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SP Connect Wedge Case

8
£29.99

VERDICT:

8
10
A well made, stable and sizeable case for storing valuables if you don't want to use jersey pockets
Weight: 
164g

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The SP Connect Wedge Case is a very good way to keep belongings well protected and a convenient place to clip your phone (if you buy the additional Bike Bundle), but could do with just a little more padding to stop rattles.

I've always struggled with the idea of turning up to a pub in a cycling jersey, which always makes it a bit of a pain when I want to take just a couple of things with me and don't want to carry a backpack. This is where the Wedge Case Set comes in, allowing me to put the essentials like a phone, cards, glasses and so on into a case that mounts on the stem or round a seatpost or top tube.

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The Wedge Case that I tested arrived with a Phone Case and Weather Cover, available in one bundle for £49.99 RRP. The Phone Case worked well not only on the bike, but off it too. It has decent rubberising, so on the couple of times I dropped my phone there was no damage. Unlike other bike mount cases I have used, the clip mechanism doesn't hugely bulk up the phone either. It clips onto the top of the Wedge Case simply through a quick twist. The connection is strong and regardless of the terrain, my phone was never in danger of falling off.

SP Connect Wedge Case Set.jpg

The Weather Cover is basically a silicone case that is placed over the phone. It managed to keep everything out, which was good, although using the phone with it on was a bit of a pain and the touchscreen wasn't too responsive.

SP Connect Weather Cover.jpg

Attachment of the pack is either through a mount that screws onto the top of the steerer tube in place of a stem cap (which I unfortunately couldn’t test because of the non-standard components I use) or a strap tightened with a plastic screw. This works well and I could fit it around most tubes and the seatpost if needed. There is is also a connector on the front of the case where you can attach a light.

SP Connect Wedge Case Set - top cap mount.jpg

The Wedge Case itself is 170mm long and 95mm wide, which means it is likely to take up pretty much the entire stem. I also tried it on the top tube but found it was a little too wide for my pedalling style, though it might work for others. Attachment comes through a simple clockwise twist on the provided mounts and, like the phone, it stays in place securely.

SP Connect tube mount.jpg

Inside, the case is large enough to fit a smartphone, keys, cards (it wasn't quite wide enough for my wallet), glasses and so on. It also has a small netting area for smaller items. It worked really well, although it would be nice to have a little more padding as the contents tended to rattle against the case, so I sounded like a maraca on cobbles. It opens through a dual zip, which is robust and easy to use even with full-finger gloves.

SP Connect Wedge Case Set - case open.jpg

The Wedge Case costs £29.99, the Bike Bundle another £49.99, so just under £80 all-in. That's quite steep, although the Wedge Case is likely to last a long time, the phone case is protective and the cover did appear to be weatherproof, even if it was a bit of a pain to use.

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Overall, I liked the SP Connect Wedge Case. It provides good protection and is a great size for fitting in everything I needed for more casual use. It could benefit from a little more padding to stop any rattling, but aside from this, it does its job very well.

Verdict

A well made, stable and sizeable case for storing valuables if you don't want to use jersey pockets

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road.cc test report

Make and model: SP Connect Wedge Case

Size tested: 170 x 95mm, iPhone 6/6S

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?

The Wedge Case is a storage case that sits on your bike and allows you to keep some of your kit out of your jersey pockets.

In addition, I tested the Phone Case, which attaches to the Wedge Case, and a Weatherproof Cover.

SP says re the Wedge Case: 'The protective and weatherproof SP ConnectTM WEDGE CASE offers storage for personal items like sunglasses, wallets, keys or even powerbanks. The case can be easily attached to or removed from the included CLAMP MOUNT or STEM MOUNT with its patented twist to lock mechanism'

Re the Phone Case: "The slim and functional case protects your smartphone at all times and lets you mount it to the wide variety of SP ConnectTM mounts. Securely mount your phone with its patented twist to lock mechanism when cycling, running, driving, golfing or during other daily activities."

Re the Weather Cover: "Protect your smartphone from rain, sweat, dust or mud by using the WEATHER COVER together with the SP ConnectTM Phone Case. It adds shock resistance and the touch screen remains fully functional.

Protects against rain, sweat, dust or mud

Additional shock resistance for your phone"

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

Quick and secure attachment

Integrated phone and light mounts

Dual zip for easy access

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Wedge Case seems well made with a semi-hard case that keeps the water out, but is still easy to access.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Performed well throughout, fitted in everything I needed while also sitting comfortably on the stem or wherever I mounted it.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Well made and waterproof, the hard case seems like it would last a long time.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Just under £30 isn't outrageous for a well made case on its own, but just under £80 all-in is pretty pricey.

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

Very well; fitted in everything I needed while also sitting securely on the bike, even on the roughest of terrains.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Ease of use: it was simple to fit, simple to use and simple to remove.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Maybe a little more padding on the inside to stop me sounding like a maraca when going over rougher ground.

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

A well-made case that sits well on the bike, the additional phone case and weather cover holding a phone in place well and protecting it from rain.

Overall rating: 8/10

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 helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014. 

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. 

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