Carbon is king for some riders but if weight and price are of equal concern then a lightweight aluminium bottle cage offers an affordable alternative.
This is Revolution’s Vario Alloy Bottle Cage, new for 2012 and with a headline weight of 24g, which is lighter than many carbon cages which cost significantly more than the £6.99 price tag attached to Revolution’s offering.
Two wide arcs accommodate the cage’s supplied alloy bolts (not pictured), which means it can be fixed to the frame at an angle to suit the rider; a novel feature and useful if you’re particularly left or right handed.
The cage’s open design means it’s easy to find the top to slide the bottle in, but the wings provide a tight grip so it requires a little encouragement to get the bottle to sit at the bottom of the cage. However, that means the cage provides plenty of grip over bumpy road surfaces.
And so Revolution’s bottle cage ticks all the boxes bar one – image. But if you can live with an aluminium cage on your carbon fibre machine then it offers a well made and extremely affordable option at an enviable weight which is more likely to stand the test of time than a cheap carbon cage. Three colours are available, with red and white alternatives to the matt black option pictured.