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November 2016 Product Picks: Pedalit, Fyxo, Schwalbe, Arundel, OORR, Kogel

by Matt Wikstrom

November 11, 2016

In this month’s edition of Product Picks, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at bike cleaning products from Pedalit, Fyxo’s 2017 wall calendar, Kogel ceramic bearings, Arundel bottle cages, Schwalbe’s G-One gravel tyres, and OORR’s latest kit.


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Arundel Mandible bottle cage

by Matt Wikstrom

Established in the year 2000, Arundel (or Arundel Bicycle Company, as it is formally known) has been striving to achieve one simple goal: “come up with some cool bike equipment that people want to buy.” The company started with a single product, a carbon bottle cage. A decade-and-a-half later, there is now almost a dozen different bottle cages in Arundel’s catalogue along with bar tape, saddle bags, and bells.

The Mandible is a minimalist carbon bottle cage that weighs ~28g. Rather than simply cradle the bottle, the wings of the cage effectively bite down on the bottle so that it won’t rattle loose over rough terrain.

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The Mandible is available in a choice of 11 finishes: gloss 3K weave, matte 3K weave, gloss unidirectional weave, matte unidirectional weave, all white, and gloss unidirectional weave with blue, green, orange, white, red or powder blue highlights.

Our take:

Arundel’s Mandible bottle cage is an elegant design that is incredibly effective at holding onto a bottle. Yes, that tight hold means a little more effort is required to insert and retrieve the bottle, but I was never frustrated or troubled by it. Be that as it may, I didn’t test a wide range of bottles, so there may be some brands that aren’t as well suited to the Mandible as others.

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The Mandible is an expensive cage but the asking price is fair for an all-carbon product. Nevertheless, there is a huge range of cheaper options, so I don’t expect many riders to be tempted by the Mandible. However, with a time-proven design, this is one of those products that promises to keep on serving the owner long after the initial expense is forgotten.

Price: AUD$90/US$70.

www.bikesportz.com.au
www.arundelbike.com


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