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Verdict: 
Well-designed bottle cage that does its job well. Perhaps limited to Cannondale bicycle owners though.
Weight: 
40g
Contact: 
www.cannondale.com
Cannondale C-Cage bottle cage
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The Cannondale C-Cage bottle cage does just one job - holding your bottle - and does it particularly well.

The bottle cage has the simplest task of any bicycle component, but its importance shouldn't be underestimated. Anyone who has seen their bottles bounce out of their cages will appreciate that a good bottle cage is a wise investment.

The Cannondale C-Cage meets this requirement. It's moulded from a poly-resin material and is light at 40g. That's not superlight but Cannondale have used the extra material to design a cage that securely holds a water bottle in place over even the bumpiest roads.

Removing and inserting bottles is easy, the opening is wide and the chamfered edges help the bottle locate. It's an open design so the wings can expand a little, which makes sliding a bottle in much easier, while still keeping adequate pressure on the water bottle.

The C-Cage ticks all the boxes then. The only thing going against it is the branding: it's highly unlikely you'll be rushing to buy this cage unless you own a Cannondale bike to put it on. If such brand concerns don't worry you, the C-Cage is a good investment.

Verdict

Well-designed bottle cage that does its job well. Perhaps limited to Cannondale bicycle owners though.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Cannondale C-Cage bottle cage

Size tested: White

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?

The Cannondale C Cage is a lightweight and sensible bottle cage, with a poly-resin moulded construction and easy bottle access with more wrap-around coverage than a standard cage. The C Cage serves a subtle yet effective purpose.

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

Lightweight and sensible.

Easy bottle access with more wrap-around coverage than a standard cage

Poly-resin molded construction

C-logo serves a subtle yet effective purpose

Weight: 40 grams

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

Ticked all the boxes.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It works well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Potentially limited only to Cannondale owners.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

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

 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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PJ McNally [589 posts] 2 years ago
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Potentially limited only to Cannondale owners.

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I run Specialized cages on a Trek, they hold the bottles well enough and i think they look good. But they only have an embossed S/Z logo.

Should I only use Bontrager parts?

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billyman [148 posts] 2 years ago
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have these already on my cannondale, they do a great job

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Not KOM [79 posts] 2 years ago
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I'd like one of these - any recommendations for a decent place to go to find it. I've tried Wiggle and Cannondale direct, I'm not sure where else to look.

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davebinks [138 posts] 2 years ago
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I have used a very similar one made by Zefal
A full bottle jumps out on poor surfaces. I stopped using it for that reason.

I expect this will do the same, because it does not wrap around the bottle, it only holds it at the sides.

If the sides are stiff enough to retain the full bottle on a rough surface, they will be too stiff to allow the bottle to come out when you want it to.

I'll stick with the full wrap around type, thanks.