Forty quid is a lot to spend for a bottle cage, so what do you get with the Cube HPC bottle cage? Not a lot of extra weight.
At only 23 grams, the Cube HPC bottle cage is a real weight weenie’s delight. It’s also got a satisfyingly minimalist design, with no spine connecting the two bottle boss bolt holes, which gives your bike an ultra-clean look. The two arms which hold the bottle in place are very thin too and joined at their base to make sure that the bottle can’t escape in that direction.
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The Cube HPC bottle cage is available in high gloss black and white as well as a matt black finish, to blend in with your frame. Attachment is made a bit more fiddly by the lack of connection between the two fixing points and the degree of flex which this allows, but it’s a one-time job and easily enough accomplished.
More of a problem is the lack of security of the hold on the water bottle. Because the Cube HPC bottle cage is so light and the top retainer is quite low profile, I found that bottles tended to work their way loose over typically bumpy UK back roads. I noticed them rubbing against my legs and was able to push them back in before I lost them, but this recurred a few times on each ride.
It was never dangerous and I’m not sure you could easily lose a bottle completely, but it did get a little irritating over time. A couple of bits of insulating tape over the top retainers reduced the problem. I’m not sure I’d want to use this cage if I were riding Paris-Roubaix though.
For more details visit the Cube website.
The Cube HPC bottle cage has a nice clean-looking design and very light. It’s just a shame that it does not hold the bottle more firmly