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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Really well made, with metal brackets and high quality materials used throughout.
Did exactly what I needed it to, mounted everything I wanted without any issues.
Made of metals and bolts, all of which seem like they would outlast plastic alternatives.
This is so dependent on the gadgets you use with it that the base weight is a small factor.
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.
About the tester
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.