The iPhone has become an indispensable tool for many
mountain bikers. The $69.96 Quad Lock Deluxe kit gives
you everything you need to mount your iPhone to your
Tech features: The Quad Lock Deluxe kit includes a
polycarbonate Quad Lock case, the Quad Lock Bike Mount
PRO, mounting hardware and two self-adhesive wall
mounts. Our kit was designed for the iPhone 4/4S, but an
iPhone 5 kit will be available soon. The plastic case and
bike mount add less than the weight of your iPhone to the
Field test results: The case snaps to the phone easily,
and, of course, it has the necessary windows carved out so
you can still access the volume controls, ringer toggle, and
both headphone and docking cable ports. The camera’s lens
is not blocked by the case either.
Once the phone is securely in the case, press it onto the
Quad Lock bike mount, and then twist to lock it to the
mount. To release, the rider pushes down on a blue release
ring and twists again to free the case. It is so easy you can
do it while wearing your riding gloves.
Our reservation with using the system is the way the
Quad Lock bike mount is attached to the bike. It can be
mounted on the stem or handlebar, but only two rubber
O-rings secure the mount to the bar or stem. This might be
adequate retention for use on a cruiser bike or even a road
bike, but in the rough-and-tumble world of trail riding, two
rubber bands are not enough security for a $400 iPhone.
Exposure to sunlight and the elements is another factor
working against the rubber O-ring mounting system.
QUAD LOCK iPHONE CASE AND
;;;;; Delivers above-average value and performance
;;;;; Recommended for intended application
;;;;; Shows potential but has drawbacks
;;;;; Save your hard-earned bucks
MBA FIELD TEST RATING
A low-security mounting system has us worried
We normally just pitch the phone into a jersey pocket
or hydration pack. If you want it visible while riding,
we’d advise you use a more solid mounting system like
the one on the Rokform Rokbed mount tested in our
September 2012 issue. ;
For the bike: The Quad Lock Deluxe kit has everything
needed to mount the case to your bike, plus two additional
stick-on mounts (not pictured) for the car dash or wherever.
Rubber security: The case snaps into the Quad Lock mount securely, and depressing the blue collar releases the case. Two rubber O-rings are all that hold the system to your bike.