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Product Review ~ Salsa Anything Cage

I’ve been using a pair of Salsa Anything Cages on my Moonlander for the last few months for fat-packing trips and I plan on using them full time, this winter to carry liquid assets inside a water bottle koozie. The anything cages are designed to mount onto Enabler Forks that come standard on some Salsa and Surly fat-bikes. The cages mount using 3 allen bolts and are tucked back at a 45 degree angle from the side of the fork. The mounting feels totally solid and even during the thickest bushwacking that I’ve done, with the largest payload, the cages never got hung up or came loose from their cargo. The cages are rated to hold 4 pounds and come with two nylon straps that are 475mm in length. The standard straps will accommodate a water bottle + koozie, but if you want to carry anything larger, like a stove or small dry bag, I would recommend that you purchase Salsa’s 750 mm long straps right along with the cages. A fat-packer can never have too many straps! For fat-packing, I’ve been using two extra small Sea to Summit Compression Dry Bags to mount to the anything cages and this winter, I’ll be testing out a couple of water bottle koozies from Outdoor Research and Granite Gear. I think the Anything Cage is a great product that totally supports Salsa’s  ’Adventure by Bike’ philosophy.

Last Friday I took a trip out to the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  I strapped a stuff sack on the port side and a water bottle koozie to starboard and went for a nice two hour ride and got some pictures of my anything cages in action.

 

 This  should keep my water (or Beer) from freezing this winter!

The cages hold everything completely solid, even on rough descents!

Out on the Connector Trail at Kettle.

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5 Responses to Product Review ~ Salsa Anything Cage

  1. gypsybytrade October 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    The Anything Cages are a great idea, but would benefit from some strengthening. Especailly when mounted on the fork, I have seen as many broken cages as unbroken cages in use. I have used mine to carry a 64 oz Klean Kanteen all summer under the DT without any issues, although some stress cracks are beginning to appear.

    Nice Moonlander!

    -nicholas

  2. Yann Thomas October 17, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Anything cages are a great idea but are quite fragile for rough ATB use. I put a pair of new ones on my fork for a 250km ATB challenge in a rocky area of France 10 days ago. I didn’t hit anything with the cages or with the load, but at the end of the run, one was broken only due to vibrations. Maybe perfect for smooth rides in the snow are soft ground but not real ATB proven according to me.

    Nevertheless, the concept is good and might be improved. My idea would be a 4 bolt stainless steel one that could be mounted on 2 parallel (with some play because a fork tube is round) patterns of bottle cage mounts. This would, at the same time, reduce the stress on the cage and on the cage mounts.

  3. The Walrus October 17, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I obviously bring way to little on my 2 hours rides.

  4. boomking October 17, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I had one on my Mukluk2 on the and didn’t like it. When ever I got into a technical section my knees would hit it. It sticks much further out than a regular cage. Would be good for touring/reg riding. Was in the way on the trail.

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