Topeak Ridecase in practice – reliable mobile phone bike mount for the iPhone

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The Topeak Ridecase* is a sturdy bike phone mount specifically for the iPhone. With the Ridecase holder, the smartphone is securely attached to the handlebar, stem or AHead cap. Switching between portrait and landscape mode is quick and requires no tools. So you are ready for bike navigation with your smartphone.

Topeak Ridecase Test
Topeak Ridecase Test

The Omni Case makes the system compatible with other mobile phones with 4.5 to 6.5 inch screens. I test the Topeak Ridecase cell phone mounts and you get to know my practical experience.

Topeak Bike Mobile Phone Holder iPhone on Handlebars
Topeak Bike Mobile Phone Holder iPhone on Handlebars

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Topeak Halterung RideCase Mount 1-1/8 Zoll
  • Zusätzlicher Halter für das RideCase, RideCase II und der Smartphone Drybags
  • Lässt sich an Lenker, Vorbau oder Headsetkappe befestigen
  • Gewicht 49 g (HalterA-Head-Set Kappe), 20 g (Lenkeradapter)

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Omni RideCase Handyhalterung, Black, 13.1 x 6.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Smartphone mit 4,5” - 6,5” Display
  • Mit optional erhältlicher Befestigung einstellbar im Winkel und drehbar für Landschafts- oder Portraitansicht
  • Silikon / Fiberglas-Composite

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Topeak Ridecase overview: bike mobile phone holder for handlebar, stem and Ahead headset

  • Topeak Ridecase: Bike mobile phone holder for handlebar, stem and Ahead headset: The basic set from Topeak is the Ridecase. Included is a custom-fit iPhone case and cradle. The special feature of the bracket: It can be flexibly mounted on the Ahead headset, on the stem or on the bicycle handlebar. Thus, this holder is one of the most flexible bike cell phone holders. If you are still undecided and want to experiment where your smartphone should be attached best, the Topeak Ridecase is suitable. I present all the features of the Topeak Ridecase in detail in this article.

The most popular is probably the attachment of the smartphone with the holder on the bicycle handlebars.

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Topeak Ridecase Test iPhone on handlebar Action Shot
Topeak Ridecase Test iPhone on handlebar Action Shot

The Topeak Ridecase can be attached to the stem. Here on the road bike or cyclocross.

Topeak Ridecase Stem Phone Holder Bike Action
Topeak Ridecase Stem Phone Holder Bike Action

Topeak Ridecase attached to the cap of the Ahead headset from the Gravel Bike.

Topeak Ridecase Experience Bracket Ahead Action
Topeak Ridecase Experience Bracket Ahead Action
  • Panocomputer Mount – Aero Road Bike Cellphone Mount for the Handlebar: This bike cellphone mount fixes the smartphone in an aero position directly in front of the bike handlebar. This makes for a particularly tidy look in the “bike cockpit”. This type of mount is especially popular with road cyclists and I have tested it for you in detail. You get my experiences here in the test.
Topeak Ridecase Test Panocomputer Action
Topeak Ridecase Test Panocomputer Action

If you want to navigate with your smartphone on your bike, you need a secure smartphone mount to attach it to your bike. Topeak has a mount for the iPhone and for other models in the program.

Topeak Ridecase Omni: The Ridecase Omni is a universal bike phone holder. Thus, any smartphone with a screen diagonal between 4.5 and 6.5 inches can be attached to the Topeak mobile phone mount. The attachment is also possible here on the handlebar, on the stem and on the cap of the Ahead headset. I tested the mount with my ZTE Axon 9 Pro with 6.2 inch display diagonal. You can also find out all the details about this mount in the test.

Topeak Ridecase Omni rear smartphone bike mount
Topeak Ridecase Omni rear smartphone bike mount

Topeak Ridecase Highlights

What are the big features of the Topeak Ridecase?

✅ Bike mobile phone holder with custom-fit iPhone case
Tool for mounting the mobile phone holder on the bike already included (4 mm and 5 mm Allen key)
✅ Securely attaches the smartphone to the handlebar, stem and Ahead cap.
✅ Orientation of the mobile phone in portrait and landscape mode possible

Compatible smartphones: iPhone and universal mount

  • For new and also old iPhone generations there is a perfect fitting case from Topeak.
  • With the Topeak Ridecase Omni, any smartphone from 4.5 inches to 6.5 inches can be attached to the bike

Here in the test you will learn everything you need to know about the iPhone bike case and also about the Topeak Ridecase Omni.

