- 5 / 5 Bee's Knees -
Thinking back to one of the bike shops I worked for, my passion for cycling never drove me to the point of spending $80 on a single carbon bottle cage, nor could I understand how this price was justified. For the most part, prices of carbon cages have come down to more reasonable prices with increased competition. Laguna bicycles was nice enough to send out two of their new well-priced carbon cages for review.
At first glance, the 17 gram Laguna cages look premium with a matte carbon finish over a unidirectional outer veneer and 3k inner. On closer inspection the quality is more than skin deep. A thoughtful design of carbon layup and structural shapes aims towards maximizing relative durability while maintaining a scant weight. The concept of these cages is to appeal to the full market, that is: road, MTB, cyclocross etc. To satisfy each of these riding styles, durability, reliability and weight are all essential elements. In designing this product, Laguna used 12hr MTB races as their testing grounds with great success.
While I cannot bring myself to destroy these cages for the sake of testing, I can assess their basic functionality as a road and commuting cyclist. Additionally, I can attest to the weight of each that I received which are just 15g and 14g! My primary bottles are somewhat of an industry standard, the insulated 21oz and 25oz CamelBak Podium bottles. Both sizes interfaced identically and offered a very secure fit, easily the best grip I’ve had from any cage. Testing the security also yielded great results. Forcing myself to hit potholes and rumble strips was counter-intuitive but doing so was necessary for thorough testing. Ultimately I couldn't be more pleased with the security and easy of use of these cages...and lets not forget the aesthetics.
Short and sweet, a simple review for a simple product. The Laguna 17g carbon cage impressed me with a somewhat competitive price, sleek looks, smart construction and bare-bones weight. Most importantly, the functionality was equally exemplary with the few bottles I used as test subjects. This will be one reviewed product that isn't quickly donated to the guys I ride with. Sorry chaps, these will remain on my Parlee for years to come, I’m a big fan.