New frame woe. Water bottle mount.
Posted 4 years ago
Just got a Santa Cruz Superlight frame. Before I ordered it I spoke to the importer to check that it had 2 bottle mounts.
It does but as you can see from the picture there isn’t room for a bottle. There will be even less room once the shock compresses.
Does anyone have any cunning plans,is this the silliest bit of bike design for a long time.
Yes I do need a water bottle and a seat post mount isn’t exactly convenient .
My dream bike might have to go back.superleggeroSubscriber
I have a medium Superlight frame with BBB Sidecage 2 water bottle cage holding the smaller Camelback Podium 610ml water bottle, mounted in the centre of the frame. It’s snug but it all works okay under the shock etc. Side entry bottle cage is the way to go and whichever you get make sure the rear of the cage ie the bottle base area does not foul the suspension workings. Not the greatest design if you need a water bottle but it is possible. Hope this helps.Posted 4 years ago
You want one of these…..Posted 4 years ago
Ebay link to the item
I have the same frame – colour and everything, but in large – works for me and I have never ever had a bottle fall off. IMO It’s the only solution – the space is too small for me too for a forward removal bottle cage. What is nice about the magnet are the clean lines when you have no bottle. Oh – buy a spare bottle so you can Milton one and keep the bugs at bay.feistyMember
Camelbak man, aside from your issue they are more efficient fr drinking little and often, and for everyday use why do you even in need to take a drink? If I ride for less than 40 – 30 miles I don’t bother, and even if you must take a drink on short rides popping a camelbak on is hardly a biggy.
Oh and bottles on bikes just look so pants 😆Posted 4 years ago
In a way its quite refreshing and an indicator of how far we have come as a society that I should get STWed for wanting to drink out of a water bottle rather than riding a 29er.Posted 4 years ago
Well done everyone.
Sensible suggestions are still welcome.
I did think about those magnetic bottles but would like to know it will fit before laying out £40.offthebrakesSubscriber
As some of the others say, side-entry bottle cage will allow you to get a 500ml bottle in.
Not ideal, but it hasn’t stopped me doing rather a lot of racing on my Superlight over the last 5+ years. Having said that, looking forward to having triple the capacity when I hopefully get a new xc hardtail soon.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
You can get camel backs that are small and compact that have nothing but the liquid bladder. A mate of mine has such a camelback with a 1ltr bladder and it really is tiny. These things are very small and you really don’t know you’ve got them on once you get used to them and the don’t impede you or your riding at all. Really – how many FS bikes out there now have room for large capacity water bottles? Many bikes these day’s don’t even have bottle cage bosses. Do you really want to compromise your choice of bike for this?Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriber
One of these on the Top tube ought to do it
Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
I used one of these http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=5146 on my 575 for a couple of races. The bottle sits at an angle to the frame, so doesn’t have to fit under the shock. People keep tellign you you’re losing your bottle 🙂 but it does stay put.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks Wally, think you’ve got a whole lot more room there than me. Will measure when I get home.Posted 4 years ago
Have had a good investigate and there are all kinds of mounts out there and I can fit one on the bars as a worst case scenario.
Was wondering about running cables inside swing arm or outside . You’ve answered that question as well.rickonSubscriber
Still a little confused, if you’re only drinking 500ml in a ride, you could just drink that before heading out.
If it’s an all day ride, you’d be looking at 2.5l ‘ish at least. Do you re-fill and then carry on riding?
I know it sounds a bit pushy, but there’s a simple solution to your problem, which costs about £20 and you’ll forget it’s there after a couple of rides. My mate who does 24 hour races prefers his camelbak when racing, as he doesn’t need to stop or get new bottles every lap.
It’s worth considering, as it’ll save you a lot of hassle, and choosing a sub-optimal solution 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I am doing the “wrong” thing by running them inside – I had to put Helitape in and rubber thingies from Decathlon on the cables to stop them rubbing through the weld. But I like them tucked away, so works for me. Shop whole builds have them running outside. I have a large frame 5’11”.Posted 4 years ago
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