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Water bottle cages - recommendations?dgangi
Oct 15, 2003 8:25 PM
Does anybody have a strong recommendation for a water bottle cage? I haven't dealt with cages in years on my mountain bike (been using a hydration pack since '97), so I have no idea if there have been any improvements on the concept.

When I used water bottle cages in the early-mid 90's, I really hated how easily they bent out of shape if you tugged on the bottle. I also hated how they left ugly grey streaks on the bottle. Do new aluminum cages still have the same issues?

What about carbon?

Oct 15, 2003 9:04 PM
My personal favorite waterbottle cage is at

I'm too cheap to spring for the ti cage to throw on my ti bike, but the stainless looks just as good and i'm not too concerned about the extra 20g.....28g for ti v. 48g for stainless.

Now, if I had a carbon bike, perhaps I'd look into the many carbon cages, but this serves my purposes perfectly.
How about carbon...hirevR
Oct 16, 2003 4:43 AM
...c heck out I have 2 sets of their cages hanging around from previous bikes and two sets currently on bikes (my mountain and road). they hold awesomely and weigh in at about 23g a piece. they don't streak bottles and they stay looking sharp even after months inthe mountain. The peleton is loving these right now too. Anyway, if you want a set let me know.
I paid 40 each but will sell them for 25 each.
I second the Arundel cages.Dave Hickey
Oct 16, 2003 5:18 AM
I'll admit it, at first I bought one for the look of a carbon cage but since I've used it for 6 months, I've put them on two other bikes. $40 is a lot for a cage but they hold bottles more secure than any other cage I've used.
Hey hirevR, I'll buy 'emB2
Oct 16, 2003 11:41 PM
email me at bryanbergstedt_at_yahoo_dot_com if they're still available.

BTP Carbon cagesSTI
Oct 16, 2003 5:27 AM
I use BTP carbon cages on my road bike. At 16 oz. per cage, they are hard to beat for weight and I haven't had any problem
with bottles coming out on their own either.
Keep the rubber side down.
BTP Carbon cages_jim_
Oct 16, 2003 5:49 AM
16oz is heavy for a cage heh heh. my btp's weigh 13gm each. also have the 4.5gm aramid version, but the bottle tends to get stuck
have them plus the Arundels...weiwentg
Oct 16, 2003 6:17 AM
I'm a gear whore. the Arundels are really secure. the BTPs are not - they don't regularly launch bottles, but you are not going offroad on those. the BTPs are, I think, $60 shipped for 2 from odds and endos. very nice!
Tacx Tao - Anybody heard of this one?dgangi
Oct 16, 2003 5:36 AM
I have to return a few items to REI today and I figured I would check out the water cages they sell. I found one that looks really interesting: Tacx Tao. It's aluminum and rubber and weighs only 47g. And it costs only $15.

The URL to the manufacturer site is:

Tacx Taomfuchs
Oct 16, 2003 7:39 AM
I put them on my road bike last spring and have had no problems so far. They hold tight, look good, don't mark up your bottles, are light, and inexpensive.

I have heard that some bottles do not fit correctly and rattle around in the cage but if that is a problem just buy some new bottles.

Tacx Tao - Anybody heard of this one?litesp
Oct 16, 2003 10:40 AM
I bought a pair of Tacx Tao cages. Mine weighed around 35-37g each. I chose this cage because many others don't fit on my compact carbon giant. My standard bottles don't rattle and it doesn't leave marks. However, after a minor crash with the handlebars striking the bottle, the aluminum part of the cage separated from the plastics where it mounts. Traditional cages would have shrugged that off without a problem.
Tacx Tao - Awesomefracisco
Oct 16, 2003 11:07 AM
They're great! Specialized big and small widemouth bottles fit great, and there are no marks on the bottles.

Best bang for the buck.
Good designconsolidated
Oct 16, 2003 11:14 AM
They're really easy to draw from and load, and they look the business.
yep....and it worksTNSquared
Oct 17, 2003 11:40 AM
got 'em on my road bike. wrecked twice and bottles stayed put both times. the best thing about the tao cage though is that the bottle goes in and out easily enough that I don't have to look down or wrestle around with my hand off the bar trying to grab or return a bottle.
I want to see someone try those new $100 Campy cages nmDougSloan
Oct 16, 2003 6:33 AM
Elite Ciussi stainless...(NM)DINOSAUR
Oct 16, 2003 8:07 AM
mixed reviews herelaffeaux
Oct 16, 2003 12:44 PM
I have a couple Elite Ciussi cages. They hold bottles fine - maybe better than most. However if you ever shoulder your bike - less likely in road situations - the rounded edge will dig into your rib cage, and rip your gloves when you go to set the bike down. I finally gave up on using them on MTBs as they cause too many problems.

For road bikes they seem to work well though. Which I guess was the original question. :)
No problems here.MShaw
Oct 16, 2003 4:09 PM
I have Ciussis on all of my bikes. A pair of stainless, the rest AL. Hold bottles in with a minimal of fuss...

I haven't had the issue with them digging in my ribs so it may be a matter of how you carry your bike.

Forget aluminum - try ProfileKerry Irons
Oct 16, 2003 4:59 PM
There's really nothing you can do to aluminum to prevent the black bottle problem. Any paint, coating, anodization, etc. will wear through in short order, and the material is never going to be strong enough for the application. Many like stainless or Ti, and CF is becoming popular, but Profile makes a nice polymer cage (43 gm, $6) that works fine, looks fine, and doesn't get anything black. Form follows function, and doesn't have to cost much.
The voice of reason speaks.dzrider
Oct 17, 2003 5:51 AM
We can't use them in one spot on our tandem and it may be that the same problem would occur on small frames or even compacts. As long as there is enough room inside the diamond to pull the bottle straight up and out of the cage they are my all-time favorite. Cheap enough, light enough, and I've never lost a bottle from one.