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What are some good (looking, quality) bottle cages that can hold a heavy (32) bottle?

Old 01-22-14, 03:53 PM
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What are some good (looking, quality) bottle cages that can hold a heavy (32) bottle?

I bought some carbon fiber bottle cages which look great but are a bit weak/flimsy. If I hit any bumps on the road, a large bottle of liquid always flies out of the cage. Can you all recommend good bottle cages that will look good on a black, carbon fiber frame but also strong enough to hold heavy bottles?
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I've never had a problem with Tacx Tao's. Popular in the pro-peloton, too.
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I've never had a problem with Tacx Tao's. Popular in the pro-peloton, too.
Have you used them with taller 32oz bottles?
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What's your budget??

I like king stainless steel cages. If on a major budget get inexpensive aluminum ones.

What's nice about metal cages is you can bend them to get desired hold/feel.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
What's your budget??

I like king stainless steel cages. If on a major budget get inexpensive aluminum ones.

What's nice about metal cages is you can bend them to get desired hold/feel.
I'd prefer less expensive, but I'm willing to pay up to $35 if it's a great looking and string bottle cage that can hold a tall 32oz bottle even with hitting bumps.
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Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
I'd prefer less expensive, but I'm willing to pay up to $35 if it's a great looking and string bottle cage that can hold a tall 32oz bottle even with hitting bumps.
Go metal. Aluminum is fine and only about 8 bucks, but may mark up your bottles. The nice thing about stainless steel is it won't mark your bottles.
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Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
Have you used them with taller 32oz bottles?
Are those bottles the same width as a 750ml bottle? Your imperial system confuses me!
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I use these:

https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/BikeSma...3C8600/Product

Black on my bike and silver on the wife's. I've only lost a bottle once and I blame the pothole not the bottle cage.
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Originally Posted by NathanC View Post
Are those bottles the same width as a 750ml bottle? Your imperial system confuses me!
The width is always the same (or else they wouldn't fit bottle cages), they're just taller. https://www.amazon.com/Zefal-Magnum-B.../dp/B0044Q9NX6
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So I guess it comes down to frame size as to whether they fit.
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Blackburn Slick looks decent with unidirectional carbon. Might not look as good on or next to a weave design.
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
Blackburn Slick looks decent with unidirectional carbon. Might not look as good on or next to a weave design.
On amazon, all the reviews say it's very fragile and breaks easily. What's your experience?
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Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
On amazon, all the reviews say it's very fragile and breaks easily. What's your experience?
Frankly, I haven't used 'em enough to say much but they seem fine to me (for ~$25 a pair). Unless I'm looking in the wrong place, over two-thirds of Amazon reviewers give it 4 or 5 stars?
https://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-Slic...owViewpoints=1

They are covered by a lifetime warranty...that makes you double covered if you buy from some stores.
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Another vote for King Cages; more specifically, the Iris cage in stainless. I carry big bottles on my MTB and fatbike, over rough terrain, and have never dropped a bottle.
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https://www.competitivecyclist.com/le...ExOjE6TGV6eW5l

big bottles stay till you need them. Holds 26 oz podium bottles perfect.
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I have done countless mountain descents (worst being the col de Sarenne if you remember it from last TDF) with Zefal Spring cages with Elite Maxi bottles and never lost a bottle even though there are extremely easy to use (open and very flexible). They are also fairly light (~40 real grams) and cheap. The lezyne above look very nice too, my only concern with "closed" cages is that bottles can be difficult to pull out (which is why I don't like Tacx Taos).

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I haven't read through any of these, so it may have already been mentioned, but I purchased 2 Chinese carbon cages on ebay. $11 each and they weigh 19g each. They have been flawless.

I have used the big and small bottle and have never had an issue with anything falling out. Nice and tight but not so tight that its hard to get the bottle back in or take out.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-Carbon-...item48574d6a26
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Arundel mandible...grip so tight!
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I use a set of these, they're fairly tight gripping. Which i really need when i'm on a ride whit a few cobble sections. Not sure if a big bottle would fit though but i don't see why not.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Whole...506714230.html
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I know about 22 oz (~ 640 ml) bottles, but have never seen (ok, never looked for either) anything larger. Are 750 ml and 32 oz bottles readily available in the LBS?

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Blackburn Slick looks decent with unidirectional carbon. Might not look as good on or next to a weave design.
I 've been running these for a season. No problems with them.
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Recommend Arundel Sport Cages. Excellent retention, sturdy, lightweight and relatively inexpensive at ~$15.
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I use Specialized Rib Cages and the sideways version on one of my frames due to lack of bottle clearance. I use the larger insulated polar bottles and they get heavy. I've used them in really bumpy crits, so bumpy that people's levers were moving on their bars, their bars were moving, and some people even crashed. I never had a problem with losing a bottle.

In fact when the cages are new they really don't want to let go of a bottle, even when you're pulling on it. It takes a few cycles to break in the cage so bottles come out easily.

btw I use insulated Podium bottles and they don't have a proper shoulder like a regular bottle. They're normally worse in a cage. I've use the tall ones no problem on my bike.

Finally in crits I don't swerve for bumps and such as that's one of the most dangerous things you can do in a field. I hit everything; I don't spare the bike if sparing it means possibly taking out the rider behind me.

I've tried a lot of other cages and found all of them lacking. The Rib Cage is similar in shape to the Lezyne and Blackburns listed above. The sideways one (Z-cage?) is different and I haven't had a problem with that either and it's easier to get a bottle out of one when it's new.

Main cage is the Z cage, the second one is the Rib cage. The bottle in the cage is the smaller of the insulated Podium bottles I use. There is a taller one that is heavier when full of ice and water. No problems with either types of bottles. Note that there is no real indent for the shoulder - this apparently caused problems with some cages but not with the ones I use. Obviously no problems with normal bottles in those cages either, short or tall.
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Originally Posted by vfrjo View Post
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/le...ExOjE6TGV6eW5l

big bottles stay till you need them. Holds 26 oz podium bottles perfect.
I agree with this...the Lezyne flow cage is a god one. I use it on my 25oz bottles all the time and they stay snug. Not the lightest, but they are strong, which is what you asked for. Here they are for $9.99 each and free shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lezyne-Flow-...ht_2602wt_1138
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Anyone got a decent beauty bike shot with the Lezyne Flow cages? I couldn't find a good one. Functionally these seem great but not sure of the look.
(To any flame comments-I do design work for a living, so aesthetics matter to me

I'm either gonna go with these or Blackburn Slicks. FWIW my old bike had Profile Kages, which were absolutely bombproof, used those when I raced a couple seasons.
Only problem is they're really heavy - actual weight 62 gm on my office scale. Which even if you're not a hardcore weight weenie is a lot for bottle cages.


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I agree with this...the Lezyne flow cage is a god one. I use it on my 25oz bottles all the time and they stay snug. Not the lightest, but they are strong, which is what you asked for. Here they are for $9.99 each and free shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lezyne-Flow-...ht_2602wt_1138
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