Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage

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Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage

Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage: Top quality bottle cage with gel inserts. Updated new graphicsEquipped with anti-vibration gel buttons on either side to...

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Review of "Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage"

published 13/11/2015 | danielclark691
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Excellent
Pro Well designed, stylish, affordable, gel grip.
Cons Not guaranteed to eliminate every single rattle.
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"Elite sportsmen should consider the Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage"

Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage

Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage

First impressions

I do go on about how I am not the keenest of cyclists but I do have a few pieces of kit that make my time on the bike that much more comfortable. It is important to take care of particular aspects of your bike, such as the brakes, the tyres, the chain and the seat. Everything on your bike is going to affect your experience whilst you are on it, but what good is that if you don’t have a drink?! A good quality water bottle is important because you want to be able to carry fluids, especially at the most enjoyable time that you are on your bike, in the summer!

A good quality bottle will last you many years but you must ensure you have the correct bottle cage or you could end up having the bottle falling out of the cage and you could even lose the bottle altogether if you don’t realize it falling out of the cage.

It is highly unlikely that during normal riding conditions you should lose your bottle from the cage. However, the Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage is designed to reduce the likelihood of this happening (almost) entirely. The design of the cage is a little out of the ordinary and although it could look out of place on a basic bike it will compliment a stylish model rather well. This model has two gel pads which are designed to hold your water bottle in place and reduce the vibration of the bottle in the holder. This should mean that you never have to worry about losing your bottle again!

Overall the design is typical of the Italians. We can buy this bottle cage in black or metallic silver finishes, and the Elite branding is cleverly positioned on the back of the gel pads and around the cage itself. Overall I am impressed with the looks, but what about the performance?

My experience

This bottle cage is rather simple to install. I you have fitted one bottle cage then you have fitted them all. Once you have attached it using the two screws and an Allen Key you are ready to fit a bottle into the cage to see if it fits snugly. I have tried a few sports bottles that are available from sports stores. They are usually a general size, though some of the more awkward sizes may not fit. You could find that bottles that are not the same shape all the way around may have to be slotted into the cage a certain way, but I do think that this is one of the better cages for holding bottles in place due to the gel pads.

Once you are happy with your bottle you can fill it and take the bike for a test ride. With the looser fitting bottles you could hear a little bit of rattling, though this could happen with any ill-fitting bottle in a bottle cage. The gel pads will still give some resistance to allowing the bottle to slip right out of the cage, but the bottle has a fair way to travel anyway if it really wanted to get out!

Even on rougher terrain I am yet to find a problem with this cage. Due to how simple it is to fit onto the bike I will sometimes remove the cage because it isn’t always necessary. It is made from Stainless Steel and this may disappoint some of the serious riders, but it is still lightweight. A bottle cage (even an empty one) can be a trap for dirt when you are cycling in poor conditions or off-road, so I remove it from time to time.

I don’t think that the gel pads are actually a gimmick and they are actually a great design feature. They look great and carry the Elite branding and the polished finish to the pads finish the look of the product off very nicely. It is great to see a feature like this that works. I wonder if the next step could be an adjustable bottle cage that could be adjustable to your needs.

The final point worth noting is that although there is some resistance and grip on the bottle from the gel pads they do not get in the way when it comes to taking the bottle swiftly out of the holder or replacing it again. This is a very important point and I am sure is a major consideration when buying any bottle cage.

Price and availability

You can pick up the Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage for around £8. I did look online for mine and I picked up an absolute bargain on eBay and paid just a couple of pounds plus a similar amount for postage. I know that you are not going to buy a brand new one for £4, but to be honest this one was in perfect condition.

Final thoughts

Obviously the looks are very positive and they sold the bottle cage to me immediately. The cost is something worth noting because you can buy a very basic and plain cage for a fiver these days, so for the added style and design features you are getting a lot for your money. Made from Stainless Steel I cannot imagine this bottle cage is going to mysteriously snap or anything like that, and the fact that it holds a range of bottle sizes is a bonus aswell. The only word of caution is that you may notice some small rattles from odd shaped bottles, though this would happen with any bottle cage, and some bottle cages have rattles regardless of the bottle they are holding!

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  • hiker published 29/12/2015
    vh
  • mousy86 published 13/11/2015
    great write-up x
  • catsholiday published 13/11/2015
    Great review
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Product Information : Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage

Manufacturer's product description

Elite Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage: Top quality bottle cage with gel inserts. Updated new graphicsEquipped with anti-vibration gel buttons on either side to keep your bottle firmly in placeSecure hold and no-rattle fitLightweight and sturdy construction

Product Details

Long Name: Ciussi Gel Bottle Cage

Type: Hydration

Manufacturer: Elite

EAN: 8020775012697

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