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The brand new King Cage Mini Factor Cage is a pared-down, two-bolt model of the favored Manything Cage that’s designed to hold bottles (or tallboys) that don’t slot in a typical cage. We’ve been utilizing one for a few months for this evaluation…
Again within the early 2010s, lengthy earlier than there was a surplus of choices, the one actual outsized cargo cage was the aluminum Salsa Something Cage. It had points quickly after its launch, and it was finally recalled. At that time, lots of people had been clinging onto the rumors of a forthcoming titanium interpretation by the Durango, Colorado-based small enterprise, King Cage. It took some time to hit the streets, however the King Cage Manything Cage lastly launched in 2016 and was one of many first cargo cages accessible—and the primary titanium cage. There are a boatload of anything-style cargo cages available on the market now, however I’m at all times joyful to see new and attention-grabbing variations on the theme. Just lately, some six years later, King Cage launched a smaller, two-bolt sibling to the Manything Cage, affectionately referred to as the Mini Factor Cage. Learn on for the total evaluation after I put it to make use of on just a few rugged rides.
King Cage Mini Factor Cage vs. Manything Cage
The King Cage Mini Factor Cage and Manything Cage are fairly totally different, regardless of their homonymic naming. Now one thing of a basic, the ultralight titanium Manything Cage was designed round a three-pack mounting configuration to lash additional gear or outsized bottles onto a utility fork or the underside of a correctly provisioned body. The Manything is made for both bottles, ~5-liter luggage, or comparable sized objects. The Mini Factor Cage builds on the design of the Manything however has a considerably smaller and slimmer profile. The Manything cage is 2 1/2” extensive x 8 1/2” tall, with a shelf that juts out ~2 1/4” (roughly 6.4 x 21.6 x 5.7cm). The brand new Mini Factor cage is 7” tall with a platform that’s 2 x 2” (17.8 x 5.1 x 5.1cm) and is constructed for carrying bottles that don’t fairly slot in a typical bottle cage.
There are a pair different main structural variations between the 2 cages. Most notably, the smaller Mini Factor Cage is comprised of strong titanium rod, whereas the Manything makes use of hole Titanium tubing—like all of King’s water bottle cages. King Cage talked about that they determined to maneuver to strong rod for the smaller cage as a result of it’s stronger and extra sturdy. Plus, if the underside platform takes successful and will get bent, the strong Titanium rod might be bent again into form with none threat of the tubing breaking. It is smart that they use the strong tubing for the smaller of the 2 cages. Nevertheless, I’ve by no means had any points with the lighter hole tubing on the Manything cage, and I’ve been utilizing it since its launch.
New Manything Cage?
The oldsters at King Cage talked about that they made a batch of Manything cages with the identical strong rod and are awaiting suggestions from individuals testing it. In the event that they go this path, it would little doubt be slightly heavier, contemplating its dimension. Both method, it’s confirmed to be exceptionally sturdy regardless of the lighter weight tubing and negligible ___-gram weight. I’ve carried a big 1.5-liter Klean Kanteen on it over extraordinarily bumpy terrain, too. King Cage claims they’ve examined the Manything Cage with as much as two liters of water weight and talked about that the Mini Factor Cage needs to be rated for about two-thirds the load of the Manything—about 1.33 liters of water weight. That ranking needs to be taken calmly, although, and it might differ relying on whether or not you’re using on the tough stuff or on comparatively clean roads.
The opposite key variations between the Manything and the Mini Factor is a bit more apparent. The Mini Factor has a two-bolt mounting sample as an alternative of three. And it has built-in slots for threading the included 12″ Voile Nano Strap, which is a brilliant good contact. As a substitute of shedding straps on the forest ground, it stays intact. I’ve additionally been impressed with the Nano’s power and sturdiness, utilizing it as a handlebar bag strap, to carry 1.5L bottles, and different such rigorous makes use of. Whereas it might sound slightly troublesome to depend on only a single small strap for water bottle duties, it hasn’t posed an issue for me. For slightly additional safety with bigger (and full) bottles, you may additionally wrap an extra strap across the bike tubing.
- Mannequin Examined: King Cage Mini Factor Cage
- Precise Weight: 47 grams
- Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
- Value: $44
- Producer’s Particulars: KingCage.com
- The slot made to string the Voilé Nano Strap is a pleasant addition for holding the strap in place at camp
- Like its older sibling, the Mini Factor Cage is unobtrusive when not in use
- Design is ideal for a tallboy can
- Strong Ti tubing is strong and rugged but nonetheless light-weight
- Not as versatile because the Manything Cage
After making an attempt the Mini Factor Cage, I nonetheless assume the three-pack Manything stays certainly one of my favourite choices within the cargo cage class. It’s powerful, mild, and slightly extra versatile than the brand new Mini Factor. Nevertheless, the Mini Factor is a superb two-bolt possibility for bikes with out triple mounts, and like its predecessor, the Mini Factor cage’s minimalist design permits it to be left on the bike and stay unobtrusive when not in use. To me, that’s the successful system with these cages: they’re minimal however supreme for vital overflow objects that you simply decide up alongside the way in which, akin to further water or the occasional tall-boy can.
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