Topeak Modula XL Bidon Cage Owner Review

I purchased my Topeak Modula XL water bottle cage which is designed to take 1 to 1.5 litre water bottles from in March 2010 for AU$19.34 landed and fitted the cage to my Surly Long Haul Trucker on March 26, 2010 at the 5,833 km point.  My original intention had been to eventually fit two cages within the triangle, but even with a 58 cm frame I know longer believe this will work, so it will be one cage on the bike and possibly two on my BOB Ibex trailer.  The other reason for not going with two on the bike is the cage is too large to hold a normal cycling bidon, it is designed for bottles with a outside diameter between 89 mm to 92 mm. As I prefer to drink as I ride this is an issue for me, so I now use the cage to hold my resupply bottle.

I have had two more issues with the cage; one when installing it and one on my Esperance to Perth road tour.  When installing it, I attempted to adjust the neck clamp and in doing so I screwed it too far upwards and the little circlip which is meant to”stop” the turning came off and was lost. Not a major issue but still an indication of a cheap design.

My second issue occurred on the road.  The neck clamp has a rubber strap which holds the bottled into the clamp.  This strap is a tight fit and quite hard to get hooked on and off. In the process of doing this I accidently managed to break the little plastic hook the strap hooks on to, thus rendering the strap useless.  I overcame this issue with a cable tie, but again to me this reflects the cheap design approach taken.  This product really needs to be able to stand up to the rigours of bicycle touring in my view.

In summary whilst this cage has not worked for me I do like the idea it will carry larger bottles (pretty important on some of the tours I have in mind) so I am now looking for something similar; just not another Topeak Modula XL.

For those interested in specifications the following information may be of interest.

  • My recorded weight for the cage is 128 grams;
  • The cage is made of 6061 T6 aluminium cage frame with an engineering plastic cap holder;
  • A rubber strap is used to hold the cap and it holds it tightly and is quite hard to connect and disconnect;
  • The plastic cap holder has an adjustment range of up to 40 mm;
  • The cage has an adjustable height range of 300 – 340 mm
  • The cage is designed to hold 1 – 1.5 litre capacity soft drink PET bottles;
  • Bottles with an outside diameter between 89 – 92 mm are suitable.

5 Responses to Topeak Modula XL Bidon Cage Owner Review

  1. Gordon 30 June 2010 at 10:05 AM #

    hi there,

    Why dont you try the BBB Fueltank XL? similar principle in that it holds a 1.5L bottle but all metal construction.

    I am going to get some for my salsa vaya. needing the water capacity for the 200km between confirmed water on my next tour.

  2. Aushiker 30 June 2010 at 2:13 PM #

    Hi Gordon

    I was not aware of the BBB Fueltank XL. Do you have a good online source? Would like to check one out for sure.


  3. King 29 October 2010 at 3:41 AM #

    The rubber strap that holds the top on broke on mine in less than a month. The hole began to rip out almost from the beginning.
    Without that strap the tall bottles bounce right out.

  4. Sarah 29 May 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    Other users of this bottle told me the strap breaks. They said they use a velcro strap (like for your pant leg) to hold the top of the bottle and said it works fine. So, if it does break, there’s a reasonable solution.

    • Aushiker 29 May 2015 at 2:52 PM #

      Thanks for the suggestion Sarah.

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