Best bike bottle cages

MTB Bottle Cages
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There is nothing worse than getting to the bottom of a descent, reaching down to grab your bottle and discovering it's no longer attached to your bike. There are plenty of excellent bottle cages out there, but there are even more that are absolute bottle rockets.

Depending on how much you have to spend, there are bottle cages ranging from simple resin designs to futuristic carbon options and some that don't even utilise a cage at all - each of which has been designed to hold your bottles firmly in place.


Tacx Deva

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Tacx Deva

Brightness for the buck

Made from a blend of polyamide and glass fibre, the Tacx Deva has a tenacious hold and is surprisingly light on the scale. Weighing in at 32g, its cylindrical shape holds on tight through rock gardens and drops alike.

There is a full carbon version too, but the cheaper polyamide version is less than half the price, comes in 13 colours and offers the same bottle hold. 

Best value

Alite Cannibal XC

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Elite Cannibal XC

Dual-side loader

For most full-suspension MTBs space in the front triangle is limited and, if there happens to be bottle bosses at all, you'll most probably need a side-load cage. While it's only a minor inconvenience, the clever folks at Elite designed a side load cage that allows you access to the bottle from either side. 

The Cannibal XC is made from reinforced fibreglass, the wide opening allows you to basically throw the bottle in from any angle. The elastomer in the middle of the arms provides some purchase and allows the cage to adjust to different shaped bottles.

Best overall

Specialized Zee Cage II

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Specialized Zee Cage Carbon II

The premium option for all rider types

Compatible with Specialized's SWAT tools, the Zee Cage II is a side loader made from a reinforced composite material that weighs about 28g. 

It's available in a range of colours, comes in both left and right varieties and has kept bottles attached to this writer's XC bike for years.


Best bottle cages

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Silca Sicuro Titanium Bottle Cage

For people who really, really love their bike (and their bottle)

Yes, you read that price correctly. Silca is known for its premium quality wares, and this timeless and classic titanium bottle cage is no exception.

Right here in the US they craft aerospace quality tubular titanium into this elegant bottle cage. It's a decadent treat for your beloved bike, and it will truly last you a lifetime.

Of course, since it's made from titanium it should be no surprise that this Silca bottle cage barely weighs over an ounce, making it the ultimate choice for weight weenies.


Blackburn Camber CF

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Blackburn Camber CF

The last bottle cage you'll ever need to buy

I purchased a set of Blackburn Camber bottle cages with my very first race bike in 2009, and that same set has graced road and mountain bikes for a decade and are currently bolted to a test bike. The hold is superb even after all this time, and there are no cracks despite years of no-look bottle loading thanks to the flared opening.  

At 30g they are pretty light, but they do mark severely mark bottles. Blackburn also backs them with a lifetime warranty, though it's probably a claim you'll never have to make.


Fidlock Twist

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Fidlock Twist

Cageless bottle cage

Fidlock makes magnetic clasps for everything from backpacks to helmets straps, and the Twist is a magnetic base plate which works in conjunction with either a proprietary 400ml or 600ml bottle or a Boa based bottle connector.

When you need a drink, you twist the bottle, and it releases from the plate; to reconnect just pop it on and let the magnets do their magic. The downside to the system is that you'll either need the proprietary Fidlock bottles or purchase the Boa Connector, which also limits how much you can squeeze the bottle. 

Easy access

Best bottle cages

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LEZYNE Side Load Water Bottle Bike Cages

A side-load masterpiece

Lezyne's Side Load bottle cages have dedicated left- and right-side configurations, so you can reach down and pull your bottle out from the side of the cage,  rather than up and out. This results in an arm movement that feels much more natural.

If you struggle to drink on the go, then these might be the solution. They come as a pair, with one for the left and one for the right, while their high-strength composite material with reinforced fiber means they're extremely durable.

1. Material

Bottle cages come in carbon, plastic, fibre-reinforced resin and metal. There are good and bad options in all three versions; however, the material will influence the price and weight. Carbon and titanium cages will cost a pretty penny, while plastic and resin cages are cheaper. 

2. Weight and grip strength

When looking at bottle cages, counting grams should be pretty low on your list of priorities — even the heavy ones aren't all that heavy. Especially mountain biking, a bottle cage needs have oodles of grip strength so as not to send your bottles flying the first time you hit a bump. There are great lightweight cages out there, however, don't expect a cheap cage to deliver low numbers on the scale and have much holding power. At the same time, the cage needs to release the bottle when you pull on it.

3. Top-load vs side-load

Bottle cages come in top and side-load versions, and what's best for you will depend on your frame. If there is tons of room in your front triangle, a top-load cage will work just fine. However, as most full-suspension frames possess tight clearances, a side-load cage will make your bottles more accessible - however, you'll only be able to access from one side.

4. Bottles

While the cageless designs are great looking and solve some of the frame clearance issues with full-suspension bikes, they often require proprietary bottles. Everybody has their own preference when it comes to bottles, and there is something to be said for the near-universal compatibility a standard cage affords. 

Colin Levitch
Freelance writer

Born and bred in Colorado, and now based in Australia, Colin comes from a ski racing background and started riding as a way to stay fit through the summer months. His father, a former European pro, convinced him to join the Colorado State University collegiate cycling team, and he hasn't stopped since. It's not often he pins on a number nowadays, and you'll likely find him in search of flowy singletrack, gravel roads and hairpin corners. Colin has worked at Bikeradar and is a regular contributor to Australian Mountain Bike and Cyclist magazines. 

Rides: BMC Team Machine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9, Ibis Ripley