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    Water bottle/cage to fit Altitude

    I have a 2014 Altitude in carbon and have been trying to figure out a way to run a bottle cage without it getting in the way of the Thule 591 arm when attaching the bike to the car.

    When running a cage, there isn't enough space under the bottle cage to fit the arm as the bottle bosses are very far down the downtube and near the seattube junction. I'm not running a piggy back shock so when the cage is on, there is no issue with clearance to the bottle. It's just a pain having to take the bottle cage on and off every time I ride, I've just resorted to using a camelbak even on short rides.

    One option I looked into was the Wolftooth B-RAD system to move the bottle cage further up the downtube, but because of the thickness of the plate it lifts the whole thing too high and touches on the shock. The topeak QR cagemount appears to have a similar issue due to the thickness of the plate.

    I haven't found any bottle cages that have the lower mounting hole really close to the bottom of the cage to allow more clearance for the bike rack arm to fit below it.

    Has anyone tried the Fabric cageless bottles on an Altitude frame? Do they even fit? Looking at it, I don't think the bottle would even engage with the mounting points due to the bottle touching the seattube before it even clicks in.

    I'm open to any suggestions so I can run a bottle even for short rides.

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    Get a different bike carrier!

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    Not exactly the cheapest option having to spend another $200 on a bike carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achuang View Post
    Not exactly the cheapest option having to spend another $200 on a bike carrier.
    No, but kill 2 birds with one stone.
    1. Run any water bottle cage set up you like.
    2. Switch to a 'no frame contact' bike carrier.

    Two big wins in my opinion. I really dislike the Thule carriers

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    Any other suggestions? A bit hard to convince the wife I need to buy a new bike rack because of a bottle cage.

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