- Carrying a lot of water is crucial in a warm-weather riding climate, like South Africa
- Fidlock is known for its magnetic clip water bottles that stay in place across the roughest terrain
- The German company has now upsized its standard water bottle to carry more liquid
You can survive a long ride without snacks, but running low on water is dangerous.
South African mountain bikers know that water points aren’t a given on any ride - especially in the Karoo. This is why local riders have an obsession with two or three hydration bottle mounts on their mountain bike frames.
But what if you could have one large water bottle? The issue with multiple frame mounting points is that it constrains overall geometry and suspension design.
Fidlock is a German cycling technology company that does very clever things with magnets. Its helmet fastening buckles take the annoyance out of clipping and unclipping your helmet’s straps with gloved hands.
Beyond making your helmet a lot easier to secure in place, Fidlock also produces a large water bottle with its magnet mounting technology.
Every drop counts
The brand’s Twist 800 is true to its naming convention: holding 800ml of water or whichever energy fluid you prefer. That’s not a lot more than a conventional water bottle, but anyone who has ever run out of hydration on a ride will know how much difference a few millilitres can make.
For mountain bikers who never shy away from the roughest or more technically challenging descents, the Twist 800 has magnetic contact points to keep it securely attached to your frame.
Fidlock has now improved the twist-locking magnet interface with a secondary belt connector. Even when filled, the Twist 800 promises to remain securely in place when you are bouncing through the roughest of rock gardens.
Made from BPA-free polyethene, the Twist 800 is dishwasher safe and has a leak-proof cap. Available colours are clear, smoke and black.
If you desire that trick new dual-suspension mountain bike frame, with a complicated shock-linkage and room for only one water bottle mount, the Twist 800 is ideal.