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    What Bottle Cage Are You Running?

    Just built up a new bike and was wondering what bottle cages people are running? What's tough and reliable and wont lose the bottle?

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    I’m currently using the Specialized Zee Cage, it came stock on my bike. Alternatively, you could go for Fidlock bottles, which eliminates the need for a bottle cage.


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    I have really liked my Fidlock bottle so far.
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    I just use a cheap plastic generic Profile cage from Performance Bike. I think it was on sale for $7 or $8. It's a side load making it easy to get a bottle in and out of the tight rear triangle (Whyte T-130). To be honest, it's the best (as in hasn't bent or broken, and easiest to get a bottle in and out of) cage I can remember having. And I've a lot of 'em since the 70's, all that cost more, many costing a lot more...
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    If you want integrated tools and pump, this is what I'm running:

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Lezyne side load. Strong, secure, cheap.

    https://ride.lezyne.com/products/flo...enhanced-black
    Also on this one. Working fine so far.

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    blackburn mountain cage
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    The one that came on my bike.

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    A few months ago I picked up a couple of new Bontrager side loader cages. I think they came out this year. I was looking for something with really good retention that would work in the frames of my bikes. They fit the bill. They're strong and have really good retention. There's pretty much no chance of losing a bottle.
    Do the math.

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    What Bottle Cage Are You Running?

    Specialized Zee II cage with integrated tool on both trail bikes. Holds my bear spray or beverage beautifully. Ease of side entry works perfectly on tight frames and I have yet to have anything even come close to releasing when slamming through the gnar. An integral part of my “riding packless” setup.

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    sick! Thanks for the heads up guys! I've only ever used hydration packs when riding dh stuff and cages on road or gravel bike stuff... Last thing I want is to lose a bottle on the new trail bike. Will head to the LBS and see what they have. Hopefully they'll have some of the ones you guys have mentioned... Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Me too. Slowly replaced all my bottle cages with them. The Best.
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    Specialized Zee cage here as well.
    Came standard on my Specialized bike (without tool).

    I purchased the Zee Cage with tool for my next bike. I opt for right side entry but it is available in either left or right configurations.

    I use them all the time. I wear a hydration pack on longer rider, and/or in summer. If summer rides will be long I use the hydration pack as well as a bottle cage to carry sports drink. I ride pretty hard at time and the bottle hasn't been ejected.

    Seth gave it pretty high raves on one of his videos too.

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    I have been running a King Cage on my Kona Unit for the last couple years. I built up a new HT this past year and went cheap with something from a LBS that looked very similar to a King Cage. First ride out, I kept hearing something pinging on my bike over rough sections. Took several times before I realized it was my full water bottle and in short order, replaced that cage with a Wolf Tooth x King Cage Morse Cage. I am sure there are other cages that function just as good, but I love the minimalist stainless steel construction and it is a quality "Made in the USA" product.

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    Cateye BC-100. Six bucks each, tough, bottles don't fall out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hambone70 View Post
    Cateye BC-100. Six bucks each, tough, bottles don't fall out.
    Did you ever feel the extra weight on the front?

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    Another one with Zee Cage II with tool. Holds my bottle/storage keg great and the tool is very convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmendes View Post
    Did you ever feel the extra weight on the front?
    Not really. They're only 750 ml each, and I drain them as soon as there is room in the backpack bladder.
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    Being attached to the lowers, I imagine they'd be in for a pretty rough ride.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post

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    I use a hydration pack but a bottle on my road bikes, including my CX. I find a lot of the time, especially on the CX that my bottle gets so filthy that I don't want to drink from it. I've been thinking about carrying a bottle of electrolyte drink on my mtbs but how do you keep it clean enough to drink from? I usually will give it a squirt to clear any muck off the nozzle (which wastes water) and then shoot it into my mouth but still, sometimes they get so filthy I don't even want to do that.

    I think I've seen a bottle with a cover that protects the nozzle from dirt? My jersey is usually dirty and soaked with sweat as well, so not a good bottle wipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I think I've seen a bottle with a cover that protects the nozzle from dirt? My jersey is usually dirty and soaked with sweat as well, so not a good bottle wipe.
    CamelBak Podium Dirt series, my friend.


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    Does anyone use one of those side by side adapters to run two bottles and get them out of the way of the shock on some bikes?

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    Not really.

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    I've been using the Elite Race cages on all my bikes, road gravel and mountain for over 5 years and have never lost a bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Does anyone use one of those side by side adapters to run two bottles and get them out of the way of the shock on some bikes?
    I got some of the WT dual cage mounts to play around with. I ended up not using them, but I think they would work assuming you didn't hit the bottles with your knees a bunch. Whether or not that would happen depends on your particular body, pedalling style and where the mounts are on your bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I've been thinking about carrying a bottle of electrolyte drink on my mtbs but how do you keep it clean enough to drink from?


    I drink from a bottle inside my frame summer and winter in moist PNWet conditions and have never had an issue. The bottle nozzle stays clean enough it's not been a problem. I think smaller MTB frames with wider tubes probably helps since the nozzle is protected from spray pretty well.

    Photo above is my winter bike that sees a fair bit of slop riding in Coastal BC.

    I do use front and rear fenders on my bikes so that also helps somewhat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I think I've seen a bottle with a cover that protects the nozzle from dirt? My jersey is usually dirty and soaked with sweat as well, so not a good bottle wipe.
    Camelbak do their podium "Dirt" series which come with a rubber cap over the drink spout. They're a decent option for bikes where the front wheel spray hits the bottle. I'm just not sure how easy it is to replace the cap while riding.

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    ToPeak Ninja series gives me a rotating pocket to store several things and it also has tire levers built in. It's very slick.

    This contributed to allowing me to have all of my tools on the bike and off my back.

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    Another vote for the Zee cage. The side loading design is compatible with just about any frame and makes it easy to get the bottle in and out. Plus they're lightweight, durable, and hold the bottle very securely. The multitool add on is a nice bonus too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Being attached to the lowers, I imagine they'd be in for a pretty rough ride.
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    Just thought I'd give an update... Ended up running a Lezyne sideloading cage. Seems to be pretty secure through rock gardens on a short travel bike and didnt even lose a bottle even when I cased some jumps...



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    I'm running the same cage. No issues so far.
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    I put the Lezyne side loader under my down tube and it won't hold a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    I put the Lezyne side loader under my down tube and it won't hold a bottle.
    That’s because of the design. If you look at the bottle cage from an upside down and right side up perspective, it counts on gravity and the curves on it to hold the bottle in. For a under downtube bottle cage, a traditional front load cage would be a better option.
    If you insist on a side load cage, I suppose the Specialized Zee Cage would be able to work due to more contact areas between the cage and the bottle.


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    Run a Fabric Cageless bottle holder on my AM HT 29er...

    Big thanks to Yoann Berilli for the tip i.e. over tightening the nubbles - keeps the bottle in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    I put the Lezyne side loader under my down tube and it won't hold a bottle.
    Earlier I posted about the new Bontrager side loading cage. I'm not using it under the downtube, but I think it'd hold a bottle pretty securely in any orientation, much better than the Arundel, Specialized, Elite and other cages I've used.
    Do the math.

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    I'll check out that Bontrager, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    A few months ago I picked up a couple of new Bontrager side loader cages. I think they came out this year. I was looking for something with really good retention that would work in the frames of my bikes. They fit the bill. They're strong and have really good retention. There's pretty much no chance of losing a bottle.
    Running the same.

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