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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – 11:45

A colourful cage but prone to loosening its grip in use


2.5
/ 5

£40

The Lezyne CNC alloy bottle cage is a one-piece aluminium design, on test here in an optional jazzy anodised colour – more sober alternatives are available too.

The brand was founded by former professional triathlete Micki Kozuschek – who also happened to create Truvativ before selling it to SRAM – and is probably best known for its range of high-quality bicycle lights and pumps.

Lezyne CNC alloy anodised bottle cage design

Lezyne makes a large array of different bottle cages, with the CNC alloy cage sitting near the top of the range, below the Carbon Team Cage.

This cage has an open-fronted design which the brand says makes it highly adjustable, as well as allowing for easier bottle retrieval. The arms are relatively short, leaving several centimetres of clear space above the mount holes, which make the cage easy to mount onto the bike.

The holes are ovalised and comparatively long, which allows for a good degree of cage adjustability on the frame.

The cage is made from CNC-machined extruded aluminium, which Lezyne says has been heat-treated for strength, and is available in a variety of colours. The Neo Metallic colour – as shown here – is more expensive than the standard colours, coming in at £40 and £28 respectively.

The whole product is made from one sheet of aluminium, which is then cut to the correct shape. The edges are well-rounded and smooth, unlikely to scratch water bottles, and the metallic finish is nicely glossy.

The cage does feel quite flimsy in hand, and is easily bent, though Lezyne says this as an adjustability feature to allow for different sized bottles.



Lezyne CNC alloy anodised bottle cage performance

The Lezyne CNC alloy bottle cage allows for easy bottle access with the malleable arms and front opening. We had no issues fitting a variety of water bottle sizes in the cage, and the bottles held well whilst riding on smooth tarmac.

On uneven ground, I did experience some bottle rattle, particularly after several heavy-handed removals and replacements, as the cage started to open slightly.

This was easily remedied by squeezing the arms tight again but is worth keeping in mind for riders who don’t have the daintiest touch when putting their bottles back on their bike.

It’s also worth noting that aluminium doesn’t take always kindly to being repeatedly bent back into shape as it can fail through fatigue. This didn’t happen during testing however and it could take years.

The Lezyne is only marginally heavier than most competitors but also more expensive, factoring in both the standard colours and the Neo Metallic anodised version.

The Lezyne CNC alloy bottle cage would work well for some looking to add a bit of pizazz to their road bike, where the cage can perform aesthetically without the need for a super strong hold.

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Photos: Honor Elliot


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