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60-Second Tech: Arundel Sideloader Cages

A side-loading cage can help carry a bottle when frame space is tight

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Arundel Sideloader and OtherSideloader Cage $60

For dual-suspension mountain bikes, carrying two water bottles can be difficult if not impossible. A side-loading cage can help. Photo: Nick Legan

For dual-suspension mountain bikes, carrying two water bottles can be difficult if not impossible. A side-loading cage can help. Arundel’s Sideloader is the best cage of this type I’ve used. Many side-loading cages don’t work that well in reality. The Arundel does and looks great at the same time.

For the most part I used the Sideloader mounted on my 29er seat tube. This makes it a right side (drive side) entry. The OtherSideloader is a left side (when on seat tube) version.

It made carrying a large bottle possible, if only just, and allowed much better access when I carried a small bottle. I never lost a bottle and the 32-gram weight certainly isn’t heavy.

The dual mounting holes help make tight fits more workable. At $60, the Sideloader isn’t cheap, but it does fill a special need category in a lightweight, highly functional cage.