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The Tacx Ciro is a good looking, lightweight and very secure bottle cage available in a choice of colours to match your bike. And at a penny under £16 it's good value when you take all those factors into account. Some may find the fit a bit too tight, but if you want an ultra-secure setup then it's hard to beat.
The Ciro is an evolution of the Deva cage. The focus for this new product has been on getting the weight as low as possible while ensuring it's still strong and durable enough to securely hold a water bottle in place.
To achieve this low weight, the cage is constructed using a glass fibre core wrapped with moulded carbon with a very minimalist design – the result, says Tacx, of analysing every aspect of the cage to shed weight where possible. It's certainly achieved that because at 30g there's really not a lot to this cage.
Essentially the Ciro consists of two wings that clamp around the top of the water bottle, with a small retaining lip at the bottom and a ramped section at the front to further aid bottle security. That ramped section is designed to interface harmoniously with Tacx water bottles (obviously) but it works with other bottle brands just fine, so fear not, you don't have to buy matching bottles to get the best from this new cage.
In use, the Ciro does a solid job of holding water bottles securely. The fit between bottle and cage is on the firm side compared to other bottle cages I've used regularly in recent years and it does require a bit of a firm push to seat the bottle fully into the cage when replacing it after a drink. There are easier cages to get bottles into.
But once in place, there's no way the bottle is going to bounce out. I tested this over rough ground on a gravel bike and no bottle ejections occurred, and the same was true on the road bike, even on my bumpiest local roads. It's also been tested by several professional WorldTour cycling teams during the classics and if it's good enough for the pros, it's probably good enough for you and me.
Naturally, a Tacx water bottle fits nicely, with the ramp shape of the cage fitting perfectly into the groove that circles the top of the bottle. Happily, the cage works okay with other bottles – no problems with an Elite or Camelbak Podium bottle.
The actual weight of 30g is damn close to the 29g claimed. That's light, although it's heavier than the 23g Elite Vico Carbon bottle cage Jim tested last year. From Jim's review it would seem bottles fit into the Tacx Ciro much more easily than the Elite Vico, and personally, I'm willing to pay a 7g weight penalty for an easier-to-use cage.
And lastly, there are nine colours to choose from, so you can personalise or match the cages to your bike, with gloss and matt options.
In summary, the Tacx Ciro is a good looking bottle cage that is light and secure, comes in a wide choice of colours and with a reasonable price tag. If you're in the market for some new cages for your bike, this should definitely be a contender for your cash.
Lightweight and secure water bottle cage available in nine colours at a decent price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Tacx Ciro
Size tested: Various
Tell us what the product is for
"The Ciro bottle carbon cage is shaped to clamp the bottle very tightly. Tested in the classics, the minimalistic design complements your bicycle," says Tacx.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Clamping: Its black shell is reinforced by carbon to strengthen the optimized form, so the bottle stays perfectly in place.
Weight: The carbon shell reduces the weight to 29g
Colours: A full pallet of gloss and matte colours are available
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Keeps your bottles securely in place so you won't go thirsty.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Minimalist appearance looks good on a race bike, light on the scales and works well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The fit is actually a bit tight.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Considering the low weight and good performance, plus the wide range of colours, £15.99 is impressive. You're getting a high-quality product at a good price here.
About the tester
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, mountain biking
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.