Despite its slender appearance, the Supacaz Fly Cage Ano is surprisingly sturdy and grips your bottle firmly no matter how bumpy the ride.
- Pros: Impressive grip, huge array of colours
- Cons: Bottle can be a little difficult to fit and remove quickly
Bottle cages cover a massive range of prices from a few quid to the best part of £100; as long as it stops your drink hurtling off down the road or trail is it worth paying more? Well, in my eyes, yes.
The minimalistic design of the Fly looks great and being available in a huge number of anodised colours means that you should be able to find one to match your bike's theme.
It's only 22g, too, so no worries about weight.
It's made from a single piece of aluminium alloy, and after being formed into shape it is amazing how little flex there is in what Supacaz calls its 'Locktight Wings'.
Once inserted, your bottle is gripped firmly and whether full or empty it isn't going anywhere. I've used it on both road and gravel rides and the bottle has stayed put up against the stop at the bottom of the cage.
The only downside to this super-secure retention is that it can take quite a push to open up the cage with your bottle when you've finished drinking, especially if you want it to get done quickly or when bouncing around off-road.
Fitting the cage to the bike is easy using the pre-drilled holes, and should the tolerances not quite match up the bottom hole is elongated to allow a bit of adjustment.
Value-wise, at £16.99 it is in the same ball park as the Vel T5 SL Alloy Cage and they are similar weights too.
Against a carbon fibre cage, like the Vel SL 0 that I've been using since testing it last year, the performance is just as good. The weight is within 2g but the Supacaz is nearly £30 cheaper.
On the whole, the Fly Cage Ano does the job and looks the business.
And if you want something really bling, Supacaz offers the Fly in its multi-coloured Oil Slick option. It weighs the same but costs a rather less appealing £39.99.
Looks great, and absolutely no fears about losing your bottle whatever the terrain
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Supacaz Fly Cage Ano
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?
Supacaz says, "The Supacaz Fly Bottle Cage has an anodised aluminium construction making it super tough and providing smart aesthetics. Lock-tight wings keep your bottle secure over even the bumpiest trails."
It certainly has a firm grip on your bottle.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
100% anodised aluminium
Laser etched logo
High-end yet durable
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It keeps hold of your bottle regardless of the conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Loads of smart looking colour options.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really stands out to dislike, although its prowess at gripping the bottle can make it quite hard to get the bottle back into the cage at speed.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
For a decent, lightweight alloy cage it's about the right money.
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
It's very good: it does everything a bottle cage needs to do and looks great as well.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
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, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.