Grab your iPhone and strap it to your handlebars. Suddenly, you’ve got GPS navigation and a bike computer all for the price of a bike mount. I’ve been a big advocate for this for a while and even wrote a piece about it for Cycling Plus magazine.
The only problem with the bike mount I was using, is that when the rain comes down, you’ve got to quickly get your iPhone into your pocket.
Along comes the Tigra Console iPhone bike mount and problem solved. Let’s take a closer look..
The Tigra bike mount fits the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 and 4S.
Waterproof and secure
I’ve been testing out the mount for a few weeks now and in the rain it kept my iPhone completely dry. Big tick therefore, goes in the waterproof box.
The other thing a bike mount holding a £400 iPhone in place needs, is to be very secure. Having tested it out for a few weeks, I would say this is the case. I’ve yet to take the Tigra Console iPhone bike mount out on a mountain bike trail. When I do I’ll update this post and let you know how it coped.
The key to keeping it securely in place is to make sure the mount has been properly installed and tightened. Also the iPhone has to be clipped in safely.
The Tigra iPhone bike mount gets two big ticks in those two boxes. There were however a few things I wasn’t so keen on.
Visibility and ease of use
With the brightness set to low on the iPhone (to conserve battery) I found that the waterproof film made it a little hard to see the display during daylight. Turning up the brightness solved the problem. With a brighter iPhone 4 then this problem probably wouldn’t exist.
I wouldn’t say this was a deal breaker for the Tigra bike mount – more something to be aware of.
My other criticism of the Tigra Console iPhone bike mount is the sheer size of it. Therefore, if you are hoping to leave your bag at home then expect the mount to look very bulky in your pocket. You could of course leave in on the handlebars and remove the iPhone. I’m not sure if someone would steal this but I have seen the mounts left on a couple of bikes.
Overall, it’s a good iPhone bike mount. The Tigra Console passes with flying colours for being wateproof and secure but I’m a little disappointed by the visibility of the iPhone and the large size.
The mount can be purchased for £34.95.
What is good
- Waterproof iPhone bike mount
- From my tests so far the iPhone has been held securely in place
- You can spin the iPhone around
What isn’t so good
- A little bit more fiddly than would have liked to clip the iPhone in and out
- The film that provides the waterproofing makes the screen a little harder to see
- Very large mount that you can’t really shove in your pocket when you hop off the bike
The Tigra mount is now available from our eShop.
Big thank you to Mobile Fun for supplying the mount for this test. Mobile fun do a range of iPhone 4 accessories.
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