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Has anyone had enough experience with the Tacx Tao cages to recommend them? I've had bottles ejected on three successive rides with my current cages, and I'm a bit fed up.

Any suggestions for other cages--other than the Elite Ciussi or the 9 gram carbon fiber cages Matthias Stadtfeld has on his bike?


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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)

I like my Profile cage. It puts a death grip on the bottle, weighs about 40 grams or so (IIRC) and since it's plastic there is not black ring/oxide build up on the water bottle.

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a former editor (not verified)
i second that emotion

while the looks of the profile cages take some getting used to (hey, some people think bulldogs are beautiful), they hold a bottle like nobody's business. by far the best cage i've ever owned (and i've been riding for 25 years, so i've owned quite a few -- blackburn, ta/reg, elite, cobra, etc.). they are also cheap -- as little as $5 in some catalogs and atr some stores for discontinued colors.

however, i have had one break...but it was over 5 years old so, all things considered, that ain't such a bad return on the investment.

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Cagey (not verified)
Hail to the King!


Best thing since the old chrome steel TA cages.

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Evan Marks (not verified)
all cages need to be tightened occasionally

If the bottle slips in too easily, it's gonna jump out easliy too.

1) American Classic - my favorite. They never break and never leave black streaks on the bottles. (amclassic.com)

2) Salsa - something a little different, they also prevent black streaks but wow, the price has gone waayyyyy up:


Nitto makes a similar cage (the Salsa is probably a knock-off) that looks even nicer and is even more expensive:


3) Elite Ciussi stainless steel - not bad, just make sure they're tight. Want a pair cheap?

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John Z (not verified)
King Rules

The King Titanium cages are the best I have ever owed. Period. Light weight (31 grams) and the hold better than any other material. Had Zipp carbon fibers and a number of stainless steel cages, but they don't hold bottles nearly as well. Pricey, but worth it, and they look great on black bicycles!

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Cagey (not verified)
Yeah, but...

Stainless Steel cage, 48 grams: $15

Titanium cage, 28 grams: $60

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John Z (not verified)
I said so

"Yes, they are pricey, but they are the best, plus a bit ""exotic."" Next, the Wippermann titanium roller chain..."

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Evan Marks (not verified)
LOL! (nm)
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"Chainwheel" (not verified)
Bottle Cage

I just bought a Blackburn bottle cage at EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports). I holds the bottle very snuggly, is available in silver or black, is reasonably light, and cost $5.



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Pieter (not verified)

I have used the Tacx Tao cages for over a year now. I have never lost a bottle and I have raced some races on very bad, even unpaved roads. I would highly recommend them. Besides, they look cool, are very light and moderately priced.

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Eloy (not verified)
love the tao

Hi, I've been using the Tacx Tao on my road bike for about 6 months. No bottles lost, no problems whatsoever.

only thing I could posible mention against them, and I'm pushing it, is that they are somewhat thin and very strong in some areas -- So I'm careful when I carry or clean the bike. Never an issue when riding.

Besides they look fantastic, and without a doubt will make your bicycle faster.



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turboman (not verified)

Tacx tao is very good. It is easy to bend though. It holds the bottles with a death grip. It will not fly out.

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