Review: Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit

Gear

The magnet on the back of the case allows you to attach the phone in a variety of places where any metal surface exists, and the strength of the powerful rare-earth magnet keeps it securely in place just about anywhere.

Impressions

The mount system offers a very secure and stable platform for the phone, and no matter how gnarly the trail was the case stayed right in place and never changed position. On the rare occasion that I would hit the case, the magnets kept everything situated properly, even when the case would get a bit off center. It was easy to take the case off and on for normal usage, although it was tougher to install since you had to align things properly. The case itself was nice to use, and all the phone’s buttons and camera were accessible. The case was slippery enough to slide in and out of pockets, and it’s fairly slim, with slightly more thickness on the back to incorporate the magnet and RMS connection, though it isn’t enough to be obtrusive. I appreciated the additional benefit of having the ability to attach the case to any metal surface using the magnet, and that came in handy more than a couple of times. I never had any issues with the two-piece case coming apart, since they fit snugly together, though I did always have the safety lock clip in place, even when not biking. It does take a bit more effort to install the mount since it requires swapping out the headset cap, but once it was done, it offered great stability. The pivot by the headset has enough friction to keep the mount’s tilt from changing, but if use enough force on the mount, you can make minor tweaks to the pitch angle.

Bottom Line

The Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit at $99, is a nice bike mount system for a smartphone, with variants for the iPhone 4/4, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy s3, and have all the items required to attach it to a bike’s headset. The tough polycarbonate case is sleek and thin with easy access to all the phone’s buttons, and it provided decent protection, though it’s missing waterproof and dustproof attributes. It was simple to pop the phone in and out of the case when required. Their Remote Mounting System worked well, and as long as you had the case and mount meshed properly, it was a simple interface to use, greatly aided by the strong magnets of the case and mount. The mount itself offered a stable and secure platform for the phone, no matter how bumpy the trail conditions were.

It’s a bit pricey at $99 for the entire package, but you do get a well made mount and a tough case. The downward pivot angle of the mount is constrained by the stem’s rise, so depending on your setup it might or might not put the case at desired location.

This is an excellent bike mount system, that is stable, secure, and robust, and it gives a nice viewpoint and easy usage of the phone. The tough case allows access to all the phone’s buttons and screen, and the RMS connection system between the case and mount functions well and offers good security for your phone.
Strengths

  • Case was easy to snap on and off the RMS (Remote Mounting System)
  • Bike mount was secure and stable
  • Case had good access features – thin, sleek & buttons were easy to use
  • Case magnet allows additional placements on metal surfaces

Weaknesses

  • Expensive
  • Downward mount tilt is constrained by the stem’s rise
  • Case has no water or dirt protection

MSRP: $99
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Mount Specs:

  • CNC machined from Billet 6061 T-6 aluminum and stainless steel
  • Adjustable viewing angle from -20 to +55 Degrees
  • Magnet enabled grip and magnet included
  • Compatible with all 1-1/8 inch thread-less steer tubes
  • Feather light, 2.26 OZ

Case Specs:

  • Injection molded polycarbonate frame
  • Thermoplastic elastomer non-slip grip insert
  • Remote Mounting System (RMS), mount most anywhere
  • Removable hi-tensile wrist lanyard and lock clip
  • 10 lb rare earth magnet
  • Compatible with iPhone 4/4s
Review: Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit Gallery
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Case/frame - top and bottom viewpoint
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Mounting the system to the headset
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Attaching the case to the mount
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Attachment to metal surface
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Angled side viewpoint
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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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  • goober says:

    Ibera makes one for $17 that works just as well.

  • bikerNik says:

    I have looked at multiple brakets. Used the Delta Caddy – here is a review: http://bike-52.com/mounting-options-for-bike-computers/

  • Collinc says:

    I researched and tried every iphone mount possible for my bike.
    After going through 8-10 other mounts, I tried the rokform and have never looked back. I have them on everything from my road bike to my DH bike. Rokform is a great company, that stand behind their product 100%. I do agree that they need something like the rain cover/pancho but as for connection to the bike, it is far superior to the quad lock. I do not trust a mount that only attaches with rubber o-rings or zip ties. Being screwed into the top cap makes this the best mount on the market.

  • Ryan Petersen says:

    That quadlock is far from elegant and unfortunately a ripoff of the Rokform system.

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