install is a breeze: first goes the spacer
next is the bottom of the clamp:
after which comes the top part of the clamp. i have bolted it finger tight as i have a feeling ill have to play with the alignment and positioning once my phone is connected:
the clamp system bolts down directly ontop to the handlebar clamp:
and here's what it looks like with the phone mounted in landscape mode, well heres what it looks like with the case mounted in landscape mode:
thankfully i was able to mount the phone how i envisioned. the kit gives plenty of options and a lot of the reviewers online mounted their phones in portrait mode near the mirrors. the reason i wanted a phone mount wasn't so much to have my phone visible while i ride, but really to function as a holder for the phone rather than trying to stuff it in my pockets. i chose the mounting location between the handlebar clamps and mounted the phone in landscape incase i did need to use my map app.
the height of the handlebar clamps do not interfere with the locking mechanisms lever. and thankfully with the all black lever, the mount isn't that much of an eye sore, comparatively.
it seems firm and i ripped on the bike for a few blocks. the mount was sturdy enough. ill have to give a more thorough testing tomorrow. my biggest complaint about this set up is the phone case. personally i like thin phone cases and the quad lock case is bulky. not to mention the "button" parts of the case dont give that certain satisfaction and confidence when pressed. the case by far is the worst part about this kit.
because im so picky, ill most likely only use the phone case when im riding, which means a quick swap of phone cases before i head out for a ride. im already foreseeing that this will get annoying. but at least ill be comfortable. can't win everything.