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    Water bottle on a Prophet?

    OK; so I think the answer is no, but as I lighten up my Prophet for more XC/AM usage, I was wondering if anyone has successfully added a water bottle cage. Just craving ditching the pack for certain rides in the country.

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    With a Lefty, seal the bottom of your headtube, drill a hole in the stem top cap, stick a straw and you're good to go for a few miles!

    Depending of your height, you can add a seatpost mounted cage. Some have zip-tied cages to the downtube, right side up...

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    I dont even bother with the one mount.
    I saw a rider locally with what looked like a P4000 and on the 'passenger' side of the downtube there were two holes drilled !
    I asked, he said the previous owner had mounted a water bottle cage, ON the outside of the downtube right behind the head tube.
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    Stem mount it

    I put a cage on my stem, but it has to be 120mm or longer for it to work. I started doing this the first year I started racing expert class because I was faster without a Camelback and was not experienced enough to grab a water bottle on the go from the downtube. You don't have to take your eyes off the trail to take a drink.

    I drilled one hole on the bar end of the stem to mount the upper hole and tapped that hole with a bottle cage screw, then I strap the lower end with a large zip-tie.
    Check my profile for a pic of it if you are interested.

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    I Got a cage that attaches on the back of the seat tube and holds a bottle. Should be able to find one at any decent bike shop/ online store. It was around$15 with a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizle
    I Got a cage that attaches on the back of the seat tube and holds a bottle. Should be able to find one at any decent bike shop/ online store. It was around$15 with a bottle.
    You need a good amount of seatpost showing for that though, doesn't work well for shorter people and those who like to drop their saddle on downhills....

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    Unfortunately I keep my seat post fairly low...

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    You could customize your helmet:


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    I had this setup for a while - used the top water bottle boss on the frame for the bottom of the cage, and a zip tie for the top of the cage. Worked pretty well, but had to take it off every time I wanted to use my work stand, and the bottle gets kinda muddy (delicious!).
    (the perspective is kinda weird in the pic - the zip tie is not interfering with the cable)



    But then I traded that concept in for something like this:



    So far I like it.
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    jdr, i did that once what you did but would never do it again because once i was riding a pretty good clip, and reached down to get a sip, the bottle slipped from my hands into my front spokes, ENDO! ON THE BLACK TOP OUCH! thats the one thing i didnt like about the prophet no water bottles....i wonder why when cannondale is so innovative with everything else, lefty, head wrench tool, etc, etc but no waterbottle cage, go figure...you check out the cages that go on the handlebars, pretty easy to use...

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    I use a Profile double bottle mt on the seatpost

    Its the two bottle profile rack for triathlon rigs costs aboout 29.00 with the mount and two bottle holders, its very strong, works pretty well, Im on a large frame and have alot seatpost to play with, so it might not work for everyone. Bottles get a little muddy but all bottles on a mountain bike get muddy, that is one advantage of the camelback system.

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    "once i was riding a pretty good clip, and reached down to get a sip, the bottle slipped from my hands into my front spokes"

    OUCH!!! Regardless of where my water bottle is, I never try to reach for it/drink from it while in motion - I just don't have that kinda of co-ordination and fear that's exactly what would happen to me! I don't do racing or competition, so luckily it's a skill I've never needed to master - lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    You need a good amount of seatpost showing for that though, doesn't work well for shorter people and those who like to drop their saddle on downhills....

    True that, I mainly got it for an XC race where it worked out perfectly. Havn't used it since actually!

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    I mostly only use my cage to hold the battery for my bar light. I mangled my first cage (I must have hit something big) so I got a plastic one. Then on a long ride I put a bottle filled with gatorade and it fell out after about an hour. From then on I use the velcro strap that came with my light to strap it in. I only use it for breaks on long rides so accessing while moving is not an issue.

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    I drilled 2 small holes in the down tube (where a bottle would normally be) and put 2 threaded rivots in there to relocate it, it seems a little tight with the rear shock but a water bottle fits in there and I've no problems with it

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    fray can post some picks of that, i thought of that when i had my prophet...

