SKS Anywhere Mounts AndrewM
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SKS ANYWHERE Mounts: Stop Whingeing About Bottles

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date Jun 28, 2017

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. 

Serendipity

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.

SKS Anywhere Mounts AndrewM

The SKS ANYWHERE mounts have allowed* me to run a longer dropper post and to have a second set of bottle mounts on the Trek Stache. 

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**.

It's Tight

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. 

SKS Anywhere Mounts AndrewM

There are lots of situations from kids bikes to commuters where the ANYWHERE mounts can save the water bottle install day. Side load cages can help squeeze bottles into tight spaces - otherwise just grab a King Cage and be done with it. 

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. 

Comments

pete@nsmb.com
+1 Andrew Major
Pete Roggeman  - June 28, 2017, 7:59 a.m.

Great find, Andrew. I'm going to pick a few of these up. Finally, a seat tube-mounted flask cage on the hardtail for winter #flaskfriday missions...

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - June 28, 2017, 8:22 a.m.

The number of messages I've had these guys I'm surprised every shop in the city doesn't have them in stock!

Cam needs a set for the Yeti too.

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grimwood
+1 Andrew Major
grimwood  - June 28, 2017, 7:58 p.m.

Nice write up, Andrew. Looks like a useful piece of kit. Any chance you've found some differently shaped water bottles in your travels? Say 500 ml narrow opening bottles? I'm trying to shoehorn a water bottle into my Delirum...

And where would you put one of these on a Yeti?

Mike

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - June 28, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

I'm going to try Andrew's suggestion and mount it behind the seat tube and high enough to be out of the way of the rear wheel. I could mount it above the top tube almost at the seat tube but that would be fugly. And I'd likely knock it off. The under the downtube mount cost me two bottles and two cages earlier so that's not working.

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grimwood
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grimwood  - July 9, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

Yeah, I've had the same issue with losing bottles and cages. I picked one of the sks guys. Mounted it to my 5.5 and Delirum. So ugly, but so awesome. Almost makes me wonder why manufacturers don't put bottle mount on top of the top  tube. Almost...

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 9, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Apologies I missed this Mike - I was away when this went live. 

I've seen a number of 'Custom' re-molded bottles where riders have heated them up to make them clear shocks or etc. I've even seen one that was reshaped to the point that it looked like a Dali had designed it. 

I don't know how healthy that is or isn't  (heating plastic up and then drinking out of it) but it might get you there? 

It would look AWFUL but what about in front of the seat post under the saddle? That's unused space in terms of standover height.

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KZi
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KZi  - June 29, 2017, 11:54 p.m.

Side load cage would make this perfect for tight spots.

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radsporter
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Kenny Roberts  - June 30, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Kenny here with SKS and SQlab. The Anywhere straps are available with ($19.99) or without ($13.99) a cage and SKS does sell a side load cage. http://www.sks-germany.com/en/products/slidecage/

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