The shape of the bike and its technical components inspired the designers at Tacx to create the Tao bottle cage. The Tao is punched out of aluminium plate, pressed into shape, anodised for resilience and partly treated with rubber. This not only enhances the design, it improves the clasp and protects the bottle. The result is a stylish cage that works well and is a compliment to any frame.
Great product. I've been riding with them for many years. Well engineered, they do break away in a crash, as they are supposed to do. If handled with a little care they will last quite awhile but they are not designed to be indestructible. If indestructible is your desire, look elsewhere.
Pros: Great looking, light, holds bottle well
Cons: Will break if treated carelessly
Good cage. It's light, inexpensive, clean lines and looks good. Unfortunately the bottom tab has broken on three of my aluminum cages. No apparent trend that would explain the breakage. Seems to be a design flaw that I hope they fix. DO NOT get the all plastic version, it broke on the first ride as I hit a small bump at the bottom of the driveway -lame. I still like the cages and will continue to use them as long as Tacx keeps the warranty going.
Pros: Light and good looks
Cons: The tabs break pretty easily
I have found these are at their best when used with Tacx Source bottles. (These are 500ml bottles that slide in and out very easily, but don't eject at race speed/RR Tracks, etc.) Never had an issue with the "tab" on the bottom. I have been using these on the road since 2007 and MTB since 2009. Never an issue. Does not leave marks on the bottles. Use some TI anti-seize compound (example, Finish Line product) on the threads of the bottle screws.
Pros: Decent value. grips bottles (esp. Tacx bottles)
Cons: Can't bend/cold set.
Have been using same ones for several years now. I love how they hold the bottles yet are very simple to remove and re insert bottle. I finally broke one of the plastic tabs this season but found replacements are readily available for about $2.00 and I picked up a couple extras. Not the strongest but a favorite of mine.
Tab broke after 2 years. Weak point in the design. Otherwise, bottles go in and out easily
I have used at least a dozen sets of these cages, eight sets on my bikes (counting Wifes bikes) and four on friends bikes that I built. NEVER has a single cage broken or had a bottle jump out and Im talking about the 20 oz. bottles. These and Arundles are my favorite with thse being much cheaper. I like them and can only say, some folks can break an Anvil! These cages work.
Bottom Tab Broke on both cages I purchased within 6 months. Stay away.
They break. Like the other descriptions, the tab that the bottom of the bottle sits on eventually broke off of mine. Also, it seems to be a little loose around the bottle, I never had a bottle come out but I could hear it rattle around in the loose cage and I applied some electircal tape to tighten the fit. They do look cool, are very light, and are cheap which is a good thing since the dont last too long.
The tabs break and Tacx will not send a replacement or warranty if cage is over a year old. They are relatively cheap and light and do hold the bottle but so do ss Elite Ciussi, Kings, and a bunch of others. So many bike parts are throwaway items. Shouldnt we as a biking community be more green and not throw a part away after short use but be able to keep in service for a long, and "normal" life?
Nearly FIVE STARS. These cages take bottles well and release them easily. I have used them on my bikes for over five years now. The silver ones look great on titanium frames. The reason I dont give it a 5Star rating is that the tab that holds the bottle in, keeping it in place, is made of plastic that in some manufacturing runs are a tad brittle. Ive broken a couple but every time it was with a full bottle (larger ones that I prefer) and after hitting a bump and ONLY on the seat tube, never on the down tube. I did have one break at the ring that holds the cage to the frame but that was the oldest one Ive used and in all fairness after five (or more?) seasons I was happy to get a new one. If they use a better plastic that is less brittle then problem solved. My recently purchased cages are good to go. Ive contacted their importer here in the US and they sent me a dozen of them no charge. They dont scuff the bottles as steel cages do.
