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Tacx Deva bottle cage – review

The Tacx Deva bottle cage is a new addition to the Dutch firm's range and comes in as a strong performer: it's easy to slide bottles in and out, will comfortably accept bottles of various shapes and sizes, and provides a firm grip on poor road surfaces.

The cage comes in two different designs, one with a full carbon fibre construction and one made from polyamide reinforced with 40 per cent carbon fibre and 30 per cent glass fibre. The carbon version comes in at 21g and the polyamide reinforced cage we’re reviewing here weighs 29g. Both are a good weight and will satisfy weight-conscious riders.

The cage is fixed to the frame via the usual two-bolt design and I had no problem replacing my old cage with this one. There is sufficient room to turn the Allen key effectively, making it simple to add to the bike.

On the road, I used the Deva with hard metal bottles, standard plastic bottles and super-flexible plastic bottles. Regardless of the bottle material, the cage securely held each in place easily with no movement, even when hitting urban cobbles at 20mph.

Tacx, who supply a number of WorldTour teams, including Mark Cavendish’s Etixx-QuickStep squad,  pride themselves on the ‘optimal clamping of the cage’ and say the cylindrical shape of the Deva is designed reduce the chance of the bottle working its way out of the cage, and I found the Deva to provide a consistent purchase without hindering removal or replacement of the bottle.

Sometimes such a firm grip can make life difficult when putting the bottle in the cage or removing it, but that’s not the case with the Deva, and I found the bottle to slip in and out of the cage with little fuss, even when your mind is elsewhere, like when working hard on a climb.

The Deva is available in eight colours, with the inner frame always in black, but the outer frame coming in white, silver grey, light blue, pink, green, blue, red and black. That means you should find a colour match for your bike.

The polyamide reinforced cage comes in at £12.99 and the full carbon version is £59.99. Both are good looking cages and wouldn’t look out of place on a dream machine.

Conclusion

The Tacx Deva bottle cage performs admirably in terms of both clamping and the removal/replacing of bottles, and it’s performance means that at £12.99 it’s well priced.

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