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Verdict: 
Good choice if you need a second out-front mount for your Garmin Edge 1000
Weight: 
40g

The K-Edge Garmin Mount XL is designed to work with the new Garmin Edge 1000, and to be long enough to hold that newer, bigger device out in front of your stem where it's nice and visible. It does that, so you can relax now.

You're probably wondering why you'd need to spend £32.99 (less online) on this mount when you get a perfectly serviceable quarter-turn out-front mount with your Edge 1000 when you buy it. Well, you don't. But this is a nice mount, CNC machined from billet alloy, anodised in one of four colours (blue, black, gunmetal grey and red) with a snug plastic insert for the quarter-turn mechanism so your Garmin doesn't get scratched.

If you have more than one bike to hang your Edge 1000 from (likely) then you can get a good-looking one that matches. And the plastic Garmin one isn't a whole lot less if you have to buy a second. And this one sits the the Garmin lower, more in line with the bars. So it's probably more aero. Probably.

Anyway it's nicely made, it does the job very well, you get some colour choices and it looks a bit more flash. So if you need a second out-front Garmin mount, or the one you have breaks or something, it's certainly one to look at. You may not replace your current, perfectly good, mount with it though. Don't do it. I'll find out.

Verdict

Good choice if you need a second out-front mount for your Garmin Edge 1000

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road.cc test report

Make and model: K-Edge Garmin Mount XL

Size tested: n/a

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?

The K-EDGE Pro Handlebar Mount - XL was designed specifically to accommodate the larger size of the Garmin Edge® 1000. Our Professional grade mount for the Garmin Edge® 1000 with its sleek design and placement of the computer enhances the use of the Garmin Edge® 1000, but also works great with all Garmin Edge® models, including the 200, 500, 510, 800, 810, Touring, Touring Plus, and Forerunner 310XT**.

* 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, aero position - flush with top of handlebars. Secure strength.

* COMPATIBILITY – New design optimized for Edge®1000 (also works with 810, 800, 510, 500, 200, Forerunner 310XT, Touring and Touring Plus). Mount Interface can be configured for using the Edge®1000 in wide (landscape) mode.

The K-EDGE Computer Mount positions the Garmin computer display below the top of the handlebars, centered and in-front of the stem. This gives the user an improved ergonomic view of the display from their position on the bike and a wind-cheating, sleek cockpit.

Made in the USA, Lifetime Guarantee against material or manufacture defects. Damages due to abuse or crashing excluded.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

* Compatibility – 31.8mm diameter handlebars

* Supported Computers – New design optimized to fit the Edge®1000. Will fit all Garmin Edge® Computers including the 1000, 810, 800, 510, 500, and 200. Also supports the Touring, Touring Plus, and Forerunner 310XT.

* Dual positioning for portrait or landscape mode options of the Edge®1000

* CNC Machined 6061-T6 Aluminum Platform

* Injection Molded Garmin Specific Co-Polymer Interface

* Weight – 34 grams

* Colors – Anodized Black, Red, Gunmetal, and Blue

* 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
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Did you enjoy using the product? inasmuch as you enjoy using a Garmin mount, yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, for a second bike.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 190cm  Weight: 102kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

 

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

17 comments

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truffy [649 posts] 4 years ago
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I've read that the plastic Garmin out-front mount is sensitive to vibration if you're off-road (gravel etc.)

How does this compare when the going gets less smooth?

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CanAmSteve [257 posts] 4 years ago
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I am gobsmacked that people will pay so much for such a trivial product. But then bicycle tyres cost more than car tyres (go figure).

However, I can attest that plastic Garmin mounts can be mounted "backwards" so that the unit is resting almost above the stem cap. This seems a bit more secure.

Don't forget the (still overpriced) £6 o-ring mounts!

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ajmarshal1 [417 posts] 4 years ago
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CanAmSteve wrote:

I am gobsmacked that people will pay so much for such a trivial product. But then bicycle tyres cost more than car tyres (go figure).

However, I can attest that plastic Garmin mounts can be mounted "backwards" so that the unit is resting almost above the stem cap. This seems a bit more secure.

Don't forget the (still overpriced) £6 o-ring mounts!

Don't know what you ride / drive but My number one bike is shod with Schwalbe ones which I paid £80 for a pair. My car is £125 a corner through the very cheapest supplier!

I think the mount looks nice. I've had a Garmin one which snapped in a get down, followed by a Raceware one which looked tatty after 8 months of twisting / untwisting the Garmin unit in and out. This looks like it would last. Would be interested to hear how this stands up in time. If it lasts forever it's priced right IMO.

