Vincero Design Stratus20 waterbottle & Edge16 mount

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Since the Camelbak came out, 20 years ago, I’ve not paid much attention to water bottle technology. Apart from a few inventions like insulated bottles and slightly lighter cages, there’s not been too much to shout about. The Vincero bottle and ‘cage’ though, really is a departure.

As you’ll see, the mount on the bike is truly tiny, just a little blip. This fits into a corresponding hollow in the bottle’s underside. It’s wedge shaped so that the bottle can only settle in the correct position. Obviously that alone won’t hold it in place. The clever bit is that there’s a super-strong neodymium magnet concealed in the bottle. This secures the bottle to the mount with a surprisingly swift ‘snap!’.

Once in place, both our testers found that no amount of normal off-road riding could get the bottle to eject yet, when you need to drink, a firm-ish pull upwards was all that was needed to free it. To reinstall, you just aim the bottle at the mount; gravity, the bottle’s groove and the magnet make sure it’s pretty hard to miss.

The other beauty of the system, is just that; with the bottle off, you’d hardly know the mount was there. Great for adding an occasional bottle without cumbersome cages. Or for riding with a bottle for your warm-up lap and then leaving it off for the race. Replacement bottles are only £6.99 for the 20oz size or £7.99 for the bigger 24oz, too.

Overall: Not for everyone, but if you’re interested, we can tell you it works as well as you’d want it to.

Chipps

Review Info

Brand:Ison Distribution
Product:Vincero Design Stratus20 waterbottle & Edge16 mount
From:Ison Distribution, ison-distribution.com
Price:£33.99 20oz/£34.99 24oz bottle and mount
Tested:by Chipps for Three months

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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