Best Mountain Bike Water Bottles of 2020

Mountain biking is an excellent form of exercise. It combines the “cardio high” in the way of other endurance sports, yet still manages to produce the adrenaline boost that comes with action sports.

Whether you go in for competitive racing, or just enjoy a ride, your body is going to benefit from your time spent on a mountain bike. But whatever your activity on a mountain bike it is important to stay hydrated to reach optimum performance.

Studies have shown that fluid loss can make a big difference to your performance. Taking hydration seriously and remaining hydrated all the time will make it simpler to keep those optimum hydration levels when on the bike. Choosing the right water bottle is an important factor in this aspect of performance.

List of Best Biking Water Bottles

  1. CamelBak Podium Big Chill 25oz Insulated Water Bottle
  2. Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle – 24oz
  3. Zipp Water Bottle Purist Watergate by Specialized Disc 22oz
  4. SLS3 Bike Water Bottles – 2-Pack
  5. NGN Sport – High-Performance Bicycle Water Bottle

Review of Top 10 Water Bottles for Mountain Bikers

Water Bottle in Mountain Bike

In this article, I intend to give you detailed information about finding the Best mountain bike water bottle in 2020. After substantial research, we found the best five mountain bike water bottles for our readers.

1. CamelBak Podium Big Chill 25oz Insulated Water Bottle

It will keep your water cooler, for longer. A cool drink is far more refreshing than one which has been heating up in the sunshine for a few hours. A cool drink will be more appealing and encourage you to remain hydrated, which is crucially important to maintain your performance.

An important feature of this bottle is the self-sealing jet valve which resolves the problem of splatters and spills, which some other bottles are plagued with. This patented valve also means that riders can hydrate while continuing to ride, as only one hand is needed to access the water.

The ergonomic design of the bottle is such that it is both easy to squeeze, and can be gripped firmly, while you concentrate on the path ahead. The bottle also has a locked position so that by setting a dial you can be doubly sure of no leaks.

The bottle is a generous 25 oz size (750 ml) and is double insulated and double the length of time that your drink remains cool.

 Features at a Glance 

  • Double-wall construction
  • Ergonomic design for safe grip
  • Suck or squeeze to access water
  • Generous 25 oz capacity
  • 11 Inches in height
  • Lightweight, easy-squeeze bottle
  • Designed o deliver the optimum water flow
  • Removable nozzle for cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA Free
  • Attractive and colorful design

2. Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle – 24oz

When Polar Bottle was first designed Robert Heiberger and Judy Amabile wanted to create an innovative bottle that would keep their drinks cool on a long cycle ride. Polar Bottle was the original insulated squeeze water bottle. From their beginnings as a small home-based business based in a Boulder garage the company has now become a major player in the hydration business, with a global reach.

The couple is on a mission to stem the use of single-use water bottles and encourage the purchase of a long-lasting and eventually recyclable bottle. The bottle is still made in the USA. Polar Bottle was the first company to make BPA-free plastic sports water bottles, in line with their green credentials.

The bottles also use FDA, food-grade, approved polyethylene. The bottle is dishwasher safe. The best cleaning method is by hand with a bottle brush.

The water bottle has a push-pull valve shut off, as opposed to the twist shut off used on the Camelback. To drink you simply squeeze the bottle. A nice feature is that the wide-mouth will allow you to insert ice-cubes if you so wish.

 Features at a Glance 

  • Double-wall construction
  • Ergonomic design for safe grip
  • Suck or squeeze to access water
  • Generous 24 oz capacity
  • Lightweight, easy-squeeze bottle
  • Dishwasher and freezer safe
  • Removable nozzle for cleaning
  • BPA Free
  • Will fit a standard cycle cage

3. Zipp Water Bottle Purist Watergate by Specialized Disc 22oz

This bottle features a more pliable plastic and the valve has a softer feel than some other bottles. My opinion is that these bottles are the most leak-resistant of the bottles used. The bottle features the “heart valve” which will not leak even if in the open state. It is necessary to squeeze the bottle before any fluids can escape.

The bottle features a large screw-type cap that is big enough for the user to insert ice-cubes if required. The more pliable design allows easier insertion into the cage on your mountain bike. The popularity of this bottle makes it a candidate for the Best mountain bike water bottle award.

The bottle is designed in such a way that it is possible to see the amount of water remaining. Many products contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is said to be harmful to health.

This bottle is both free of BPA and Phthalate, which is used to soften plastics and is said to be harmful to the liver if ingested. This bottle is constructed from Low-density polyethylene (LDPE). LDPE is judged to be safe for food contact.

 Features at a Glance 

  • Large,leak-free, screw cap
  • BPA Free
  • LDPE Free
  • More pliable/squeezable than other bottles
  • 22 oz bottle
  • Color Yellow
  • Easy fit in standard cycle cage

4. SLS3 Bike Water Bottles – 2-Pack

This German-designed bicycle water bottle is available in a twin pack. They fit nicely into a standard mountain bike cage. The bottle is both freezer and dishwasher safe, although you might want to place the bottle on the top shelf.

In common with other bottles, this bottle is made from BPA free plastic and constructed using FDA approved food-grade materials. The nipple on the bottle is a standard softer plastic (rubber feel) push-pull functionality and the bottle is sealed using a large screw cap.

