I am always on the lookout for a way to merge my bikes with being a geek. Â Since I have the Interfone F4 bluetooth kit in my helmet, (FYI, there is an F5 model now), Â I have used my iPhone for satnav, podcasts and music/calls on the move. Â Finding a good motorbike mount for the iPhone though, has been a challange. Â I have had one in the past for the iPhone4, but it will not fit the newer model.
Enter the recently released Kickstarter project, the Â AnnexÂ Quadlock. Â In a geek-biker chat I am a member of, a colleague mentioned this upcoming release so I contacted them and asked if I could have one to review. Â This Australian company obviously focus on pushbikes, but the design looked compatible with multiple size bar-frames. Â Yesterday, I got this in the post from down-under (disclaimer: they have not charged me and I will return the product).
Opened, it consists of a rugged polycarbonateÂ iPhone5 casing with a mounting fitting built in, the bike handlebar mount and wall mounts (if you fancy mounting your device to a wall). Â The wall mount doesn’t interest me, so lets look at the phone casing.
I like the casing. Â It feels tough and secure. Â There is a bump on the back side where the mount attaches. About 2mm increase in size in the centre point, which means the iPhone does not lie perfectly flat in this case. Â Power and volume buttons have polycarbonateÂ covers for pushing, but all options in the phone are available. Â The only issue I have is that the Apple Lightening to 30-pin converter (to attach to older device cables) cannot connect anymore to the device due to the covering. Â It’s a minor gripe. Â A real Lightening cable works fine.
The bike mounting comes with rubber O-rings (2 sets of different sizes) and tie-wraps. Â You put the mounting on the handlebar and attach using the O-rings. Â If you wish, you can also use the tie-wraps.
AssemblyÂ takes all of 20 seconds and then it is fixed to the bike. Â Attaching the phone is a simple twist/release mechanism. Â Here are some pictures of the mount, and the phone attached to my Ducati Monster. Â As you can see, the mount is not obtrusive when not in use.
Just using the O-Rings, I took the bike out on an 80 mile spin, over country roads. Â It was secure at all times. Â When stopping at a station, it was a simple twist/click remove to take the phone with me. Â All in all, I am impressed with this product and would recommend it to bikers looking for a handlebar mount. Â My only reservation is with trusting the O-Rings for a period of time. Â I could remote/attach the mount when not in use, but I do think some sort of Â handlebar mounting attachment (like on the GoPro or SwannCamÂ Freestyle) would be a better option. Â However, the super-rough trip I took with the mounting yesterday was no issue to the mount, at any speed). Â The pricing is reasonable and the company has been very responsive. Â Recommended.