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elite water bottle in cage

When it comes to water bottles, the Specialized Big Mouth water bottle is the undisputed king. (Check the bottom of your bottle, chances are there is a Specialized “S” logo down there.)

But I was always intrigued by these Elite water bottles. They must be pretty good – they are the official water bottle of the Tour de France, after all.

Well, Performance Bike had them on sale for $1.99, so I figured it was a good time to try them (it was an impulse purchase.) I picked up Cofidis and Fdjeux.com logo bottles.

Here’s what I think of the bottle…

The Elite bottle is small in capacity, holding only 500 ml (or 16.9 ounces) of water. That’s fine when you have domestiques delivering fresh bottles to you every half hour, but I like my bottles to hold 24 oz when I’m heading out on country roads.

The weight of the bottle is average, but the majority of the weight seems to be in the thick black cap.

However, as big and heavy as the cap is, it seems to have an aerodynamic shape. I can’t say how much benefit that will have, but it looks pretty cool.

elite water bottle

The first thing I did not like about this bottle is how there was a weird plastic piece molded onto the cap, so it could be hung in store displays. When I ripped it off, it left two sharp plastic spikes sticking out! (Sharp enough to cut your hand!) I had to take a wood file and file them down smooth so I could drink comfortably.

elite water bottle in hand

Drinking from the Elite bottle is a little different than I was used to.

For starters, the aerodynamic shape and little nozzle makes it so you’re almost kissing the bottle when you get a drink. It’s a somewhat odd feeling.

The nozzle is soft and easy to operate with your teeth, though.

The main part of the bottle has ridges towards the top, which would probably make it easier to hold right there. However, you have to grip the middle of the bottle to squeeze it, so these ridges are pointless.

And if you ride rough roads, these bottles will drive you mad! With the aero cap, these bottles wouldn’t fit snugly in my standard bottle cages, and it results in them rattling like crazy!

That one reason is enough to keep me from ever using them on a bike ride again!

My final verdict is…

There are some things I liked about the Elite bottle, but there were a lot of things I didn’t like. So I don’t recommend buying them for on-bike use.

I will not be using these on my bike rides, but they are fine for carrying around to the gym or the track (for running workouts.)

Official website: www.Elite-IT.com

Buy online: www.PerformanceBike.com*

* I see Performance Bike has a new style of Elite bottle. They must have realized the design needed changed!

Product Review Details
Company: Elite
Product: Elite 500 ml Water Bottle
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 2.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-02-07
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. I have been using Elite bottles for the last year, I also have the FDJ half-liter bottle, but also two of the 1-liter “Maxi Cincio” bottles. You can find them at Nashbar (http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=600072&subcategory=60001024&brand=&sku=19875&storetype=&estoreid=&pagename=Shop by Subcat: Bottles).

    I like them because they NEVER leak. The old Specialized bottles would always leak on me – and I hate getting a handful of sticky Gatorade when I reach for the bottle.

  2. I think I’ll have to get one of these Elite Maxi Cincio Water Bottles. I’ve been looking for the perfect 32-34 oz bottle and that could be it!

  3. I hope you like them as much as I do.

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