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Silca Sicuro Cerakote Titanium bottle cage



Seriously attractive, super-tough cage that will probably outlast your bike, but the £90 price tag is astronomic
Subtly good looking
Holds bottles securely
Impervious to marking
Reasonably light
Ridiculous price tag
In this black coating, less sexy than titanium

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The Silca Sicuro Cerakote Titanium Bottle Cage is absurdly expensive, but it is a thing of beauty. If you can afford it, or you're mad, or both, then you'll be pleased to hear that you probably won't need another; this gorgeous piece will look like new forever thanks to the highly abrasion-resistant Cerakote ceramic coating.

No, your eyes do not deceive you – this is indeed a bottle cage that costs £90. I think the most I've ever paid for one is £15, and even that seemed ludicrous at the time. So, what does a lot more than most people would probably ever spend on a bottle cage get you?

Well, first of all the Sicuro cage is made from high-quality 3Al/2.5V titanium, and is hand-bent and laser welded in the USA. It's pretty light (33g on the scales, just over the claimed weight of 30g) and being titanium it's also pretty tough.

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Second, it's been further beefed up courtesy of a Cerakote coating. According to Silca, it's 'the world's leading high performance ceramic coating for use in aerospace, military and biomedical applications'.

The idea behind the coating, which is a mere 1 micron thick, is to provide additional protection from abrasion – nobody wants their nice shiny titanium piping getting scuffed up by a gritty bottle, after all. It's said that by protecting the underlying surface, Cerakote also improves fatigue resistance by preventing the titanium from stress cracks.

In Silca's promotional video for the Sicuro Cerakote, it shows the cage being marked by a sharp knife. Only, the marking on the cage isn't actually a scratch, it's metal residue from the blade that's been left on the surface of the Cerakote. That's how tough it is. Once the metal is wiped away, the cage looks new again.

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It's an interesting demonstration of the effectiveness of the Cerakote coating. I tried to replicate the test myself with a not-entirely-sharp Stanley blade, and indeed, it did the same thing. After inserting and removing a bottle through a couple of months' worth of grimy weather, I've not noticed a single mark on the cage.

Silca also says the cage should prevent scratching to your bottle, but I'm not totally sold on that – surely if you have some grit in between cage and bottles it'll mark the plastic when it goes in and out of the cage, Cerakote or not? After one particularly wet and muddy ride this winter, both my bottles were scratched from grit. So, there you go.

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Other than its protective qualities, what else is there to say about the Sicuro? It's a good looking cage, with a simple, traditional style. There are two long mounting holes, allowing you a decent amount of adjustment (21mm) if you want the cage to sit higher or lower when fitting to your frame, and Silca's logo takes pride of place just below the top mounting hole. The cage is also available in a rather fetching Copper, which I must admit does look rather good, and Ruby Red.

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Bottles are very secure when placed in the cage, and I've not found that it's deformed in any way to give a less snug fit over time – unlike some alloy cages I've tried in the past, which have bent after a while.

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And so to value... Alternatives for the titanium connoisseur? Silca's own Sicuro Titanium Bottle Cage (V2) costs £75, so if you don't care about the Cerakote side of things but you want the bling, you'll save £15. Still very expensive, of course.

The King Cage Bottle Holder is an almost reasonable £54.99 by comparison, and features the same classic looks. 

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The Supacaz TiFly Cage, in contrast, is much more extravagant, but still somewhat attractive, and even less at £41.99.

And if you like the bling but need side entry, David tested the now-£69-a-go Arundel STR and DTR cages in 2019.

Obviously, none of these options have the protective advantage of the ceramic coating.


Overall, this is a very lovely cage, and the Cerakote protection does appear to work. Obviously it's an insane amount of money, and I'm not even going to try to justify the price, other than to say you'll probably never have to buy another bottle cage again (unless you want to get a second). The only possible negative I can draw, other than the price, is that the coating does diminish the visual appeal of raw titanium somewhat.


Seriously attractive, super-tough cage that will probably outlast your bike, but the price is astronomic test report

Make and model: Silca Sicuro Cerakote Titanium bottle cage

Size tested: One size

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?

Silca says, "All the benefits of a highly secure titanium bottle cage with a black finish that won't wear away. Other secure cages don't allow easy access to bottles, scratch your bottles, etc, but not SICURO."

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

Silca's UK distributor Saddleback lists:

Hand-bent seamless 3-2.5 titanium tubing

Ultra-durable Cerakote ceramic finish

Redesigned backplate shape for increased stability

Longer slotted eyelets for up to 21mm of fore-aft adjustment

Weight ~30g

Classic looks to match any frame

25-year Silca Shield Warranty

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Like a work of art (as far as bottle cages go).

Rate the product for performance:

Holds bottles securely, and doesn't bend.

Rate the product for durability:

The cage remains unmarked after months of testing, while bottles seem to still look good too.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)

Reasonably light, given its strength and durability, but there are much lighter cages out there for a lot less.

Rate the product for value:

No, you'll never need to buy another cage again, unless you want two (which you probably will). But it's expensive even compared with expensive cages.

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

It does exactly what it's intended to: the cage still looks like new. It's also a pretty good place to hold your bottle, I guess.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The finish is pretty amazing.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing (though I didn't pay for it).

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

Silca's standard titanium Sicuro cage is cheaper at £75. The King Cage is much cheaper at £54.99, while Supacaz's TiFly Cage is 'just' £41.99. You don't get the benefit of the Cerakote protection, though.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? I don't have rich friends!

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It's certainly a statement (albeit a subtle one – not many people are likely to notice it), and though it's mega expensive, you could argue that it's a bottle cage for life.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 6'4  Weight: 175lbs

I usually ride: Condor Italia RC custom build  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,

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wycombewheeler replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
hawkinspeter wrote:

... I fritter away money on carbon handlebars when realistically they're not going to make any noticeable difference to my riding. 

I've got carbon aero handlebars, they don't make any difference to performance, but the flat tops reduce the strain  on my hands and pressure on the nerves

Rendel Harris replied to wycombewheeler | 2 years ago
wycombewheeler wrote:

I've got carbon aero handlebars, they don't make any difference to performance, but the flat tops reduce the strain  on my hands and pressure on the nerves

Definitely my experience with aluminium Prince aeros, bought for that reason (wider hand area), an absolute godsend for my four-times broken right wrist. Plus they do look dead spiffy.

Surreyrider replied to HollisJ | 2 years ago
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Hmm, linking really good with expensive there. If only it was that simple. 

ktache | 2 years ago



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