So when I got Green Lightning back, I just stuck a bottle in the bottle cage between my aero extensions and went for a ride. Man, having to take the bottle out of the cage to get a drink of water really stunk. Grabbing a bottle from behind my seat or on the seat tube was even worse. It's funny how you never did something before, but after you start doing it, you can't imagine not doing it (or using it). Like my Garmin, Chamois creme, nose plug, etc.
I started looking around to see what my choices were. I could go back to the Speedfil A2, but there were other offerings. Profile Design has their Aero HC bottle. Nathan is coming out with the AP Pro (though they don't have a full release date yet). Profile and Nathan both have straws that stick straight up all the time, and I liked the way my A2 straw would fold down. One thing I did not like about the A2 was the complexity of the no spill fill valve (read: kind of a pain to wash).
|CFD Calcs. Real or Not? You Decide.|
|Lots o' stuff in the box.|
|Instructions were fairly well written|
I did put a couple of washers under the dolphin tail to raise it up a little. I found it hard to tuck the straw underneath there because the fit was so tight. Also, that straw is really hard to get through the hole. On the upside that should help with leakage.
|Spacers under the dovetail.|
|Some leakage on the bigger bumps|
One issue I ran across just has to do with the spacing of the velcro straps on my Devox aerobars. The back strap needs to hook onto the extensions right underneath the pads, so its hard to get the velcro on. On my second ride one of the read velcro straps came off.
|Trying to affix the strap under the arm pad.|
I had one of the guys in the machine shop at work extend the slot back by 5/8" so I could like the velcro strap further behind my arms pads to get a good grip.
Overall I'm quite happy so far. I can tilt the bottle a little further forward to make sure my straw can reach all the liquid inside. Although, I'm not sure how long the straw will last as it gets a kink in it when folded down under the dolphin tail. I'm also still working on some cushioning between the plate and the two screws on top of my stem. They bang pretty hard. I put some foam in there at first, but then settled on some rubber.
|Straw in Drink Position|
|Straw Tucked, Bottle Tilted forward|
|Pretty Clean Front End. Ignore the night light.|