35 BEST Water Bottle Cages for Your Mountain Bike

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When you take your mountain bike out for a spin, you want to stay hydrated. There’s nothing worse than getting thirsty halfway up the mountain and realizing you don’t have the capacity to go on!

Unlike some hydration packs, a good water bottle cage allows you to take water on an excursion without adding much extra weight to yourself or your bike.

Woman on mountain bike equipped with one of the best water bottle cages for mountain bikes

There’s a wide variety of options for mountain bike water bottle cages depending on your preference of material, insulation, top-load or side-load positioning, and more.

Cyclist drinking from water bottle after researching the best water bottle cage for a mountain bike

If you’re looking for a water bottle cage for mountain biking, here are some factors to consider:

Materials: Alloy, Carbon Fiber, or Plastic

Water bottle cages are usually made from either alloy, carbon fiber, or plastic. Alloy cages are stronger and more durable, making them a better choice for going out on rough roads or bumpy roads. But they also add more weight. Plastic is similar to alloy in most respects.

Carbon fiber is the preferred material for most racers because it is much lighter than alloy or plastic. However, it is far more expensive. Unless you are racing, the few added ounces won’t make enough of a difference to justify the extra money.

Shape

An important factor to consider when buying a water bottle cage for mountain biking is the shape. You’ll be going over rough trails and bumpy terrain, which means that your water bottle could fall out of a looser water bottle cage. Opt for a model with an extra grip around the bottle neck to hold it in place and provide insulation from road vibration.

Most top-notch water bottle cages have a sturdy mechanism that wraps around the body of the bottle to keep it secure. However, it shouldn’t wrap around so tightly that you can’t take the bottle out while you are riding.

Cyclist drinking from water bottle after researching the best water bottle cage for a mountain bike

Accessibility: Top Load or Side load

The last important factor that you should consider when shopping for a water bottle cage is how accessible it is. You don’t want to hop off your bike every time you need to take a sip of water!

Some water bottle cages are top load, meaning that you slide the bottle in from the top. Side load cages, on the other hand, are better for your mountain bike because it is easier to slide the bottle back in without pausing your ride.

The positioning also matters. Your water bottle cage should go somewhere on the frame you can easily reach. Most cages open on the right, but you can buy cages that are built the opposite way if you are left-handed. Some cyclists even install cages on the handlebars so they can sip from the bottle without sitting out of position, but this is only necessary if you are racing.

In Our Opinion…

The best water bottle cages for mountain biking are made of alloy or plastic, although you can get carbon fiber cages if you are serious about speed. For enhanced security and accessibility, look for a side load model that has extra grip around the neck.

We’ve picked out 35 excellent-quality options for you to explore below:

