SKS ANYWHERE Mounts: Stop Whingeing About Bottles
Here. There. Anywhere.
SKS ANYWHERE mounts are a German made panacea for the no-bottle blues. Curved seat tube, under the top tube, in front of the head tube, on a moulded seat stay; the two independent hard points can be mounted anywhere imagination and bicycle mechanics will allow. Even with one on the back of the seat tube, under the seat clamp, and the other on the body of a dropper post. Worst case scenario the bottle becomes a bottom out bumper for the rear suspension (acting with the tire) or a travel restrictor for the dropper.
The $13 (USD) ANYWHERE kit works with any bottle cage or accessory you'd normally mount.
The kit includes two rubber backed velcro straps for the most efficient blend of retention and quick removal which is how I mounted them for photo purposes but for best results I mount them with Zip Ties. The follow-up plan was to use a wrap of Gorilla tape where the Zip Ties and ANYWHERE base contact the frame for extra retention but they've stayed put perfectly without it.
I have fairly long legs for my height but even with the relatively short overall length of the 125mm X-Fusion Manic Dropper post I was running on the Trek Stache I had very little room for adjustment. When I installed the 150mm E13 TRS+ dropper post I was scraping the border of having the saddle too high when fully extended.
I'm sure it wasn't an easy choice but when trying to decide between two sets of bottle mounts, fashionably short stays and dropper clearance for the less-legged Trek's designer ignored the famous truism "pick any two." Luckily running the dropper post right on the upper water bottle boss mount of the Stache seat tube loosened the Rivnut in no time. Epiphany! I easily removed that sucker and went forward with my water bottle on the down tube and my 150mm test post, but I prefer to mount my cage on my seat tube when the option exists. Enter the SKS ANYWHERE mounts and my 16-year old King Cage**.
With rubber backing on the clamps and four Zip Ties holding it in place the cage shouldn't budge a millimeter in a crash. If I was really taking it to the next level I'd do a wrap of tape at each mounting point and use metal backed Zip Ties but this is holding tight.
Many larger frames have space for more mounts but that real estate isn't taken advantage of. From bike packers looking to hang a couple extra bottles inside, or outside, their frames to a kid that really wants a water bottle on their boss-less bike the ANYWHERE mounts provide a solution.
Pack-less riders have tried nuttier methods of carrying water and tools than some Zip Tie attached mounts. (you could argue that the under top tube mount is nuttier - Ed.)
More info here.
*Allowed as in the accidental or purposeful removal of the upper bottle boss rivnut is required for this to work. Check with your local Trek dealer for warranty ramifications.
**Zero bottles dropped.