Elite Vico Carbon bottle cage review

Light but with a firm grip

Elite Vico Carbon bottle cage
(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Vico Carbon places greater emphasis on bottle retention than easy removal and does this with great success. My chosen bottle didn’t move a fraction even when riding on very poor quality road surfaces and there were no annoying rattles or vibrations. The trade off was that the Vico doesn’t relinquish its firm grip without a bit of gentle persuasion. However, it didn’t cause any real difficulties once I had got used to it. All in all, it’s a cage that would be a worthy addition to any road or gravel bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Provides a firm, rattle-free hold

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    Pretty light - 28g actual

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    Decently priced for carbon - RRP £26.00

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    Range of accent colours available

Reasons to avoid
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    Bottle removal requires a gentle tug

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Elite are know for making some of the best water bottle cages and have become almost synonymous with the product category. The Italian brand has featured heavily in the professional peloton for decades. Today it partners with a host of WorldTour teams including Team Ineos, UAE Team Emirates and Movistar. It’s extensive range of cages includes those made from metal, fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP)  and carbon - including the Vico Carbon reviewed here.

Elite Vico Carbon - construction

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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.