The Cuissi Inox is quite possibly the classiest bottle cage in the peloton and equally at at home on a new carbon frame as it is on an early eighties De Rosa. Unique Cuissi design features Teflon "buttons" for ease of insertion and removal of water bottle. The cage body is constructed of 4mm tubular stainless steel for added durability and style.
Used to be good, but obviously made in China. First set lasted 15 years with NO bottle marking. Last set lasted 3 years tops and marked bottles on every ride. Then while riding one just cracked and fell off leaving me with no bottle cage. Highly NOT recommended. The company should be ashamed putting out sub par product like this. Stay clear, look for another option. Don't be sucker by look alone!
Classiest cage out there, whether you ride retro or the newest carbon bike. Used them over many years on multiple bikes with no issues.
Pros: Design and utility
Cons: Should be cheaper but I'm cheap
A little too flexible (particularly with 24oz bottles) and welds crack over time. Not awful cages, but I think King SS cages are better--and cheaper.
Pros: SS doesn't mark up bottles
Cons: too flexible, welds fatigue
I love the classic looks and have owned these for many years. I have broken them but am OK with replacing them since I love the way the look and work.
Now made in China. Remind me why its worth $25?
Ive had a pair of these cages for 5 seasons and theyre great. They hold bottles very well, and I havent even needed to bend them to tighten the hold at all. Unlike the alloy version, they leave bottles mark-free.
One of the two, I own, broke at the weld also. I have had bottles ejected on rough roads more than once. Lack of temper and inability of cage to maintain tension on bottle make these a poor choice even at the price point compared to other popular contemporary cages. Ill bite the bullet and buy some expensive but more modern technology. I have 7 other bicycles, all with other, cheaper metal bottle cages and this are the only cage that has failed.
These are made in China now! One of mine broke after about 4 years, so I re-ordered, got it today and on the back of the label it says "Designed and engineered in Italy, Made in P. R. C. (Peoples Republic of China). The quality might be the same, but Excel needs to update website in terms of country of origin. For me, I will pay a little more for Italian, but not for Chinese. I will go with the Minoura Dura-Cage, lighter, but maybe not as pretty, and just as durable in my personal experience. 5 years of Minoura Dura-cage on a Cannondale and still holding bottles.
Amendment to my previous 11/5/07 review:I ride 100 to 250 miles PER WEEK. Not each day! The stainless cage has lasted well for six seasons.
Ive used these stainless steel cages on both my road bikes for 6years with no breakage. Average 100 to 250 miles in good weather,so they got a lot of use. I previously used the ALLOY Ciussi versions, which did show cracks near the weld seam after a while,although they never actually broke either. Maybe some reviewers are confusing the two types?
Ive had mine since 1996 and they still look brand new. Not sure if people are abusing them (slamming bottles in) or the quality has gone down. Either way, Im extremely happy with mine.
I had these since they were introduced. They brake, I had three broken since 1998. Ill keep replacing them until they are discontinued. The most elegant bottle cage. Ever!
Mine broke at the weld as well. lasted 2 seasons. But, id love to have the same again.
My cage broke yesterday. This is my 3rd cage in three seasons. It broke at the weld. The Ciussi does hold the bottle better than most as previously mentioned.
My cage lasted about 5 years before it also broke at the weld. For $20 I felt I got my moneys worth. Hey, the style guy would probably say Ciussis Euro styling is so old-world-Fellini it would be worth it if it broke every rest week!
My Cage broke as well at the weld. It lasted 1 season. However, this cage does hold bottles much better than a standard cage.
The cage breaks at the weld with the base plate. The warranty rep tells you that "nothing lasts forever." I have never had a cage break in use on a road bike except for this one.