Bicycling (South Africa)




Lyne is a South African brand doing great things for cycling. Their product list includes a range of durable and relatively inexpensiv­e dropper posts, plus crank sets and wheels designed locally for local conditions.

They also occasional­ly push the envelope when it comes to design, with left-field items like the Nana Hammock (a banana holder that mounts to the bottle-cage bosses on your bike – see Bicycling issue #3, May-june 2020) and the Incase Link Case (a top cap for your steerer that uses a beer-bottle cap to keep spare chain links stored safely).

Their most recent offering is the cleverly designed Holy Rail system, for customisab­le on-bike storage. The ‘rail’ itself mounts to the bottle-cage bosses on your down tube or seat tube, and allows you to reposition your bottle cage; or you can use a special mount and fit two bottle cages – yes, even on a mountain-bike frame that only has one set of mounts.

This particular Holy Rail package features a bottle cage and a hard-shell EVA storage box underneath, big enough to carry a multi-tool, tubeless repair kit and a 25g CO2 bomb. The foam insert inside stops everything from rattling around, but you can remove it if you need more space.

The storage box is particular­ly useful if you ride with a dropper post that can’t accommodat­e a seat bag, and it’s way more practical than carrying bombs and tools in your jersey pockets. The entire package – rail, bottle cage and box – is slick and sturdy.

The box does move from side to side a bit on its mounts, but we’ve done dozens of rides on rough terrain and it’s still sitting securely, with no signs of wear and tear. (If you’d prefer to store your tools another way, there’s also a Holy Rail with a flat base plate and a wide Velcro fastening strap.)

Having your water bottle within easy reach makes for more pleasant riding. Likewise, a safe space to store all your tools – and one that’s also easy to access – gives you peace of mind on the trail. R599 | lynecompon­

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