The latest K-Edge Garmin mount improves compatibility, works well and is nicely made, but it's an expensive replacement for the mount Garmin now supply.
This is the updated K-Edge Garmin mount which offers easy installation with a two-bolt split aluminium clamp, with increased compatibility with a range of Garmin computers due to a new removable plastic insert in the circular mount. The sleeker design loses the horizontal adjustment of the previous version though.
Alternative mounts like the K-Edge, commonly called 'out-front' mounts for want of a better name, simply clamp to the handlebars and float the Garmin ahead of the bar. It's a more elegant solution than using rubber bands to attach the regular mount to the stem or bars, and there's the added bonus that the Garmin's screen is easier to view when you're riding, particularly in an aggressive position like on the drops.
Installing the K-Edge is simple. The split clamp design is secured by two small Allen bolts that screw in from the bottom. It takes just a matter of minutes to fix to the bars. Once in place it's very secure. Over rough roads it doesn't budge. I took to applying a narrow strip of electrical tape between the clamp and bars, just to guard against the potential for scratching the carbon handlebar.
The nice thing about the K-Edge compared to the SRAM Quickview mount is that it places the Garmin lower, just like the Raceware Direct mount. It's a small but noticeable difference when riding. Back-to-back testing confirmed the lower position to be personally preferable. Whether that should influence the buying decision is another matter.
So it works well, provides a nice alternative position for the Garmin and is super secure with it. Downsides? Well it's heavier on account of its alloy construction, and it's also very expensive. Both the SRAM and RaceWare Direct mounts are considerably cheaper, and lighter as well. And let's not forget the regular Garmin mount is supplied free with the unit. The K-Edge does look pretty trick though, it comes in three colours and there's the increased compatibility if you have a number of devices.
The K-Edge is CNC-machined from 6061-T6 aluminium with an injection moulded plastic mount insert, using the standard quarter-turn interface. It only fits 31.8mm handlebars and works with Garmin Edge 200, 500, 510, 800, 810 and Forerunner 310XT, 910XT computers.
An expensive mount that only offers the advantage of increased compatibility over its rivals.
road.cc test report
Make and model: K-EDGE Computer Mount for Garmin
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Professional grade mount for Garmin Edge® and Forerunner® GPS computers. Sleek design and placement of the computer enhances the use of the Garmin Edge® 200, 500, 510, 800, and 810 models. Mount can be configured for the Garmin Forerunner® 310XT and 910XT (requires the Garmin Quick Release Kit).
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
STRONG – CNC machined aluminum platform engineered to securely hold your Garmin.
* POSITIVE – Advanced Injection Molded Garmin Interface improves computer holding power and retains K-EDGE's signature definitive 'click' with four secure locking points.
* PRO – Same ideal position as the original K-EDGE Garmin mount - low, tight, and aero. Improved design aesthetics with hidden bolts.
* COMPATIBLE – � Turn Garmin interface for Edge Computers, can be oriented for the Forerunner 310XT/910XT.
* Compatibility – 31.8mm diameter handlebars
* Supported Computers – Garmin Edge 200, 500, 510, 800, 810 & Forerunner 310XT, 910XT
* CNC Machined 6061-T6 Aluminum Platform
* Injection Molded Garmin Specific Interface
* Weight – 32 grams
* Colors – Anodized Black, Red, or Gunmetal
* Warranty – All K-EDGE products are guaranteed to perform for a lifetime
* Made in Boise, Idaho, USA
Nicely made and has a very high quality finish.
Does exactly what it sets out to do.
It's heavier than other plastic mounts.
It's not cheap.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well, but it's hard to justify the extra cost over the many other Garmin mounts now available.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy installation. Looks smart.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's not light.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Nice, but there's cheaper mounts available that work just as well.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.