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Elite Mia stainless steel bottle 650ml



An environmentally friendly and useful everyday bottle, but not the most practical for use on the bike
Sits well in a bottle cage
Environmentally friendly
No tainting of drinks
Black areas scratch off easily
Can't use it one-handed

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The 650ml Elite Mia stainless steel bottle is useful for commuting by bike, fitting securely in a bottle cage, but it does scratch easily and can't be used one-handed.

While many people choose to use a metal bottle for everyday drinking, to reduce their use of plastic, if you're commuting by bike this can create a conundrum as most metal bottles do not sit well within bottle cages.

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Elite has attempted to hit two birds with one stone with the Mia, which is made almost entirely from stainless steel, is 100% plastic-free – including the lid – and fits in a bottle cage.

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I tried it in several different cages and it held firm over multiple surfaces, helped by the ridge running around the upper half of the bottle that corresponds to the lip of most bottle cages.

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Although it sits securely in a bottle cage, it isn't particularly useful beyond commuting or short rides, as you need two hands to use it. It's fine if you just want to carry a drink, but isn't really practical on a long, hot ride where you have to stop, unclip, unscrew the lid, take a drink, put the lid back on, place it back in the cage, then start again, every time you want to use it.

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There are still plenty of practical elements to like, though. Elite has included a silicone seal in the lid, which means no spills; it has a handle; and being stainless steel it's very easy to clean and doesn't taint your drinks.

One slight let-down is that after a couple of weeks of commuting a few chips and scratches are showing up on the black areas of the bottle. This has no impact on its usability, but if you're buying it partly for its looks, it's less than ideal. You can't buy it without a coating either (four colours are available – black, green, black and silver and beige and silver).

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We haven't looked at too many bottle like this on to compare it with, the closest being the Hydro Flask 18oz which Dave tested a few years ago. That's now £29.95, but you can change the top (for additional cost) so it can be used one-handed.

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Overall, this isn't a bottle I would choose for a long, hot ride, but for everyday use and moving a drink from your bottle cage to your desk, it works very well; it sits securely in a bottle cage, it's easy to wash, and it doesn't affect the taste of your drink.


An environmentally-friendly and useful everyday bottle, but not the most practical for use on the bike test report

Make and model: Elite Mia stainless steel bottle 650 ml

Size tested: 650 ml

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?

Elite says, "MIA is Elite's new lifestyle bottle, totally made in stainless steel, ideal for both sports and everyday use.

Totally plastic-free, MIA is a sustainable bottle as you can re-use it for years on end and is distinguished by its urban style, perfect for both cycling and everyday use.'

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Elite lists:

- Totally plastic-free

- Stainless steel

- Handle for ease of use

Rate the product for quality of construction:

It's well made.

Rate the product for performance:

It sits well in the bottle cage and it doesn't leak. It would be more useful on a bike if it could be used with one hand though.

Rate the product for durability:

It's a stainless steel bottle that's designed to last, though the black coating scratches off easily.

Rate the product for value:

We haven't tested many to compare it with for value, but £25 for a 650ml stainless steel bottle is about what I would expect. It's cheaper than the Hydro Flask, but you can adapt that to use it one-handed.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It's fine as a regular water bottle, less useful as one specifically for cycling.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fact that it's environmentally friendly and sits comfortably in a bottle cage.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

That you can't use it with one hand.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

We haven't looked at too many bottle like this on, with the closest being the Hydro Flask 18oz that Dave tested a few years ago. The Hydro Flask is now £29.95, compared to £24.99 for the Elite Mia. The Hydro does have a changeable top (for additional cost) which allows it to be used one-handed though.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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It's a good bottle for general use, but for cycling it could be improved.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 33  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

George is the host of the podcast and has been writing for since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between. 

Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.

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Tinbob49 | 2 years ago
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I've got the thermal one for bike packing. An extra £10 but it keeps tea and coffee lovely for later in the day. Yes you wouldn't use it for a training ride and drinking on the go, but works very well for a planned stop. I guess that's what the target market is. 

ktache replied to Tinbob49 | 2 years ago

I have the Elite Deboyo, originally Coca Cola branded but that all rubbed off years ago, the plastic thermal lid (with stainless top) is it's weak spot, and the thermal Mia looks good.

Though I did notice that the Deboyo was rereleased recently, you can now buy one anyway.

I neve used the conventional bicycle bottle spout, good hot tea would not be good drunken in such a manner, to stop and have a couple of slurps of tea, glorious.

Sriracha replied to ktache | 2 years ago

How is the lid the weak spot, what is wrong with it? Is the lid on the currently available version any different?

ktache replied to Sriracha | 2 years ago
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The flask part is magnificent, excellent thermal properties, fully stainless and has taken a few knocks and is dented a bit on the bottom rim.  The mouth of the flask is as wide as the flask, and very thin, giving excellent flavour to the tea, so good it's my tea mug at work.

It had lovely Coca Cola branding, a subtle too, but the Lezyne cages I use scratch the poop out of everything I put in them, but secure.  Occasionally rattley, but pushing in the "blades" tightens everything up.

Now the lid, Stainless outer, a few dents, of course, but the thread and the insulation are plastic, at some point it will crack, and there is no bond between the metal and plastic and will sometimes spin, getting worse with time.  The insulation is good, far better than the normal cyclist spiggot lid supplied.  And the plastic may have an effect on flavour.

The Mia is meant to be fully metal, with hopefully a small vacuum bit in it's lid, but I need to find out more.  Bit of a narrow neck though which will take some of the experience.

I do not know about the lid on the new Deboyo, hopefully they have done away with the plastic bit.  It's not a terrible thing, and the flask is one of the best cycling things I have ever purchased.  So much use.  I may get one for my mother as she has a birthday coming up, and takes coffee out on her walks and uses a more conventional flask with attached top cup, which from my experience are awful and ruin the flavour of the drink.  plastic edges and all that.

ktache replied to Sriracha | 2 years ago
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I did get one for my mother's birthday, a few changes from mine, slightly more rounded base, so probably fits more bottle cages (not something my Ma will ever worry about) there is still plastic insulation in the lid, and the rim is narrower, which is somewhat disappointing, but not as narow as the Mia.

Tinbob49 likes his themal Mia, but I wouldn't mind reading a fuller review before diciding if I ever need a replacement of my Deboyo.  though 4 and a bit years and it's still going strong...

ktache replied to ktache | 2 years ago

And you can get a GCN branded thermal Mia

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