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Elite custom race bottle cage or Cube

p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
edited February 2013 in Road buying advice
I know its trivial basic item, but I'll rather save the money and not buy twice

Was going to get the elite custom race age, but I tried to slot a camelbak podium in one (halfords had stock of both to try but will buy else where), but it seemed hard to get bottle in. Not sure if its permanent snug fit or just felt different when not on the bike

My other option are Cube ones of similar design. Not had a chance to try one, but not sure if its snug enough for bottles not to fall out
Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm

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  • I just splashed out on the Cube HPC bottle cage for my Agree GTC Race and went out for 50 miles yesterday and found it fantastic. Holds the bottle firmly in place but is easily accessible. At £32 its obviously not cheap but I'm glad I did.
  • ...it will always feel stiffer off the bike...recently replaced the cheapo wire things with nice Elites, they're a snugger fit, but not overly so, just more secure...
    Only slight issue I have is that when you wash the bike, water gathers in the lower lip close to the bottom screw head...if you forget to wipe it down you may find a stuck screw after a while....
    ..one day I might get round to making a little drain hole..
  • ShutUpLegsShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Some bottles are bigger than others.
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    Thanks

    I wouldn't go for the full cube one but the near £10 job
    Well I've read good reviews on the elite on wiggle, Evans customer reviews but was surprised to the reviews when tried it myself, but if its tighter off the bike it makes sense then
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • fluff.fluff. Posts: 771
    I use Camelbak podiums (610 ml) with the Elite custom cage, with no issues wrt getting the bottle in and out.
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    Holding the cage in your hand and trying to insert a bottle is not going to be refelctive.

    Also if the bottle is a little hard to get in you will not lose it when the road gest bumpy. If it slides in without any resistance don't buy that cage.

    The Elite cages are very good and the Camelbak bottles are also nice. They will work together.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • smidsy wrote:

    The Elite cages are very good and the Camelbak bottles are also nice. They will work together.

    Yep, it's my combo of choice.
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    fluff. wrote:
    I use Camelbak podiums (610 ml) with the Elite custom cage, with no issues wrt getting the bottle in and out.

    Perfect
    Think I'm going for this combo then
    Just need to see who is cheapest
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • jamesesjameses Posts: 653
    If you don't mind not having the elite name on them, these come out of the same mould and are a fraction of the price:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ultra-light-M ... 27cbc90828
  • cookdncookdn Posts: 410
    smidsy wrote:

    The Elite cages are very good and the Camelbak bottles are also nice. They will work together.

    Yep, it's my combo of choice.

    +1. 710 ml Podium and Elite Race cage, absolutely no problem in combination with each other.
    Boardman CX Team
  • cookdncookdn Posts: 410
    p1tse wrote:
    Perfect
    Think I'm going for this combo then
    Just need to see who is cheapest

    If you don't mind Sky colours then Decathlon have a deal on an Elite Race cage and Sky Pro Cycling branded 500 ml bottle for £8. Unfortunately you have just missed a good deal on Podium bottles at PBK; they are back up to £8, were £5 a couple of weeks ago.
    Boardman CX Team
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    Doh
    Always miss deals

    Been checking out most websites too

    Will have a look over at decathlon
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • Gizmo_Gizmo_ Posts: 558
    All very well saying it comes out of the same mould but it's the material they put in the mould that will determine whether it's a good cage or not...

    Having said that I broke one of my Elite cages the other day; got caught on my jeans when I was taking the bike around the block adjusting the gears. Just as well it wasn't a carbon fibre one :lol:
    Scott Sportster P45 2008 | Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra 2012
  • jonomc4jonomc4 Posts: 891
    I have some elite carbon cages - expensive but really good - firm but not to tight.
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    Ordered two elite ones from ribble along with podium bottle :)

    Thanks
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    My elite custom race bottle cages have arrived.
    They don't come with screws, do I just original ones on the bike?

    Also if I was to mount a pump is there enough room next to these and are the original screws long enough, or will the pump come with some?
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    LBS sell the bolts (screws). Get Stainless Steel ones, about 50p each.

    Generally they are plenty long enough to do the pump bracket as well as the cage.

    If it makes you feel any better my £35 Blackburn carbon cage did not even come with the bolts :!: :shock:
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    So the bolts on the bike probably too short?
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • jamesesjameses Posts: 653
    Gizmo_ wrote:
    All very well saying it comes out of the same mould but it's the material they put in the mould that will determine whether it's a good cage or not...

    Seriously? It's not like they're laying up carbon fibre, it's a plastic cage. How much r&d goes into that?? I have a pair of Elite cages on my current bike, got a pair of the cheaper ones for the n+1 (just waiting to be assembled) - if there is the slightest difference, I'll humbly apologise!
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    p1tse wrote:
    So the bolts on the bike probably too short?

    Not necessarily, how long are they? Just give it a go.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 12,024
    p1tse wrote:
    So the bolts on the bike probably too short?

    the bolts on the bike are designed to be used when mounting a bottle cage. They are not there for decoration.
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    Will give it ago tomorrow now

    If buying a mini pump with frame mount on bottle area, do they come with bolts?
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    p1tse wrote:
    Will give it ago tomorrow now

    If buying a mini pump with frame mount on bottle area, do they come with bolts?

    Well my Lezyne Pressure Drive did not. :cry:
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • p1tsep1tse Posts: 694
    Lol
    That's the one I'm thinking of
    Did you mount it on the upright or diagonal part if frame

    Wheelies have it £24, going to go to local cycle surgery as nearest shop which has stock to price match :)
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • Gizmo_Gizmo_ Posts: 558
    JamesEs wrote:
    Gizmo_ wrote:
    All very well saying it comes out of the same mould but it's the material they put in the mould that will determine whether it's a good cage or not...

    Seriously? It's not like they're laying up carbon fibre, it's a plastic cage. How much r&d goes into that?? I have a pair of Elite cages on my current bike, got a pair of the cheaper ones for the n+1 (just waiting to be assembled) - if there is the slightest difference, I'll humbly apologise!
    I have no way of knowing of course. But plastics come in innumerable grades, so it's a bit of a stretch to assume that the 'unbranded' one will be made of the same material as the branded one.

    Realistically though - it's a bottle cage. They cost a couple of quid. Does it matter? :)
    Scott Sportster P45 2008 | Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra 2012
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