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Stem Phone Mount - Anyone have suggestions?

Old 05-20-15, 09:05 AM
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Stem Phone Mount - Anyone have suggestions?

Hey guys, looking for a solid stem phone mount and was curious if anyone had good experience with a certain brand? I;ve seen this one around (Amazon.com : Delta Smartphone Caddy II (Black) : Cell Phone Mounts : Sports & Outdoors), but the reviews are a little wishy-washy. I have a Nexus 4 right now but will upgrade soon, so the only criteria would be that it's universal and doesn't have too much bulk. Thanks!
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I use quad lock you can get a universal kit for it and i never had any issues with them. You can order online or at a microcenter store
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I did a lot of research in this area last year and took a chance on the Wahoo Fitness - RFLKT Bike Computer ... it links to your phone vai Bluetooth and simply mirrors the fitness app you use - or they have their own app you can try. I use Strava and it links and displays perfectly.

With this I have the advantage of the app - and tracking my miles, etc... AND I don't have the phone mounted on the handlebars - it is nicely tucked away in my jersey.
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Originally Posted by felony44 View Post
I use quad lock you can get a universal kit for it and i never had any issues with them. You can order online or at a microcenter store
What case do you use? I have one I could mount their universal mount to but it's TPU and they explicitly say that won't work.
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My advice is that if you care about your phone at all, get one that fits and has a fully enclosed case. I have a "universal" mount one and the only place I would use it is on my trainer!

For the record, I also went the RFLKT route.
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I did the same with RFLKT but worth pointing out that you obviously can't view GPS / maps on this device.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I did the same with RFLKT but worth pointing out that you obviously can't view GPS / maps on this device.
That's the only bummer about it. I have a computer but wanted to have my phone up there as well for GPS and guidance on routes that I've never been on. Wish I knew about the RFKLT before I bought a new computer though.
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If you don't want to spend the extra money for the RFKLT, you could look into one of those top tube bags that holds the phone and doubles as a small storage compartment. They range in size but some have a low profile and don't look so bad.
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Rokform Stem Mount and Case
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i have a lifeproof on mine, works great IMO.

Amazon.com: LifeProof iPhone 5/5s Bike Mount - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories
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Originally Posted by Lazy Dog View Post
Rokform Stem Mount and Case
See that's be awesome if I had one of the phones they support, but with the universal one that you stick on the back of a case you already own, I run the risk of the thing not adhering correctly which is the problem with the quad lock case. Apparently it doesn;t stick well to rubber of any kind which is what my case is made of.
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The RAM X-Grip has worked well for me. 5k miles and my phone is not remotely coming off, adapts to any phone/case. I just wish it was a little lower profile.

RAM EZ-ON/OFF? Bicycle Mount with Universal X-Grip® Phone Holder
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So looks like I might just be getting a hard plastic case and then go with either the QuadLock or the Rokform. As always, thanks for the help!
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The RAM X-Grip has worked well for me. 5k miles and my phone is not remotely coming off, adapts to any phone/case. I just wish it was a little lower profile.

RAM EZ-ON/OFF? Bicycle Mount with Universal X-Grip® Phone Holder
Jeebus that thing is hideous.
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Originally Posted by felony44 View Post
I use quad lock you can get a universal kit for it and i never had any issues with them. You can order online or at a microcenter store
Quadlock makes the best stem mounts I know of. I've used them for years. You can either use one of the cases they offer or stick their universal mount on the back of a case that you like better. I've used some of the Otterbox cases, for example. The things are bulletproof.

Originally Posted by ratfink76 View Post
I did a lot of research in this area last year and took a chance on the Wahoo Fitness - RFLKT Bike Computer ... it links to your phone vai Bluetooth and simply mirrors the fitness app you use - or they have their own app you can try. I use Strava and it links and displays perfectly.

With this I have the advantage of the app - and tracking my miles, etc... AND I don't have the phone mounted on the handlebars - it is nicely tucked away in my jersey.
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My advice is that if you care about your phone at all, get one that fits and has a fully enclosed case. I have a "universal" mount one and the only place I would use it is on my trainer!

For the record, I also went the RFLKT route.
I don't think your phone is going to get damaged on the stem. I don't fall a lot, but even if I did, it's pretty hard to have the stem actually hit the ground. And, if you are worried about it, then just get one of the ruggedized cases and stick the universal mount thing on it. Works great.

I've ridden them in rainstorms using their "poncho" thingie which I also think provides good protection to the phone.

Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I did the same with RFLKT but worth pointing out that you obviously can't view GPS / maps on this device.
I also use the RFLKT and think it's a great product. You can get turn by turn directions on it now with the RidewithGPS app (FWIW). The main benefit to the RFLKT is it's size and the fact that it means you can turn off your display. The display is the primary battery drain. I'd typically see about a 30-40% per hour drain on my iPhone 5 battery (old battery, not full capacity). With the RFKLT that's about 7-10% - essentially bordering on "don't care." I just put my iPhone in my jersey pocket and use the RFLKT+ display with the Cyclemeter app on my iPhone.

