Keep your bidons safely on your bike our selection of the best road bike bottle cages

One of the vital things to get right when out on the bike is getting your hydration right. There are limited locations on your bike to store your bidon, so the bottle cage is a must.

Most road bikes will come with one or two mounts for bottle cages and as many will cyclists will know, not all bike bottle cages are equal. A good quality cage will not only keep your bidon on your bike, rather than thrown off at the first pothole, but can also look cool and save weight over the cheaper alternatives.

Most cyclists will keep the bottle cages and move onto new bikes, so it’s worth investing in something that will last.

Here is our collection of five of the best road bike bottle cages.

Elite Custom Race Bottle Cage

Elite Custom Race Bike Bottle Cages

What they say

The number 1 bottle cage in the pro peloton, a true design classic which is also self-adjusting. These cages were used by over half the starting riders in the Tour De France, including Mark Cavendish, Thor Hushovd, Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans. Sleek, stylish and light. Everything you want from your bottle holder.

Key specifications

  • Tough composite plastic construction is durable and light
  • Added rubber tensioner grips bottles tightly for peace of mind in sprints and on rough sections
  • Wide range of colours and graphics to perfectly match any bike
  • Weight: 42g

Our verdict

Solid, lightweight, and good choice of colours. The Elite Custom Race Bottle Cage is pretty much the go-to cage for most riders. It’s reasonably lightweight and holds a bidon well so you won’t have to worry about them flying out on a ride. Comes in a huge range of colours to match your bike. What’s not to like at this price?

Where to buy

Price

£7.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.

Blackburn Camber Carbon Fibre Bottle Cage

Blackburn Camber Carbon Fibre Bottle Cage

What they say

Built tough to withstand MTB abuse, yet elegant enough to pop on your road bike. Our Camber Cage pulls double duty and looks good doing it. Carbon fibre material allows for maximum strength and minimal material for ultimate weight savings.

Key specifications

  • Nine different colour and finish options lets you pick a cage to match your bike
  • UD Carbon layup gives a smooth finish that reflects current carbon frame designs
  • “Rib cage” retention design hugs your bottles securely
  • Flared top opening assists with aligning your bottle to the cage while on the fly
  • 30 grams

Our verdict

The Blackburn Camber is a great looking bottle cage with a wide range of colours to suit. It’s reasonably lightweight, strong and holds bottles well. The colour schemes and design really are nice!

Where to buy

Price

£30.68

From

Tredz

Price correct at time of publishing.

Elite Vico Carbon Road Bike Bottle Cages

Elite Vico Carbon Bottle Cage

What they say

The Elite Vico is the top choice of the best World Tour Pro Teams thanks to it’s super light weight and secure grip. The ultra light carbon construction means the Vico weighs just 23g making it perfect for racers looking to shave crucial grams. The cage has been designed to hold the bottle higher up for a firmer grip, keeping the bottle secure and in place even in challenging conditions, such as high-speed descents, rough terrain or off-road trails. The Vico is made in Italy and exudes quality, making this the perfect finishing touch to any road bike.

Key specifications

  • Carbon fibre
  • Extremely light – 23g
  • Grips bottle firmly yet insertion/removal is very easy
  • 4 colour combinations
  • Made in Italy

Our verdict

The Elite Vico carbon bottle cage is light for the price and looks great. It’ll hold your bottle well, just as the less expensive Elite Custom Race does but at half the weight. The Vico looks cool and is a great buy at under £20.

Where to buy

Price

£18.95

Price correct at time of publishing.

Arundel Mandible Carbon Bottle Cage

Arundel Mandible Carbon Bottle Cage

What they say

he Arundel Mandible Carbon Bottle Cage is designed to be strong but also incredibly light. This is what makes it so versatile and able to be used in everything from smooth time trial riding to rocky mountain bike trails.

The Arundel Mandible Carbon Bottle Cage’s strength stems from the unique small cross-section design, this provides 40% more security for the bottle. By cutting out the centre part of the cage, Arundel not only shaves weight but also make it easier for the bottle to be removed without sacrificing retention.

Key specifications

  • Carbon bottle cage
  • Foam core for strength and weight saving
  • Geometrically enhanced arms for bottle grip
  • Weight: 28g

Our verdict

In our opinion, and many others the Arundel Mandible is the absolute best bottle cage you can buy. Super light, grips bottles like no other cage does and looks the part. They may be expensive, so shop around, but if you can get your hands on some, these will last and last.

Where to buy

Price

£59.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

King Cage Titanium Water Bottle Cage

King Cage Titanium Water Bottle Cage

What they say

The King Cage titanium cage is made from 3-2.5mm tubing and is designed to not only hold your bottle perfectly but to leave it completely unmarked. The all Ti construction means it’s superlightweight only 28g.

Key specifications

  • 28 grams
  • 3-2.5 Titanium tubing
  • Doesn’t mark up your bottles
  • Made in the USA

Our verdict

The King Cage Titanium is an absolute classic. Impressively light and holds its own against some of the best carbon cages at 28g each. Expensive, but if you’re spending money on a titanium bike and want a bottle cage to match, this is the best you’ll get. It’s solid, grips incredibly well and looks amazing!

Where to buy

Price

£54.99

Price correct at time of publishing.