Hydrotail Blaze Review 2

Intro

I’ve noticed there’s been a bit more interest in the Hydrotail Blaze, but not too much stuff on the web about it.  Here’s a post.

Pictured without cages
The Blaze is a new rear hydration system engineered by Beaker Concepts.  Its minimalist design is comparably less bulky than quite of few other hydration systems on the market today.  The system’s best feature are the snap locking design allowing you to adjust its angle after its initial installation with just an allen wrench. With many other systems, once installed, it’s in a fixed position, without much other room for additional configuration.  If you’re so inclined, you can make adjustments while on your ride.
Hydrotail Blaze with Profile Design Stryke Kages

Installation


A few nights ago after work, I finally got around to installing my own Blaze on my bike.  Without the detriment (or aid) of any alcoholic beverages, I managed to get the thing installed in about 40 minutes.  Installing the unit was quite intuitive, and the illustration on the instruction sheet was all I needed to figure it out.

Installing main piece onto the seat rails

I removed my seat so that I would have enough room to work the rails.  But before I was able to easily do this, I had to tape the nuts just so they wouldn’t fall off!

I thought I was pretty brilliant here
Securing the enclosure with the snap locking arms – making adjustments

Once I installed the first piece on the rails, everything else fell into place.  All I had to do next was pick the cages I wanted, and screw those on – cake.

The tri bike money shot
C02 cartridge and inflator secured in enclosure

Included is a “bullet” for a second C02 if you want.  The system also includes straps, so you can strap on tubes or tires.  During installation, I noticed the third set of screws on the side facing the bottom, allowing you to put on third cage.

The Test

I went out for a ride yesterday, and had no problems with the system.  I noticed it was a lot more quiet because I no longer have rattling issues like I did with my previous rear hydration system.  I didn’t have to adjust the angling, as it was pretty close, or even exactly, what I was used to from before.

Verdict

Very cool rear hydration solution.  I’d recommend it to anyone considering a rear hydration system.  The installation was pretty straight forward.  Its design is simple, and it works well with what I want and need.

You can find the Hydrotail Blaze, other Beaker Concepts products, and more at OneTri.com

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One Response to “Hydrotail Blaze Review 2”

  1. Very thorough review on the Hydrotail Blaze. Thanks! I like the bike money shot. It’s great to get an in-depth review of a product that is brand new.

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