Ridecase Mount

The Topeak Ridecase is a bike hany mount for the bike handlebar, stem and Ahead headset. The mobile phone holder can therefore be attached to the bike in many different ways and in the most sensible places.

The scope of delivery includes the mounting material and the Ridecase cover for your smartphone. In my case for an iPhone.

Topeak Ridecase mobile phone holder bike case Scope of delivery
Topeak Ridecase mobile phone holder bike case Scope of delivery

The Ridecase cover is made of high quality, fits perfectly for the iPhone and is not too thick. Thus, the cover can also remain on the smartphone in everyday life. If the phone is inserted into the case, then you have a good grip and the smartphone is, thanks to light rubber coating, secure in the hand.

Topeak Ridecase phone mount and iPhone
Topeak Ridecase phone mount and iPhone

The Topeak Ridecase is built like a bumper case: The edges of the phone case stand slightly over. Thus, the touch display is protected from minor drops and the screen can still be operated perfectly. The case fully protects the back and corners of the smartphone.

Topeak Ridecase phone mount on iPhone
Topeak Ridecase phone mount on iPhone

All important ports are included and there is a recess for the smartphone camera: Photos can still be taken wonderfully.

Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free rear ports
Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free rear ports

There are either cutouts for the button on the side of the smartphone or the corresponding buttons are clearly visible on the case. This means that you can still operate the keys perfectly. The silent switch is a bit more complicated: You have to flip it with your fingernail or fingertip.

Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free ports right
Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free ports right
Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free ports left
Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free ports left

There are cutouts for the charging port at the bottom of the iPhone and the speakers are also exposed – just as it should be.

Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free connectors
Topeak Ridecase iPhone mount in test free connectors

At the back of the Topeak Ridecase there is a fold-out smartphone stand. You can easily fold it out to position the smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. Very handy to watch a video for example. When not in use, the smartphone stand lies flat against the case and is barely noticeable.

Topeak Ridecase iPhone phone holder flip stand smartphone stand landscape format
Topeak Ridecase iPhone phone holder flip stand smartphone stand landscape format

Topeak Ridecase and iPhone with smartphone stand in portrait format

Topeak Ridecase iPhone phone holder Flipstand smartphone stand portrait format
Topeak Ridecase iPhone phone holder Flipstand smartphone stand portrait format

Topeak Ridecase and iPhone with smartphone stand in landscape format

Topeak Ridecase iPhone phone holder flip stand smartphone stand landscape format
Topeak Ridecase iPhone phone holder flip stand smartphone stand landscape format

Ridecase on Ahead cap

The attachment to the Ahead cap is secure, and particularly inconspicuous. Especially fans of tidy looks and clean bike cockpits will like this bike phone holder. There are also adjustment options, for optimal readability of the smartphone display. I’ll get to that in a minute. Of course, iPhones can be attached with the Topeak Ridecase cover. All other smartphones between 4.5 and 6.5 inches, can be attached with the Ridecase Omni.

Topeak Ridecase iPhone on Ahead Cap Action
Topeak Ridecase iPhone on Ahead Cap Action
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem
Topeak Ridecase Omni Bike Ahead Holder
Topeak Ridecase Omni Bike Ahead Holder

The Allen key for mounting is included and even for inexperienced the mounting is done within 1 to 2 minutes:

To begin, remove the cap from the original Ahead headset. You can use your own tool, e.g. from your bicycle multitool. Otherwise, the necessary Allen key is also included:

  • Remove Ahead cap and replace with the Topeak bracket
  • Tighten the screws and the bracket sits securely on the bike
Topeak Ridecase Test Ahead Holder Assembly
Topeak Ridecase Test Ahead Holder Assembly

Now you can slide the smartphone including the Topeak Ridecase from above onto the bike phone holder. A clearly audible click signals the safe engagement. The ride can start right now! Your smartphone is reliably held on the bike – even off-road. The mount itself is held securely by the Ahead screw and the smartphone itself holds absolutely reliable on the Topeak phone mount.

Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Test Ahead Holder and Case
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Test Ahead Holder and Case

The angle of the bicycle mobile phone holder can be adjusted individually:

  • From almost horizontal and very flat
  • Pointing upwards to almost 90 degrees so that the smartphone is almost upright on the Ahead headset

Thus, the smartphone can be placed at almost any angle and best readability of the touchscreen is ensured. An angle roughly parallel to the stem is what I find most pleasing in terms of readability and appearance.

Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount on Ahead Test View Page
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount on Ahead Test View Page

To unlock the cradle, press down on the small lever on the cradle and pull the smartphone upwards. I consider an unintentional opening of the lock to be almost impossible. So you don’t have to worry about your precious smartphone 😉

Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Test Unlocking the Ahead Holder
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Test Unlocking the Ahead Holder

Switching between portrait and landscape mode is as easy as pie: Rotate the smartphone hard to the left or right to change the orientation of the smartphone.

Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem Top
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem Top
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem Left
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem Left
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem Right
Topeak Ridecase Bike Mount Experience Ahead Holder Stem Right

Ridecase on the bike handlebar

Topeak Halterung RideCase Mount 1-1/8 Zoll
  • Zusätzlicher Halter für das RideCase, RideCase II und der Smartphone Drybags
  • Lässt sich an Lenker, Vorbau oder Headsetkappe befestigen
  • Gewicht 49 g (HalterA-Head-Set Kappe), 20 g (Lenkeradapter)

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Topeak Ridecase Experience iPhone Phone Bike Mount Handlebar Action
Topeak Ridecase Experience iPhone Phone Bike Mount Handlebar Action

The Topeak Ridecase can also be attached to the bicycle handlebar: The mobile phone holder is attached to the handlebar with a plastic clamp. The bracket is tightened again with an Allen key. Of course, the necessary fastening material and tools are included in the scope of delivery.

If the plastic clamp is tightened accordingly, then the Topeak mobile phone holder holds securely on the bike handlebar – even off-road. However, the plastic clamp on the handlebar does not look very elegant.

Topeak Ridecase bike handlebar holder
Topeak Ridecase bike handlebar holder

Positive: also with the bike handlebar mount from Topeak, the angle can be adjusted as desired. This ensures optimal readability of the smartphone.

Topeak Ridecase bike handlebar holder
Topeak Ridecase bike handlebar holder

The orientation of the smartphone can also be changed within seconds and without tools: For this purpose, the smartphone is simply turned vigorously in one direction. It then snaps into the desired position.

Topeak Ridecase with iPhone in portrait format

Topeak Ridecase handlebar holder iPhone
Topeak Ridecase handlebar holder iPhone

Topeak Ridecase with iPhone in landscape mode to the right

Topeak Ridecase handlebar mount iPhone landscape right
Topeak Ridecase handlebar mount iPhone landscape right

Topeak Ridecase with iPhone in landscape mode to the left

Topeak Ridecase handlebar mount iPhone landscape left
Topeak Ridecase handlebar mount iPhone landscape left

Ridecase on bike stem

Mounting on the stem is also possible. The mobile phone holder is tightened again with a plastic clamp on the bicycle. To ensure a really secure hold, an Allen key is used for tightening. The solution is not the most elegant visually. In return, you can rely on a really secure grip on the road and also in rough terrain.

Topeak Ridecase Omni

Omni RideCase Handyhalterung, Black, 13.1 x 6.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Smartphone mit 4,5” - 6,5” Display
  • Mit optional erhältlicher Befestigung einstellbar im Winkel und drehbar für Landschafts- oder Portraitansicht
  • Silikon / Fiberglas-Composite

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Topeak Ridecase Omni Test Action
Topeak Ridecase Omni Test Action

With the Topeak Ridecase Omni, smartphones with a screen diagonal between 4.5 and 6.5 inches are made compatible with the Topeak Ridecase phone mount. I tested the Topeak Ridecase Omni with a ZTE Axon 9 Pro with a 6.2-inch screen diagonal.

Equipped with the Omnicase, the smartphone can be attached to the Ridecase bike mount. Thus, the installation on the handlebar, on the stem and on the Ahead headset nothing stands in the way.

Topeak Ridecase Omni Scope of delivery of the mobile phone holder
Topeak Ridecase Omni Scope of delivery of the mobile phone holder

How well does the Topeak Ridecase Omni work?

  • The smartphone is inserted into the holder and held securely by the sturdy rubbers at the top and bottom.
  • The rubber bands grip the smartphone at the edges. The design is intended to keep the camera, ports and sensors clear whenever possible.
Topeak Omni Ridecase Test and Smartphone
Topeak Omni Ridecase Test and Smartphone

The Topeak Ridecase Omni is built quite flat and the smartphone is only held where it is absolutely necessary:

  • The touchscreen can still be operated flawlessly in the center.
  • However, the margins at the top and bottom are partly hidden: This makes pulling down the status bar on the right, for example, awkward.
Topeak Ridecase Omni rear smartphone bike mount
Topeak Ridecase Omni rear smartphone bike mount
Topeak Omni Ridecase Test Mobile Phone Holder on Smartphone
Topeak Omni Ridecase Test Mobile Phone Holder on Smartphone

Which ports remain free and which are covered depends on your smartphone model:

