Quad Lock iPhone Bike Mount System

by Brian Mullin on June 19, 2012

The Quad Lock iPhone bike mounting system from Annex Products of
Melbourne, Australia, is an interesting and innovate product, that uses a
unique connection system between the mount and smartphone case. I have
used it over the last month, and found it to be a handy, robust and easy
to use. The ever burgeoning smartphone bike mount systems are proliferating due to increasing mobile GPS apps usage by mountain bikers, roadies and triathletes. 

The
Quad Lock iPhone Universal Mounting System, in its $69.95 Deluxe Kit
variant (as tested), includes a protective case, a bike mounting system
and two wall mounts. They also make simpler kit, which has just the case
and wall mounts for $39.95.

The Deluxe Kit includes:

  • 1 Quad Lock Case for iPhone 4/4S – Polycarbonate hardcase
  • 2 Quad Lock Wall Mounts – 3M self adhesive
  • Quad Lock Bike Mount PRO
  • Mounting hardware (4 o-rings and 2 zip ties)
  • 3 Instruction booklets

The
tough polycarbonate case for the system was moderately thin, and all
the buttons were easily accessible, and although it offered a good
degree of robustness, it’s not water or dust proof. It was easy to
insert the phone into the case, but I found it difficult to remove, and
never quite found the best method or trick to make extraction simpler?
The back side of the case has the Quad Lock connection interface, which
creates a bubbled center section, so the phone wasn’t stable when it was
lying on its back if any edge was tapped. The case doesn’t have a
screen cover, so it really needs a protector installed to prevent any
damage to your phone in adverse outdoor conditions, though I ran mine
without any ill effects.

Basically,
the Quad Lock connection system is comprised of the four prongs or
tabbed male mount, and the case’s female four notched receptacle. The
mount has its tabs aligned horizontally or vertically to the attached
object, while the case’s notches are offset 45 degrees. To engage the
case to the mount, you turn the case off axis by 45 degrees, mesh the
tabs and notches together, and twist the phone until it clicks. You can
mount the case horizontally or vertically, depending on your
requirements, or iPhone apps.

To
remove the case, you do just the opposite, although with the bike
mount, you’ll need to push down on the locking collar to release the
case. The spring-loaded collar locks the case in place for more
security, and it won’t come undone without pushing the collar down,
which prevents any accidental detachment from occurring.

The
Bike Mount PRO was simple to install using the included industrial
o-rings (mongo rubber bands), and can be placed on the handlebar or
stem, and it offered a stable and secure platform for the case. The
system was very much like the Garmin Edge system, in which you snag the
o-ring on the mount’s hook on one side, roll the band around the object,
and hook the opposing one. The hard mount has a curved bottom where it
attaches and interfaces to the bar or stem, and it has a padded rubber
section to keep it in place, preventing any undue movement. To remove
the mount, just lift it slightly, so you can grab an o-ring to pop off
the hook. It comes with two o-rings sizes, which should help it fit most
any stem or bar, though I wish, it came with a couple of extras in case
you break or lose one?
Measured Specs:

  • Case weight – 16.6 grams
  • Bike mount weight (w/ o-rings) -20.5 grams
  • Total weight – 37.1 grams

The
two additional flat wall mounts can be installed anywhere, like your
vehicle, or at home, the office, etc., anyplace the mount would make the
phone access beneficial. The wall mounts have a 3M VHB (very high bond)
self-adhesive backing, so you just peel off the cover and place the
mount anywhere that might be desired. I stuck one next to my computer in
my home office, and I found it handy for charging the phone, and to
keep it from getting lost on the occasional desktop clutter.

Bottom Line
The Quad Lock Deluxe Kit iPhone 4/4S system at $69, is a nice bike
mount system for the iPhone, and has all the items required to attach it
to your handlebars or stem. The tough polycarbonate case is sleek and
thin with easy access to all the buttons, and it provided decent
protection, though it’s missing waterproof and dustproof attributes. It
was simple to pop the iPhone into the case, but it was a bitch to
extract. The Quad Lock system worked well, and as long as you had the
case and mount meshed properly, it was a simple interface to use. The
Bike Mount PRO was easy to install anywhere on the bike, and the locking
collar, Quad Lock interface and the mount worked in synergy to offer a
stable and secure platform for the iPhone, no matter how bumpy the trail
conditions were. The additional wall mounts were handy, and allowed one
to mount the case just about anywhere.

Strengths

  • Case was easy to snap on and off of Quad Lock
  • Bike mount was secure and stable
  • Bike mount was easy to place on bars or stem using industrial o-rings
  • Case had good access features – thin, sleek & buttons were easy to use
  • Additional Quad Lock mounts were handy

Weaknesses

  • Difficult to remove phone from case
  • Case has no water or dirt protection
  • Case didn’t lay flat on its back
  • Needs spare o-rings

MSRP: $69.95

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

quad ring June 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

Very beneficial and affordable.Must try

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Anonymous May 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

I´m very happy with my Quad Lock Bike Mount Kit for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4S!

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