Review: Boombotix Boombot REX Bluetooth Speaker

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The Boombot REX allows you to take your music everywhere, including your bike.

This is a fun product for sure. It is rugged and one can use it on the bike on those remote rides where one is not bothering other trail users.

The real benefit of the Boombotix Boombot REX is it can be used on and off the bike. On the desk, in the backyard, or on a picnic, it is completely capable and functional. At 92 decibels max from 2 feet away, it’s got great sound output for its size. It can fill a room with music and outside it can cut through noisy environments and still delivery good sound.

The exploded view reveals two high quality drivers and a passive subwoofer in the back.

Strengths

  • Made to take a beating and waterproof
  • Sounds great for its size
  • Battery lasts a long time at 6-8 hours normal use on one charge
  • Customizable case and accessories
  • Speakerphone functions and Siri compatible
  • Can be daisy-chained for big volume
  • Great for commuting and it’s much safer than earbuds
Weaknesses
  • Price is $120 + $40 for the bike mount
  • Form factor is not streamlined for a bicycle cockpit
  • Bike mount is a bit clunky and is difficult to install
  • Without the bike mount, clipping it to a backpack directs the sound away from the rider
  • Can be distracting to other trail users
  • Buttons are very small and difficult to use specially with gloves
  • Port rubber covers are in the way when accessing the ports

Form factor is not the best. On the desk it’s not so bad, but on the bike, it just sticks out like an hexagonal clock. With the optional $40 bike mount, it sticks out pretty high on the bars, but Boombotix certainly makes up for this with a lot of great color options and cases for the Boombot REX.

In the end, the price is just too steep with the bike mount at $160. One can buy just the Boombot REX for $120 and clip it to a backpack. But to be able to direct the sound, access the buttons, use the speakerphone and talk to Siri, the bike mount is a good tool.

For commuting, this is a nice accessory and it’s much safer than earbuds. For trail riding, as long you’re not disturbing others and you have the funds, the Boombot REX allows you to bring the party anywhere you go.

Watch the video of Mtbr getting its first look at the San Francisco startup Boombotix’s Boombot REX speakers at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.

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For more information visit boombotix.com.

Review: Boombotix Boombot REX Bluetooth Speaker Gallery
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Boombot REX on Trek

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Boombotix REX with Bike Handlebar Mount

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Boombot REX Front Side View

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Boombot REX Rear View

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Boombot REX Rear Side View

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Boombot REX Internal View, Circuitry and Battery

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Boombot REX Circuit Board

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Boombot REX Charging Port A Line Ports

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Boombot REX Bike Mount Up Close

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Boombot REX Mounted on Handlebar

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Boombot REX with Bike Bar Mount Side View

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Boombot REX with Faceplate Removed

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Boombot REX in Car as a Speakerphone and Stereo

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Boombot REX Exploded View

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Art says:

    You would have to be a giant ass hole to blast tunes while riding in the woods.

  • scott says:

    WTF???

    If you want to listen to music use 1 headphone!

    I don’t like your music, and I’m certain you don’t like mine…

  • Mossy says:

    I ride with a small speaker next to the mesh on my pack and love it. I try to keep the volume at “personal space” volume but occasionally turn it up a bit for longer climbs. Dont like it? Suck it!

  • Mossy says:

    I guess the concept of “personal space” volume is too difficult to understand?

    Again, if you encounter me, you’ll hear it for about six seconds, max. Again, if you dont like it, suck it.

  • Seth says:

    Hey Josh, I have been rocken the iPhone stuffed in a coat pocket (it’s cold in Indiana right now) it’s not overbearing just enough to hear. Not sure I would buy a speaker to mount on bar. Hey it’s been almost a year and a half since my epic trip to Santa Cruz to ride with you at DEMO. Man I can’t thank you enough for showing a Indiana boy around the mountain.

  • Nat says:

    been riding with speaker on the streets. love it. make the rides much more fun.

  • Chez says:

    This is a useful product in the fact that it’s a speakerphone as well.
    I just can’t understand why it’s so hard for people to step away from music. I can play songs from memory and that’s enough for me. But everyone is not me I suppose. I have a hard enough time hearing drivetrains and people yelling away at each other in conversation in the woods. I wouldn’t want to come across someone blasting Korn in a remote place. It’s the same thing with camping. I suppose we have to be “connected” these days.

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