2008/08/13

Keep your bottles



I'm done losing water bottles on the race course, I received the king of cages yesterday: a King titanium cage. It's light, strong and does what it's supposed to, unlike some fancy carbon cages I've been testing not long ago...

9 comments:

ELLIOT said...

Very nice, I was going to get one of them but then I thought it’s only 4g lighter than Bontrager’s and costs 4 times the price, but I suppose it is a fair price for aerospace grade titanium :)

Dan Gerous said...

I have never been impressed by the quality, durability and craftmanship of Trek/Fisher/Bontrager stuff... I have heard the cage works well though but there is something nice to encourage the little guys of the industry like Andrew King.

ELLIOT said...

I thought you had a Garry Fisher Cake a few years back, anyhow Trek and associates have been improving their stuff quite a lot recently, if Bonty keeps outsourcing stuff like hubs to DT Swiss and Trek outsourcers the aluminium bikes to Giant they will have pretty solid ranges soon.

Dan Gerous said...

I did have a Fisher and many friends had Treks and Fishers too, that's how I know about their quality... I do agree that that they partner with good providers but the folding HiFi and other recent ridiculnesses leads me to believe that they still have serious design flaws, bad engineering and/or insufficiant testing/quality control. Bugs happen but it happens a lot at Trek and they dont always take responsibility for it.

Enough Trek bashing now, they dont deserve it... not as much as Specialized at least. :)

Jeff Kerkove said...

It's a bummer you had an issue launching bottles with the Topeak cages. Hope I didn't steer you the wrong way. I have been riding them all season...and am yet to discharge a bottle.

ELLIOT said...

I’ve got to say I’ve never really liked folding bikes especially the ones Mongoose makes but they can come in useful if you have to walk home from your ride :)

Dan Gerous said...

Jeff: no worries. Maybe I tried it in overly rough trails (Mont Sainte-Anne World Cup course), maybe my bottles have weird shapes or maybe someone on the starting line put some lube inside the cage in hopes I would go dry and fade in the second half of the race, probably the same guy who sabotaged my frame. :)

Anyway, it's not all lost, it works just fine on my road bike...

StupidBike said...

i use old plastic bontrager cages, have for years, they work great.

the thing about stupid light parts is that they do not last under wear and tear.

My 08 team scalples dt swiss xr blew after 1 month, I weigh 150. The ceramic BB bearings lasted less than a month. The light spider, well lots have been replaced. The lefty, well rebuilds happen.

It is the fastest bike around, I love it, luckily i have a great shop and the US's best lefty mechaninc at my beck and call, I do not have a world cup budget though.

Lite does not always = better or faster.

Dan Gerous said...

There are light but right parts, some are just stupid light. Durability and reliability should not be thrown out the window...

Personally, I never had reliability problems with Lefties and Headshoks. The ceramic bearings seem to be far from the old non-ceramic ones in term of durability... The DT carbon shock is known to have durability problems, that's why Cannondale specs a RP23 on the Scalpels (American models)...

You can't win a race if you can't finish it.