It turns out that my old set of 5-year-old Salsa Anything Cages that have been rattling around the shop have a couple of cracks in them. Those cages were on a fat bike up in Tosa, when our tester Jamie discovered the cracks. He’s going to try to repair that set of cages, but in the meantime, I went cargo cage shopping and snagged a couple of these Many Things Cages over at KingCage.com. Two straps come with each cage and each unit runs $55 usd.
When comparing the two Salsa Anything Cages or the Blackburn to the King, I’ve always thought that the Many Things Cage (MTC) had the right idea with their simple low-profile L bracket design. The MTC are made from strong, light and durable Titanium. All of King Cages products are made in Durango Colorado. Made in the USA or not, the cages that we received had some rough welds that could have benefitted from a little more attention with the finishing grinder. I doubt that’ll have any impact on how they perform, but if you’re the nitpicking stickler type of shopper and you want everything to look perfect…you should get the new molded plastic ones from Salsa.
Fork mounted cargo cages take a ton of abuse out on the trail. They get bashed into things, they get leaned on and overloaded so they need to be built to be strong enough to withstand a lot of abuse. King Cage has a great reputation for making cages that will make it through the long haul and the compact nature of the MTC makes it easier to build in that sturdiness, The low profile of the MTC means that they should conceivably take fewer hits from nature out there on the trail, but that means that whatever you have strapped to the MTC will take some of those slaps.
That’s where a good set of heavy duty straps can assist in keeping the load in place. The Voile straps that come with the MTC are top notch and very easy to cinch down or release. The heavy duty strap is long enough to go around the cage and the fork leg to help stabilize the cargo.
We’ll test these cages this summer and let you know how things go. For me, the most meaningful test of these cages will be how they hold up after a couple of years of riding and bushwhacking. Will they develop cracks? Will they keep my Salsa Anything Bags attached to my fork and the contents safe? Those questions (and others) will get answered somewhere down the trail. ~ Adios Amigos!