  • For example, on my ZTE Axon 9 pro, the main camera and the fingerprint reader on the back are covered. The same is partially true for the speaker.
  • At least the charging port is free and thus the smartphone can be charged via powerbank during bike navigation.
Topeak Omni Ridecase Test Connectors with Rear Bike Case
Topeak Omni Ridecase Test Connectors with Rear Bike Case
Topeak Ridecase Omni connectors with bike case right
Topeak Ridecase Omni connectors with bike case right
Topeak Ridecase Omni Connectors with Bike Case Left
Topeak Ridecase Omni Connectors with Bike Case Left
Topeak Ridecase Omni Connectors with Bike Case
Topeak Ridecase Omni Connectors with Bike Case

Due to the covered camera and sensors, the Ridecase Omni can be used well for bicycle navigation. In everyday life, you are more likely to remove the case.

As usual, the smartphone is pushed onto the Topeak mount from above and immediately snaps into place. Further above I have already shown the mounting of the bracket on the handlebar, on the stem and on the Ahead headset. This is exactly where the smartphone can be attached to the Ridecase Omni.

Topeak Ridecase Omni Bracket on Ahead Cap Mounting
Topeak Ridecase Omni Bracket on Ahead Cap Mounting
Topeak Ridecase Handlebar Mount Side Omni
Topeak Ridecase Handlebar Mount Side Omni
Topeak Ridecase Omni landscape format left
Topeak Ridecase Omni landscape format left
Topeak Ridecase Omni landscape format right
Topeak Ridecase Omni landscape format right

Ridecase Panocomputer Mount – Road Bike Bike Mount

Topeak Ridecase Panocomputer Mount Road Bike Phone Holder
  • TOPEAK Hartmaterial
  • Unisex Erwachsene Fahrradtasche
  • Ridecase/panocomputer mount with sc adapter (tpb-cm02)

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Topeak Ridecase Test Panocomputer Mount Action
Topeak Ridecase Test Panocomputer Mount Action

Panocomputer Mount is the name of the road bike mount from Topeak. This type of mount is also called an out front mount or aero mount. The Panocomputer Mount can be attached to a bicycle handlebar with a diameter of 31.8 mm. This is the largest diameter for bicycle handlebars. An adapter for other handlebar diameters is not included.

The Aero mount is especially popular with road cyclists and offers several advantages:

  • The smartphone is positioned directly in front of the handlebar and thus ideally in the field of vision
  • In this position, the smartphone is relatively well protected from sweat.
Topeak Ridecase PanoComputer mobile phone holder for road bike test
Topeak Ridecase PanoComputer mobile phone holder for road bike test

The mounting of the Panocomputer Mount is also fast, easy and takes place as usual: Within one minute the mount is attached to the handlebar.

  • For this, only one screw must be tightened with an Allen key
  • You don’t have to worry about stability: once tightened, the road bike mount holds securely on the handlebars

Even with a heavy smartphone loaded nothing wobbles here.

Topeak Ridecase Bike Case PanoComputer Phone Holder for Road Bike Test
Topeak Ridecase Bike Case PanoComputer Phone Holder for Road Bike Test

The smartphone is pushed into the holder from above. A clearly audible click signals that the smartphone is locked into the holder.

Topeak Ridecase Test Parocompo Aero Mounting and attachment to the bike
Topeak Ridecase Test Parocompo Aero Mounting and attachment to the bike

View from the side: The smartphone lies nice and flat in front of the bike handlebar. The angle of the bracket can also be adjusted upwards and downwards. Aero mounts are usually mounted almost horizontally on the bike handlebars.

In a smartphone bike mount I prefer a slightly upward inclined mounting of the smartphone to be able to read the display better but that is also a matter of taste.

Topeak Ridecase Panocomputer Aero Bracket Road Bike Side
Topeak Ridecase Panocomputer Aero Bracket Road Bike Side

On my Bombtrack Beyond, the Topeak Case rests directly on the bike stem. Unfortunately, this scratches the Topeak Ridecase and probably arise in the long run scratches on the stem bolts. It’s probably quite different for other bikes. When you buy the Panocomputer bike cell phone mount, you should pay attention to it right after you buy it.

Topeak Ridecase Bike Case PanoComputer Phone Holder for Road Bike Close
Topeak Ridecase Bike Case PanoComputer Phone Holder for Road Bike Close

The smartphone isheld in portrait orientation in the phone mount. The landscape orientation is also possible but you’ll have to use tools to screw it in short.

