Specialized Rib Cage Water Carrier

4.11/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $7.99


Product Description

Lightweight, race-ready cage for road or dirt. Mimimalist styling and weight, maximum strength and bottle retention.
  • Ideal for road or mountain use
  • Super strong composite material won't corrode, won't scratch bottles
  • Made in USA


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    Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from Florida

    Date Reviewed: October 13, 2007

    Strengths:    Has never dropped my bottle - enough said

    Weaknesses:    Band will age if left in sun

    Bottom Line:   
    For 7 years, I've beaten my bike up on a weekly basis.. mud, rocks, swamps, jumps.. you name it. I pass the dropped water bottles all the time on the trail. I don't worry about mine. The cage works and keeps a snug fit. Who needs a carbon fiber water bottle cage? Are you mountain biking in combat?

    Cost is low. It won't stretch, It won't hook your clothes. It won't make you ride any faster but that because its a waterbottle holder. It holds the bottle!



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    Favorite Trail:   Pisgah Forest

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $7.00

    Purchased At:   Specialized

    Similar Products Used:   mish-mosh of other water bottle cages.

    Bike Setup:   specialized enduro FSR. All the beefed up components.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Simone a Weekend Warrior from New Jersey

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2007

    Strengths:    Simple design, looks nice

    Weaknesses:    Looks like cheap plastic, not durable

    Bottom Line:   
    Mine broke after a crash. But other than that, it is fine. The simplicity is attractive and was able to install on my Rocky Mtn Slayer which has the horrible cage on the bottom frame set-up. There were cables running on the bottom to make matters worst, but since this cage was small and simple, it was not a problem.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $8.00

    Purchased At:   Specialized

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mtn Slayer

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 5, 2005

    Strengths:    Super minimal design, alomst no weight, WOW!

    Weaknesses:    Elastic broke before 2years had passed and the price of $12/CAN back in 1997.

    Bottom Line:   
    Super expensive, Super tiny, Super light weight. I was hoping it would last more then 1 year as the elastic went, but the rest of it is perfect. I think I still have it, in an - odds & ends/bike parts box - along with the platform peddals from my 1994 Raleigh Matterhorn, Rock Shox Quadra 5 rubber bumpers, etc. I just couldn't throw it away. I'll use a rubber band.
    Bottom Line: Excellent item, a bit too pricey and the elastic is well...

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Toronto International Bike Show (1997)

    Similar Products Used:   Profile Racing, Specialized Alloy (Road/5.0),
    Specialized Alloy (Mtb/6.2), Bell Alloy (Mtb/6.2).


    Bike Setup:   2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk, 1996 GT Ricochet.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Pawel a Cross Country Rider from Okemos, MI

    Date Reviewed: October 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Grips a bottle well without scratching.

    Weaknesses:    The rubber band around the cage snaps sooner or later. Don't throw the rubber away but use it as a stencil to cut out a new band out of an old tube. Better, cut a stencil out of the paper using the band, right after getting the cage.

    Bottom Line:   
    The snapping band is annoying. If you put the cage on the down tube and ride in slacks, another potential problem, difficult to take care of, is that of the cage catching the slack leg. A superior cage that grabs the bottle well, without a problem of the rubber snapping, is the Zefal S-Cage.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $8.00

    Purchased At:   local store

    Similar Products Used:   Profile Kage, Zefal S-Cage, Tacx Tao Cage

    Bike Setup:   commuter bike

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by AJ a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Australia

    Date Reviewed: September 5, 2004

    Strengths:    Lightweight minimalist design doesn't mean that it holds the bottle with any less strength. because its a plastic body with a strong rubber clamping ring, it doesn't loose its grip over time like Aluminium cages.

    Weaknesses:    None so far that I've experienced.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had a few offs and the Ribcage never let go of my bottle. The only thing with them is that they are a little suspect if knocked from the side due to its plastic body. But as far as not letting go of your water bottle, its tops.
    They are lightweight, not that expensive, easy in easy out but don't let your bottle fly if you stack it.
    If thats the major criteria for you when you look for a water bottle, then this will certainly fufil your needs with aplomb.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Tried 2 or 3 different aluminium bottle cages before trying this one.

    Bike Setup:   GT Avalance Frame, Marzocchi MX Comp Air forks, Easton EA50 bars, stem, seatpost, LX/XT Drivetrain with Truvativ Husselfelt crank, Velocity Deep V Rims on XT hubs, SD5 rim brakes and WTB LaserV saddle

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by PHil a Racer from LA

    Date Reviewed: October 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Light and solid.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I was a little nervious about the rubber strap corroding and snapping on me, but after a year of good use it is still working fine. I really like the looks and the hold of these little puppies. I like them so much that I know own 6 for my various bikes. At $7 they are right in the range of cheap models, but they look so much cooler. This may be the SINGLE in-house Specialized product that they actually did a good job on. FINALLY I found one.

    I have had a lot of nasty wreck, and not once did these suckers let go. Givem a try.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $7.00

    Purchased At:   Specialized.com

    Similar Products Used:   Lots of aluminum stuff.

    Bike Setup:   Litespeed

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Daniel a Cross Country Rider from Frankfurt, Germany

    Date Reviewed: May 1, 2001

    Strengths:    looks, weight, works very good

    Weaknesses:    quality

    Bottom Line:   
    quite a good product, holds bottle extremely good. BUT: it is has a very, very poor finish, especially for a manufacturer like Specialized. The Ribcage scratched my bottle first time i put it in, because of some sharp edge on the plastic.

    because of this just 4 chilis overall and for this crappy quality its too expensive.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $8.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Bike Setup:   hardtail, bomber z3, hs-33, flite, roox, ritchey

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mel S. a Weekend Warrior from San Pablo, CA

    Date Reviewed: April 4, 2001

    Strengths:    Simple design; stylely looks, works great.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've used a couple of these cages (Specialized Rib Cage) on my MTB's and have had no problems with them whatsoever. They look good with a selection of colors, and do the job - bottom line!

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    Favorite Trail:   Any and All

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Wire cages.

    Bike Setup:   '00 S-Works FSRxc

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mark a Weekend Warrior from Monroe, Louisiana USA

    Date Reviewed: April 2, 2001

    Strengths:    Lightweight, good looks, holds bottle better than the aluminum cage that came with my bike. Won't catapult bottles.

    Weaknesses:    None so far, but it seems that band that holds the bottle might go sooner than you would think. So far it's held nicely, though.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good product, great for those concerned about weight. Comes in great colors for those wanting to match with their bike finish. I'm giving 4 chili's for value because of the band thing, but Specialized told me they will have replacements on their site and you can get them from a dealer also. 5 chili's for overall rating. Will buy one again.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $8.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Source

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized aluminum cage.

    Bike Setup:   2000 HardRock

    Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

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