One other product out of their bikepacking Innovation Lab, the brand new modular Apidura Cargo Cage is a transformer, telescoping to mount to both 2-bolt or 3-bolt setups. Designed for an almost common match, the versatile alloy Cargo Cage can carry bottle small & giant with its strap guides, or you’ll be able to connect a particular small-diameter Apidura Cargo Cage Pack that offer you as much as 1.3L of waterproof Expedition-series storage.
Apidura Cargo Cage with modular mount
The unique Salsa Something Cage has been round virtually so long as Bikerumor, I feel I first noticed the 3-bolt cages in 2009 or 2010… however journey driving has advanced quite a bit since then. Now, it’s not solely bikepacking bikes with dozens of braze-ons that go on adventures, so corporations like Apidura proceed to innovate to assist outfit all method of riders.
Considered one of Apidura’s most fascinating new little devices is that this 2 or 3-bolt Cargo Cage.
Constructed to hold each small & giant masses wherever you’ll be able to match them in, the two-piece ADC12 alloy cage encompasses a modular foot to help the bottom of a bag or bottle. Prolong it totally to make use of 3-pack bolts, snap it again into the physique of the cage to make use of 2 commonplace bottle bolts, or take away the foot completely to easily strap longer gadgets to the wings of the cage.
With 3 totally different approach to set up it, Apidura aimed to take advantage of versatile cargo cage potential – “a single, easy modular cage for all bikes and purposes“. Particularly good if you wish to use one cage for carrying instruments/spare in your mountain bike, then to swap it over to the gravel bike to hold a bit of additional gear for a weekend bikepacking journey.
The 85g anodized cage has lengthy strap slots on each wings so you’ll be able to thread-in just about any strap you already use – from primary velcro straps to safe webbing straps just like the Austere Cam straps we lately reviewed, to the Voile-style strap common with bikepackers & journey racers.
Apidura says the 70g Expedition Cargo Cage Pack is optimized to be used underneath the downtube, providing a excessive stage of safety in a slim bag that may will match behind the entrance wheel and never intervene along with your cranks.
The 1.3L roll-top bag shares the identical robust, waterproof 3-layer laminate Trilon development and related particulars as Apidura’s Expedition fork luggage – just like the modular strap loops, reinforcement the place it contacts the cage & reflective detailing – simply dialed again to a 8.5cm diameter.
After all, the truth that the Apidura Cargo Cage can work with both 2-bolt or 3-bolt installations is nice – match it to virtually any bike to hold extra gear. However what I really feel is simply as essential, is that you may even slide the mount in between a bit to mount greater gadgets to a normal 2-bolt setup.
On this Canyon Dude fats bike there may be solely the 2-bolt mount on the downtube. However by sliding the cage a bit larger, I can help even bigger gadgets like this 28cm tall insulated L.L.Bean thermos that my spouse has been taking up journeys for 18 years. I used to be cautious to align the mid-point help of the outer cage bracket with the higher cage bolt, so I may stability bigger objects with minimal cantilevering in regards to the bolts – strapped on with one webbing & Voile-style strap, to see which I choose…
The cage is straightforward, mild, easy-to-use, and fairly versatile. I’m certain I’ll find yourself bolting it underneath the downtube or on the fork leg of some gravel bike after this winter’s snow melts. I’ve a sense it could be a good way to strap my tent poles to the facet of my fork, so I can stuff the tent right into a smaller bag on the bike.
As for the Pack, we actually haven’t used it a lot and certain received’t till moist driving returns – carrying small gear within the current 1L MTB Backcountry Body Pack within the meantime. The slim ~9cm diameter of the 30cm tall bag makes it a bit difficult to stuff some gear all the best way down inside compactly. With that mentioned, it could be a pleasant spot to tuck some heavier restore spares away safely, like a tube and further instruments that you just don’t must entry usually whereas driving.
Apidura Cargo Cage & Pack – Pricing & availability
The Apidura Cargo Cage itself sells for $52 / 44€ together with three metal bolts to mount it securely in any setup. And the separate 1.3L Expedition Cargo Cage Pack is an additional $48 /40 together with two repositionable velcro straps to connect it to the cage. Each can be found now, direct from Apidura and through their retail companions.