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    Side loading Cage With Slotted Mounting Holes

    As the title says I'm looking for a side loader that fits close to the frame and has slots so it can clear my shock and maximize bottle clearance. What's out there?

    PS, I hate losing bottles.
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    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    I have been happy with Specialized zee cages. So happy I put them on all 3 of Mtn bikes. And they have slotted holes. 42 grams and you can put a little SWAT tool under them.
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    I don't know what you mean by "slots to clear the shock" but Specialized Zee cages are great side-loaders.

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    https://www.arundelbike.com/
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    Making shit harder than it needs to be isn't awesome, it's just...harder.

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    With slotted mounting holes the position of the cage can be fine tuned.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    With slotted mounting holes the position of the cage can be fine tuned.
    It's right there in your title. D'oh.

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    Have a Zee as well. Never launched a bottle. Right or left available. Light. Reasonable price

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    Shouldnít this thread be moved to the components forum?
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Like Alex said, Arundel is the best.

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    I'm using the Spec. Z as well and it allows me to use a larger bottle in my tight frame. Also holds my bottle much tighter that conventional cages.
    You're entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

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    I have an Arundel side loader that I was using before switching to the Zee. The reason I switched is because the Arundel loads at an oblique direction whereas the Zee loads directly sideways. My frame has a very tight fit and that oblique loading angle made the bottle trickier to insert or remove, so that's something you'll want to take into consideration. I can't really say that one is of higher quality than the other because they're both just simple pieces of plastic without moving parts. They both work.

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    what a waste of space! i can't believe we don't have a Bottle Cages forum.

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    Zee cages also holds open beer cans too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    Zee cages also holds open beer cans too.
    Critical.

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    If the Spesh fits and you arenít worried about bad karma from using anything from the sinister Big S, I would go with it. Cheap, light and it works.

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    ***whoops***

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Critical.

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    If the Spesh fits and you arenít worried about bad karma from using anything from the sinister Big S, I would go with it. Cheap, light and it works.
    Thus, my dilemma. Although mine was a gift from a friend.
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    lezyne flow right hand side load- works well for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Shouldnít this thread be moved to the components forum?
    I was going to but it's list didn't include bottle cages, which are clearly an accessory.

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    Looks like I may have to sell a bit of soul and go with S

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxw6L0QmPF4

    Seth's Bike Hacks bottle cage smeasher.

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    Lezyne side load cage. You can use a dremel to slot the bottom hole more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Looks like I may have to sell a bit of soul and go with S

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    Not to go off topic from side loading cages, but I recently picked up a Camelbak insulated water bottle that is the best bottle Iíve ever had. And Iíve had numerous ones. Itís a bit longer than most and holds a little more. The fluid stays cold throughout a 3 hour ride due to the insulation. And itís got a nice locking dial on the drinking spout instead of the old pull push design.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I use the Podium Chill in my Specialized Zee cages. The dial on the top goes from open to closed, but the nice thing about "open" is due to the bite valve does not let water out unless you squeeze.
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    Podium chill is my go to bottle too
    Making shit harder than it needs to be isn't awesome, it's just...harder.

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    The one thing I hate about Podium bottles is that the spout holds a lot of mud. I have a couple on the way with mudcaps so they should be good for winter. I may try an insulated bottle if it keeps the water warm for a couple hours. In the summer I don't care if the water gets warm, but I hate cold water when it's cold out. The last couple of years I have been pouring warm water in the bottle and carrying it in a bib short pocket.

    It looks like Cannondale makes a cage similar to the Zee. https://www.cannondale.com/it-IT/Can...7-228fe777d5b6
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Here in Phoenix for summer rides I will freeze a bottle solid. Then take it for a ride and let it melt on the ride. Nice to have ice cold water when riding on 105F temps. When it is just "warm" out I fill with ice and then add water for the same effect.
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    +1for Zee cage I drilled holes in mine up higher to mount it lower.

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    I picked up a Zee cage yesterday and it fits perfectly. I like how the underside is flat and sits close to the frame which maximizes space.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    I picked up a Zee cage yesterday and it fits perfectly. I like how the underside is flat and sits close to the frame which maximizes space.
    I will see you in hell. This time, you're buying

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    Satan makes a good bottle cage.

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    The Lezyne Flow cage doesn't hold bottles that well in any config other than top of downtube. Ejects from vertical seat tube mount and ejects from under the downtube. Lost a 22 oz Purist bottle a few rides ago from a vertical ST mounted Flow cage (left hand, which is right handed for this position). It held the bottle when it was full, but when it was about 25% full, somehow the bottle squeezed out the side.

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    awesome strap...


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    Side loading Cage With Slotted Mounting Holes

    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    The one thing I hate about Podium bottles is that the spout holds a lot of mud.
    The podium dirt series will solve that issue. But Iím not sure if they have a chill version. Alternatively, get their mud cap (the podium dirt series simply adds the mudcap by default) - problem solved!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow4eva View Post
    The podium dirt series will solve that issue. But Iím not sure if they have a chill version. Alternatively, get their mud cap (the podium dirt series simply adds the mudcap by default) - problem solved!


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    It has mud flaps? I could have used a mud flap after a short bout with the flu last week.
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    I ordered a couple of mud cap bottles from Merlin because I could not get them locally. The Zefal cage looks good, but is spaced much further from the frame than the S Zee. The Zee makes the best use of limited space from what I can gather.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    It has mud flaps? I could have used a mud flap after a short bout with the flu last week.
    I said mud caps




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