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Verdict: 
Nice alternative to stock Garmin mount; a boon for people with short stems or lack of free handlebar space
Weight: 
7g

The market for alternative Garmin computer mounts has exploded in the past couple of years, and the RaceWare Garmin Edge Stem Mount is the perfect solution for very short stems or those lacking free handlebar space for a regular mount.

The RaceWare Garmin Edge Stem Mount fits between the top of the stem and stem top cap, replacing a spacer, and 'floats' the Garmin over your stem. The mount measures 10mm thick and has 3mm of vertical offset, ensuring the Garmin computer clears the top cap. Like all RaceWare products, it's available in 11 colours so you can colour match with your bike and kit, if you're that way inclined.

It's made from nylon using a 3D printing process and is compatible with any Garmin Edge computer, including 200, 500, 510, 800 and 810. I used it with an Edge 500, but it works really well if you want to mount the larger 800/810 computer over the stem, but your stem is too short to use the stock Garmin mount.

It's easy to fit, and it's easy to use. It works like any other Garmin mount. With the Garmin fitted, it's very secure and stable.

I don't really like having my Garmin sitting out in front of my handlebars as seems to be the fashion at the moment, I much prefer it over the stem. The stem mount solves the same problem that the out-front mounts do, in freeing up handlebar space or accommodating bikes without the necessary fitting space on the stem, but places the Garmin in a better position.

It's an ideal solution if you don't have any free space on your handlebar to fit a conventional Garmin mount, or your stem is too short to fit a mount. Even if you have a longer stem, it's a nice alternative to fitting the mount around your stem.

Verdict

Nice alternative to stock Garmin mount; a boon for people with short stems or lack of free handlebar space

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road.cc test report

Make and model: RaceWare Garmin Edge Stem Mount

Size tested: white

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 Raceware Garmin Stem mount is designed to hold the GPS unit centrally above the handlebar stem. The mount replaces a 10mm spacer and then is held in place with the top cap. Please note that the original top cap and spacers should be used to torque the headset prior to the mount being fitted. They are made from 3D printed nylon and available in a wide range of colours.

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

Interface:

Garmin Edge GPS Units (200/500/510/800/810)

Material:

3D Printed Nylon

Location:

Stem

Spacer Size:

10mm

Colours:

Black, Red, Blue, Pink, Green, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Pink

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Interface works smoothly and provides a nice position for the Garmin, but some may prefer a more forward position.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Works really well and offers another option for fitting a Garmin computer, but it does need 10mm of free steerer tube space above your stem which will limited it for some bike setups.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to install. Stable. Looks smart. Nice position. Works well with shorter stems.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Needs 10mm of free steerer tube space above the stem ideally. Changes between different bikes is slower.

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?

The RaceWare Garmin Edge Stem Mount is a nice alternative to the simple stock Garmin mount and will be a boon for people with short stems or lack of free handlebar space.

Overall rating: 8/10

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,

 

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.

18 comments

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Gasman Jim [222 posts] 4 years ago
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£20 for that!!

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Nick T [1278 posts] 4 years ago
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does it come with a bit of extra steerer for people who've already cut theirs to the correct length?

Alternatively, shim under the near edge of your free Garmin mount with some rubber bands to give you the offest required to clear the top cap.

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finbar [128 posts] 4 years ago
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TWENTY QUID

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TeamExtreme [104 posts] 4 years ago
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It would be nice to see some pictures of it fitted on a bike rather than what basically amounts to a stock photo.

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vonhelmet [1350 posts] 4 years ago
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TeamExtreme wrote:

It would be nice to see some pictures of it fitted on a bike rather than what basically amounts to a stock photo.

Pic here:

http://www.racewaredirect.co.uk/#/shop/4559567829/garmin-edge-stem-mount...

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BigDummy [314 posts] 4 years ago
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I had one of these - it sat nicely on top of the 50mm stem on my mountain bike.

Unfortunately, it is sufficiently brittle that a crash snapped it to bits. As it was pretty new and TWENTY QUID I haven't replaced it.

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Scowel [52 posts] 4 years ago
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I use my Garmin on my mountain bike as well and just seat it on the junction of the handlebar and stem using the long O-rings. Nice and secure and doesn't matter about the short stem

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STATO [565 posts] 4 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

does it come with a bit of extra steerer for people who've already cut theirs to the correct length?

No, it replaces the spacer you have above your stem, that you put there when you cut the steerer to make sure the steerer protruded the stem (you know like most stems and fork makers suggest you do these days, especially on carbon steerers).  3

Anyway, I have one. Its good but they are expensive, which is why I got mine from ebay for much much less.

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pwake [454 posts] 4 years ago
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"I don't really like having my Garmin sitting out in front of my handlebars as seems to be the fashion at the moment, I much prefer it over the stem. The stem mount solves the same problem that the out-front mounts do, in freeing up handlebar space or accommodating bikes without the necessary fitting space on the stem, but places the Garmin in a better position."

It's not a fashion, it's a functional improvement.
Out-front mounts aren't for freeing up handlebar space (when the standard Garmin mount is on the stem, how does that work anyway?); they put the display in much better position for viewing than when mounted on the stem, particularly on a road/race bike.

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Nick T [1278 posts] 4 years ago
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Is nylon sufficient for the crucial task of compressing the stem against the headset and preloading the bearings?

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mrmo [2097 posts] 4 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

Is nylon sufficient for the crucial task of compressing the stem against the headset and preloading the bearings?

Why wouldn't it? the top cap does very little, as you say it is for preloading, it does not hold anything on.

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STATO [565 posts] 4 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

Is nylon sufficient for the crucial task of compressing the stem against the headset and preloading the bearings?

If you were concerned just swap it out for a standard spacer, tighten stem, then swap back to the mount. Easy.

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kwi [293 posts] 4 years ago
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So the next logical step would be a mount that replaces your top cap once the stem is tightened. (Edit; Already done.)
Would be useful on my MTB , but TWENTY POUNDS? (It's all for a good cause as they say on Peppa Pig  35 )

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markymark [33 posts] 4 years ago
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£5-99 ish on amazon.co.uk
Search RaceWare Garmin
Try doing all the preloading with a regular metal spacer, then swap for the nylon? but, if you don't want it don't buy it?

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The Giblet [17 posts] 4 years ago
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Sounds like a small market as you don't need much of a stem to use the rubber bands that come with the Garmin in the first place. Don't downhill and freeride bikes have short stems?

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Colin Peyresourde [1840 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah, I can't really see the market for this. But it must be there if they made it, right?!?!

The reason the out-in-front works well is that it is better positioned for observing the road and the device, this seems to be the opposite.

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Spangly Shiny [261 posts] 4 years ago
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It's too thick, Rule 45.

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russwparkin [45 posts] 4 years ago
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markymark wrote:

£5-99 ish on amazon.co.uk
Search RaceWare Garmin
Try doing all the preloading with a regular metal spacer, then swap for the nylon? but, if you don't want it don't buy it?

ha ha cheers for the tip off mate!

£5.99 well spent for my mtb