Ive used these for many years and have broken many tabs. I like that my bottles never jump out, even on heinously rough road race courses. I finally cured the broken tab issue by pulling off the broken plastic around the screw hole (takes some doing) and installing it with an angle bracket from a hardware store (bracket goes between frame and cage). Still light and the steel bracket holds the bottle. Would be 5 if not for the weak tab.
You guys must be brutal on these cages to get them to break. I have had the same set since 2003! Over 15k of miles. No broken tabs. As a matter of fact, I just transferred them to my sons road bike and they are still going strong. I have only noticed wear in the rubber edging where they contact the bottle. If I can get 7 years of use for $13.95, Im sold!
I snapped the tab on mine too after nearly 4 years, but the price and simplicity of these cages make them a winner. Maybe not so great on the seat tube of a mountain bike, but Ive never dropped a bottle on the road with these cages.
I give this cage a below average rating because in time they seem to break.
To date, Ive broken two of these. Heres how - the weak spot on this model is the little tab that makes contact with the bottom of the bottle. After repeated use (bouncing around of full bottles in the cage, loading and unloading of bottles during races, etc...) the plastic tab weakens and snaps right off with little or no warning.
On the other hand these cages look good and hold the bottles in place however heavy use will definitely shorten their life span.
these are great!!!!!!!!!!!! four years, still going strong
I do not understand how people are breaking their bottle cages??? I have had the same one for 3 years ... different bottles, different rides (I do 5K - 6K per year) and it has held up just great! In fact, I logged on today to buy more for my other bikes!
Finally some decent water bottle holders! These babies rock. Ive been using them for about 18 months now, and theyve held up through the worst conditions, including road races over gravel roads. Once you get used to how to quickly insert and remove the bottles, these are the best on the market. Good price, very light, will NOT drop bottles ever (assuming theyre installed on your frame...not on the back of your saddle like one of the reviewers commented).
You cant beat these for the price. I finally snapped a tab off of one after 2 1/2 years. Nothing lasts forever. These are less than half the cost of even the cheapest carbon cages, so replacing one every couple of years is no big deal.
I did break off a tab, but it was because I was installing a new cage mount for a mini pump and over torqued it. I imagine if you slam in your water bottles hard enough the plastic tabs will eventually break off. I find they work well with Camelback Podium bottles as they are a little wider in circumference than standard bottles and they wont bottom out. There is a problem if you freeze your bottles in the summer as you can only get them about half way in until they thaw out. Otherwise they do a good job of securing your bottles. Just go a little light handed with them. I like them, I just ordered another one...the one I broke lasted about three seasons...for the price they are cheap..if you are worried about breaking off the tabs just buy a King stainless steel...
Cool looking but terrible product. Bought 4 of them to use on a tri-bike (1 on seat-tube and 3 on a Hydrotail) and not only did they eject bottles off the back at the slightest bump, but every one of them broke after only 4 months of use. AVOID!
Broken tab after 800 miles. If you ride pavement that is not smooth, get something else.
Add mine to the list of breakages. Only two months old, about 750 miles of riding. Going back to King cages.
Replaced my traditional cages with the Tacx Tao after having too many H20 bottles pop out during races. Very happy with how securely they hold the bottles. They are a sleek design, lightweight, and economically priced, but I too (see other reviews) have had the bottom notch break after one year of use using 24 oz bottles. Would rate these cages a 5 except for the durability issue.
I rode with these for 6 years and they were fine. Within a year two broke. Only then did I even find out about other people having the same issue. I still replaced them with 2 more of the same. I did notice that their "break point" is usually when it is cold out (30-40 degrees-ish) and you hit a bump - i.e. the bottles are likely frozen.
Performance was awesome until the bottom tab snapped off. Im thinking about making my own replacement tab (its a simple little piece.) The tab is the only reason I give 2 stars, otherwise it would be 5. I shouldnt have to make my own replacement parts... I shouldnt have to do anything.
Waste of money...they look cool, but will break.
