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The Cirrus Pro Carbon from Forza is light, strong and looks the part, as well as keeping bottles secure and quiet.
It's a full carbon monocoque build, weighing in at a shade over the 28g quoted (30g on my scales) which makes it a very light bottle cage, if not the absolute lightest available. The pleasingly clean, simple aerodynamic lines and low key silver graphics will quite happily adorn any carbon frame, without detracting from its looks.
In use, it's sturdy and easy to pop a bottle in and out of with minimal fuss, and will accommodate both 500ml and 750ml bottles with equal ease. The curved arms are strong and hold the bottle well, with just the right amount of flex to make sure it's secure throughout the ride, even over bumps and potholes. There was no budge in the position of the bottle at all.
The cage did wear quite quickly, with surface abrasion on the interior happening on just the first ride and there are other similarly light (if not lighter) carbon cages available for less money, so it might not be the biggest bargain out. That said, it's sleek and visually appealing, and does what it's designed to do admirably, so if the looks complement your particular bike, you'd be safe considering this.
Strong, effective, and light carbon cage with pleasing lines but not as light as some and a bit more expensive too
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Make and model: Forza Cirrus Pro Carbon bottle cage
Size tested: n/a
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?
Lightweight carbon cage designed to hold hydration bottles
Not quite as light as quoted (30g on Road.cc scales instead of quoted 28g- weight does not include bolts, bottle or the liquid of your choice)
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Monocoque carbon fibre construction
Simple curved arm design.
Abrasion occurred quite quickly and finish of logo wasn't as smooth as desirable.
Held the bottle securely and effectively. Easy to remove bottle on the fly and also to replace.
Damaged quite quickly.
Very light, but not the lightest out there, and certainly not for its price.
Whilst it's neither the lightest nor the cheapest, it looks good and it does the job very well, so not bad value if you like its style.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Did what it was intended to very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Looks, ease of use.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Quick abrasion, price.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly. Probably in the sale.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Nicely shaped and easy and effective to use, but neither the lightest nor the best value available.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.