Over the last year I've been able to test a variety of 3D printed widgets. Throughout this process I've moved firmly away from the sceptical camp into the fervent believers' one. The Garmin 1000 mount is a really sturdy nylon device, bringing the Garmin device in line with the stem, making it all nice and neat, and as we all know, neat equals fast.
Once on the handlebars, its sturdy clamp does its job without any fuss and the device remains rock solid throughout the worst of journeys. I've predominantly used machined aluminium mounts (much more expensive than the Raceware offering) so was a little wary of using a 3D printed mount for a device that costs nigh-on £400. However my fears were unfounded as the mount held it firm throughout, with no noticeable jarring or undue vibrations as I took the bike over some rougher stuff, and certainly no sign of weakness in the material over the couple of months I've been using it.
In terms of value for money, £29.99 isn't too bad I think for something to hold your device. It's cheaper than some and more expensive than others, but it does its job well and showed no signs of fatigue.
It's available in black - or pretty much any other colour you can think of. That's certainly one of the joys of 3D printing and working with UK based companies like Raceware Direct.
Compatibility with the range of Garmin 1/4 turn devices means you can purchase without worrying about it becoming obsolete with your next Garmin upgrade, a good touch.
road.cc test report
Make and model: RaceWare Direct Garmin 1000 mount
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?
Designed for the Garmin Edge 1000, but suitable for any of the 1/4 turn devices the Raceware Direct mount is a lightweight replacement for the standard Garmin mount.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
This is a 3D Printed mount made from Nylon and will clamp to 31.8mm bars. It will hold any of the current 1/4 style garmins including the 200/500/510/800/810 and 1000 models. It can either sit out front or can be reversed to sit the unit over the stem.
Rate the product for quality of construction:
All neat and tidy, no burring or rough edges.
Rate the product for performance:
It does a simple job and it does it well.
Rate the product for durability:
It's taken a bit of a beating, but shows no signs of wear or fatigue.
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
Very little to it for the weight weenies to worry about.
Rate the product for value:
You will get a mount, or 2, in the Garmin box already, so this is for those really want to change position or quip another bike. A luxury, but well worth it.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The mount brings the Garmin in line with the stem, so all nice and smooth, and it held it rock-steady.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing of note.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Simple and effective, a good upgrade for those who want to change their GPS position, and compatible with full range of 1/4 turn Garmins.
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I usually ride: Rapide RC4, Raleigh SP Race, Hoffman BMX My best bike is: Rapide RC4
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, Adventure-packing, crossing-countries
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