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The Spin QuickLight bottle cage is full carbon and very lightweight. Ours hit the road.cc scales at 28g.
A super-strong stub stops your bottle slipping out the bottom and an equally tough lip at the top prevents it jumping out. I tried with all the power in my thumbs to push each of them out of place – I can get quite destructive in the name of testing, me – but they stayed completely solid, so holding a 500ml or 750ml bottle in place is no problem.
The circumference of the two-part arms that wrap around the sides is slightly smaller than that of a standard water bottle so when you sling your bottle in there's enough tension to hold it firmly in place. I've known other bottle cages that grab hold of your water bottle harder but this Spin one did the job well on even bumpy, potholed roads without any annoying rattles or buzz. I'd probably want something with a tighter grip for hitting the Roubaix cobbles but you'll have no worries on the road.
Apart from that, there's not much to tell. It looks pretty cool and those red arms have stayed shiny through several months of use.
Lightweight carbon cage that holds your bottle firmly
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Make and model: Spin Quicklight Carbon bottle cage
Size tested: Red/black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"The Spin QuickLight Carbonic Bottle Cage - antique red finish & still only 25 grams
Light Fast & Beautiful bottle cage in authentic Spindustrial Carbon
Antique Red graphics and Spin Super Sex deep gloss coating will wow the ladies and dazzle the competition
Whether you've been pounding Belgian pave or even the A425, you'll have worked up an almighty thirst. But chances are that by the time you notice, you've already lost your bottle.
Well the QuickLight Bidon Carrier is the solution. It holds on when lesser bottle cages have lost their, er, bottle.
It's deep wrap-around arms are pre-tensioned to just the right degree to hold on tight. But the fiendishly clever, topologically shaped curves make entry and exit a doddle whether you're in the heat of battle or just enjoying a sunny summer's day ride with your mates.
Light: 25 grams (not including fixing bolts or bottles of beer)
Fast: bottle entry and exit thanks to topologically shaped arms
Beautiful: Spin Super Sex deep wet gloss coated
Fits: all frames with standard M5 threaded bottle bosses"
Our test model weighed 28g. Since they bring up Belgian pavé, I'd probably go for something with a firmer grip over the cobbles... but no problems at all for normal road use.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
It's a 3K carbon and it's very strong
It's much stronger than it looks and those arms have stayed shiny red.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The weight and strength.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.