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This one had me a bit peeved... but more of that later. First things first, the Comtat Ultra-Light Plus carbon bottle cage is light. Ultra light. The test version came in at 20g on the road.cc scales (1g lighter the claimed 21g on the site). And it's cheap. Well, at £24.99 pretty damn cheap for a carbon bottle cage. Comtat has a price-to-weight comparison on its website, and it confirms that it's, erm, cheap and light.
What to say apart from that? The 3K carbon weave has a glossy finish, which looks nice and has lasted well during the test period. The new Comtat logotype is, to my eyes, much better than the previous scripted affair, and chimes well with what Comtat calls the 'understated design' of the bottle cage. And the design is definitely attractive, although similar to many carbon cages from other manufacturers. The Ultra-Light Plus cage's jaws were easy to access on the move without looking, and, though not quite as snug and grabby as my current cages, they were tight enough round the bottle to keep it secure. It may be that as the lacquer rubs off more and the jaws of the cage relax, the bottle becomes less tightly held; frankly, though, it seems like a well-made piece of kit, and I'm not worried that this will happen.
I used the Comtat cage on the down tube. Those riding bikes with super-compact geometries take note: the cage sits high on the frame and lifts the bottle up quite high, so you may have trouble fitting a 750ml bottle (the largest recommended size) in to a seat-tube mounted Comtat. When I mounted the cage on the seat tube I couldn't get a large bottle in: the top tube got in the way. To be fair, this is true of a lot of cages on my bike, but the Comtat mounts noticeably higher than most.
Other than that, this cage was great. Why peeved, you ask? My current cages are a little bit heavier and almost twice the price...
Like the Ultra Light... but lighter. Cheap, light and works. As long as your frame isn't ultra compact, it will fit big bottles in on the down tube and seat tube. It's a winner... need we say more?
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Make and model: Comtat Ultra Light Plus 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?
Comtat says: "After the huge success of our Ultra Light bottle cage, we have stepped up another gear with this 21 gram, beautifully made classy cage. It works perfectly and it's understated design means it looks great on any bike."
20g on the road.cc scales but my test version gained weight in transit and was a little heavier than the claimed weight on my scales, but I'm not going to argue too much about three grams.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"3k carbon construction
Holds 500ml or 750ml water bottles
Nice carbon weave.
Not quite as secure as my current bottle cages, but showed no sign of slipping, even after the lacquer gave a bit and the cage relaxed with use.
Yep, it's light.
If you want an ultra light carbon bottle cage, this is a cheapy.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 31 Height: 1.78m Weight: 65kg
I usually ride: Cinelli Strato road or fixed commuter hack. 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: commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,