I have a silver set on my very old road bike...guys i log long miles with 28 oz bottles, never broke one. Tabs look just fine with no fatigue visable. Did i mention i bought these in 2002! If your ruff enough on any component youll break it. I just ordered a black set for my modern road machine. obviously the best bang for the buck.
i love these, but ive now broken three of the tabs off of the bottom. always on the seat post mounted cage. i wish they found a way to make them more durable.
Excellent cage, low price, and ultra-lightweight, too. Bottles never rattle and stay securely in place at all times. Of important note is that Tacx bottles are really required with this cage, as most other bottles do not fit quite right in this particular cage. Stick with Tacx bottles, though, and youre good to go.
I love Tacx Tao bottle cages. I have run at least 3 pairs constantly over the last 3-4 years and in that time I threw a bottle once (when I caught close to 3 feet of air on my road bike :p), and broke one tab. In the same amount of time I have broken the weld on 2 AL cages. Tacx Tao for me. Light, smooth, work well with smaller frames, and inexpensive.
I bought two of them about two seasons ago and on both of them the tabs broke off, which in turn dropped my water bottles. I dont just ride my bke I race it and I race it hard. I actually broke standard aluminum cages (at the welded seams) during a race so I decided to try these out. They lasted a year longer but same result. I am going to try a carbon set next.
I also use 28 oz bottles and have broken the plastic tabs on 6 of them.
Havent had a problem when attached to the frame. I received two in the mail today (after breaking my two year old pair), attached them to my tri bikes behind-the-saddle X-lab X-wing, and broke both of them within 3 hours. Never buying them again.
Ive been using these for two years (12,000 miles) now without any trouble. I carry two 24 oz water bottles. I Havent broken one yet, havent had water bottles fall out, havent had any trouble getting a water bottle in the cage or out of the cage. In a word "perfect".
I used these all last season with no problems. They work best with team bottles (500mm or 750mm). The only problem Ive encountered is during the summer when I freeze my bottles. The stamped aluminum cage will not expand, but it will hold the bottles for a couple of miles until the bottles thaw out a bit then I can push them all the way in. They do a good job of holding your bottle and are easy to pull in and out your bottles. They also wont mark you water bottles. I dont know how anyone could break one of these unless they are extremely heavy handed or use a large bottle which the cage is not designed for. These are good cages and dont cost a lot in this day and age. Good value.
Ive read all of the reviews and I have to comment. Im a road cyclist. I have ridden with the Tarx Tao for over 18,000 miles. I lost three of them. The first because I used it as a hand hold (not a good idea). The second in a crash which is what it is suppesed to do. Finally, the third form fatiigue. In all that time I never lost a water bottle because of a bump. This is a great product.
I have broken 5 of these so far. I use 28 oz bottles and the weight snaps the bottom plastic tab.The bottle then slides through the cage and rests on the frame.
Have broken 2 so far this year when going over bumps with full bottle in the cage. Not a good track record so far.
i have a compact frame. typically with compacts, especially the smaller sizes, the seat tube is so short that the bottle cage has to be placed lower, or rather closer to the bottom bracket. as a result, the front derailleur clamp sits between the bolt eyelets. because of the way the tao is shaped, you can have the FD clamp sit between the two bolts. this is another reason why i love the tao cage. this and what the previous reviewers have mentioned.
Flat out these are the best cages available. They are light, strong, and completely unique. I use these cages on all three bikes I own and would never use anything else. The availability of both black and silver colors is just awesome because you can pick the one that best fits your bike. Dont get anything else...GET THESE!
The Tacx Tao is the best water bottle cage I have used. When riding over chip and seal, or other rough surfaces, I no longer feel the 24 oz water bottle vibrating in the cage. The bottle is easy to remove from, or place in, the cage. I dont know if the vibration is deadened by the hard rubber cage mounting surface or by the fit of the cage; but this cage works. Previously, Ive used Elite Ciussi, Minoura, Blackburn, and Specialized cages. When I break the Taos, Ill replace them with Taos.