These are from Specialized. They are not so much of the carbon bling, but they hold my bottles tight, pretty darn light for the price. Look great on my Specialized bike, but perhaps the name Specialized on the side of them might cause problems on other bikes. They do have a carbon version that is about 13 grams lighter, but man for 4 times the price I can loose the 13 grams from around my waist.
I have used a set of these for a year now and they hold a bottle well, seem fairly durable and weight next to nothing. Both cages and bolts weigh 54 grams. They are not the cheapest, but I got mine Ebay for about 90 bucks, which is about 30 to 40 off retail.
Yeah, I was worried about the specialized bottom tab breaking. Actually had it happen to a friend's, but those were last year's models. The new ones seem a little more sound on the bottom tab. I have about 35 hours of riding on them so time will tell. I had considered carbon cages, but I have seen those break just as easy. These were not some cheap Forte ones. So since these were $16 a piece vs. $40+ a piece for carbon I thought I would give them a try. So far they have been fantastic.
Lightest that will actually hold a large bottle in any conditions is the BTP 13g MTB cage.
The other 2 @ ~20g I've found that hold well and are reasonably cheap are the Topeak carbon shuttle cage (found them for $75/pair shipped) and the Edge Elite sold on ebay (usually around $40/pr) which were a very pleasant surprise and have an interesting silver inside, natural outside. Arundels are nice and hold well but are on the heavy side for carbon cages.
Can't beat the cateye for price and it holds well and you won't break the end tab off - which so far has eventually happened with every carbon cage I've used for any length of time, including the uber expensive Record cages.
I had a pair of Pedro's recycled milk bottles cages (thin plastic - either 1 or 2 in the U.S.). One bottle cage weighed 25 grams, and the other one weighed 27 grams (I purchased 6 from Nashbar). Of course, they weren't durable, but I used only one on my seat tube for three years. For some reason, I destroy cages and water bottles on my down tube, probably because I use them a lot more than the cage/bottle combo on my seat tube.
I have the Zero Composites cages at 22grams a piece, great bling too. http://www.zerocomponents.com/waterbottles.html.
I've never had a bottle bounce off or any issues for that matter. If you can score them for less than MSRP then not too shabby addition to the bike. I think I paid $40 for each.
I forgot to mention that it's 22 grams including bolts.
damn.. this is why I try to stay away from this forum.
I was spending way to much time & money thinking about how much lighter my bike could be.
the madness is creeping back into my brain looking at these cages.
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