The Deva is Tacx’s most affordable bottle cage, sitting below the carbon and fibreglass Ciro.
Most well-known for its range of indoor trainers, Tacx also offers a range of accessories, including the Deva bottle cage.
Tacx Deva bottle cage design
The Deva uses a cylindrical shape and open-ended arms to form the cage body, allowing for the structure to flex open and shut rather than relying on the bottle to compress.
With this minimalist design, cage installation is very easy, as access to the frame bolts remains unencumbered. The lower bolt hole is elongated to accommodate for different frame spacing, though this could be improved with a greater range of adjustability.
Made from polyamide and reinforced with carbon and fibreglass, the Deva cage has a smooth finish, unlikely to scratch or damage water bottles, with clean edges and crisp logos.
The combination of materials, Tacx says, also provides better clamping and a lighter component than plastic alone.
In a world of monotone cages, the Deva is available in a staggering 14 colours which, though not to everyone’s taste, give the flamboyant amongst us a decent selection and plenty of scope for coordination.
Tacx Deva bottle cage performance
In hand, the cage feels suitably stiff for an open-armed bottle cage, where the obvious concern would be too much flex causing bottles to fly.
Whilst riding, the Deva bottle cage hugged a range of bottles well, with no rattling or near misses. The arm design performed as well as Tacx claims, with easy bottle retrieval and replacement.
The cages tested (blue and green) weighed in at 36g, 4g over the stated manufacturer weight. Though slightly more than its polymer-based competitors, the addition of the fibreglass shell and carbon composite added more in performance than it did in weight.
Tacx offers the Deva at the modest price of ?13 each which, with many similar cages starting around ?20, is both affordable and good value for money.
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Photos: Honor Elliott