Tacx Tao Water Bottle Cage $20.00
The Tacx Tao Water Bottle Cage is the only cage that seems to have a foothold against the Elite monopoly in the pro peloton. The Tao has a very modern look and won't mark up your bottles. Te full-wrap design ensures that your bottles stay put, even over the roughest cobbles or early-spring potholes. Available in Silver and Black.
What community has to say
Great budget alternative
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Let's compare to the Arundel Mandible. The Tacx is 42 grams versus 29 grams for the Arundel, but the Tacx is 1/4 the price. You carry 12 more grams with the Tacx, plus the weight of the cash you saved.
It is very important that your frame's water bottle bosses are threaded holes to accept a bolt going through the bottle cage. This cage absolutely will NOT work on a frame where the bottle bosses have threaded screws coming out of the frame and expect a nut from the bottle cage side. This is why I have to use Arundels on my Parlee, even thought the trusty Tacx is just as good.
Is opposite of lock jaw
It works well since it has such large "hug" area around your water bottle but mine has slight play in it (doesn't rattle the bottle around but you can jiggle the bottle ever so slightly). Kids like it since they don't have to fight to get their bottle out; which can sometimes be dangerous since they swerve as they pull out of stiffer cages. I wouldn't rec for mountain biking. As with all cages will eventually leave some marks on bottles. Very light and durable; my 2 are over 3 yrs old...this might be the cause of the looser fit. Never lost a bottle on the road.