Joy Factory StormCrusier iPhone Case and Bike Mount Review

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The StormCruiser is a all-encompassing iPhone mounting system for bicycles (or anything with bars), and the kit includes a heavy-duty handlebar mount and a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S for a reasonable $50. The rugged case is water and dust proof, and provides protection for your precious and expensive commodity, and the mount fits a wide range of bike and motorsport bars with diameters less than 31.8mm. When the system is mounted on your handlebars, you can use your iPhone for cycling GPS apps and normal mobile and music usage, greatly extending your smartphones functionality, right at your fingertips.

Mount
The mount and case are made from a tough high-impact resistant plastic, for excellent protection and robustness. The mounting system consists of the handlebar clamp, and a swivel ball mount and lock nut. The clamp comes with two pieces of padding, which protects the bars, offers diameter fine-tuning and keeps things from moving around. The clamp’s clamshell design is pretty simple, and it squeezes down onto the bars using two large screws, and the two halves are kept in place with an alignment groove. Once the clamp is on the bars and tightened down sufficiently, insert the ball mount with its lock nut into the clamp’s socket, and tighten everything down. The clamp is fairly wide, so you might have trouble squeezing it between the stem and where you handlebars rise or bend starts, and in addition, where the oversized diameter section changes sizing. Fiddling with the padding, getting the screws engaged and the groove aligned is painful, and it was not my favorite clamp system to use, and it certainly isn’t easily removable for swapping on and off. Once the clamp is in position, and the screws are cranked down, it never budged out of place, and it provided a rock-solid platform.

Case
Installing the iPhone in the case is an extremely easy task, and only requires opening the case, plopping the iPhone in (oriented properly), shutting the case and snapping the two clasps closed. Simple is as simple does! The bottom of the base and the top of the swivel mount, have a three-pronged interface, which wasn’t overly tough to engage, and only required a simple tap to get it on and off. On rare occasions while doing hike-a-biking and just moving the bike around, I would accidentally hit the case, and it would partially come out of the mount. Fortunately, it never gave me any issues while riding. To adjust the case’s orientation on the mount, just loosen the lock nut, and move the case around to its desired location, and then tighten it down. Once it was cranked down, I didn’t have any movement issues, and it was sufficiency stable.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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