The upgrade specialists at Wolf Tooth Components have devised a new modular storage system that allows riders to carry tubes, tools and additional water bottles on their bikes.
Dubbed B-RAD for Bottle Relocation and Accessory Devices, the system mounts to your bike’s water bottle bosses.
The B-RAD system comes in two, three and four-slot versions to provide varying levels of adjustment. These slotted alloy rails retail for $17.95, $19.95 and $22.95 respectively. (UK and Australian buyers can use a direct currency conversion for all of Wolf Tooth’s products.)
One of the most interesting accessories is the Double Bottle system, which allows you to carry two water bottles side by side.
I could see this system being a hit with endurance mountain bikers as well as gravel riders. The Double Bottle add-on retails for $23.95.
In the seemingly never-ending pursuit of ways to get tools as well as water off riders’ backs, Wolf Tooth is also launching the B-RAD Strap Adapter. This two-inch-thick nylon strap can hold an inner tube, multi-tool or a compressible rain shell.
The B-Rad Strap Adapter retails for $29.95.
How it all works together
The B-RAD 2 gives riders the ability to raise or lower their water bottle cages. Lowering the bottle cages on the downtube or seat tube is very useful for riders who run a partial frame bag on road and gravel bikes, as these cargo carriers often interfere with traditional bottle placement.
According to Wolf Tooth's Brendan Moore, the B-RAD 3 is targeted at endurance cross-country riders who want to carry a water bottle along with an inner tube and C02 inflator in the main triangle. The B-RAD 3 with the Strap Adapter is akin to the SWAT storage system Specialized uses on some of its mountain bikes.
The B-RAD 4 gives riders the ability to use the Double Bottle as well as the Strap Adapter for long-haul riding.
To get some early impressions of the system I installed the 4-slot version of the B-Rad with the Strap Adapter and Double Bottle on a gravel bike.
It took some trial and error to hone in on a position for the bottles that didn’t rub the inside of my calves when pedaling out of the saddle.
Once I settled on the appropriate position for the Double Bottle, it was a welcome improvement to have access to three water bottles inside the main triangle.
Not that looks are everything, but the Double Bottle looks much less ridiculous than the bottle-bedecked gravel bike I raced at last year’s Dirty Kanza 200.
This is a system that I hope catches on. It’s like a Picatinny rail for cycling accessories with endless possibilities for customization.
More on the way
According to Wolf Tooth, this is the just tip of the proverbial iceberg; many more B-RAD compatible components are in development and will be launched this summer.