The kind folks at Tigra Sports sent us a BikeConsole to review and I’m happy to report that it is a really nice, well made product that does its job well. Rain and splash proof, dust proof, drop tested to 2 meters, this case will keep your iPhone 6 Plus safe on your biking adventures.
* Heavy duty construction
* Protection from rain and dust
* Drop tested to 6 ft
* Access to volume up and down and sleep wake buttons while in the case
* Headphone jack is accessible via built-in dongle while phone is in BikeConsole
* Secure bike attachment method allows you to bike without fear
* Must remove phone case to use the BikeConsole
* Screen protector responsiveness is not great, and the screen clarity is somewhat hazy
Design: The BikeConsole has a heavy duty outer shell lined with a soft rubber insert that is molded to fit the contours of a naked iPhone 6+. Once you place your case-less iPhone 6 Plus in the BikeConsole’s soft molded nest (and optionally plugging it into the headphone adaptor if you wish to listen to your headphones while your iPhone is in the BikeConsole), simply place the cover on top and lock down the four locking latches to secure your iPhone inside. Now it is invincible, or at least it feels that way. The top cover has an integrated screen protector which allows decent access to your touchscreen. It is not the most responsive of screen protectors, but it does work sufficiently well to do the job. Besides the sensitivity issue, the screen protector is not exactly crystal clear. Your phone screen is visible, but a bit hazy. But hey—this case is primarily intended to be protective—phone usability is a secondary consideration 🙂 One excellent tip on the manufacturer’s website is to turn off auto-brightness on your phone and set your brightness level to the max before putting your phone in the BikeConsole. It really helps with screen visibility, especially in bright outside light.
Here’s the YouTube video I made about the BikeConsole case itself:
Some pictures of the BikeConsole, in various stages of installation:
Mounting and Usage:
Mounting the BikeConsole on your bike is quite easy—the mounting bracket itself attaches in 15 minutes or so, and once it is on your bike, attaching and detaching the BikeConsole case only takes a few moments. It is a two part mounting system, with a locking screw to make attachment extra secure. In all the biking we have done with it over the past few months—on road and off road—it has stayed perfectly secure. Once on the bike, it can be rotated 360 degrees, so you can use it in both portrait and landscape orientation. Landscape orientation seems better for such a large phone as the 6 Plus, but annoyingly, many fitness apps only work in portrait orientation. This is, of course, an issue for the app developers, not the makers of the BikeConsole.
And here’s the YouTube video we made while installing the BikeConsole case on my husband’s bike and using it for the first time:
A few pics of the BikeConsole on my husband’s bike:
Although you would never want to use the BikeConsole for a daily use case, it does have functionality beyond the bike. Our family went on a beach trip last week and my husband used the BikeConsole case to protect his 6 Plus from sand and water splashes while on the beach. It is not a truly submersible case such as the LifeProof, but we were just looking for something to protect against minor water mishaps and sand damage and it performed splendidly.
The BikeConsole is available from Tigra Sport directly for $59.99, and is typically available though Amazon…although at the time of this review, it appeared to be out of stock there. You should strongly consider the BikeConsole if you are looking for a quality bike mount case—it definitely delivers.