K-EDGE Computer Mount for Garmin Edge

Gear

K-EDGE started their endeavors with Kristin Armstrong’s Chain Catcher at the 2008 Olympics (Gold individual time trial in 2008 and 2012), and they have since added more catchers and camera mounts. Their latest product is an aluminum bike computer mount for Garmin’s Edge series, and the anodized jewelry is an impressive piece of CNC weaponry.

The three-piece CNC machined 6061 T6 aluminum mount is meant for the Garmin Edge 800, 500, and 200 GPS bike computers. The mount offers a stable and secure attachment, and enhances viewing with a more forward placement from the handlebars. I have used the K-EDGE GO BIG camera mounts for a very long time, and can attest to their high build quality, robustness, and solid platform they provide. This mount carries on those same qualities and craftsmanship. The mount fits 31.8 diameter handlebars, weighs 30 grams, has a lifetime guarantee, comes in Black, Gunmetal and Red, and retails for $49.99.

The mount is comprised of a two-piece handlebar clamp and an extendable arm. The arm has a recessed slot, which mates with the tab on the lower portion of the clamp, and it offers a wobble free and secure connection when it’s fastened down.

Measured Spec:

  • Weight – 30.3 grams

Impressions
The mount was simple to install, and you just snug it up against the right side of the stem, and tighten down its two clamp bolts. The extendable arm can be adjusted as desired, either forward or rearward, although you’ll need to leave it farther out for the 800 series due to its larger size. After a brief ride, you can fine-tune the viewing angle by loosening the clamp and rotating it on the bars, and altering it dependent on your personal taste, and bike and body geometry. The bike computer clips in like it does on Garmin’s normal mount, just insert it 90 degrees off axis and give a good strong twist to put it into position (it’s a snug fit). The first few times I used it a few tiny flakes of the plastic on the computer’s back tab came off due to the sharpness of the mount’s interface, but nothing additional has torn off since then. Once installed, the computer is very secure and stable, and I never noticed any extraneous vibrations while riding. When you need to touch the computer’s screen, there isn’t any give, no matter how hard you push on it, again reinforcing the incredible stability of the mount’s platform. I really liked the setup of the system, with the computer below the top of the handlebars and centered and out in-front of the stem, as it gave a more spacious and ergonomic viewpoint. I found it a lot easier to read the screen while riding, even in bright light conditions.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Chris says:

    Heavy and expensive, and still 4.5 chillis?

  • Arek says:

    Hmm.. This is not backed up by personal experience (I don’t own a Garmin or any other GPS computer), so maybe I’m mising something here, but my first reaction when I saw that side shot of the whole setup was “… and pray you don’t crash!”
    It seems like it puts the computer in a very vulnerable position. Granted, a computer is always at risk on a mountain bike, but I would think mounting it over the stem would be a far less risky idea?

  • Nik says:

    Yes, I absolutely agree. Mounting over the stem is (in my opinion) a lot more protected position. I personally have a setup on my mountain bike where I use a mount connected to the stem and use my iPhone as bike computer. It is very stable and not sticking out from the bike…so even if the bike falls it is relatively protected.
    http://bike-52.com/adding-a-smart-phone-holder-to-my-bicycle-a-way-to-use-cycle-tracker-pro/

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Chris – I have to nitpick something, and it is heavier by 10 grams (30 vs 20), and $10 to $20 more expensive then the competition
    Arek & Nik – I crash often enough that I would have an issue if the extra appendage would cause an issue, and it never has. It would be a very odd crash (I’ve had my share of those) to cause damage anyway. Even with the stem mount, I actually once cracked a screen on a rock when I was squeezing between a slot.

  • jason says:

    Odd crash? If you mountain bike, as I do, it didn’t take long for a crash to totally smash my garmin 500. Not even a year old, and the unit is wrecked. I used the handle bar mount. Personally I don’t think the mounting system it come with is all that great. Trying to find after market system, not much luck yet

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