Juin Tech AB-1 is like a Steadicam for your bike-mounted devices
There are plenty of systems that let you mount your smartphone on your bike's handlebars, but do you really want all those road vibrations going straight into your phone? While most bar-mount phone cases do have a thin layer of silicone inside them, Juin Tech's AB-1 suspension mount goes a lot farther – it utilizes an actual coil spring shock absorber to isolate phones, lights, GPS units or other devices from the shakes.
The idea behind the AB-1 is pretty simple. One end clamps onto the bars, while a handlebar-like tube on the other end provides a mounting point for electronic devices. Between those two ends is a hinged 6061 aluminum body and a mini coil spring shock, the two of which flex/contract to soak up vibrations coming from the bike.
According to Juin Tech's parent company GG Taiwan, the AB-1 reduces vibrations to attached devices by up to 80 to 90 percent while riding – presumably that's on a road bike, on smooth asphalt.
Depending on how much of a load it's carrying, one of two included springs can be user-inserted inside the shock. The softer of the two is good for up to 300 g (10.6 oz), while the stiffer one can be used for payloads weighing up to 450 g (15.9 oz). For reference, an iPhone 6 weighs 129 g (4.6 oz). The AB-1 itself adds 111 g (3.9 oz) to the weight of the bike.
As an added bonus, the extra mounting real estate provided by the AB-1 frees up space on the handlebars themselves.
The Juin Tech AB-1 is available from various retailers, for around US$38.