Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cage review

Sharp looks combine with great bottle retention in this updated icon

Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cage
(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Elite’s claims of the Custom Race Plus’ holding power rang true. I tried three bottles with varying shapes and diameters and the cage held them all firmly, with no movement or rattling during my rides. The cage’s styling seems like a good fit for most modern road bikes and while aesthetics are always subjective when combined with the wide choice of colours and the trusted performance it feels like a bottle cage that will do the job - and do it really well - for the majority of users.

Reasons to buy
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    Holds bottle firmly with no vibration

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    Adapts to a range of bottle diameters

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    Durable material

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    Huge range of colours available

Reasons to avoid
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    Strong bottle retention means removal requires a bit of effort

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Elite have been making some of the best water bottle cages since 1979, supplying them to many professional teams as well as to the cycling masses. 

The Custom Race Plus is the evolution of what it calls the ‘the most popular bottle cage in the world’, the Custom Race. Regarded as a favorite of the pros for years, it's certainly a cage that I’ve seen on many road bikes, including a few of my own over the years. 

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.