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    "it seems a little tight with the rear shock but a water bottle fits in there "
    What size frame did you do that on?
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    Fray - what did cannondale/cannondale dealer think of that, i mean drilling holes in your frame....?

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    the frame size is a med. I'm trying to get some pics up. I wasn't exactly thrilled about drilling holes in the frame and I'm positive that Cannondale wouldn't be either but I've ridden the bike almost 2 years now and many miles so I'm not too concerned about warranty issues.

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    Can someone here tell me how much upgrades ones has to do ..$$$ wise.. to save the equal weight of a full bottle of water ?

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    Anyone ever try this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    Anyone ever try this?
    That's too cool!
    I think I'll try one.
    Ideal for those short rides after work were you don't want to don a camelbak.
    Thanks for posting this.
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    The camelbak weight used to bother me but then I got a dirt bike: that's some serious weight with all the protective gear. Now I don't even feel the camelbak when I ride my bicycle

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    Post back here if you try it!

    Quote Originally Posted by cdalemaniac
    That's too cool!
    I think I'll try one.
    Ideal for those short rides after work were you don't want to don a camelbak.
    Thanks for posting this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    Anyone ever try this?
    Thanks Kevin - nice find!

    Just ordered one.
    Might try it with my Night Sun battery, now that it's dark when I get home from work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdr01930
    ...and the bottle gets kinda muddy (delicious!).
    Try riding on a trail that allows horses. You know what horses do almost as good as carrying a lazy rider? You guessed it. They poop all over the trail. Now imagine hanging your water bottle below the downtube where anything that the front tire kicks up ends up on the top of the water bottle. I now use a Camelback exclusively when I ride.

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    Well I got my bottle cage today and it won't fit on the down tube
    Further up it interferes with the shock (actually touching it), further down the swing arm hits it when it compresses the shock
    On the back of the seat post works only somewhat, because it constantly moves with the water bottle being full, so the only option was the top tube and this works quite well.
    Even after jumps it stays in place without flapping around.
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    Cannondale Prophet water bottle fix

    I just bought a Cannondale Prophet 4 and it is a great bike but this issue with no place to put the water bottle was unacceptable. I knew I could figure out something that worked well and looked good. Here is what I did:

    I purchased a dual, behind the seat bottle holder made by Profile Design and modified it for one bottle. The unit was built using allen head bolts which makes it easy to disassemble and modify. I removed the two bottle holders and made a simple bracket to fit the remaining seat post clamp. This allowed me to center a single bottle holder behind the seat.

    I hope the pictures help out. I also want to apologize in advance if this post isn't up to par. It is my first.
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    PooC I like your seat post mount!. My 2007 Prophet 4 cam with mount screws on the down tube just above the BB. Everything on the trail ends up on the bottle. So I only use that bottle to water my 2 Aussie's when they are with me. A rainy weekend ahead so I think I'll make a post mount like yours. Thanks for the idea!

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    water bottle mount plate

    One of the two holes on the new connector bracket will have to be elongated (more like a slot than a hole). This will allow the seat tube clamp to close as much as needed. Then you can tighten the new bracket bolts.

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    I purchased an adapter for the seatpost as well, but the rear wheel actually hit the cage and the bottle came out when landing after a jump....
    Doesn't yours interfere with the rear wheel?
    Or isn't it "trail proven" yet?
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    Trail proven

    I have had it on the trail once without a problem but my rear shock is somewhat stiff right now. I don't know what will happen if I change the setting. The only time I suspect it will be a problem is during some blazing hard core downhill. However, I plan on using a Camelback for that sort of riding. This setup will work for everything else.

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    This alwaysbe me- The only place you can actually put a bottle is so ridiculous. You can't grab it whilez your riding, The bottle falls off, the cage gets hit with the bb height rocks, it looks terible. But, still, sometimes I put a cage on for mellow fire roads when I don't feel like carrying my camelback, but I still want water. I ussually just ride with a camelback, and acctually I like it better. You have more water, you can also carry spare tube(s), multi tool, and even your lunch with spare room. Also, You have more weight to move and that makes a big difference on the more extreme downhills I do. The downside-about halfway into the ride, I allready need to pee =)

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