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    What is everyones's favorite bottle cage?

    I have had the basic metal types..always work but not exciting. Went with an Elite Custom cage this time...lasted a month and then broke...worthless. Will return to Performance. Thinking of getting a Specialized Rib Cage or Rib Cage (side loader).
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    That's a no brainer for me, CATEYE | CATEYE : HOME . Just as light as most carbon fiber, does a great job of holding the bottle in place as well as letting it go when you want it, very durable, and cheap too.
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    US designed, made, KING CAGE. The Iris design is copied (but copies are inferior in finish and function).
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    That's a no brainer for me, CATEYE | CATEYE : HOME . Just as light as most carbon fiber, does a great job of holding the bottle in place as well as letting it go when you want it, very durable, and cheap too.
    Cateye makes 2 different cages

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Cateye makes 2 different cages
    Yup, have them both. They're both really light, really indestructible, and really cheap, what's not to like, I mean really.

    Think either model is a good choice, we're talking for under 10 bucks, just as light as 50+ dollar carbon ones, and definitely more durable.
    FWIW think the bc 100 holds the bottle better but also doesn't let you have it as easy and is probably a few grams lighter at I'm guessing around 30 grams. I've never had the bottle come out, even crazy tall ones, of the bc 300 except on a crash but it's a bit quicker in and out so I like it better, probably around 35, maybe 40 grams.

    Another FWIW, you'll get alot more posts if you ask over in general forum.
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    Either Cateye, almost indestructible.

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    I am a bit of a bike snob. I have Zipp cages on all of my bikes. Broke one last year and Zipp sent me a new one FREE! Also have never lost a bottle with one.

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    King Cage without a doubt. They even have a size that fits a growler;-)

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    I have Blackburn Slicks on my bike. Lifetime warranty, unbreakable, yadda-yadda.

    They are a snug fit, and you can't spread them like metal cages to accommodate non 'bike' bottles.

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    (When I use one) I use the Cannondale aluminum cage. It's cheap, light, solid, and most importantly doesn't get caught up or kicked around thanks to its curved design.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    I have had the basic metal types..always work but not exciting. Went with an Elite Custom cage this time...lasted a month and then broke...worthless. Will return to Performance. Thinking of getting a Specialized Rib Cage or Rib Cage (side loader).
    The Rib Cage hands down is the best at holding on to your bottles, I have them on all 4 of my bikes and have never lost a bottle. Everyone of the guys I rides with uses them and it is about the only thing I will continue to buy from the Big S.

    I have the side rib Cage ( Zee cage) on my XC bikes and it works really well, but you have to make sure the bottle is all the way back in the cage.

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    Blackburn Slicks are 12 bucks, 23 grams, good looking, feel kinda junky but I haven't broken mine yet and never dropped a bottle.

    If you want something nice. get the Ti. King cage or carbon Mandible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    I have had the basic metal types..always work but not exciting. Went with an Elite Custom cage this time...lasted a month and then broke...worthless. Will return to Performance. Thinking of getting a Specialized Rib Cage or Rib Cage (side loader).
    My favorite cage is actually that elite custom cage, ive had mine for more than a year and it has survived numerous races..

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    Only one I have ever been able to reliably not lose bottles on chunky stuff is the spesh side loader one.
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    Went with Specy Rib Cage. Looks indestructible and holds the bottle TIGHT!
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    Velocity - Content Template

    30 grams, $5 from an LBS. Very tough, and available in a color to match your bike.

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    My favorite cage is (and has been since about 1996) is the now exstinct (I think) Blackburn Bomber Jr. cage. It can hold a one liter bottle...good for the summertime.
    Now I wish I would have got the original Blackburn Bomber cage way back when too.
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    I like to support Williams Cycling. These look awesome, are light and aren't too expensive. The owner usually answers the phone when you call.

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    Nice suggestions, I'm going to look at a few of these and am in need of a side loader on the Superfly I ride. I have had good luck with the Bontrager RL cages have worked fine for me, never dropped a bottle or broke a cage.

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    Ringle?.... From the Era of CNC and Anodizing but I have always and still love these cages.. A little difficult to find these days but they are still out there.. You'll pay anywhere between $25-$100 for one but they are a pretty cool accessory and pretty functional as well..

    Pros
    *Relatively light
    *Bottles are held extremely secure (I've never had a bottle come loose on a descent)
    *They come in fancy colors

    Cons
    *They are a little more difficult to install
    *Over time they will scratch and eventually destroy bottles
    *Price

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    Check out Vincero if you have a tight frame with minimal room. Really awesome concept. Otherwise King all the way.

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    Last edited by steadite; 01-10-2013 at 06:09 PM.
    whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    I have had the basic metal types..always work but not exciting. Went with an Elite Custom cage this time...lasted a month and then broke...worthless. Will return to Performance. Thinking of getting a Specialized Rib Cage or Rib Cage (side loader).
    I use the rib cage. It's been holding up for about two seasons now.

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