Vincero Design Stratus20 bottle/mount system  £33.99

8/10

Impressive magnetic design with clean lines, easy removal and an excellent valve

Weight 92g   Contact  www.ison-distribution.com

by John Whittington   May 15, 2012  

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it', right? Well the Vincero Design Stratus20 bottle/mount system thinks it can improve on the traditional model with a cageless magnetic system. It certainly makes for a nice party trick at the cafe stop, but is it really a better option?

You get an idea of the design from the photos but a simple male (bike) and female (bottle), slot and groove connection is held in place by two magnets - about the size of a 1p coin - in the bottle and mount recesses. If you're sitting there with your pessimist hat on, take it off, these little magnets are hugely powerful; installing the mount, my allen key kept sticking to it on each tighten and I often had to separate pots and pans from the bottle in my drainer.

The true test of the magnets' strength though is when riding and I can say they are up to the job. Not once did I lose the bottle or even have it rattle - the slot is designed such that the magnet pulls into a triangle, preventing a loose fitting. I also tested it on my mountain bike with equally impressive results: even on the rockiest of descents, I didn't notice the bottle until I got to the bottom to find it was still there.

Reaching for the bottle is much easier than one in a cage: because it isn't clamped, you can pull the bottle away in any direction. Replacing it is even easier: simply hover in the general direction of the mount, the magnets attract and guide it in; you don't even have to look down.

To help soften the £33.99 RRP, a Camelbak style 'medical grade' silicone valve is included in the bottle. I haven't used one of these for a while but it works well and should mean the bottle will last longer since the valve isn't becoming chewed up (the valve doesn't require opening and closing, just suck). They are a bit harder to clean but thankfully, the 'stratus' bottles can go in the dishwasher - just keep them on the top shelf with the temperature low.

On test was a 591ml (20oz) and a 710ml (24oz) is also available. This bring us to one of the obvious disadvantages of the system - you have to use one of Vincero's bottles. The bottles themselves are good, priced at around £7, but aren't going to be as easy to come by as normal ones. If you lose one on a tour or something, you probably need to buy a cage along with a new bottle.

Kitting your bike out with the mounts is £65, and if Vincero change their design or go out of business, they'd become useless. Whilst £65 sounds a lot for bottle cages, remember that a lot of carbon cages go for £40 or more, so for a neat system it isn't bad value.

And a neat system it is. The beauty is that the mounts are barely visible so the clean lines of a bike aren't ruined. What's more, it's an unobtrusive option for those who like a second bottle for long rides but don't need one every day.

Verdict

Impressive magnetic design with clean lines, easy removal and an excellent valve.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Vincero Design Stratus20 bottle/mount system

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

'We have developed an integrated system offering cyclists, regardless of discipline, the ability to quickly, easily, and efficiently mate our water bottles to their bicycles. The system's patent pending design is comprised of a combination of complementary geometries as well as a magnetic pair of rare earth metals. These two features provide a cyclist with an unparalleled user experience with many advantages over other bottle & cage implementations.'

Summed up pretty well. Works off-road as well as on, lots of advantages and adds a bit of polish.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Wide mouth screw top is 63mm and seals tight every time.

Medical grade silicone valve requires no manual opening and closing, delivers excellent flow without any drips.

Physical cues to ensure easy mating to the edge16 rail mount.

Easy-to-handle, non-slip shape, yet compatible with traditional bottle cages.

Food grade plastic doesn't soak up flavors or odours.

100% free of BPA, DEHA, and DEHP.

Proposition 65 Compliant and made of 100% FDA food-grade material.

Safe for the top rack of your dishwasher.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Good sturdy bottles and a well designed mounting system. The top and valve feels like it should last a long time too.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Better than your average bottle and cage system. Removal and insertion is a breeze and the silicon no-drip valve is a pleasure to use.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

The bottle should last a while, made of thick plastic and without a cage to rub on it, doesn't get all scratched up. Our magnets didn't lose any attraction during test and we're told they shouldn't if kept below 150deg (shouldn't be hard in a British summer!)

