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    Rigid SS XC Racers: What bottle Cages work for you?

    I'm looking to race my rigid SS for the rest of the XC season here, wondering which cages you guys are using that work well. Yeah, I know I'd have better luck keeping the bottles in hand if I had a suspension fork, but anybody got a cage they like for full rigid smashing?
    -DC, just some XC Bum in Sfla...

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    i use King cages. works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpowa View Post
    I'm looking to race my rigid SS for the rest of the XC season here, wondering which cages you guys are using that work well. Yeah, I know I'd have better luck keeping the bottles in hand if I had a suspension fork, but anybody got a cage they like for full rigid smashing?
    King cage every day I have never lost a bottle with the king.

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    I've got some cages that Giant used to sell as high end. They discontinued them, so I don't think the model information would do you any good, but the only time I've had a bottle come out of them was when I actually crashed.

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    I recently discovered my new bottle cage is not up to the task on choppy downhills and drops. Need something that holds the bottle better.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    blackburn mtn cage

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    Cateye BC-100 cage - light and cheap...Bought them 3+ years ago and they're still going strong. My riding/racing terrain consists of super rocky, technical trails and my wide variety of bottles never have been ejected.

    BC-100 | CATEYE

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    Salsa Nickless or King cages work for me

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    Blackburn Chicane SS have worked well for me. But I can't say I've lost many bottles on any bikes as long as I didn't use stupid cheap ebay plastic cages from China.

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    Lezyne power cages have never lost a bottle for me. $10 on amazon...

    Lezyne - Engineered Design - Products - Bottle Cages - Power Cage

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    Synchros Tailor Cages for me.

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    King

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    Just make the purchase and never look for cages again.

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    One lost bottle in maybe three years with King... easily addressed with a little squishing.

    Endurance racing in nasty bits east and west. Pisgah, Breckenridge, State College, Virginia, Georgia...

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    King. Maximum beverage retention, Stainless (or Ti for snobs), hand made in teh USA, reasonable price. No need to look any further.
    Ride more!

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    king cage
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    I've been using the Specialized Zee cages that are left/right specific for a while with great results. Plus they have the hole to mount a little multi tool in a holster thingy, which is nice, because when I try to strap my tool in my Backcountry strap under the seat, I can never keep it from falling out. YMMV.

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    I’ve never lost a bottle using Blackburn mountain cages. Been using them for several years. I just keep buying them in different colors to match my bike.

    They’re cheap, work great, can be smooshed for tighter fit if they don’t work great, and come in several colors.

    And I do some dumb stuff that probably shouldn’t be done on a rigid bike, like waist-high drops to flat.
    Don’t modify the trail to match your skills, modify your skills to match the trails.

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    King Iris. I've lost a bottle with a regular King (just one time. Maybe I didn't seat the bottle down tight). Specialized Rib Cage seemed to work pretty well.

    Terrain I ride: Mostly XC, but couple of times a year, I'm out in Moab and Southern Utah, on the rigid bike. Haven't lost a bottle yet (on Iris and Ribcage). Iris is more solid/secure than the Ribcage.

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    I think it's funny that some of the bottle cages that were recommended early in this thread are exactly the ones I loose my water bottle with.

    The ones I'm referring to are the Blackburn MTN cage, Blackburn Chicane stainless cage, and any cheap aluminum bottle cage that's branded with Giant, Cannondale, whatever. I think it's great if it works for you, just wanted to give my experience with these as they don't seem to match others.

    I'm going to try the King cage next, obviously, but are people using the standard version or the Iris version?
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    I use the $3 steel cages on my SS, and I've never lost a bottle!! They're easily bent and they hold tight even in the AZ rocks!!
    I need a cool saying to put here.

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    Tacx Tao - moldable to bottle size and won't mark up bottles.

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    I put a carbon Arundel cage on my Canfield, and have never lost a bottle. It came off of my road bike which has also never lost a bottle.

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    Another vote for King’s.

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    A bottle will never come out of this cage....

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