16 off ebay including shipping.So i have a pr as back up.I just cant put old skool alum cages on a new bike,keep them for my vintage 1980's ride
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I don't know why you'd be twitchy about it. You bought the cheapest nastiest cages you could find, and got 6 months out of them. What did they run you with shipping, like $10-15 each?

Bin them and buy another set, better yet buy half a dozen so as they fail you've got a ready stock. I'm not being sarcastic on that ... seriously at that price they are a disposable item. If you want something that's going to last, well buy something more expensive.
there's truth to this....i've been debating just buying a new set. At the price, they are very disposable. i have a camelback podium as well and i'll be pissed if i lose it in traffic.

don't get me wrong, im not pissed that the cages suck, i knew what i was getting into. I just thought i'd share.
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Originally Posted by redtires View Post
+ a gazillion on stainless steel. The bomb...end of story.
True, but no bling factor - unless you found some cool looking ones.
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if you want light and cheap bottle cage. Here's a titanium one that I got after failing with the chinese carbon ones. They are more expensive but much much better than any alu, steel, carbon I tried
https://cgi.ebay.com/Titanium-bottle-...item3a6432abbb
I think i got mine from a different seller a bit cheaper but it's the same cage
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I've got aluminum, stainless steel, and two types of plastic cages. The plastic cages are my current faves: Arundel Sport and Elite Fiberglass. They have been durable, hold the bottles very securely but are easy in out when needed, and are lightweight. If I had to choose between them, I'd say the Arundels work the best by a small margin, but they're a smidge heavier and not as cool looking as the Elite. However, the classic look of the stainless steel cages complement my Ti bike very nicely.
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
True, but no bling factor - unless you found some cool looking ones.
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...teel-cage.html

https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...teel-cage.html

Inexpensive...light and IMHO both very good looking cages on any bike.
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https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...teel-cage.html

https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...teel-cage.html

Inexpensive...light and IMHO both very good looking cages on any bike.
First one has a bit of flair and might look good on my BBQ caad with it's silver highlights here and there (skewer, nipples, bar ends).
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Get stuff pros use. Tacx or elite
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Similar issues with the ebay carbon cages. Lost a bottle on a rough road (thank goodness it was a solo ride) and decided to go with a Tacx.
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Similar issues with the ebay carbon cages. Lost a bottle on a rough road (thank goodness it was a solo ride) and decided to go with a Tacx.
So you have a sample size of 1, I'm not sure that tells us anything about cheap carbon cages. Boonen lost a bottle out of an Arundel stainless cage on the weekend in Roubaix, bottle went into the back wheel causing him to crash and finished his race. Are Arundel stainless cages crap? No, but a rough road, or a pothole or whatever is enough to eject a bottle from most cages.

I've got King titaniums and have ejected bottles. I've got cheap carbon that have held bottles in when I thought they'd go. My only complaint with the cheap carbons, is I carry 750mL bottles and after 6 months or so I tend to snap the stop off the bottom of the cage.

Best cages I've used are Arundel Mandibles - expensive, not overly light, but I've never killed one, never flipped a bottle out of one.
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these are the ones i got.

https://cgi.ebay.com/STRADALLI-CARBON...#ht_5303wt_905

my bottle is a 750ml. I might swap my cages because i have 2 on there and only use 1 bottle so one of my cages is still pretty stiff while the one i use is loose.

I wanted the look ones to match my bike but at $80each, forget it. i'll just get a titanium one....i don't really care about appearances anyways.
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Interesting thread for me. Just got a new Madone 5.2 last week and was looking on ebay for cheap carbon cages. I think I'll try the really cheap ones that come from Taiwan, an engineering friend that in the composites business says that right now their technology is more advanced than the US's. Two with shipping I believe is $28.00.
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Old 04-12-11, 10:34 AM
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can't go wrong with the price, just don't expect the world from them. their technology is more advanced, but are they using it in their generic products? i got 6 months out of mine...4 were winter on the trainer. but at that price, you can just buy replacements. the only thing to hope for is you don't cause a crash if your bottle goes flying, but then again a poster above said that can happen with any cage.
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Love the Arundel polished stainless cages - plenty of bling for me. The again, my bike has all silver parts.
https://www.artscyclery.com/descpage-ADSSC.html
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Potential signs of schizophrenia: no issues buying multi-thousand dollar bikes, then cheap out on bottle cages with price differential of ~$30!
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