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BBB Fuel Tank XL Owner Review

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BBB Fuel Tank XL

On my cycling tours in Western Australia there is a often need to load up with water, so my preference is to use 1.5 litre PET bottles. For example on the Esperance to Perth tour, there was no water on the section between Norseman and Hyden. As we camped out for two nights, water had to be carried for three days riding and two nights, ~ 15 litres of water.

Getting back to the 1.5 litre bottles; these don’t fit standard bidon cages hence my interest in trying out a couple of BBB Fuel Tank XL (BBC-15). I have gone with the Fuel Tank as my first try out was a Topeak Modula XL bidon cage which didn’t last too long. The Fuel Tank looks more promising with a more substantive clamp for the neck part of the bottle. I was able to get a couple of the Fuel Tanks online from Charlie The Bike Monger for $13.86 each delivered within four days. Cannot complain about that sort of service.

I have fitted the two Fuel Tanks to my BOB Ibex trailer for my 2011 ride of the Munda Biddi Trail.

September 25, 2011 Update.

Sidings Rail Trail

BBB Fuel Tank XL Mounted to a BOB Ibex

Whilst my ride of the Munda Biddi was aborted I was able to get four days in on the bike with the Fuel Tanks and used them on bitumen roads, gravel roads and single track so I got a bit of heavy duty use in. The fuel tanks where used to hold two full 1.5 litre bottles on the road, therefore they where loaded up with 1.5 kg each day.

I am very impressed with the cages. The hold the bottles firmly and in particular (this is the key feature for me) the neck clamp works a treat. It is a solid clamp around the new of the bottle, and holds it firmly. It can also be adjusted up and down the to allow for different shaped bottles. At the same time is a simple process of releasing the bottle. I didn’t loose a bottle over the ride.

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BBB Fuel Tank XL Cage

The cage fits standard bidon mounts so can easily go on a frame as long as you have enough space. My 58 cm Surly Long Haul Trucker will only fit the Fuel Cage on the seat tube. Okay, let me qualify that, I can also fit the Fuel Cage on the down tube but, accessing the bottle becomes an issue; it is a tight fit. Also I prefer to be able to drink and ride so I like to have easy access to a bidon. The Fuel Cage does not hold a normal sized 750 ml bidden. Something to keep in mind.

So far they have survived just dandy, there is no sign of the cages cracking, the clamps are working very well and they look very robust. I am very happy with the Fuel Tank and will look at getting a third one to allow me to mount a 1.5 bottle on my Surly Long Haul Trucker seat tube.

19 Responses to BBB Fuel Tank XL Owner Review

  1. Charlie The Bikemonger January 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM #

    Thanks for the generous words. They are cool cages and totally solve a common problem. But I gotta say… 15 litres… bloody hell. In England we just look at the sky with our mouths open and the rain does the rest 😉

    • Aushiker January 18, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

      Thanks for feedback. Your service was great. BTW I have a tour coming up where I will possibly carrying four days of water maybe five so up to 30 litres is possible. Will take a bit more than a couple of BBB XL Fuel Tanks :).

  2. Charlie The Bikemonger January 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

    Empty wines boxes, the ones with the bladder inside… that might be the answer… and you get to drink the wine first 😉

    • Aushiker January 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM #

      Ah yes the old wine bladder. Have used them in the past but wasn’t able to quite get rid of the wine taste. Always open to ideas on that 🙂 I will probably go with Ortlieb Water bags or MSR Dromedary Bags. I discuss the options here BTW.

  3. Gear Freak March 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM #

    I had to order these things, after reading your review. I ordered two, but I’m thinking they’ll be too large to fit them both on one frame’s normal mounting positions. I ordered from Charlie The Bikemonger, because of your link and direction. I’m in the United States, so I guess it should take a while to get here.

    • Aushiker March 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM #

      I hope that they work out okay for you. I find with my 58 cm Surly Long Haul Trucker that they don’t fit well within the frame. Also I like to be able to drink whilst riding and they will not hold a normal 750 ml bidon (they are too big for them). You might be able to squeeze them depending on your frame.

      As to Charlie The Bikemonger I found them very quick. IIRC about four days or so to Australia. Hopefully you will get similar service.

  4. Charlie The Bikemonger March 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM #

    takes about 10-15 working days for the USA.
    Thanks for shopping with me.

    • Aushiker March 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM #

      Thanks for the update on postage times.

