Eurobike 2012 - Tune's lightweight bottle cage experiment

How light can a bottle cage be? Well...

by Dave Atkinson   September 4, 2012  

Tune 5g bottle cage - in situ

So how light can a bottle cage be? That's the question Tune appeared to be asking on their Eurobike stand. The answer might surprise you…

The first bottle cage we saw was this one, weighing in at a portly twenty grams. It looks more or less like a standard carbon bottle cage, albeit a fairly minimal one. Even so, we couldn't think of many bottle cages that were lighter. However, round the corner we found this…

Weighing in at just nine grams, this bottle cage basically consists of two ribbons of carbon fibre wrapped around the bottle. Nine grams. Nine. Just as we were thinking, "we've seen it all now", what should we see but this…

Five grams. Five. Grams. This one looks like it's made from a shoelace cut in half down the middle and dipped in resin. We can't help thinking that round Friedrichshafen on billiard-table-smooth asphalt you might just get away with it, if you had a small bottle and only filled it half way. We won't be bringing any back to Blighty though.

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How much? Devil

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
4th September 2012 - 17:43

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Would spend most of your ride picking your bottle off the floor after it fell out the bottom!

posted by jimmyd [92 posts]
4th September 2012 - 20:39

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http://www.b-t-p.de/B-T-P_Team/b-t-p_team1.html

That cage needs a tapered bottle. Been around a while though...

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posted by John Stevenson [975 posts]
4th September 2012 - 21:09

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I can never help but feel these are one of the most pointless items you can buy. What's the point of saving 15g on something that's used to cart around 1.5kg of water?

Leave a single shot's worth of water out of one of your bottles and you'll save more!

(or, if you are building a real weight-weenie bike, just leave the cages off all together)

posted by Mr Will [88 posts]
5th September 2012 - 10:27

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Bottles in jersey pockets FTW!

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posted by G-bitch [302 posts]
5th September 2012 - 10:58

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Those have been around for *years*! Any Weight Weenie will tell you they're fine (and I'm sure the 'heavy' one is), but I'll stick with my 'overweight' Arundel Mandibles, thanks all the same...

posted by RichTheRoadie [86 posts]
6th September 2012 - 0:09

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Really old news... And not that expensive. At least the 9 gram one (which I have used for a couple of years). Was something like 25 euros with a bottle and alu bolts. My friends use theirs on MTBs. The downside is that the tapered bottles can be a bit hard to take out at times.

posted by kide [19 posts]
7th September 2012 - 22:35

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