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Free Parable Design Monkii Cage



Simple, practical, and functional - and excellent value to boot

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The Free Parable Design Monkii Cage is a bottle cage, so simple, and so practical you'll wonder why it's not been done before.

Attach the two plastic cleats to the mounts on the bike, and you can, relatively, simply slide the cage on and off the frame as required. Separating the bottle/cage from the studs is a neat touch, as the cage isn't imposing you can keep it attached to the bottle should you wish.

No big deal I hear you say, but that's not the really clever part. The Monkii cage, rather than use a solid cage like most others, uses flexible plastic and velcro to hold your cargo in place.

Yes, cargo. With its flexible sides and adjustable velcro you can secure almost any size and shape of bottle or can in place snuggly. With a maximum weight of 1.5kg, that's 1.5 litres of water. You can carry a bottle of wine or a can of Red Bull easily enough without fear of it either jumping out or rattling itself to death in side the cage!

It's not the raciest of designs, and probably not as aero as a £50 carbon bling-thing, but it's not designed to be. Its purpose is to carry things which may not fit in a normal cage, and it does that impeccably.

At less than £14 I'm really struggling to find fault with it. It's light, functional and super practical on both a commuting bike (hold your lunchtime soup) or on a touring bike (hold a 1.5 litre bottle of water). Money well spent.


Simple, practical, and functional - and excellent value to boot

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Make and model: Free Parable Design Monkii 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?

A simple, removable, bottle cage which expands and contracts at the sides to hold liquids containers from 250ml (maybe less) all the way up to 1.5 litres. Smart Low-Tech is the company ethos, and they absolutely nail it with this.

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

Simple nylon and velcro-alike construction. Two cleats secure the cage to the frame and allow it to be removed as and when required.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Simple plastic, very little to break, nothing has.

Rate the product for performance:

It does exactly what it should, with aplomb.

Rate the product for durability:

I've had small cans and large bottles in it, and thus far it's not wavered in its strength.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

34 grams is hardly a burden.

Rate the product for value:

Not for the racing machine, but for almost every other purpose it does a fantastic job for £12.

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


Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I could carry bottles and cans of varying sizes without breakages or the items jumping out on rubbish road surfaces.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

If i had to choose, it doesn't match my bike's colour scheme.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Absolutely.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? For sure.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Great little product, smart design and sensible price.

Overall rating: 10/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 176cm  Weight:

I usually ride: Rapide RC4, Raleigh SP Race, Hoffman BMX  My best bike is: Rapide RC4

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, Adventure-packing, crossing-countries


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