Bike Handlebar Mount Pre-Order Goes LIVE

You’ve probably been waiting a LONG time for this product to see the light of day.  Well the bad news first…the wait is not over.  The GOOD news now; production has commenced, and while we are missing Santa’s delivery cut off, the bike mount will be seeing the light of day fairly soon.  What better a time to start the new year with some fitness resolutions to get on your bike more and work off those Christmas Cookies.

For those of your that want first DIBS on your bike handlebar mount, head right over to the new Boombotix Store and pre-order yours today.  Initial production will be limited as we want to ensure maximum stoke factor for this first production run.  Below you can see a CAD cross section of the bike mount.  The mount includes rubber shock vibration dampeners on the tob and between the bars.  It will also come with all the hardware and tools needed for a quick installation.

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BB2 Bluetooth Speakers Shipping NOW!

BB2 Bluetooth Speaker

“I ain’t gotta wear a wire…”

That’s pretty much the name of the game with the new release of the BB2 Bluetooth speakers.  This is the freshest thing to come out of the lab since we built our teleporting machine.  The BB2 has been hyped-up for quite a while now, but now we want to show you that there is some raw substance behind this new silver embossed ultra steezy anagram print packaging.

For starters, we put a lot of our attention on  the firmware platform that would make Bluetooth easy to use.  When you pull up the BB2 on your mobile device, it will be identified as ‘BoomBot2’.   The first time you sync it you will have to enter a keycode (0-0-0-0).  Once your speaker is paired, you will be able to play music instantly.  Doing so with your Mac OS is pretty similar although remember to set the speaker as the primary audio device once connected.  The next time you turn your speaker on, your device should automatically detect it and be ready to play.

For the first firmware release, we have configured the BB2 in a way that automatically shuts down the music whenever you answer a phone call.  Once you hang up the phone, the music will resume.

Once you are paired, you can control the volume on your device AND on the unit itself.  It’s usually easy to just max out your device output and then fine-tune the volume on the BB2.  This way you can leave that phone in your pocket, keep a banger playlist going, and make your volume mods as your circumstance sees fit.

BB2 Bluetooth Speaker

In the picture above you can see the BB2 hooked up to a mixer.  In this setup, the BB2 is paired with an iPhone 4.  It is acting as a hub to stream music into the Mixer, which ultimately ends up bumpin’ on two Mackie 450s.  This setup is sweet because it allows you to integrate wireless technology into much bigger systems, while still allowing you to have control from anywhere in your ultra swanky studio loft.  The BB2 still includes the male-to-male retractable audio cable so you can easily hook it up to most stereos or even on the auxiliary jack in your car.

Bluetooth speaker

The BB2 features some hardware improvements.  One of the common points of failure on the BB1 was tweaked audio jacks that ultimately created a weak connection.  On the BB2, you can still run a wire directly into it, and we’ve created a reinforced audio jack to help make the device more resilient than ever before.  The design is very similar to what you see on the iPhone 4 audio jack.

You can order a BB2 off BoomBotix.com

Bike Mount R&D Update

This past week we got a little time to put the bike mount prototype on the pavement.  Initially the unit rattled around a lot with the road vibrations, but we quickly added a rubber “shock pad” behind the unit to help stabilize the unit.  A couple of keys with the bike handle bar mount is that it really works BEST with the BB2 model.  Using the BB1 will require you to do some cable management.  Another good setup might be to use an iPod nano or shuffle and have that device sit on the handlebars near the BB1 so you can minimize the cable management.

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Pros: The mount is made primarily out of machined aluminum, so its relatively light weight.  We like keeping the material grade high just because it looks like a much more refined accessory.  The BEST thing about the bike mount is how the sound is really projected right at you.  The BoomBot sounds almost twice as loud when it’s positioned on the bars.  With BB2, it’s also nice to be able to control the volume right off the unit itself.  The clip fits perfectly onto the piece.  We crashed into a parked car (don’t ask) and our unit was still locked on point.

Cons: We mounted the fixture to several bikes and found that our handlebar clamps were a little too big on some bars.  We are going to work to make a more universal mounting system.  Aside from that, we just want to clean up the piece with some anodizing and get this guy on the road!

Stay tuned for more updates on this piece as we near production.