The King Cage is a bit special…
King Cage promise a handmade, lightweight, non-marking, super strength product, made from either tubular 3-2.5 titanium or from stainless steel.
We were sent the titanium version for review. The first impressions for anyone picking this up are that it is light; incredibly light. If adding weight to your bike is something you want to avoid, then this is a good bit of kit at just 28g.
In use it is tough and durable, the 3-2.5 titanium tubing accepting abuse without issue; it is easily up the job. It grips the bottle well, as you’d hope, and as promised does not mark your bottles.
Interestingly, the fat tubed titanium version looks great as well, so good in fact that I put it on a carbon frame, where the fat tubing didn’t look out of place. Of course it would be the perfect accompaniment to a titanium frame such as the Sabbath Mondays Child or the Van Nicholas Amazon Cross we reviewed recently.
The King Cage story is an interesting one. They are manufactured in the founder, Ron Andrew’s garage in Durango, Colorado, from US-sourced materials. The business came into being in 1991 when Ron, then working at One Off Titanium, was approached by a customer asking if he could get a bottle cage made from titanium; 23 years later, Ron is still making them.
Ron has real cycle industry pedigree working at Fat City Cycles, Ibis Cycles, Merlin Metalworks, Jo Breeze Cycles, Ted Wojac cycles, and Yeti Cycles.
Whilst there are a lot of bottle cages on the market, you can immediately see that the quality of this particular product is of the highest standards.
So in summary, if you want a lightweight, durable bottle cage made from metal as opposed to plastic or carbon, then you can’t get much better than this. I’ll report back in a few months on how it’s holding up to a summer of heavy use.
Here you can see Ron in action (note that the video has loud music – and no it’s not garage…)
RRP: $60.00 / £39.99
More information from the King Cage website or check out Ron’s King Cage Facebook page for some of the other stuff he makes…
In the UK you can get your King Cage from a number of retailers such as Velotastic.
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