There are few things Devon really hates to put on a bike, however saddle bags are one of them. He thinks that non-integrated storage is, at best, creating extra drag and, at worst, awkwardly placed and overly small. Every wind tunnel test says effectively the same thing: a single bottle, mounted as horizontally as possible behind the saddle is his best hydration solution. Thus on his DA, a large wing was out of the question. How then, could he to carry his spare tube and assorted tools? The solution, it turned out, comes standard on every Felt DA; the Torhans VR bottle.
The VR bottle that comes equipped on the DA is unfortunately, opaque, but replacement bottles from Torhans come with two important features: they are semi-transparent, and about a half an inch or so below the retention tabs is a dotted line for cutting the bottom off for exactly this purpose. A few minutes and a hacksaw later, voila!
It isn’t perfect and the cut is in dire need of a file to smooth it out, but nevertheless, a functional carrier for a surprisingly large amount of stuff. The retention tabs hold it securely in place over the bumpiest of roads and cobblestones and nothing moves an inch,. As for the contents, it is surprising what can be stored inside.
- 20g CO2 cartridge attached to a Lezyne Trigger Drive
- Spare tube
- Pair of Lezyne tire levers
- Gel (x2)
- Valve core removal tool
The second gel resides in the bottle carrier, attached to the bike. There is extra space below the cutoff of the bottle that allows for assorted small items, such as a few allen wrenches and, in this case, a spare gel.
With all this stored in the VR, the bike stays clean in the wind and still carries 54oz of liquid when fully loaded; enough any ride Devon can throw at it. And with all the storage in the VR, even a mechanical issue won’t slow him down.