Topeak Ridecase bike Case PanoComputer phone holder for road bike from above
Topeak Ridecase bike Case PanoComputer phone holder for road bike from above

GoPro mount

A GoPro or similar action camera can be attached to the bottom of the Panocomputer Mount. This position doesn’t offer the best perspective but at least your actioncam is then ready to use at any time and so I find this function ingenious! Pragmatism often beats perfectionism! Unfortunately, the Panocomputer Mount locking screw can easily get lost (happened to me pretty quickly). Therefore, you need to be careful when mounting your Action Cam. The necessary screw is also found on many other GoPro mounts and can therefore be easily replaced.

Topeak Ridecase Panocomputer GoPro Mount
Topeak Ridecase Panocomputer GoPro Mount

Buy Topeak Ridecase – yes or no?

Topeak Halterung RideCase Mount 1-1/8 Zoll
  • Zusätzlicher Halter für das RideCase, RideCase II und der Smartphone Drybags
  • Lässt sich an Lenker, Vorbau oder Headsetkappe befestigen
  • Gewicht 49 g (HalterA-Head-Set Kappe), 20 g (Lenkeradapter)

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Omni RideCase Handyhalterung, Black, 13.1 x 6.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Smartphone mit 4,5” - 6,5” Display
  • Mit optional erhältlicher Befestigung einstellbar im Winkel und drehbar für Landschafts- oder Portraitansicht
  • Silikon / Fiberglas-Composite

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

Mounted on the cap of the Ahead headset, the Topeak Ridecase is an excellent stable and mobile phone holder for the bike. Thanks to the adjustable angle of the holder, the smartphone display can be read perfectly. If you own an iPhone and a bike with an Ahead headset, then the Topeak Ridecase mount is recommended. With the Topeak bike mobile phone holder, your smartphone will stay firmly attached to the handlebar.

With the attachment with the plastic clamp (stem and handlebars) and the Omni-Case there is still room for improvement. After all, there are many options for mounting and with the Omnicase a universal bike phone holder.

Especially interesting for road bike riders or for fans of a tidy look is the Panocomputer Mount and the Ridecase Center Mount.

Topeak Ridecase experience and summary

The case is snug, grippy and chic. This means that the Ridecase can also be used as an everyday cover. You even still have the handy cell phone stand.

The smartphone is reliably held on the bike and mounted on the Ahead cap, the look is also very tidy.

Good

✅ Perfect fit, chic and handy case for many iPhone models
✅ Smartphone is reliably held on the bike
✅ Mounting on Ahead headset ensures tidy look on the bike handlebars
Angle-adjustable holder: Ensures better readability on smartphone display

Bad

❌ Attachment to the handlebar and stem with the plastic clamp could be more elegant
❌ Ridecase Omni universal mount can cover sensors, connectors or the camera

Alternatives to the Topeak Ridecase

Quadlock

QUAD LOCK Vorbau/Lenker-Fahrradhalterung für iPhone und Samsung Galaxy-Handys
  • Die leichteste, stabilste und sicherste Fahrradhalterung für Smartphones
  • Die patentierte zweistufige Verriegelung sorgt dafür, dass das Handy sicher am Fahrrad befestigt wird
  • Schnelles Ver- und Entriegeln für einen unkomplizierten Zugriff auf Ihre Apps unterwegs

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

The well-known bike mobile phone holder from Quadlock: Custom-fit cases are available for iPhone and for popular Android smartphones. The fastening is done by an eighth turn. This means that the Quadlock mount requires little space on the handlebar.

To the detailed Quadlock practical test (test & experiences)

SP Connect

Angebot
SP Connect Bike Bundle Smartphone Bike Phone Holder*
  • Aufkelbbares Universal Interface
  • Clamp Mount (Klemmhalterung) - 360 Grad drehbar, für Durchmesser von 23-43 mm, GoPro kompatibel
  • Stem Mount (Vorbaukappenhalterung) - Dezente Befestigung, GoPro kompatibel

* Aktualisierung am 2021-09-21, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Werbung, Bild:Amazon

At de SP Connect mobile phone holder there are custom-fit cases for the iPhone and for other popular models. A universal adhesive pad adapter is also available. Advantage over the Topeak mount: From SP Connect there are many basic mounts and some accessories.

To the detailed SP Connect mount practical test (test & experiences)

What do you think of the Topeak Ridecase? Do you have any questions? Feel free to write me your comment.

Smartphone cell phone holder: In the large smartphone cell phone holder comparison, you get a comprehensive overview of the current best and proven in practice smartphone cell phone holders. You’ll also find a great guide with useful tips in the comparison.

Geschrieben von Michael Luplow
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