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Used to be that the problem was keeping the water-bottles in their cages using aluminum cages. Then about 10 years ago, carbon cages became available. I invested in several different brands until I came upon the Arundel line of cages: the Trident & the Dave-O, and subsequently, the Mandible. Excellent cages in their own right, but now the problem became removing the bottles from the cages while riding. The Trident & Dave-O, especially when they became wet from formulas such as Cytomax, caused an increase in stickiness such that it became an exercise in...well, let's just say it became a real exercise to remove the bottles at all. The Mandible, though minimalist compared to Arundel's earlier attempts, clamped the waterbottles with the ferocity of a Pit Bull. I tried Zipp's version, and that was much better, but very pricy. At long last, I saw the ad for the Blackburns, and attracted by their exterior enamel gloss finish, I purchased a set. After all these years I finally found a water-bottle cage which held the bottles securely but not in a death grip. Furthermore, painted a high gloss finish to match my bike (Colnago CX-1) I have gone over the roughest RR tracks and rough grooved surfaces and never has a bottle been set free. Easy to remove, easy to replace, very attractive finish and configuration, I would give this bottle 5 stars, and highly recommend. Their weight is equal to or less than any of the others mentioned and are not astronomically priced.
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