The Deda Elementi Gabbia bottle cage does the job of keeping your drink in place and looks pretty good while doing it. There is a degree of adjustment to suit your frame, too.
- Pros: 15mm adjustment; holds a bottle securely
- Cons: Scratches quite easily inside
Priced at £9.99, the Gabbia sits well against a lot of the opposition. The Vel Race Cage, for example, is a couple of quid more, while the Zefal Pulse B2 Cage will cost you an extra £1 on top of that.
It's no good being cheap if it's at the sacrifice of performance, but while I had my initial concerns over its strength (the Gabbia feels quite flimsy and flexible), it proved its worth out on the gravel bike where everything was taking a right battering. A full 750mm bottle stayed firmly seated thanks to the snug fit.
Getting the bottle in and out isn't a faff either thanks to the large open neck of the cage, so grabbing it quickly never turns into a clumsy fumble.
Available in seven colours, there are plenty of options for tying it in with your bike's finish, although one criticism I do have is that the gloss finish on the inside does scratch from the bottle being inserted and removed. The cage can look quite worn in very quickly.
Most cages have one round hole and an elongated one to allow for a small amount of adjustment should your frame bosses be a little out. The Gabbia has a nylon insert that slides up and down to give around 15mm of adjustment – ideal if you have a small frame and need a bit of clearance. It does make the cage body a little thicker than most, but Deda includes some longer bolts should you need them.
Overall, the Gabbia is a decent quality water bottle that does the job of looking after your bidon.
Holds on to your bottle tightly for a decent price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Deda Elementi Gabbia Bottle 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?
Deda says, "Gabbia is a light and strong bottle cage made in high-density techno polymer.
"A special plate helps the mounting on the frame."
It does the job for not a lot of money.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
High-density techno polymer
Finish: Matt outside, inside glossy
Fluo Green, Fluo Orange, Fluo Yellow, Grey, Pob, Red, White
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does its job, holding a bottle securely.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good grip on the bottle.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Inside scratches easily.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's a few quid cheaper than a lot of the polymer cages we've tested.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a good bottle cage for a decent price, though the finish wears quicker than plenty of other cages I've tested.
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.