    • Gear Freak March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM #

      Thanks, Charlie The Bikemonger! I just received them today! Very fast shipping (only 7 working days) and packed very well. Thanks for the free stickers! Very cool indeed. I got the “One Less Car” sticker which is what I was hoping for and then “This Sticker is Meaningless” 🙂

      The cages are HUGE! Only one will fit on my frames at a time, and only on the down tube. They hold my Klean Kanteen 40 oz. wide mouth flasks perfectly! Even with the neoprene sleeve. It’s a tight fit, but it doesn’t deform the cage hardly at all, and it’s very secure!

      The upper clamp is a sweet assembly, that I had to remove, it was easy to remove with the nice hardware, and left no trace it was ever there. Even without this upper clamp, there is plenty of support, just with the lower cradle! They’re great!

      With one on my downtube, there is no longer enough room to even mount a regular flask cage on my seattube. This is okay, because it looks clean with only one water bottle and it holds a lot. I’ll have to retire my Surly whiskey flask though, because this cage eat’s up a lot of real estate in the triangle.

      The mounting holes in the cages are elongated, so I could slide it up or down, but even all the way up, there was no clearance for another bottle, so I just slammed it all the way down, to lower the center of gravity of the thing.

      The upper clamps I’ve removed seem very robust and solid. I’m going to devise some way to put them to use. 30 mm diameter clamp opening, with 7.5 mm where it clamped to the FuelTank XL. I could clamp both to my luggage rack for whenever I need to carry a spare seatpost. They actually seem like they could hang water bottles off the side of my rear rack by dangling them from their necks. That’s like getting a free water bottle holder within a holder. I’m going to obsess over this.

      • Aushiker March 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM #

        Great to hear of the good service from Charlie the Bikemonger and you are happy with the BBB Fuel Tank XL.

        • Gear Freak March 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM #

          Thank you for your guidance, experience and expertise, otherwise I’d have some useless and broken Topeak Modula XL’s. I appreciate your sharing of this valuable information. Good stuff.

          • Aushiker March 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

            Thanks. It is great to hear I have been able to help in some small way. Please keep us up to date with how you go with the BBB Fuel Tank XL.

  5. chesteroni November 27, 2012 at 8:17 AM #

    I also have Surly LHT, just haven’t yet completed the build. I bought 50cm frame for 26″ wheels. I would like to have BBB Fuel Tank XL but I wasn’t able to find detailed dimensions and my LBS don’t have it in stock – I can order it but I’m risking my money in that case.

    So – I found a photo and managed to draw, what I need to know before buying. Could you measer your BBB Fuel Tank and post a) and b) measurements?
    http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/7810/dimensionsfueltank.jpg

    • Andrew Priest November 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM #

      Happy to help. The full length (a in your diagram) is 330 mm. It may be a few millimetres less but I cannot get a super accurate measure. Assume 330 for safety. The measurement for B, which I assume is from the top of the slot for the drew is approximately 190 mm. Hope that helps.

  6. chesteroni November 28, 2012 at 3:53 AM #

    Thanks a lot!
    190mm should fit with about 10-15mm free space from the bottom of the top tube to the top of the device (maybe a little more, it doesn’t matter).
    Anyway – I will order that stuff and it may be helpful for other LHT owners of smaller frame sizes – in 50cm it should fit (but it may not – I will post a comment in that case as a warning). Order will probably be placed in January or even February due to other expenses, so if one is expecting post-mounting comment, they must be patient 🙂

    • chesteroni May 8, 2013 at 7:17 AM #

      Unfortunately, polish dealer of BBB so far didn’t manage to have FuelTank XL available. It was told that they will be in march, april, may, half of the year (they didn’t mention, which half 🙂 )…
      So with a little help of my friend I have ordered it from amazon.co.uk and today I have mounted it on my LHT.

      In two points:
      1. BBB FuelTank XL fits 50cm LHT frame when mounted vertically and does not conflict with the other cage.
      2. There is very little available space in height, but most of PET bottles with water fit. But be careful – some bottles don’t fit, check it before a ride.

      • Andrew Priest May 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

        Glad to hear you where able to get one via Amazon and thanks for adding to the collective pool of knowledge with your experiences with the 50 cm Surly Long Haul Trucker frame.

        BTW I have a Extrawheel Voyager which is from Poland. A very nice piece of gear 🙂

  7. Nathan A. April 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

    I am considering attempting to use the Fueltank XL with a Nalgene Silo 1.5L bottle that has a HumanGear CapCap. Would the CapCap top fit in the Fueltank XL clamp?

    • Aushiker April 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM #

      Sorry but I am not familiar with the HumanGear CapCap so cannot confirm if it will fit. Maybe someone else will know but.

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