The bottles come in a variety of colors, allowing users to choose one which complements the color of their mountain bike. The bottles are very durable and because of the softer material used, they are less likely to crack if dropped.

With the recent increase in warmer weather globally, many people now fit two water bottle cages to their bikes. Since these bottles are sold in a twin pack it means that customers can very cheaply get two matching bottles in one of the smart color designs.

The bottles are made by a company with the odd name of SLS3. The company was founded in 2004 by two Germans Sebastian Linke and Sylvie Hannuscheck. The company operates from California and specializes in products for Athletes.

 Features at a Glance 

  • Easy to open and drink from
  • No BPA
  • FDA approved food-grade plastic
  • Large screw cap allows insertion of ice cubes and easier cleaning
  • Comfortable softer feel
  • Dishwasher and deep freezer safe.
  • Sold as a twin pack

5. NGN Sport – High-Performance Bicycle Water Bottle

Constructed in a variety of colors and sold in a twin pack, these 24 oz bottles are ideal for the mountain biker who understands the need for hydration and has fitted two bottle cages to their bike and wants to color co-ordinate as well.

The 24 oz bottle has a “squeeze and squirt” style dispenser and is easy to use with just one hand as you continue to cycle. The soft rubber nipple is easy to pull with the teeth and push closed with the mouth.

This bottle features a wider than normal water channel and will dispense water faster than other bottles, thus making the hydration process quicker so that users can return both hands to the bike as soon as possible. The manufacturers state that it dispenses 50% more water than the competition.

The bottle is constructed with FDA approved, food-grade, non-BPA materials that they guarantee will not break, crack, or split. The attractive graphics on the bottle are printed with non-toxic inks, that are solvent-free, and permanent.

The bottles are made by NGN Engine Design Group. The company was founded in 2015 in Los Angeles and comprised a diverse group of artists, engineers, athletes, and scientists. The byline for their products is “Built to perform and endure”. Bottles are offered with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty

 Features at a Glance 

  • Range of bright colors and designs
  • Lightweight Bottle with squeeze operation
  • 24 oz Bottle
  • Soft rubber nipple
  • 50% faster water dispense
  • BPA free with FDA approved materials
  • Solvent-free, non-toxic inks on the bottle design
  • Materials guaranteed against breakage

Mountain Bike Water Bottle Buying Guide

What size and how many bottles do I need?

In the opening paragraph, I established the need for hydration for the cyclist. Having the correct hydration will enhance your performance and ensure a faster recovery. Most cyclists will lose about 500 to 1000 ml of fluid every hour.

If you can aim at replacing just 75% of that, ideally replace more, you should stay within healthy limits. So on this basis, a 710 ml bottle (24 oz) should cover you for an hour of cycling. If you habitually go on longer rides you may want to consider installing two bottle cages on your bike.

On the face of it, all the bottles have the same function. They are filled with water, they sit in the cage on your mountain bike, and you drink from them. To assist you I have listed some of the factors you need to consider.

What the Bottle is Made of

Next, you need to consider the material. Bottles are usually made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE). LDPE is generally softer and is primarily used in the bottles that you squeeze.

Make sure the bottle is made of a material that is BPA free. Some better quality bottles will coat surfaces in a material that stops that taste of plastic that is sometimes present when a bottle warms up. This differentiates the cheaper bottles from the more expensive ones.

The Bottle Shape

The overall shape of a bottle is normally fairly standard because they need to fit into a standard cage on your mountain bike. Avoid buying runner bottles as these are designed to fit snugly in the hand and will not fit correctly in the cage.

The Gape

When the lid is removed from the bottle, the size of the hole (the gape) will decide whether you can easily fit ice cubes or spoons of nutrition powder into the bottle. A wider gape provides more flexibility.

The Spout

The spout may be constructed in many ways. It might be a simple clickable pull-push type that, you open with your teeth, or it might be a more sophisticated design. Other types of the valve might, for example, have a lock position that ensures there is no leakage when you are carrying a bottle in your bag.

A consideration that may be more important to competitive mountain bikers is the rate of flow of the dispensed water. Certain bottles have a wider water channel and will dispense up to 50% more water at the same time.


Some bottles are insulated with a middle- layer and may have foam, or foil in the construction. With increasingly hot weather, this may well be an important factor to consider.


Some bottles have a design that allows the user to see how much water is in the bottle. Now for most cyclists who just fill their bottles with water, this is not a big issue. However, some cyclists mix nutrition powder in with the water and it can be useful to check water levels before adding the powder.


Bottle cages all have the same function, and that is to hold the water bottle securely on your mountain bike. However, they may be constructed of plastic, aluminum, and carbon. They may also have a variety of designs. Most are available in a variety of colors so that the cyclist can choose one to match the bike.

So it seems that there are actually a number of considerations when buying a water bottle for your mountain bike. i hope that I have helped you identify the ones that are important to you.

Final Words

I hope that this guide has helped you understand the considerations when buying a new water bottle. Although it seems such a simple product, there are actually so many factors that can affect your usage of the bottle.

A little bit of thought now, at the buying stage, can ensure that you purchase a bottle that will give you years of service and make your mountain-biking so much more pleasant.

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