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Cockpit full of consumables.
Fumbling at pockets and down tube-mounted water bottle cages during the middle leg of a 140.6 mile event can cost precious seconds and energy when every gram of drag dodged and every watt expended count. Profile Design's FC35 Drink System handles storage, hydration, and even head unit issues with an aerodynamic solution that doesn't force you to break form in order to fish for gels or bottles.
The FC35 System mounts between your aero bars, keeping your energy and hydration articles front and center at all times. The generously sized water reservoir's straw can be switched to a fore or aft position, depending on the particulars of your aero bar reach and stack, and the splash-back guard means you can refill it quickly without breaking pace from bottles mounted on your cage or under your saddle.
The rear compartment of the FC35 System provides catch-all space for anything from trail mix to gels, and the flexible bands criss-crossing the opening help organize and secure your calories while the provided head unit mount means you'll be in complete control when it comes to monitoring those calories as they convert into watts.
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Too large for 3T aerobars.
I had to return this because it was just too big, or rather, too long. Of course this will depend on how long your bars are. I'm 5'10" on a 56 inch Cervelo P5. The bottle, when mounted extended all the way to the handgrips. I went with the Aero HC system instead—which has it's own problems—see my review of it.
Bottle works, storage bin does not work
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have only ever use Profile design TT style water bottles, so I can't compare them to other brands. My previous bottle set is the Aerodrink and Aerodrink insulated.
Consistent amongst all of the their products, the instructions are TERRIBLE. The text is confusing, the font size is tiny, and the black and white photo illustrations are little thumbnails. (not adult thumbnails - but little baby thumbnails). Exacerbating this is the 50 dpi printer they use. This is really unacceptable.
The bottles themselves, once installed, work fine. They can rattle a bit, but i suspect all brands do.
I bought this new bottle because i liked the format with the storage container and the integrated computer mount.
On my first ride I stuck a bar and a Gu in the storage container and they popped out immediately. If I didn't know better, I'd have thought it was made for hummus. Perhaps it was, and i should carry carrot sticks in my jersey pocket. In all seriousness, the storage big isn't shaped to hold any type of nutrition typically carried, which would be bars and gels for most people. There is a rubber band around it, but the way that it crosses over the container does little to hold anything in there. Maybe it's an ash tray? I have no idea, but it wasn't designed any nutrition I carry.
The bottle and straw worked fine for me. I liked the computer location. I don't like that you pretty much have to remove the entire bottle and wash it with the storage container and computer mount attached. you can take it apart, but you wouldn't bother.
I also don't know if it's dishwasher safe. Perhaps I can find this information in the 4pt font printed on a 50dpi printer.
On a positive note, i've liked the way the Aerodrink bottles are easy to fill on the go. You can easily grab bottles from aid stations without stopping, and dump the water in drink bottle at a pretty good speed. I suspect this new bottle performs the same way...though in my experience so far, I think my older Aerodrink and Aerodrink insulated are easier to fill on the go.