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Two rides - two broken bottle cages(12 posts)

Two rides - two broken bottle cagesmr_spin
Oct 1, 2001 8:57 AM
I had a strange problem recently where two bottle cages broke on two consecutive rides. The first was one of those Elite cages. It lasted a year, then came apart last weekend. I replaced it with an old Specialized cage, which broke this weekend.

I'm mystified, and running out of cages! Both cages broke in the same exactly place. My first thought was that maybe it has something to do with my bike, but I doubt it. I think this is the old correlation vs. coincidence argument.

Anyway, I've broken Elite cages before--they are cheaply made, but not cheap. I'm thinking about switching to King cages, but probably not the Ti ones ($45 a shot!).
re: Two rides - two broken bottle cagesBirddog
Oct 1, 2001 9:45 AM
I've used Profile cages for years after having the difficulties you describe. I've broken one and it was real old. They cost between $5 and $7 bucks and hold the bottles firmly. I have never, I repeat NEVER lost a bottle with a Profile cage and I don't know anyone else who has either. The one I broke even held the bottle and the broken piece because of it's built in O ring design.
You're a HAMMERHEAD! (NM)MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 10:52 AM
re: Two rides - two broken bottle cagescioccman
Oct 1, 2001 10:54 AM
I'd recommend Cateye carbon.

I've got two of them on one bike. Also have two more for an underseat system if need be.
re: Two rides - two broken bottle cagesDave Hickey
Oct 1, 2001 11:24 AM
I just looked at Cateye's website. I didn't see bottle cages. Are they new?
re: Two rides - two broken bottle cagescioccman
Oct 1, 2001 11:49 AM
No, they're old. Couple years at least. If they're not there, they might have quit with them. Give them a call maybe? I don't know who else makes carbon cages, but I think they're great.
re: Two rides - two broken bottle cagesgrzy
Oct 1, 2001 11:26 AM
Go with either the King SS road cages or the Cussi SS cages. Everything else is just temporary. Stainless has high toughness and is much better suited - it's only a few grams more than ti and way more affordable. The other bonus is that the SS cages won't mark up your water bottles or fatigue the way the aluminum ones do. I have a slew of broken alu. cages that I'd be *willing* to sell ;-). You can also tweak the SS cage to get just the right amount of tension to hold your bottle.
CiussiMikeC
Oct 1, 2001 11:54 AM
I have two Elite Ciussi SS cages on my bike that usually hold either two Polar bottles or a Polar and a bottle battery. Neither the weight of the battery or my own fevered clumsiness yanking that long Polar bottle out of the cage has done any damage to them. I've bent them out of shape dozens of times through rough handling, and even deliberately squashed them a couple of times to hold something else, but they've always held up.
They're light, but not cheap (except compared to carbon!).
HOW DO YOU ...Woof the dog
Oct 2, 2001 1:12 AM
pronounce "Ciussi"? I'm actually shopping for one but don't wanna be emberrased saying it wrong, hehe. I also heard they are like 30 grams heavier than average 7 dollar cage, no?

Sincerely

Woof woof.
HOW DO YOU ...MikeC
Oct 2, 2001 4:59 AM
Chee-oossy (somewhat slurred together, like "choossy."
They weigh 45g (less than 2oz). About $16.99 on the Web, or $25 at your lbs.
HOW DO YOU ...Woof the dog
Oct 2, 2001 9:17 AM
cool thanx. These cages have the round plastic Euro thingies on 'em right?
Yesgrzy
Oct 2, 2001 10:00 AM
The Cuissi cages have the little Euro buttons to grip the bottle while the King cages do not. Realize also that there is a difference between the gauge of wire used between road and MTB cages. The MTB ones are a little more bomber for obvious reasons.