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    2015 Scalpel - bottle cage issue

    The shop just built my scalpel and were going to put a bontrager side-swipe cage on it but told me there isn't a good place to put it fit-wise

    It's a medium frame.

    What are people using?

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    I just use a camelback.

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    I use a "Ibera Lightweight Alloy Water Bottle Cage" (currently 9 bucks on amazon) on a 2014 Medium. It weighs about 9 grams more than the Bontrager you are considering. I've had issues with bottles falling out of carbon fiber cages. Here's a photo of it holding a 21oz Camelback water bottle. It's a tight fit but I'm used to it and never have a problem. (The setup fits better than the 2013 frame I had, they must have moved the holes slightly or something. I would be surprised if Cannondale took a step back on the 2015 in terms of placing the water bottle holes.)

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    I use this on my medium Scalpel. They make them to load on either side. Super light too.
    Cannondale 2014 GT-40/S Side-Load Water Bottle Cage Black Right-load

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    2013 Cannondale scalpel 1 29Žer
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    I think Russomc got swallowed up by a black hole.

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    hah! No sorry was gone for a weekend road race and have been jammed up at work and training.

    I solved the issue by moving the brake cable to the second, open spot on the front-side downtube cable guides. Doing that allowed me to free up the bottle cage mounts.

    I was nervous to mess around with the cable routing, but it works great and actually tighten up the cabling because there was a little more housing than necessary.

    I appreciate all your help.

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    I just got a Large 2015 Scalpel and am trying to figure this bottle cage issue out too. I'd like to carry as large a bottle as possible as I'm used to 2 cages on my hardtail.
    Also, I prefer a left sided cage, which is less common...

    Any other cage options?

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    Not the lightest but I've used the Specialized metal side load Z cages along with their seat post cage mount on my Scalpels the last three years. The seat post mounts are a bit smaller diameter but work on Scalpel. Tried the Cannondale side loads but they broke.

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