K-EDGE Computer Mount for Garmin  £39.99

7/10

An expensive mount that only offers the advantage of increased compatibility over its rivals.

Weight 30g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by David Arthur   August 2, 2013  

K-Edge Computer Mount for Garmin

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.

Verdict

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.

Specifications:

* 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

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Nicely made and has a very high quality finish.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Does exactly what it sets out to do.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

It's heavier than other plastic mounts.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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.

Overall rating: 7/10

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,

 

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Or save £20 and buy a Barfly 2.0

posted by jackcreasey [3 posts]
2nd August 2013 - 9:58

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The previous iteration with the movable arm was brilliant, allowed for adjusting for units, cables, aesthetics - the whole shebang.

This? well this is just an expensive replacement for the standard out front mount - massive backwards step!

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posted by themartincox [341 posts]
2nd August 2013 - 11:51

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Barfly 2 - half the price, available in lots of colours, lifetime guarantee, two mounts so looks good with either a 500/510 or 800/810 and has the mount for the DI2 box should you need it. Oh and it puts the computer in the lower position in line with your stem too. Jobs a good 'un.

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posted by tom_w [91 posts]
2nd August 2013 - 12:34

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I'll be getting a Barfly 2.0 then!

posted by wrevilo [33 posts]
2nd August 2013 - 15:03

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Or save £25 and buy the SRAM mount. Probably the best value out front mount going at the moment.

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posted by netclectic [118 posts]
2nd August 2013 - 16:31

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I would give this 1 out of 10, how many people have 2 computers ?, who cares it has removal-able insert, its lost one of its best features the horizontal adjustment, this has to be the worst redesign of a product every.

posted by mikeprytherch [217 posts]
3rd August 2013 - 10:53

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mikeprytherch wrote:
I would give this 1 out of 10, how many people have 2 computers ?, who cares it has removal-able insert, its lost one of its best features the horizontal adjustment, this has to be the worst redesign of a product every.

Not many have 2 computers but plenty have multiple bikes.

I picked up a pukka Garmin out front mount for £25 which does the job for me.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [267 posts]
3rd August 2013 - 20:16

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I've got the earlier version of the as a present from my kids, agree that it's expensive but it is also a thing of beauty Cool

posted by Arthur Scrimshaw [46 posts]
4th August 2013 - 15:35

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