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Attaching stuff to your bike via bottle cages has become something of a trend. The advent of Salsa’s Anything cage certainly helped increase it’s popularity but the Anything cage has 2 potential drawbacks – it’s a 3 bolt mount and they do have a habit of cracking at the worst possible moment … something I’m sure Salsa will address in their promised MK11 version. You could use a standard bottle cage but in reality if you want to carry something other than a waterbottle you’ll struggle. 

Another solution may be the Monkii cage. It’s a sort of half way house between an Anything cage and a run of the mill bottle cage. The sides wings of the cage are flexible so objects of different sizes can be held in it. Once in the cage a velcro strap holds your item secure … trust me, it is secure, it’s not falling out.
Monkii cage on Salsa Enabler fork.

The Monkii cage is a standard 2 bolt fitting but the fittings are anything but standard. The cage is a quick release design … the normal Monkii requiring a pull straight up to release it and the Monkii V version needing a pull up followed by a 90 degree turn, so it’s ideal for tight spaces. With the cage removed you’re just left with 2 bobbins on your frame, fork, etc.

Cage removed and you’re left with this.

The cages certainly aren’t as big as Anything cages so won’t really carry the same volume but initial playing around would suggest that they’ll hold enough to make themselves useful … the packaging suggests a load of no more than 1.5l which in my book weighs 3.3lb. There’s an adaptor available too, so you could fit a cage where you’ve no mounts, ie seat post, under downtube, suspension forks, etc.

I’ll be giving them a good workout over the next few weeks but at the moment I’m feeling confident that they’ll stay in one piece and do what’s asked of them.

Monkii cages 

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