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    Looking for Easy Access Side Entry Bottle Cage

    Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this.

    I wasn't sure if a bottle cage was a component or not.

    I have very limited room on my frame to mount a bottle cage.

    I want to be able to carry a small bottle, but even so, there is no way I can pull the bottle straight out the top.

    I'm going to need to pull the bottle out the side at an angle, and replace it the same way.

    https://www.probikekit.com/xlab-side.../10783837.html

    I was looking at the xlab sidekick, but I wasn't sure if this would work, or if there is something better.

    Thanks so much.

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    My Forte Freeloader (Performance) cage works fine. Haven't lost a bottle (or can) yet.

    https://www.performancebike.com/shop...ce:&pageSize:&

    And the name is apt. Do you have any beer I could borrow?

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    Specialized Zee cage works great. The bottle inserts and -- what's the antonym of insert? Exert? Nahhh -- withdraws directly sideways.

    https://www.specialized.com/au/en/ze...right/p/133280

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    Ditto on the Specialized Zee Cage. Easy entry and exit for your water bottle and mine never fall out.
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    Looking for Easy Access Side Entry Bottle Cage-81f648fb-72e6-4ead-83b2-20dec1da8881.jpg
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Thanks, everyone.

    After reading the above posts how can I not at least try the Specialized Zee.

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    I've had one for a while and am happy with Great Satan's bottle cage.

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    I got the expensive Arundel Carbon Sideloader because I need more carbon.

    caaarrrrrbbbooooooooon...

    ps..it's nice

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    I've got the cheap Nashbar side-loader and it's great!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale-Calgary View Post
    I got the expensive Arundel Carbon Sideloader because I need more carbon.

    caaarrrrrbbbooooooooon...

    ps..it's nice
    Link or it didnít happen.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I have the Lezyne side load cages on two of my bikes.

    https://www.amazon.com/Lezyne-Side-L...008R5KXZ2?th=1
    Last edited by tmbrown; 12-09-2018 at 07:35 AM.

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    Elite Cannibal works well on both my bikes

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    Just to follow up.

    On the advice of this thread I decided on the Specialized Zee.

    I did my first ride with it yesterday and it worked fine.

    On a fairly rocky, bumpy trail I had no problems with the bottles coming loose.

    Speaking of bottles, I also bought two smaller Specialized bottles that I thought might fit a little more snug into the cage, seeing how they were made by the same company that made the cage.

    The Specialized bottles didn't seem to fit any better or worse than the smaller sized uninsulated CamelBak bottles I had.

    The bottles take a bit of concentration to get in and out of the cage, but I can't really imagine a system that would be any easier and still be able to hold the bottles over rougher terrain.

    Thanks for all the help and I'm happy with my purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myt1 View Post
    Just to follow up.

    On the advice of this thread I decided on the Specialized Zee.

    I did my first ride with it yesterday and it worked fine.

    On a fairly rocky, bumpy trail I had no problems with the bottles coming loose.

    Speaking of bottles, I also bought two smaller Specialized bottles that I thought might fit a little more snug into the cage, seeing how they were made by the same company that made the cage.

    The Specialized bottles didn't seem to fit any better or worse than the smaller sized uninsulated CamelBak bottles I had.

    The bottles take a bit of concentration to get in and out of the cage, but I can't really imagine a system that would be any easier and still be able to hold the bottles over rougher terrain.

    Thanks for all the help and I'm happy with my purchase.
    I got used to the side loading after a bit and it no longer took anymore concentration than a regular water bottle. I used the Zee cage for training and racing on my endurance bike, including an 18 hour race and don't ever remember losing a bottle.Good stuff when your frame is too small for a regular cage/bottle and you need to run bottles instead of a hydration pack.

    Oh, and I don't ever remember having bottle fitment issues with a variety of short cycling bottles. Diameter is pretty much standard as far as I know (excluding non-bike water bottles).
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    Although I run a regular cage and have ran many different bottles. I have been known to just stop at a convenience store on the way to the trailhead and buy the smallest Arrowhead bottle. A little small for the cage but It stays put just fine and is less hassle than filling cleaning and storing. When I used to take my dog out Iíd throw one in there for him and wear my Camelbak for me.

    Back to side mount cages.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    Oh, and I don't ever remember having bottle fitment issues with a variety of short cycling bottles. Diameter is pretty much standard as far as I know (excluding non-bike water bottles).
    Overall bottle diameter isnt the issue, but more of the shape towards the top.

    Typical water bottles all seem to have the shoulder the narrows down in the same spot. Some bottles, like those from Camelbak, don't get as deep in that shoulder relief. This can be a minor issue on the Zee cage when it comes to the top edge of the cage (frame-side) locking onto the bottle. I've had some where the bottle ends up staying put still, but doesn't sit as flush to the bike as others would.

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    Luckily I've found that cheaper 'standard' bottles (even taller ones like in the above photo) work well for my riding needs, and have never felt the urge to blow wads of money on overpriced gimmicky insulated (Camelbak's main draw) bottles that aren't gonna be worth a damn for me here in AZ anyway. Of course the midget-height ones seem to work pretty much universally. 20oz gatorade bottles also happen to fit like a champ. I'll often ride with a minimal water bladder in a backpack, and a bottle of G2 in the Zee cage as a reserve, or electrolyte binge if needed.

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