Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

ATC5K helmet cam review – Chainbreaker

Posted by Matt | November 27, 2008 | 3 comments so far

The keen eyed will have noticed we’ve a new video on our Vimeo page, taken with Dave’s ATC5K helmet cam on Chainbreaker. It’s Dave pursuing Jem who’s on his VooDoo Wanga over a treacherous and leaf strewn hillside.

I was some way back, taking my time and saying over and over ‘don’t fall off!! don’t fall off!!’ It’s becoming a mantra.

Actually, in part because I told Dave I was going to add this and in part because Mike from BrightonMTB has asked what we use I thought I’d just mention the helmet cam Dave was using is the Oregon Scientific ATC5K.

It’s similar to the ATC2K he had previously but has improved quality and an LED screen on the back, meaning you have a much better chance of aiming it where you want it.

I’d recommend putting a mark on the cam which corresponds to a mark on the helmet so it’s much easier to align in the future, once you have it lined up to your liking. Even with the screen it can be hit and miss as to where it’s pointing if you don’t. Most people will tend to have their head in roughly the same position when they’re riding so once you find the sweet spot, mark it!!

Usefully the cam has a remote which makes switching it on and off less of a faff too although Dave then had to rely on us to tell him if the green light was on! A design oversight perhaps…

Hopefully Dave will get some more footage over the coming weeks to judge the performance a bit better. With the screen you also have a chance to take some ‘off the bike’ hand-held shots too which then gives you then chance to be a bit more creative in terms of editing.


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 3 comments on ‘ATC5K helmet cam review – Chainbreaker’

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  1. Tony says:

    Hi Matt

    I was riding down behind Dave while he was filming and I remember seeing Jem’s tankslapper thinking that looked dodgy.

    50yds later I did exactly the same. Great descent but a bit ‘interesting’ covered in leaves and mud.

    The filming looks good.

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