35 Best Water Bottle Cages for Mountain Biking

  1. Blackburn Wayside Side-Entry Bike Bottle Cage (Black, One Size)
    $25.00
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    06/24/2024 09:35 am GMT
  2. Blackburn Outpost Cargo Water Bottle Cage (Black, One Size) (Updated)
    $35.00 $30.03
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    06/24/2024 07:55 am GMT
  3. PERGEAR Black Carbon Fiber Lightweight Bicycle Water Bottle Cage for Cycling - Pack of 2
    $38.99
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    06/24/2024 08:40 am GMT
  4. Wiel Full Carbon Fiber Bicycle Bike Light Drink Water Bottle Cage Holder (2Pcs Black Red)
    $40.00 $29.99
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    06/24/2024 12:15 pm GMT
  5. corki Full Carbon Fiber Bike Water Bottle Cage for Road Bike Mountain Bike Matte Black 2-Pack CBB-02
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  6. TPard Carbon Fiber Water Bottle Holder for Bicycle Mountain Bike Cup Holder Ultralight Bike Water Bottle Cages for MTB Mountain Road Bike Cycling
    $25.99
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    06/24/2024 11:19 pm GMT
  7. ROADNADO Carbon Fiber Bottle Cage Carbon Water Bottle Cage MTB Ultralight Adjustable Bicycle Bottle Holder Cycling for Mountain Bike Road Bike BMX
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  8. TANUP Bike Water Bottle Cage - Carbon Fiber Water Bottle Holder Lightweight and Strong Carbon Water Bottle Cages for Road Cycling, BMX, Mountain Bike - 2 Pack
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  9. LEZYNE Flow SL Pair | Bike Water Bottle Cage, Composite, Left & Right, Black, 48g each, Road, Mountain, Gravel Cycling Water Holder
    $24.99
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    06/24/2024 04:30 am GMT
  10. Ultra Light Full Carbon Fiber Bicycle Bike Water Bottle Cage Holder for Road Bike MTB (2pcs)
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  11. Elite Rocko Carbon Mat Bottle Cage, Black Graphic
    $49.99 $39.54
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    06/24/2024 03:26 pm GMT
  12. KABON Bike Water Bottle Holder, Lightweight 3K Carbon Fiber Bicycle Drink Water Bottle Cages for Road Bike MTB Cycling Accessories - Pack of 2
    $28.99
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    06/24/2024 10:37 pm GMT
  13. RICYRLK Carbon Fiber Water Bottle Cages 18g Lightweight Bicycle Water Bottle Holder Bike Cages Brackets Road Bike MTB Bicycle Path Water Cycling Parts (Matt 2pcs)
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  14. XLAB Gorilla XT Carbon Water Bottle Cage for Triathlon and Road Bikes 14 pounds of Grip Force – Gloss Black
    $79.95
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    06/24/2024 03:52 am GMT
  15. Xlab Delta 105 Bottle Holder, Black, One Size
    $59.95
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    06/24/2024 02:40 pm GMT
  16. Dawn to Dusk Sideburn 6 Water Bottle Cage for Gravel and Mountain Bikes (Left)
    $24.95
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    06/24/2024 07:23 pm GMT
  17. GANOPPER Road Bike Water Bottle Holder, Bike Water Bottle Cage,Lightweight Alloy Bike Parts for Road Bike,Mountain Bike,MTB,BMX (2 Pack)
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  18. Tacx Deva Bicycle Water Bottle Cage (Orange)
    $19.99
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    06/24/2024 12:07 pm GMT
  19. Water Bottle Cage Bicycle Rack Accessories Ultralight Carbon Fiber Total MTB Bicycle Path Water Bottle Holder Cycling Parts
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  20. TOSEEK Carbon Fiber Water Bottle Cages Lightweight Bicycle Water Bottle Holder Bike Cages Brackets Matt
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  21. Blackburn Camber Carbon Bike Bottle Cage (Matte Black/Black, One Size)
    $55.00 $30.99
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    06/24/2024 07:55 am GMT
  22. Bottle Cages RXL SL Water Bottle Cages for Road Bikes Carbon Fiber Road Bicycle Carbon Bottle Cage Bike Water Bottle Holder Carbon Fiber Black 3K Glossy Mountain Bike Carbon Bottle Cage
    $21.99
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    06/24/2024 06:14 pm GMT
  23. Blackburn Clutch Carbon Side-Entry Bike Bottle Cage (Black, Left)
    $59.95
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    06/24/2024 05:08 pm GMT
  24. XLAB 38-Gram Gorilla Carbon Cage (Black)
    $74.95 $70.38
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    06/24/2024 03:52 am GMT
  25. Elite Cannibal Xc Black Glossy Bottle Cage, Red Graphic
    $24.99 $21.68
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    06/24/2024 09:47 am GMT
  26. Zipp SLSpeed Water Bottle Cage - Carbon, Black
    $88.00 $83.99
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    06/24/2024 09:48 am GMT
  27. Enve Water Bottle Cage
    $70.00
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    06/24/2024 10:20 am GMT
  28. XLAB Sidekick Cage Right – Side Entry Carbon Water Bottle Holder for Triathlon and Road Bikes 8 Pounds of Grip Force – Matte Black
    $77.99 $69.95
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    06/24/2024 10:30 am GMT
  29. Cinelli Mike Giant Carbon Fiber Bottle Cage
    $79.97
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    06/24/2024 10:51 am GMT
  30. Whisky No.9 C1 Carbon Water Bottle Cage Matte Black
    $60.00
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    06/24/2024 11:31 am GMT
  31. Ritchey WCS Carbon Bicycle Water Bottle Cage (UD Matte w/Black Logo)
    $59.95
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    06/24/2024 11:31 am GMT
  32. Profile Designs Aqua Rack II Bottle Cage Black
    $56.93
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    06/24/2024 11:41 am GMT