There’s more space than you think inside that middle frame triangle. The guys over at Wolf Tooth Components have taken that fact and created the B-RAD System, or the system formally known as the Bottle Relocation and Accessory Device. Effectively giving riders the option of shifting and increasing mounting locations using the traditional bottle cage mounts, it all starts with a series of slotted Mounting Bases from which optimization of that precious inner frame space begins…
Three different options give riders from small to tall the ability to shift a bottle cage up or down, or to increase available mounting locations for water, tools, or other supplies. Read: If you’ve ever had to lean a tall bottle to the side to fit into the seat tube bottle cage, this should be welcome news to cure that case of “bottle lean.”
The B-Rad 2, 3, and 4 give increasing length and flexibility for mounting cages or their current accessories, which so far include the Double Bottle Adapter, and the Strap and Accessory Mount. The former gives a welcome option for people looking to increase the amount of hydration they’re able to carry on-bike. Think gravel rides and hot summer days. The latter gives the option of securing things like spare tube, CO2 cartridge, tire irons or any other similarly sized carry item.
Wolf Tooth is planning on releasing even more accessories as the year goes on as they learn about what riders need in various disciplines. As mentioned before, road guys could effectively fit that second 24 oz. bottle on the seattube. All-day gravel grinders suddenly find the option to carry double or more the amount of bottles, meaning longer rides and less weight on the back for the backpack bladder crowd. You can see where this is heading given the various applications.
- Mounting Bases:
- B-RAD 2: $17.95
- B-RAD 3: $19.95
- B-RAD 4: $22.95
- Accessory Strap and Mount: $29.95
- Double Bottle Adapter: $23.95
For riders curious about giving the B-Rad system a try, the first question that comes to mind will be, “Which mounting base will I need?” Taking the guesswork out of the measuring process, they’ve created a scaled template that can be printed and used to figure out which of the three options will be available. A link to that page can be found here.
In a similar but different gear carrying thought process, Wolf Tooth’s sister frame company Otso has teamed up with Revelate Designs to create a custom frame bag for the Votek fat bike. Utilizing the bottle cage moutns and the mounts along the bottom of the top tube, the bag attaches with minimal straps for a super clean yet secure look. Custom fit for each frame size, the bags have a large zippered pocked on the drive side and a smaller zippered pocked on the non-drive side, and a retail price of $180.
Finally, Wolf Tooth also has a new version of their incredible ReMote dropper lever called the LA for Light Action. Built with a longer lever arm, the design is optimized to work with posts that require a higher cable force to operate. That includes Thomson, Fox Transfer, Race Face, Easton, and 9Point8 droppers (if you don’t already have the 9Point8 lever by WTC). Including all the features that made the original ReMote such a standout including the large ball bearing pivot, the ReMote LA is available to fit four different bar mounting options and starts at $59.95.