Is the XLab the key to M-Dot bike fuelling?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

XLab’s Hydroblade kicks off the hy­dra­tion sys­tem head-to-head. Com­pu­ta­tional Fluid Dy­nam­ics were used in the de­sign process to min­imise drag re­duc­tion, and the long bot­tle is a prom­i­nent sight on the front of your bike. The ca­pac­ity is 828ml with a plas­tic flip lid to en­sure not a drop is spilled while you’re rid­ing, and off the bike it’s free­stand­ing which makes fill­ing eas­ier.

It at­taches to your bars us­ing ny­lon brack­ets to fit stan­dard aer­o­bars and Vel­cro straps. While we did get some move­ment on rough roads, it’s easy to re­fit on the go if the straps loosen. The brack­ets can be ad­justed to ac­count for dif­fer­ent bar widths, with a range of 80-160mm. We mea­sured the bot­tle at 23.5cm, leav­ing just 2cm be­tween the bot­tom and the top of our brake caliper. This could pose a prob­lem if you have your stem mounted low un­der a stack of spac­ers.

The straw has a self-lock­ing mech­a­nism, but there isn’t re­ally any­where to store it when not in use, so you need to try and tuck it un­der one of your arm pads or leave it flap­ping. Handily, if you favour a road bike over a full tri rig, Xlab has re­cently brought out a univer­sal bracket to fit the Hydroblade onto hor­i­zon­tal bars, avail­able separately for £18.99. JS mul­ti­sport­dis­tri­bu­tion.co.uk

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