Friday, February 8, 2013

Long-Term Wrap-Up: Blackburn “Camber” Carbon Cages.

Probably more numerous than bicycle manufacturers themselves, bottle cages come in all shapes, materials and colors.  So, when looking into these little articles of cycling necessities, what should one look for, and does quality and design matter?

I’ll address the latter first.  Bottle cages are something most do not give a second or third thought to, yet are a vital piece of cycling equipment we all depend on to properly function, first time, and everytime.  Therefore, quality and design do indeed matter.  As to what one should seek in a bottle cage, well, that is pretty simple, really.  Pick a cage that will hold a standard shaped bottle safely and securely.  It should be easy to get a bottle in and out with no fuss, and it does not hurt if it looks good, too.   Colors can vary (just like bar tape), and materials can go from metal, to plastic, to my personal favorite, carbon fiber. 

Enter the Blackburn Camber carbon cages.  These beautiful works of composite art make up in performance, looks, and durability what they cost to purchase.  However, if you shop smart, they can be had for a whole lot less money.

Here are the specs:

  • 100% carbon fiber construction
  • 27 Grams
  • Flared mouth for faster bottle insertion
  • Unique reinforcing side ribs boost stiffness and bottle grip.
  • Reinforced lower cradle/ bottle stop area for added strength
  • Available in 7 Colors
  • Retail $49.99 USD
  • Lifetime warranty

I have been using the Camber cages for about 18 months now, and they have performed flawlessly.  Neither bumps, jumps, tip overs, nor knock overs have shaken my water bottles loose – Ever!  And remember, this is the purpose of a good cage in the first place – To hold your bottles safely and securely.  Plus, they look as good as the day I received them.

In case you may not have noticed, I am a sucker for all things red, so these cages just had to go on my bike when I first saw them.  Thanks to Dan at Pasadena Cyclery, Pasadena California, for hooking me up with them, and these cages look like they should perform, and last, a very long time.

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