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Eurobike 2012 - Tune's lightweight bottle cage experiment

How light can a bottle cage be? Well...

So how light can a bottle cage be? That's the question Tune appeared to be asking on their Eurobike stand. The answer might surprise you…

The first bottle cage we saw was this one, weighing in at a portly twenty grams. It looks more or less like a standard carbon bottle cage, albeit a fairly minimal one. Even so, we couldn't think of many bottle cages that were lighter. However, round the corner we found this…

Weighing in at just nine grams, this bottle cage basically consists of two ribbons of carbon fibre wrapped around the bottle. Nine grams. Nine. Just as we were thinking, "we've seen it all now", what should we see but this…

Five grams. Five. Grams. This one looks like it's made from a shoelace cut in half down the middle and dipped in resin. We can't help thinking that round Friedrichshafen on billiard-table-smooth asphalt you might just get away with it, if you had a small bottle and only filled it half way. We won't be bringing any back to Blighty though.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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