The future or a gimmick?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Fabric water bottle

Product:

Fabric cageless water bottle review

Price as reviewed:

£9.99

Fabric has reinvented the water bottle holder, replacing the traditional cage concept with two round studs and a special, slotted water bottle. The cynical side of me instantly thought Fabric has just come up with a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, but on reflection this clever concept is more than a gimmick.

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The bottle works by slotting onto little round studs that are threaded into your bike’s standard bottle cage bosses.

Fabric water bottle studs and grooves

There are two v-shaped slots in the underside of the bottle that help the docking process while you’re riding, and although it takes a little practice to get the knack, once in place the bottle is held very securely, even on really rough trails and over jumps.

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At a tenner for a system this light (a carbon cage costs at least £35 and still weighs 20g) it’s really good value too. The bottle doesn’t have to be round either, meaning it fits better in your hand — something that also helps you line it up with the studs. Without a bottle, your bike retains its clean lines too.

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Details

Weight:68 grams
Volume:600ml
Colours:yellow, red, green, blue, black, white
Contact:fabric.cc
  • Barrowman

    Haven’t managed a ride yet without the bottle flying off. Had one bottle crack because of it. Love the look, but unless you are riding on newly tarred roads, it’s really not fit for purpose.

  • Matt Phillips

    This isn’t new or revolutionary. Vincero Design released their magnetic system that’s designed almost exactly the same way about 6 years ago. Proprietary bottles with a notch like these, along with the added security of magnets. Unfortunately the demand wasn’t there and production ceased. The same will likely happen here, provided the low price point doesn’t save them.