As important to my rides as having a clean kit, plenty of food and water, and a spare tube, is having my iPhone. It keeps tracks of my rides, keeps me connected to my family and friends should something go south, and more often than not, maps to get me through newly discovered country roads or maybe to take a pic trail side. Now where to put it. I have always thrown it in my jersey pocket but doing so isn’t the greatest with sweat or for hot days, the occasional dowse of water. What about mounting on the handlebars or stem? Everything I had seen made the iPhone’s overall size much larger and more in the way. Then enters the new v3 bike case and mount from Rokform.
Machined from anodized Billit 6061 T-6 aluminum and only weighing approximately 64 grams, it won’t impact your ride for the weight weenies out there. It connects to any of Rokform’s v3 cases, which include cases for the iPhone 4/4s, 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3 (not verified, but possibly the S4 as well). The case adds around 25 grams so still keeping it light. Rockform sent us the iPhone 4/4s version for our review.
Very easy to install, remove your existing top cap and bolt from your stem and install the mount. The mount is adjustable with a -20 to +55 degree viewing angle and is set during install. Once installed, your phone is then securely placed in its polycabonate case, with an optional lanyard for ease of carrying and for a third level of protection for your phone. Third level? What is the first and second? Well, I’m glad you asked. There are three ways the Rokform case and bike mount work together to keep your phone secure and with you along your ride. First, you twist the case onto the mount, while doing this you will feel the tug of the second level of protection, which is the nice sized magnet embedded in the case.
I tested the case and bike mount over a couple of months on all types of riding, be it road bike on asphalt, gravel, dirt, and also mountain bike trails. I didn’t use the lanyard and never did the case and mount disconnect. On particular rough road or trail, there is a small inherent rattle, which I believe to be where the case and mount touch. My gut reaction always was to check to make sure it was still locked and it always was. The overall size of the case is the most minimalist I have seen to date. With that said only on my road bike would I occasionally brush the case while climbing with my thighs. One might say a simple fix is just to keep my weight shifted back and this fixes the problem, don’t tell anyone, I sometimes bump my legs against the top of my bar on the road bike while climbing also.
For less than $100 you have a case and bike mount that will withstand the long rides or abuse you put it through. The case you can bring anywhere, fits well in your pocket and protects your phone in the event it takes an accidental fall to the floor. It fits other Rokform accesories, such as their sport clip or their tripod mount, as well comes in several colors.