Admittedly I had some doubts on whether the cageless water bottle from Fabric was going to suit mountain biking. The design concept sounds good but when the going gets tough I had expectations of the bottle flying off my bike and into the bushes.
However, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised. We hit some purpose built enduro trails which got pretty rough and to my shame I stacked it over one of the drops but through it all the bottle stayed fixed. The bottle stays fixed to the 2 bolts provided as the connection between them is pretty tight the small downside is sliding on and off requires a little force.
Setting up the mounts is as easy as setting up a cage, 2 bolts and done. But the benefit of the bottle is really that you don’t have the additional weight or odd shape of a cage sitting on your bottom tube.
Retailing at £9.99, it’s difficult to fault the overall quality of the bottle. Soft plastic bottle with hard plastic lid and nozzle, what else would you expect? But because it is a soft plastic, if you drop it you got to expect it to take some damage which may or may not result in it leaking. I threw my bottle from a height down the trail and kicked it along a bit for good measure. Although it showed some clear damage from impacts, it did not puncture or split.
The cageless water bottle is available for order through Evans Cycles | Fabric Bottle