Product Comparison: Arundel Mandible versus Tune Wasserträger 2.0
Tune recently released a new version of their carbon bottle cage called the Wasserträger (Water Carrier) 2.0. A quick initial impression below.
From the comparative images in the gallery at the bottom of the page, you can see the Tune cage is less than half (almost 3 times less) the weight of the Arundel Mandible. At a weight of 10 grams (the website claims 9 grams), I can't imagine there is any more to shave off. The included bolts are 1 gram each, so even including hardware (10+1), the Tune cage is less than half the weight of the Arundel.
So since both are considered light weight, Tune has really... raised the bar? lowered the bar? You know what I mean.
The Tune Wasserträger 2.0 comes with it's own conical shaped bottle. The Tune instructions do indicate that their cage should work with any bottle and can be fitted to smaller bottles with rubber tabs. I tried a few bottles and it's mixed. Camelbak bottles such as those offered by Rapha go in but take a fight to get out. Not something I'd want to deal with while riding. Elite bottles work fine and feel snug. The average no name (Specialized) bottles that most clubs and shops use fit fine. Maybe the could be a bit more snug.
The construction of the new Tune cage appears and feels to be top notch, although it feels like nothing in your hand. What else do you expect from Tune? Since the Arundel is arguably the best case standard for bottle retention and grip, only time will tell if the Tune is reliable on bumpy roads.
Overall the Wasserträger looks really hot, seems well constructed and a pair drops over 30 grams compared to what some would call the standard.