The Italian company Alpitude has presented a limited edition of 99 bottle cages for racing bikes, which the manufacturer claims is the lightest in the world.
The so-called “Superleggero Ti” bottle cages are made from titanium using 3D metal printing. The selective laser melting process is used for this. Despite the high-strength material, each holder weighs just under 15 grams.
To save additional weight, the holders are perforated in the style of classic “Drillium” components, which used to be laboriously milled out of solid parts. Visually, the new titanium mounts hardly differ from Alpitude’s standard carbon mounts.
According to Alpitude, the limited special model is an example of the possibilities of 3D printing for innovations in cycling. The complex production technology enables extremely lightweight components to be produced in small batches that also meet the highest strength requirements.
The 99 Superleggero Ti models are only available in pairs for 380 euros. Each set is numbered and comes in a separate wooden box.