UCLEAR HBC200 Force Bluetooth Communicator - Dual Pack
Boom-less mics work surprisingly well!
I bought the dual pack for my wife and I for use on our Indian Roadmaster; the units are installed in our Shoei Neotec helmets. I've updated the firmware to v. 2.19. I like the system well enough that I went ahead and bought the UCLEAR ear bud speaker system and installed it in my HJC IS-33 3/4 helmet.
Set up is relatively simple, although you'll need to get used to the double-click rate. (It's a bit faster than I'm comfortable with.) Pairing with other UCLEAR units is ridiculously easy, as was pairing with both the Roadmaster and my iPhone 6. I've settled on kind of a Rube Goldberg pairing scheme in which I pair my phone with Roadmaster, and the Roadmaster with my HBC200. The main reason for this is so that I can see Pandora / radio information on the Roadmaster's display. On a bike less fancy than the rolling Barcalounger, I'd just pair the phone directly with HBC200.
Installation in my Shoei Neotec was a bit of a kluge; the speaker holes in the Neotec aren't large enough to accommodate the HBC200 speakers, and they are too far back. That aside, just placing the speakers on top of the cheek pad inserts worked fine, and is quite comfortable. I used the permanent stick-on mounts; they are "cleaner" looking than the C-clamps. I've not tried to remove one of the stick-on mounts; they are quite sturdy and I suspect this will be a challenge if I ever want to try it. (So make sure you do it right the first time!)
Battery life is fantastic, both in use and sitting on the shelf. It's been a very pleasant surprise. I commute about an hour a day, and usually my wife and I will take a 2-3 hour ride on the weekend. One charge per week has been more than sufficient.
Gripes are minor. Music sharing doesn't work well (audio is too choppy on the sharing unit). UCLEAR says this will be fixed in the next firmware update. We'll see. :-) Also, as a result of my unusual pairing scheme, I can't get back to music mode once I've gone into intercom mode. This is not a big deal, but hopefully the next firmware release will address this, too.
Overall the HBC200 is a good intercom system. If you're worried about the boom-less mic, don't be - it works just fine in both my modular and 3/4 helmets. (Although do bear in mind that the Roadmaster provides very considerable wind protection. If you ride a naked bike, you might have a different experience.)
June 1, 2015
I thought having a bluetooth communication device was a great idea. The only problem is the Uclear devices have no EQ adjustment so when communicating with one another it sounds like they are talking into a tin can. Plus each speaker has a microphone. The microphones have to be exactly in the same position in the helmet otherwise there's a millisecond delay in the voice which makes understanding the other person very difficult. I went back to a boom com set-up that plugs into my Harley. Much better sound and only has one microphone.
May 18, 2015
Love the boomless mic.
I have only tested this a couple of times so far, but it is good for talking to other riders. I do not find myself using it for music, but that may change going forward.
May 1, 2015
Would not purchase again
Used to do a lot of solo riding but have since gotten married and wanted to be able to talk to the wife so I set out to buy a headset. Did a lot of research since there are a lot of headsets on the market. Came down to either the Uclear or the S___ as these 2 seemed to be the best. The other had more features but since all I wanted was to talk to the passenger and tunes when I ride I finally determined Uclear was the way to go since everyone stated they had the best speakers. They were easy to install took about 20 min tops and then we were ready to go. Both my headset and my wifes headset had semi clear sound, and I could easily understand what she said but tone was definately distorting the voice on both our helmets. I chalked this up as acceptable and took off. Didn't make to the 1st stop sign before my wife could no longer hear what I was saying, mind you thats about 35 mph, and she was with me which means I do not drive like normal. Normally I would be in first as I like the hang on to your pants feeling with her I was in 3rd just easing along relaxing. I could hear her but not the greatest. Made some adjustments and same thing, yes volume was all the way up. Throughout the trip several adjustment, moving head peice, moving helmet, blocking wind with my windsheild, and etc were made all producing similar results. Their voice recognition software is delayed as the 1st few words of every beginning statment are missing and you kind of have to guess on what they were. Did not notice any real adjustment like advertized at different speeds. Overall I am very unsatisfied with the results and will not be purchasing the product agian nor any product made by the company that produces UClear. Results are poor enough i cannot imagine how anyone can possibly be satisfied with the system. When Uclear was contacted to complain the only suggestion to date is that my problem is based on my geographical location. I live in central U.S can't imagine that is all that odd and when the receiving signal is only a foot away I can't see what that would have to do with anything.
I ride a 1200 custom harley with pipes and I use harley jet helmet. My bike is loud but not so loud as their counter the boasted 238kmh/150mph claim. Overall if you are somone who drives a crotch rocket to putter around town or a scooter then this might work for you. If you like speed, have a decent sized engine or a set of pipes then its probably not for you. Just my experience perhaps both of us our tone def at the exact frequencies the speakers transmit or somthing others seem to have good luck. However, when a companies response is it because of where you live I pretty much toss them in the "never get my money again" pile. Especially since this is not one of the cheaper headsets
January 23, 2015
An essential part of safety and fun for our tour operations
We've been using these UClear communication systems on all of our guided tours for over a year now. We are located in Ecuador, the place chosen by BMW to test its first prototype GS units back in 1980 - Ecuador offers a huge variety of weather, temperatures, road conditions and climates.
These units hold up remarkably well, and we are able to easily switch them from one customer's helmet to another without any difficulty.
They allow everyone in the group to clearly hear about what they are seeing, alert other riders to oncoming road hazards, and to point out amazing things to see along the ride. The system definitely enhances the experience without taking anything away. They install quickly, connect in an instant and provide noise-free communication for the entire day of travel.
We will never run tours without this system. It has added tremendously to the experience and safety of our customers.
October 31, 2014
Great design and low profile
Sound clarity for the person on the other end of the call could be improved.
October 29, 2014
Good product at a good price
This is the first Bluetooth device that I've used for my helmet and I can say that the install was very easy. They are normally priced fairly high but I caught one of those outstanding Revzilla sales and picked it up for a really good price. The fit is the only downside so far with the product. Since it is boom-less the speakers are thicker than most and it causes a tight fit on the ears. Make sure you have a good cutout for your ears in your helmet before buying this product. The buttons are a little tricky with thicker gloves on, but over time you get the feel of it.
September 29, 2014
Outstanding device and great customer service!
I have used my Uclear for two years and not a problem until this summer when it suddenly quit. Possibly got some weather inside the case for some reason. I have put this unit through it's paces and it has served me well up to that point. So I emailed customer services at Uclear (Bitwave) and a great guy named Jack answered me back pronto. He then called me personally and I explained that my unit stopped working. He was right on it and sent me a whole new unit priority post and I was back in business. No hassles, no questions, just great and very friendly service. Actually apologetic towards the fact that this unit failed. I've used my new unit through some incredibly nasty weather and no problems. Also my wife, daughter and son-in-law all have Uclears and have had zero problems with any of them. They are all very happy with Uclear and all it does. God bless the people who invent these incredible devices and bravo for the great service after the sale!! Randy, St. Catharines, Ontario.
September 12, 2014