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(I have to admit, though, that the gorilla cage is an archetype of a lot of the things i hate about triathlon: it's excessive, overpriced, over engineered in carbon, and is a XLab solution developed to solve a problem created by using a XLab behind the saddle carrier.)
The Bontrager RL tri cage has worked well for me, though. Never ejected a bottle.
Stop.. just stop. Don't take this advice.. You are a n=1
Sorry but the RL cage is flimsy and not intended for use outside of the frame. Great cage for that but not for much else. I have horror stories about launched bottles and ruined races because of it.
Switched to Gorilla BTA and Gorilla XT behind the saddle. GOLD. STANDARD. Nothing else compares.
EDIT: Don't be like me and spend $5k+ on the top of the line Trek SC with fancy race wheels and then penny pinch $60 (difference between 2 cheap cages vs 2 gorilla cages)... to then have your B race ruined because of launched bottles and dehydration. Seriously, just spend the money.
+1 on the Ribcage, and also on the Blackburn Slick
What makes both of these cages good is that they don't rely on a gap in the front of the cage, so they don't lose grip when the cage is mounted bolts-up and the bottle bounces.
The Xlab has a central gap, so they just made it super stiff.
Do not have this problem with the gorilla's.
After trying three different cages and not to mention all the "Riggin" with rubber bands
I got so pissed off! Nothing worse than telling your ridin group to "hold up...i have to go back and get my bottle"
Screw it...pay the $$$ and your will never have a problem again
Under $10 And in 3 seasons of training and racing I have NEVER lost a bottle.
I never weighed them but come on. If I ever get down to 5% body fat then I will start paying a premium for titanium and carbon parts that save the weight of a handful of pennies.
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