- Show me your hardtails and hydration…..
Does anyone still use water bottles and cages out on the trails still? I can’t remember seeing any of late and I’m thinking about going back to the bottle and cage method.
Any hardtail users have some pics, just because I’m at a loose end tonight and fancy something to look at.
Also any recommendations on a cage that’ll suit a skinny steel 29er appreciated.
Thanks all 😊Posted 1 month agomick_rSubscriber
Salsa Nickless cages if you can find them. Absolutely the best I’ve used in 30 years of mtb.
Very durable and secure. Don’t wear. Don’t leave black goop on your bottle like worn aluminium cages. I’ve got two in permanent mtb use, often with oversize 1 litre bottles. One just cracked a weld after 10 years, but as they are stainless I just silver soldered it and good for another 10 years 🙂
Cage moved onto it’s third bike during new frame shakedown last summer – scuffed cranks are the same age as the cage 🙂Posted 1 month agoscotroutesMember
I’m a big fan of the Specialized Zee cages. Side entry/exit means they play well with smaller frames.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/2gDmCoB]P1050890[/url] by Colin Cadden, on Flickr
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Also with Pooguard™
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Here’s my Inbred with a bottle cage.
It was primarily used for the battery bottle on my old Lumicycles. Not really used for that now, but good for a water bottle when going on shorter local rides.
I normally use a camelbak though on longer rides.
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Side entry (specialized) cage on Mount Rushmore extender to clear frame bag. It’s always useful to have a bottle bikepacking…
Non ‘packing I prefer to run without a pack where possible so shorter duration runs (say <3 hour) I’ll take a bottle (if needs be the water here is usually good enough to enable top ups, or at a coffee/cafe stop). I tend to run with a frame bag now as, well, why not?
If not, I’ve a three litre camelbak bladder that I’ll fill according to perceived need.Posted 1 month agojoebristolSubscriber
I think you’re overthinking it – most cafes and bottles are fine. I run one on both mountain bikes all the time, plus on longer rides I’ll take a Camelbak as well.
Make sure you get a bottle that has a flip cover – otherwise it’s just minging. I got some cheapie 650ml ones from decathlon for a couple of quid and they’re wearing much better than the more expensive hi5 bottles I’ve used on the road bike. I tried a Camelbak podium but it kept getting mould in the mouthpiece quite quickly so gave up on that.
Out of all the cages I’ve used the one on my hardtail is the best – it’s an alloy side entry cage I think I got cheap from CRC for a fiver or somewhere like that.
Having said that the cheapie metal one in my hybrid is fine and the Planet X / Specialized plastic ones also do the job and I’ve never lost a bottle.
The only ones I’d be worried about off raps are the Cannondale branded ones on my road bike – they’re a bit flimsy (but look nice) and seem to be getting baggier over time.Posted 1 month agobenp1Subscriber
Cages here too, very very rarely use a bladder. Sometimes I might use a pack to carry stuff in but i’ll still use the cages. Usually just waist pack and cages, even though my tools are often on the bike in a revelate jerry can. Waist pack is usually for a spare layer or some snacksPosted 1 month agosolariderSubscriber
I used a bladder for years. Always carried the kitchen sink ‘just in case’, but one day I went out without it and discovered how constraining having something heavy on your back and straps over your shoulders and chest is. The freedom of movement is noticeable whithout a bladder on your back, but it does offer a little crash protection.
Went back to bottles and haven’t looked back. Most rides I find one is enough, but space for two.
In terms of cage recommendation, you can’t go wrong with a King Cage both functionally and aesthetically for your needs. And you’ll never need another cage.
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