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I have run the Bontrager XXX Lite's (17 gr each) for the past 3 years. I think I have I lost 2 bottles after I hit a REALLY big bump/pothole, but otherwise no problems. I know they are spendy....mine came with my last Madone from the LBS.
 

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there are no "best" carbon cages any more than there are "best" bikes, wheels, helmets, etc... It's pretty subjective.

most carbon cages perform the desired function quite well -- so buy the ones that you like, take a few minutes to install them, end enjoy...
 

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Let's see. A Bontrager XXX Lite is $50. A Bontrager X Lite is $16. The XXX Lite weighs 16 grams. The X Lite weighs 38.

O.K. (pencil in mouth) carry the one, um....yeah. That's about $1.50 a gram
 

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Any feedback on the BONTRAGER Race XXX Lite UD Carbon Bottle Cage? They have a disclaimer that they're only for smaller bottles (591 ml) and not for off-road use, mind you I'm a roadie, but I wonder of a bottle could pop out if I hit a bump or something?
 

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Arundel's are good. I have the PRO cage that Shimano sells, it holds the bottle great and bottle goes in and out easliy and is relatively cheap LOL as far as carbon bottle cages go. Also the Serfas ones are pretty good too
 

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best for the money? or best regardless of price?

best for the money = ebay carbon fiber cages, 2 for $24. every design, even sideloader. in a blind test, you cannot tell the diff between those and $60 cages.

best regardless of price = i dont know, i'm not paying $50 for a freaking water bottle cage.
 

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I know what carbon cage I wouldn't recommend: The Profile Karbon Lite cage. They launched my Polar, Camelback, and Specialized bottles any time I hit even the smallest of bumps on the road, which did NOT endear me to the group that I usually I ride with. They are light and pretty looking, but expensive and ineffective in doing what they're made to do.

I'm now using King Titanium cages. They're practically bombproof, and they work! :D
 

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BikeFixer said:
Arundel's are good. I have the PRO cage that Shimano sells, it holds the bottle great and bottle goes in and out easliy and is relatively cheap LOL as far as carbon bottle cages go. Also the Serfas ones are pretty good too
Glad to hear that, as I just ordered a couple of PRO's from Art's Cyclery at a very nice price. I was leery, since I couldn't find any reviews...
I can't wait! (now if I can find the time to build up the frame they're going on :lol: )
 
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