Review: Bike Mount for DJI Drones to use with Active Track

vlcsnap-2021-04-02-16h06m18s621

If you’re a long-time follower of the site or channel, you know I’ve got a long history of trying out drones with sports trach capabilities. This has gone back almost a decade in fact, with all sorts of drones at varying levels of automated tracking capabilities.

And while tracking is getting better and better, the controller portion of the situation has actually varied a bit over the years. For example, until about 18 months ago, you could use your phone to control most DJI drones (without a controller). Then they stopped doing that, increasing the complexity of using their drones for solo-sport recording.

Prior to Skydio (R1 or V2), there was Airdog and Airdog 2. They had a nifty little card-sized remote controller you strapped on your arm. It worked surprisingly well, though the drone didn’t have obstacle avoidance. Then there was Skydio R1, which you could get in the air with your phone, and from there it’d use machine learning to track you autonomously. But if it lost you due to a tree in the way, you were up crap-creek. So for the R2 drone they added a nifty sport-friendly remote control as a backup transmission method. I find it fiddly to use, but it does the job.

However, as great as the Skydio drones are for sport (really, they’re incredible) – they’re not terribly great for non-sport footage or still photography. And it’s not so much the quality (which is fine), but rather the lack of all the other features that DJI has that make it a more cohesive non-sport aerial cinematography platform. But with DJI’s recent drones requiring the remote controller (plus a phone attached to it), I’ve had to get pretty darn creative to have a controller on my handlebars.

I’ve rubber banded remote controls to my handlebars, I even cut out a Wahoo ELEMNT bike computer box one day to use as a little safety shell for it…and then stuck that in my bag, easily accessible. Seriously, I’ve done all the wonkiness things to make this work. But back in February a DCR reader spotted a solution for me – a ~$ 20 bike mount for DJI controllers (sorry to whomever it was, I can’t seem to find your e-mail/name!):

vlcsnap-2021-04-02-16h22m07s001

It costs about $ 18-$ 25 depending on where in the world you are, and is listed under a dozen different companies.

Thus, I’ve been giving it a whirl lately. And the below video is my trials and tribulations with that mount:

In short, once I made some modifications to it – it’s working great. Interestingly, there are also other variants for other DJI models. In my case, I was using the one for the DJI Mavic Air 2, which shares the same controller as the DJI Mini 2. The other variants use the exact same bike-mount portion (such as for the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, etc…), just with different upper-controller clips.

Oh, and if you wanted to see how these drones track (pre-mount), check out this video:

In any case – I’ve got a stack of non-drone things for next week I’ve been putting the finishing touches on.

With that – have a great weekend everyone!

Found This Post Useful? Support The Site!

Hopefully you found this review useful. At the end of the day, I’m an athlete just like you looking for the most detail possible on a new purchase – so my review is written from the standpoint of how I used the device. The reviews generally take a lot of hours to put together, so it’s a fair bit of work (and labor of love). As you probably noticed by looking below, I also take time to answer all the questions posted in the comments – and there’s quite a bit of detail in there as well.

If you’re shopping for the DJI Drone Controller Bike Mount or any other accessory items, please consider using the affiliate links below! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but your purchases help support this website a lot. Even more, if you use Backcountry.com or Competitive Cyclist with coupon code DCRAINMAKER, first time users save 15% on applicable products!

Here’s a few other variants or sibling products that are worth considering:

And of course – you can always sign-up to be a DCR Supporter! That gets you an ad-free DCR, access to the DCR Quarantine Corner video series packed with behind the scenes tidbits…and it also makes you awesome. And being awesome is what it’s all about!

Thanks for reading! And as always, feel free to post comments or questions in the comments section below, I’ll be happy to try and answer them as quickly as possible. And lastly, if you felt this review was useful – I always appreciate feedback in the comments below. Thanks!

Found This Post Useful? Support The Site!

Hopefully you found this review useful. At the end of the day, I’m an athlete just like you looking for the most detail possible on a new purchase – so my review is written from the standpoint of how I used the device. The reviews generally take a lot of hours to put together, so it’s a fair bit of work (and labor of love). As you probably noticed by looking below, I also take time to answer all the questions posted in the comments – and there’s quite a bit of detail in there as well.

If you’re shopping for the DJI Drone Controller Bike Mount or any other accessory items, please consider using the affiliate links below! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but your purchases help support this website a lot. Even more, if you use Backcountry.com or Competitive Cyclist with coupon code DCRAINMAKER, first time users save 15% on applicable products!

Here’s a few other variants or sibling products that are worth considering:

And of course – you can always sign-up to be a DCR Supporter! That gets you an ad-free DCR, access to the DCR Quarantine Corner video series packed with behind the scenes tidbits…and it also makes you awesome. And being awesome is what it’s all about!

Thanks for reading! And as always, feel free to post comments or questions in the comments section below, I’ll be happy to try and answer them as quickly as possible. And lastly, if you felt this review was useful – I always appreciate feedback in the comments below. Thanks!

Product Reviews – DC Rainmaker

Leave a Reply