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Matthewjb [79 posts] 4 years ago
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POSITIVE – Advanced Injection Molded Garmin Interface improves computer holding power and retains K-EDGE's signature definitive 'click' with four secure locking points.

How much of a 'click' is there? One problem with my Garmin mount is it never really feels that secure. You rotate it round but nothing seems to stop it rotating back. A positive secure fit sounds good.

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dave atkinson [6472 posts] 4 years ago
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truffy wrote:

I've read that the plastic Garmin out-front mount is sensitive to vibration if you're off-road (gravel etc.)

How does this compare when the going gets less smooth?

It's pretty sturdy. I've never had any problems with the garmin one on the rough stuff either, though, to be fair to it

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Anthony.C [267 posts] 4 years ago
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The "snug plastic insert" proves that the other k-edge mounts were an ill-thought out design, metal on plastic can damage the Garmin. Bar-fly ones are good, and the sram quickview ones are cheap and good but put the Garmin higher..

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notfastenough [3734 posts] 4 years ago
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I've got the k-edge for my Garmin 200. Once fitted it feels really secure and reassuring - It certainly isn't going anywhere, and neither is the device. Oh, and it makes a nice click Matthew! The RRP was £40, but the LBS I went to (for the first time, I wasn't a regular) was happy to let me have it for £25. It might look a little un-necessary but I'm really pleased with it.

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srchar [1142 posts] 4 years ago
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CanAmSteve wrote:

bicycle tyres cost more than car tyres

Not really - the only car tyre that costs the same as a bike tyre is a rubbish one, whereas the bike tyre will be middle or top of the range.

I had to put two new rear tyres on my car last year. Cost for good ones? £500. You can buy a lot of top-of-the-range bike tyres for that money.

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notfastenough [3734 posts] 4 years ago
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CanAmSteve wrote:

I am gobsmacked that people will pay so much for such a trivial product. But then bicycle tyres cost more than car tyres (go figure).

However, I can attest that plastic Garmin mounts can be mounted "backwards" so that the unit is resting almost above the stem cap. This seems a bit more secure.

Don't forget the (still overpriced) £6 o-ring mounts!

I like good bike tyres (Black Chilli GP4000s), but they're only a bit over 10% of the cost of my car tyres... any car tyre for this will be a retread out of the back of a dodgy ISO container on an industrial estate somewhere, and I certainly wouldn't trust my family's safety to it...

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Jez Ash [243 posts] 4 years ago
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my car tyres cost like a thousand million pounds so....

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Anthony.C [267 posts] 4 years ago
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What about cost per mile ?

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truffy [649 posts] 4 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:
truffy wrote:

I've read that the plastic Garmin out-front mount is sensitive to vibration if you're off-road (gravel etc.)

How does this compare when the going gets less smooth?

It's pretty sturdy. I've never had any problems with the garmin one on the rough stuff either, though, to be fair to it

Thanks Dave, I appreciate it.

As for bike tyres (not) costing more than car tyres, I guess that might be the case if you compare them on a weight rather than unit basis!  1

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Metjas [362 posts] 4 years ago
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I've used the previous version of the K-Edge mount without the plastic insert and it's been brilliant - Garmin was never damaged because of a lack of plastic and it never moved/rattled even on gravel dirt roads.
The XL version I now have is equally as good as the old one and much better in terms of positioning the unit than the Garmin mount. These mounts are made to last and do last and therefore good value for money imo (about 7% of the value of the Garmin 1000)

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Metjas [362 posts] 4 years ago
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I've used the previous version of the K-Edge mount without the plastic insert and it's been brilliant - Garmin was never damaged because of a lack of plastic and it never moved/rattled even on gravel dirt roads.
The XL version I now have is equally as good as the old one and much better in terms of positioning the unit than the Garmin mount. These mounts are made to last and do last and therefore good value for money imo (about 7% of the value of the Garmin 1000)

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Stumps [3493 posts] 4 years ago
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Bought one from an unknown chinese supplier on ebay. Paid £3.99 and it works fine over rough and smooth ground.

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cidermart [531 posts] 4 years ago
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Same as 'Metjas' I've got the old K-Edge mount and have never had any problems with it, it is still working fine to this day without any damage to the unit and totally secure.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 4 years ago
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I have two of the old style and one of the new style (three bikes fitted out). I very much prefer the old style ones. I have had no problems with wear from the metal mount on the originals and the length adjustment makes for a VERY much nicer install if you don't have one of the bigger Garmin. It is a real shame they dumbed it down and removed the length adjustment.