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

74g is fairly competitive for a bottle and cage system.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10

The Camelbak style valve is nice for drinking on a ride. Ergonomic shaping of the bottle is also a strong point.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

£33.99 is expensive for a proprietary system but some wouldn't think of spending £40 on a carbon cage - which doesn't include a bottle. I personally think it is a honest price point and good value.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It worked well; not once did the bottle drop from my bike, even off-road.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The magnetic mounting system: pull the bottle away in any direction and simply hover in the general area of the mount to replace.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I couldn't use any other bottle but of course, this is unavoidable and in truth, there is no need to want another bottle unless you lose Vincero's one.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A very neat little system, which is certainly better than the standard bidon and cage system. Better but not revolutionary.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 23  Height: 184cm  Weight: 66kg

I usually ride: Orbea Onix (Carbon) - Summer, Orbea Asphalt (Alu) - Winter  My best bike is: Orbea Alma G10

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Semi pro

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, club rides, mtb,

 

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sounds good to me, especially putting it back part Cool

posted by DofeDome [23 posts]
15th May 2012 - 10:34

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what's with the pricing?

says £34 up top, then £65 further down. so, that's for two sets? with a £3 bulk discount?

i'm confused...

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
15th May 2012 - 13:04

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Crap!
Bought two late last year. 20km later and the first pot-hole I met, BAM, both bottles went a-flying. This product promises much but ultimately fails to deliver.
Send me proof of 20quid donated to an animal charity in honour of such a waste of space product and I'll send you my two bottles! Angel
PaulR

posted by pralston [3 posts]
15th May 2012 - 13:13

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Was thinking I might go ahead and buy a couple of sets but after reading the post by PaulR I'm not so sure. I ride out through London to get to Richmond and if you lose a bottle in the city it's usually been flattened by a car or bus by the time you stop and go back.
Have given up on fancy carbon cages and use elite fiberglass ones, they have never let me down.

posted by belgravedave [164 posts]
15th May 2012 - 14:12

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Quoted price is RRP for one. Second is to 'kit out' a bike (2 bottle/mount), which yes, at RRP would be £68.

Surprised some have had problems dropping bottles. Maybe a new batch of magnets as it never even hinted at falling out for me.

posted by John Whittington [73 posts]
15th May 2012 - 14:18

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A solution looking for a problem

posted by localsurfer [160 posts]
15th May 2012 - 18:23

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I see another advantage for roadies.
Your bottles graphic's don't get scratched.
Always a clean new look but limited to the manufacturer's selection (1) !

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posted by Krazyfrenchkanuck [10 posts]
15th May 2012 - 23:01

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Would love one of these to mount my Garmin GPS. The Garmin mount is bulky and crap.

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posted by Doctor Fegg [131 posts]
16th May 2012 - 14:36

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Doctor Fegg wrote:
Would love one of these to mount my Garmin GPS. The Garmin mount is bulky and crap.

Do you mean the neat, low-profile quarter-turn mount? In my opinion it is great piece of design. Why do you think it is "crap" ? I don't mean to be awkward, just interested in your opinion.

posted by andrewcook [7 posts]
16th May 2012 - 19:47

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@andrewcook - hmm a good question. i suppose if i were being picky about my garmin mount its biggest offence is it covers some of the 3T logos on my stem and it can move very very slightly when pressing the buttons(edge 500).

but that is being hyper critical. other wise i to think its a decent mount and does the job nicely.

wouldnt say no to the 3T stem with integrated mount but not for the silly price Smile

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
16th May 2012 - 21:24

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(sorry, just noticed this a bit late)

Andrew - I ride with an eTrex rather than an Edge (touring rather than racing, basically). The eTrex mount is insecure, prone to snapping, and won't even fit on the bars of my new bike. Have just discovered the RAM-Mount system and am very tempted to get one...

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posted by Doctor Fegg [131 posts]
11th July 2012 - 9:21

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