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Verdict: 
A strong and stable mount that does a great job of keeping everything in one place
Weight: 
82g
Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera & Gear Adapters
7 10

The Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera & Gear Adapters is a useful and flexible mounting system that puts everything you need in one neat package.

I recently had the handlebar mount that I'd been using for my camera for a couple of years break, and so simply bought an adapter for the bottom of my Garmin mount and stuck my camera under there. It worked for about a week before the weight got too much and it broke.

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Topeak's Ridecase Centre is designed to allow this kind of all-in-one mounting, and it largely works. The defining feature of the mount is that rather than just having the single bracket on one side of the bar, like the majority of mounts, the Ridecase Center places one on each side of the stem, giving it additional strength.

Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera and Gear Adapters.jpg

Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera and Gear Adapters.jpg

To fit the Ridecase Center, the brackets are separate to the main body, and the tensioning bolts from the brackets then fit into the holes in the body to secure it in place. The body can be placed either higher or lower on the bars depending on which way round you fit the brackets, so the top of the body sits either at the top of the faceplate or at the bottom of it, while also staying parallel to the ground. The brackets attach to 31.8mm diameter bars, and throughout the review they sat securely, even when I had a heavier computer and camera than usual.

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Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera and Gear Adapters - with Garmin mount 2.jpg

Topeak has designed the Ridecase Center to work with the GoPro Hero series, Sony Action Cam series, Shimano Sport Cameras, and Garmin VIRB X/XE. Plus it 'includes G-Ear Adapter for Garmin cycle computer' in addition to a mount for Topeak lights. Throughout the review I used it for a GoPro, Fly 12 and a Garmin Edge 810, and each sat nicely without needing to force anything.

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Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera and Gear Adapters - all adapters.jpg

The official road.cc Scales of Truth put the mount at 82g for the mount and all accessories. Given that you are likely to be putting a computer/phone/light/camera on it, the weight of the mount alone is unlikely to make a huge difference, and what you fit will completely alter this weight.

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Although the RRP of £35.99 is quite steep, the quality of the mount and the convenience it brings makes it a justifiable price if you want to keep your handlebar tidy, like I do.

Overall, I was impressed. It's a great idea, and the strong design features work really well at keeping everything in place.

Verdict

A strong and stable mount that does a great job of keeping everything in one place

road.cc test report

Make and model: Topeak Ridecase Center Mount With Sports Camera & Gear Adapters

Size tested: Attaches to 31.8mm dia handlebars

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

A mount that allows you to fit multiple bits of technology in a single space.

Topeak says: "This RideCase mount brings everything in line, front and center to offer easier viewing of your device, a perfectly centered video frame, or a light beam cast in the center of your route."

This seems pretty accurate, it keeps everything centred, neat and in one place.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

MATERIAL Forged aluminum / Engineering grade plastic

MODULAR MULTI-MOUNT DEVICE Adapters included for GoPro® / Shimano® Sport Camera / Garmin VIRB® X / XE / Sony® Action Cam / Topeak WhiteLite™ HP Mega 420 / Mobile PowerPack 6000 / AeroLux 1Watt USB / most Topeak WhiteLite™ HP front lights / Garmin cycle computers

BRACKET For Handlebar (fits ø31.8 mm)

MAX LOAD Sport camera 200 g / 7.04 oz

ADDED FEATURES Angle adjustment (Sport Camera) Rotates for landscape or portrait viewing (RideCase) Compatible with RideCase series & PanoComp X Includes T15 wrench

SIZE 11 x 6.6 x 4.7 cm / 4.3' x 2.6' x 1.9' (Center Mount only)

WEIGHT 36 g / 1.27 oz (Center Mount only)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Really well made, with metal brackets and high quality materials used throughout.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Did exactly what I needed it to, mounted everything I wanted without any issues.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Made of metals and bolts, all of which seem like they would outlast plastic alternatives.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
5/10

This is so dependent on the gadgets you use with it that the base weight is a small factor.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

It is a strong mount that's likely to last for years, so although on the more expensive side, it is probably worth the extra money.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well. It did exactly what I needed it to without any fuss.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The stability it has regardless of what I put on it; it dealt well with setups that broke other mounts and adapters I have used in the past.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Would be nice if it included a phone mount as standard.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

It performed well throughout testing, took everything I put on it with minimum fuss, and nothing needing to be forced to make it fit.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 29  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: Mercian King of Mercia or Cinelli Gazzetta  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.  

7 comments

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DoctorFish [85 posts] 4 months ago
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You've shown this with a Wahoo computer, but no mention that I can see of Wahoo in the article.  Does it come with what is needed to mount a Wahoo (Elemnt in my case), or is an adabptor required.  If an adaptor is required, then what is that?  And would that then stop you using the Wahoo in one of their own mounts?

I looking for something to mount a Wahoo and a gopro at the same time, but the few things that I have found are either expensive, get poor reviews or both.

 

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CXR94Di2 [1960 posts] 4 months ago
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Give it a few months prices will come down,  I need a Wahoo and Gopro combo mount.

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janusz0 [84 posts] 4 months ago
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Nowadays, metal bar mounts all seem to assume a 31.8 mm bar. I know that they often come with a rubber adapter for 25.4 mm, but that introduces vibration. It would be nice to find two part metal adapters to fill this space.

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Redvee [381 posts] 4 months ago
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I was fiddling with one of these at the NEC recently and it had the centre mount with a 'phone' on the extension then a camera in front of the phone and the amont of flex at the bar clamp was shocking. The guy from Extra I pointed it out to wasn't impressed when I told him that although I was probably putting a lot more flex into the mount than usual having a camera 3" from the clamp won't help vibration issues.

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Dr_Lex [466 posts] 4 months ago
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^ To counter this, be interesting to know whether Topeak tried a version where the phone/computer mount was backwards, over the bars and stem, but still leaving a forward projection for the go-pro mount. I have the bracket which affixes to the top cap, so the ‘phone is over the stem, and the usability is fine. It can also rotate to allow route filming.

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The _Kaner [1151 posts] 4 months ago
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DoctorFish wrote:

You've shown this with a Wahoo computer,

I looking for something to mount a Wahoo and a gopro at the same time, but the few things that I have found are either expensive, get poor reviews or both.

 

Try a FormMount F3. That will fit a go pro and Wahoo (Garmin/Wahoo inserts supplied with product).
It is relatively expensive in comparison to a simple mount (but not moreso than this item) and very adaptable.
It mounts to the faceplate of your stem so leaves your bar space free.
(Go pro session 5 fitted with Ecstapro extended battery and cage....just in case you were wondering about the camera set up).

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Johnnystorm [107 posts] 4 months ago
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janusz0 wrote:

Nowadays, metal bar mounts all seem to assume a 31.8 mm bar. I know that they often come with a rubber adapter for 25.4 mm, but that introduces vibration. It would be nice to find two part metal adapters to fill this space.

I think exposure do hard plastic semi-circle spacers that do this job (with their own rubber strip to give some grip. Might be able to buy those separately.