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The Taotronics Universal Cradle Clamp is an affordable phone mount that works well for rides at a more relaxed pace, but it sits quite high off the handlebar and vibrates a lot if the terrain is anything other than smooth.
The whole cradle seems well made, with a plastic main body and metal used within the clamp closure system. It fastens to the bar with a fairly rudimentary clamp, with a QR-style cam action screw to tighten it. You get silicone rubber inserts to sit within the clamp, designed to prevent wobbles as well as to protect your bar. It'll fit bars from 18-40mm diameter.
The phone mount attaches to the clamp and consists of a platform with a silicone grip area on it, two arms either side of the platform, and a rubber strap that hooks around each corner of the phone.
It's designed to accommodate a variety of phone sizes, from 5cm to 10cm (from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 6S Plus); you simply push in the arms manually to keep the phone in place, with the rubber straps placed over each corner to keep everything secure. In practice this setup kept my phone within the holder nicely and throughout the review it never looked like it would fall out.
To release it there is a button on the side which opens the arms and lets you remove the phone.
Although the clamping system works pretty well, I noticed quite a bit of movement when riding on high pressure, narrow tyres over bumpy ground. The phone holder sits quite high off the bar – roughly 6cm – and this seems to exaggerate every slight wobble.
I should stress that throughout the review period at no point did my phone go flying from the mount, it was held securely, but at the same time I didn't feel particularly comfortable having it shaken about on long or bumpy rides. On my relatively short and smooth commuting routes it was perfectly adequate.
The Cradle Clamp also has the ability to rotate 360 degrees, so you can have your phone sitting portrait or landscape, which is useful when using it for navigation.
Value-wise the Cradle Clamp is pretty good – an RRP of £10.99 (currently on offer at £7.99 on Amazon) puts it at the lower end of the scale when it comes to phone mounts. The similar style Oso Velo X Cyclomount Bike Mount Holder that Jez tested back in 2015 was twice the price at £19.99 (now £17.49), and others we've tested on road.cc are more expensive.
Overall I have slightly mixed feelings about the Cradle Clamp. It held my phone in place well throughout the review period, and on smoother, slower rides it did its job perfectly. However, the height it sits off the bar meant that when my ride took in slightly rougher roads or faster sections my phone got shaken around more than I was comfortable with. That said, for those looking for a simple-to-use mount for slower, smoother rides this is a good low price option.
Decent phone mount for slower, smoother rides, but lots of movement when the going gets rough
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Taotronics Universal Cradle Clamp
Size tested: Compatible for most devices: 1.97-3.94 inches
Tell us what the product is for
It's a low price phone mount suitable for a variety of phone sizes.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Multiple Protections: Non-slip Rubber Grip Cradles of the Bicycle Phone Mount Secures Your Device All-around to Guard Against Any Accidental Falls. Protect Your Device on Your next Thrilling Bicycle Journey Perfectly
Easy to Install and Remove: Screw the Flipper to Hold Firmly and Remove the Bike Phone Mount Easily by Hand
Compatible for Most Devices: As Wide as 1.97-3.94 Inches; This Phone Holder Frees Your Hands up so You Do Not Miss Any Fun on the Exciting Ride
Rotatable by 360 Degrees: It Presents the Best Viewing Angle on Bike Handlebars Ranging from 18 - 40mm (0.71 - 1.57in) in Diameter
Practical and Useful: Keeps Your Device Within Reach Anytime; Simple Push on the Button to Instantly Release Your Phone
Seems well made with decent materials.
Works fine for slower rides, though on bumpy terrain any movement is exaggerated and your phone gets shaken around a lot.
It uses some decent metal components and the plastic body seems robust, though being exposed to British weather this may deteriorate over time.
Good value for those looking for a cheap and cheerful phone mount for slower, casual rides.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A mixed bag: on more casual rides on smooth roads it did what it needed to, but when the pace increased and the roads got rougher I was never fully comfortable with the amount of movement going on.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It is very easy to fit and use.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
More movement than I would like.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes – on slower rides.
Would you consider buying the product? No – I'd like something a little more stable for varied riding.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if they were looking for something for commuting or more casual rides.
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Cradle Clamp works well for slower, more sedate rides and is a great price, but loses a point for the movement you get at higher speeds and over rougher terrain. It's a good option for, say, riding to and from work, but for longer outings over varied terrain I would rather have something a little closer to the bar to avoid as much movement as possible.
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 is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.