New bottle design does away with the need for a cage, and is cheaper and lighter in the process.

Better known for its stylish range of saddles and bar tapes, Fabric is branching out its product range with a new water bottle. Not the most exciting story, you might think, but then again this is no ordinary water bottle…

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With a design which claims to “revolutionise the hydration category”, the Fabric water bottle does away with the need for a bottle cage, with the bottle being slotted on to a couple custom mounts that sit on traditional water bottle bosses protruding from the frame.

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The Fabric bottle is slotted onto two mounts pertruding from the frame

Fabric claims that the benefits of this new design are numerous. First off the removal of a bottle cage means cleaner lines for your frame, while the 3g weight for the mounts is significantly less than the lightest (and most expensive) carbon bottle cages. The system is also apparently more secure than a standard cage, even when ridden off-road. We’ll have to see if that holds true when we get one in for test.

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One bottle and mounts will set you back £11.99 when the system goes in sale in August – so less than you’d expect to pay for a bottle and cage. A 600ml bottle will be the first size to go on sale, with a larger 750ml bottle following by the end of the year.

For more details visit the Fabric website.

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  • bella in sella

    Is David Taylor Lynn Faulds Wood in disguise? A potential death trap!

  • Thomas Edwards

    This would only be feasible for the second bottle cage on the seat bar. It’s not replacing the usual cage that you use all the time.

  • Ken Esq

    Years ago Cannondale sold a setup that was kind of similar, but used Velcro. It worked well, and was lighter, but being tied to one specific bottle meant no ability to use any other kind of bottle…and having to find/purchase the same bottle again.

  • Greg

    Better off with velcro on the frame and bottle…then you have a choice in bottles.

  • Michael Adamopoulos

    Yeah this design seems like it could have a lot of potential problems. It’s much easier and faster to just slid a bottle into a cage, as opposed to making sure the right side is facing down and both pegs are inserted into the slots

  • David Taylor

    Would that be ‘protruding’ by any chance? Seems like a poor solution to something that isn’t really a problem. How long will it be before it causes trouble when a bottle only catches on one bolt and spins sideways into the pedals?

  • Jono_M

    This design seems like it’d lead to a lot of fumbling to line up the grooves on the bottle to the mounts on the frame.