The Elite Ciussi inox bottle cage is, as the name implies, made from stainless steel. It’s got the distinctive Elite ‘buttons’, which is a look you either like or don’t. I’m in the latter camp; I like a minimalist look for my bottle cages.
You might think steel’s a bit of an odd material to make bottle cages out of, but this actually works remarkably well. It’s quite springy and flexible which means that it’s got more give than a carbon or aluminium bottle cage. This makes taking the bottle out and putting it back much easier, while still holding on to the bottle firmly when it’s in the cage. It’s pretty light too, at 48 grams.
While it’s advertised to work with most bottles, I’ve found that it works better with some than others, the flexibility of the cage means that if you’ve got a bottle that’s shaped ‘wrong’ for the cage a rattling sound can develop on uneven surfaces.
With the right bottle, it's a good bottle cage and it's pretty light too. It is however on the expensive side and doesn't have any clear advantages over cheaper alloy units.
Pretty light, but the steel flexibility has its pros and cons.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Elite Ciussi Inox bottle cage
Size tested: n/a
Did you enjoy using the product? With the right bottle cage, yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they just wanted a light bottle cage, no. If they wanted a steel cage maybe
About the tester
Age: 32 Height: 1.78m Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: All of them! My best bike is: Cervelo Dual
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, Audax