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I use iKross Universal Smartphone WaterProof Pouch. Its kind of obnoxiously large but it works for me for now. I can safely fit my co2 pump with 2 tanks, 1 tire lever and a patch kit under my phone inside of it. It has different size pad inserts in it so I think I have that stuff 2 pads and then my phone inside. I don't like jerseys and this keeps me from needing a seat bag. I might switch to the quad lock eventually and buy a pack though because this thing is pretty big on the stem. Works perfectly fine though.
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Here's another:
Finn - The mount for every smartphone and bike

I had the Niteize mount mentioned above, but retruned it based on the fact that it wasn't tight enough on thinner bars or stems. I was planning on using it mostly on a quill stem, which it would not get tight enough on. It is fine on anything bigger.

The Finn so far has been rock solid, especially for how frail and small it looks...
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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
Quadlock makes the best stem mounts I know of. I've used them for years. You can either use one of the cases they offer or stick their universal mount on the back of a case that you like better. I've used some of the Otterbox cases, for example. The things are bulletproof.





I don't think your phone is going to get damaged on the stem. I don't fall a lot, but even if I did, it's pretty hard to have the stem actually hit the ground. And, if you are worried about it, then just get one of the ruggedized cases and stick the universal mount thing on it. Works great.

I've ridden them in rainstorms using their "poncho" thingie which I also think provides good protection to the phone.



I also use the RFLKT and think it's a great product. You can get turn by turn directions on it now with the RidewithGPS app (FWIW). The main benefit to the RFLKT is it's size and the fact that it means you can turn off your display. The display is the primary battery drain. I'd typically see about a 30-40% per hour drain on my iPhone 5 battery (old battery, not full capacity). With the RFKLT that's about 7-10% - essentially bordering on "don't care." I just put my iPhone in my jersey pocket and use the RFLKT+ display with the Cyclemeter app on my iPhone.

J.
Man, you guys are seriously selling hard me on this RFLKT. Like I said, I just bought a new computer but am thinking of taking it back. How's the viewing in sunlight on the RFLKT? Any chance there's a backlight? Didn;t see it in the specs.
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Man, you guys are seriously selling hard me on this RFLKT. Like I said, I just bought a new computer but am thinking of taking it back. How's the viewing in sunlight on the RFLKT? Any chance there's a backlight? Didn;t see it in the specs.

There is a backlight but you only need it when it's dark. When I ride at night, I have my light positioned so there is some spill on the RFLKT and it is plenty viewable without the backlight. The display on the RFLKT/RFLKT+ is an LCD display. The more sun it is in the better the contrast and viewing capability.

I had just bought a Garmin Edge 1000 and I'm sending it back because it doesn't do anything that my current setup does. My current set up is an iPhone 6 running Cyclemeter from Abvio.com with a Wahoo Fitness speed and cadence sensor (bluetooth and ANT+ dual band) to a RFLKT+.

The RFLKT+ adds a temp sensor, a barometric sensor and an ANT+ bridge. The barometric sensor gives you the same precision on grade measurement that you get with a standalone GPS. Cyclemeter uses the data from these sensors too.

Since i have the dual band speed and cadence sensor, I was able to simultaneously run the iPhone-cyclemeter and Edge 1000 combinations side by side using the exact same sensor data to get a great comparison. The iPhone took the bluetooth data and the Edge 1000 took the ANT+ data. There was virtually no difference in the performance of the two systems. I'm betting that by the end of this summer, Wahoo supports the Shimano proprietary ANT+ connection to the RFLKT+ and that they expand their sensor line to add an accelerometer based hub speed sensor to go with their accelerometer based cadence sensor. That way there are no magnets and nothing on the chain stay anymore.

If you need maps, you can probably get better map capability on the phone than you can on the standalone GPS. For my work travel, I have Garmin's mapping software on my phone and that would get me back out of any lost area even without cellular data. If you have cellular data, Cyclemeter would do it just fine (will do a traceback without cellular data just fine).


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Annex quad lock mounts. I have one for my Galaxy S4 and it is fantastic.
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Man, you guys are seriously selling hard me on this RFLKT. Like I said, I just bought a new computer but am thinking of taking it back. How's the viewing in sunlight on the RFLKT? Any chance there's a backlight? Didn;t see it in the specs.
It's a regular old-fashioned type LCD screen so sunlight viewing is easy and clear, unlike a phone. Yes, it has a backlight and you can control how long it stays on for. I don't ride much in the dark so can't talk to it's effectiveness.
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Is there anything that holds a phone and snaps into a regular Garmin mount?
Not a full case, but something I could pop my phone into and then just rotate into the Garmin mount?
E.g., like this, but with a Garmin "male" part instead of the strap and lock?
Amazon.com: LifeProof iPhone 5/5s Bike Mount - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories

Don't want something permanently attached to my existing phone case. It would need to allow my phone, already inside a case, to be held without too much fiddling each time.
I'd be using this only while indoors on my trainer, so not too concerned with security.
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Is there anything that holds a phone and snaps into a regular Garmin mount?
Not a full case, but something I could pop my phone into and then just rotate into the Garmin mount?
E.g., like this, but with a Garmin "male" part instead of the strap and lock?
Amazon.com: LifeProof iPhone 5/5s Bike Mount - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories
I don't believe that there is. The TrainerRoad guys made their own:

Custom Phone Mount - TrainerRoad
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