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MTBR.com Reviews the v3 BikeMount

by Allie Decker June 27, 2013

MTBR.com Reviews the v3 BikeMount

Brian at MTBR.com reviewed our v3 BikeMount and gave it “4 flaming chili peppers”! We thought that was reason enough post his review on our site.

Read how the BikeMount performed for MTBR

The Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit is an all-encompassing iPhone mounting system for bicycles, and the system includes a heavy-duty mount that attaches to the headset and a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S. The mounting system is comprised of a CNC machined billet 6061 T-6 aluminum mount and its headset assembly, which attaches to any 1 1/8- inch threadless headset. The two-piece case is made from an injection-molded polycarbonate frame and has a thermoplastic elastomer non-slip grip insert that contains a rare-earth magnet. The case connects to the mount using their Remote Mounting System (RMS), which is a dual retention lock system.

The tough injection-molded polycarbonate case was moderately thin with a slight bulge at the back, and all the buttons were easily accessible, and although it offered a good degree of robustness, it’s not water or dust proof. For all the cutouts on the case body, it’s surprisingly stiff and strong. It was easy to insert the phone into the top part of the case and then slide the bottom on, followed by snapping on the case safety lock, which keeps the two pieces from separating during use. I preferred using the plastic lock clip over the lanyard, as I found they both offered the same security, but the clip was easier to use and didn’t bounce around like the lanyard did during a ride. Removing the phone was simple, since the bottom portion of the case has a nice indention on the back to pop it off, and the phone would then easily slide out. The case doesn’t have a screen cover, so it really needs a protector installed to prevent any damage to your phone in adverse outdoor conditions, though I ran mine without any ill effects. The magnet on the back of the case allows you to attach the phone in a variety of places where any metal surface exists, and the strength of the powerful rare-earth magnet keeps it securely in place just about anywhere.

The tough injection-molded polycarbonate case was moderately thin with a slight bulge at the back, and all the buttons were easily accessible, and although it offered a good degree of robustness, it’s not water or dust proof. For all the cutouts on the case body, it’s surprisingly stiff and strong. It was easy to insert the phone into the top part of the case and then slide the bottom on, followed by snapping on the case safety lock, which keeps the two pieces from separating during use. I preferred using the plastic lock clip over the lanyard, as I found they both offered the same security, but the clip was easier to use and didn’t bounce around like the lanyard did during a ride. Removing the phone was simple, since the bottom portion of the case has a nice indention on the back to pop it off, and the phone would then easily slide out. The case doesn’t have a screen cover, so it really needs a protector installed to prevent any damage to your phone in adverse outdoor conditions, though I ran mine without any ill effects. The magnet on the back of the case allows you to attach the phone in a variety of places where any metal surface exists, and the strength of the powerful rare-earth magnet keeps it securely in place just about anywhere.

The Remote Mounting System (RMS) is comprised of the four prongs or tabbed male mount, and the case’s female four notched receptacle. The mount has its tabs aligned horizontally or vertically to the attached object while the case’s notches offset 25°. To engage the case to the mount, you turn the case off axis by 25°, mesh the tabs and notches together, and twist the case until it clicks. The case and mount magnets give a quick snap when aligned, though they’re so powerful, they can make getting the tabs and notches meshed together tough sometimes. You can mount the case horizontally or vertically, depending upon your requirements, or the phone apps.

Impressions

The mount system offers a very secure and stable platform for the phone, and no matter how gnarly the trail was the case stayed right in place and never changed position. On the rare occasion that I would hit the case, the magnets kept everything situated properly, even when the case would get a bit off center. It was easy to take the case off and on for normal usage, although it was tougher to install since you had to align things properly. The case itself was nice to use, and all the phone’s buttons and camera were accessible. The case was slippery enough to slide in and out of pockets, and it’s fairly slim, with slightly more thickness on the back to incorporate the magnet and RMS connection, though it isn’t enough to be obtrusive. I appreciated the additional benefit of having the ability to attach the case to any metal surface using the magnet, and that came in handy more than a couple of times. I never had any issues with the two-piece case coming apart, since they fit snugly together though I did always have the safety lock clip in place, even when not biking. It does take a bit more effort to install the mount since it requires swapping out the headset cap, but once it was done, it offered great stability.

Conclusion

This is an excellent bike mount system, that is stable, secure, and robust, and it gives a nice viewpoint and easy usage of the phone. The tough case allows access to all the phone’s buttons and screen, and the RMS connection system between the case and mount functions well and offers good security for your phone.

Thanks, Brian!

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