The future or a gimmick?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Fabric water bottle


Fabric cageless water bottle review

Price as reviewed:


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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Weight:68 grams
Colours:yellow, red, green, blue, black, white