At just 25g the Zefal Pulse Carbon Cage is extremely light, but more important than its lack of bulk is its excellent ability to keep water bottles securely in place, even over rough roads.
The opening of the cage has smooth rounded surfaces so it is a cinch to roughly locate the water bottle in the rear zone and push it smoothly into the cage. The top of the cage has a split design, which allows it to expand a little to accommodate the tiny differences between some water bottle brands.
Despite its lack of weight and minimalist design, it's proved to be adequately durable despite some hamfisted bottle stowing. It's a smart looking bottle cage and is brand neutral too.
Good looking lightweight carbon cage that is durable and easy to use.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Zefal Carbon Cage
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?
Innovative & stylish carbon cage which is designed with a stronger tip for a better hold of the bottle.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Pulse Full Carbon Bottle Cage
The opening makes it a doddle to slide a bottle in even when you don't have time to look down, ideal for racing.
Despite its lightweight design, it is a tough and reasonably sturdy cage. Better suited to racing than commuting or touring.
At 25g carbon cages don't get that much lighter.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed as intended. The split/open design ensures it accommodates bottles of different sizes easily.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Looks good on any bike.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
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.