This is an incredible cage- used it all season and never lost a bottle on rough marathon XC courses. Feels like it's too light to be durable, but it's legitimately 28 grams and doesn't show any signs of wear. It's not cheap, but it's the same cost as more fragile and less reliable carbon cages.
The King cages will last be transferred to your next bike, and probably a couple more after that.
Performance is the same for less expensive but slightly heavier stainless steel version which is a solid 5 for value rating.
Like many others, I've tried a few carbon cages to match carbon fiber bike. After having bottles repeatedly ejected from these carbon cages, I decided that despite the modern look of my bike, I was going old school for cages. I can adjust the snugness on the go and the flat mounting surface fits the squared off down and seat tubes on my Cervelo. As for weight, at 2829 grams each these cages are actually lighter than many carbon cages (not that I really care about the small difference). Finally, these cages will not mark your bottles.
I purchased the King Ti cages singularly because I was seeking cages that would not mar bottles. Both BTD and King verified these would not leave marks on bottles. My first (and ensuing) rides proved this incorrect, as the cages left thick black marks on the bottles. I e-mailed BTD who quickly and courteously responded that perhaps there was some sort of coating on the cages causing the marring. I cleaned them with soapwater, alcohol and acetone, and they still mark my bottles.
Any suggestions are welcome.
these cages are absolutely superb for mountain bike and road riding. i haven't lost a bottle yet while racing over some of the most gnarliest courses. Super easy to replace bottles back into cages. Worth every penny!
I was reticent to give up my carbon cages, but what I already had didn't work quite right on my S5 (bottle was rubbing the paint off the downtube) and I was tired of them marking my bottles so badly. These new Ti cages are awesome, and I am really happy I got them. They look just fine on my carbon race rig, and they hold the bottles really tight. Plus, I like supporting a small company (these aren't Chris King, common mistake)
I picked up 2 of these on sale here at BTD. They match my Moots perfectly and man are they secure. There's just no way I can see a bottle jarring loose. I'm considering putting them on my Cannondale EVO because they are soooo much better than carbon cages.
A bit old school for my carbon road bike but I've settled here because I can't stand how the carbon cages look after a few rides in the gritgrime. They get all scraped up on the inside and look whitedryshabby - not glossy, carbony, beauty. Those same carbon cages then proceed to scuff all your bottles until they look rather shabby as well. The King Titanium Cage does not scuff up your bottles. The bottles go in and out quite easily and I've never lost a bottle. They are as light as any out there. They are quite expensive, but I know that 20 years from now I will still have these two cages and they will look exactly as they do today - thus the 5 star value rating.
Very light and super strong. I have one on my mountain bike and bottles always stay put, even on rough terrain. Put two on my titanium road bike and looks great.
I love the telltale color of Titanium and the light weight. Compared to an alloy or stainless cage, it looks awesome. A little pricey but definitely worth the splurge ! One of a kind looks !
This is a terrible cage for containing birds, cats, dog and exotic reptiles. HOWEVER the Ti King Cage excels at holding water bottles. AND BOY does it hold them firmly. 1000 miles holding 24oz bottles and they are firm as they day I screwed them onto my frame (much unlike the cheap aluminum cages I switched from which by this time would at wizard sleeve status).
I bought a pair of these years ago when they first came out. They have held up well, and have been a great value. They are well worth the price, and are about the same as when I purchased them. They will probably outlive me.
I've used the stainless King cages for years and years. Finally spent up for a pair of Ti cages a couple of months ago and they are quite nice. They hold the bottles snugly, do not mark up the bottles, and are easy to get the bottles out of when it's time to drink (unlike some cages). Of course, no one really NEEDS them over the stainless version, but they are a nice piece of jewelry for any bike, especially a titanium or steel frame.