The K-Edge Garmin Race Mount is a super-lightweight unit for holding newer versions of the Garmin family flush to your handlebar. It's robust and has a secure mounting mechanism, but it's also super-expensive.
In the world of marginal gains and weight weeniness, people often look for savings in the frameset and wheels. Maybe after that, the stem, bar and bottle cages. Somewhere even lower down the league table of components you may consider for weight saving is the Garmin mount. K-Edge, the US company making a range of mounts and chain catchers, has hit this brief perfectly. At a weeny 32g, the mount is 33% lighter than the standard K-Edge mount – a saving of a whole 16g. That's at least one sip from your drinks bottle.
The mount is designed for the newer and smaller members in the Garmin stable, namely the 820, 520, 510, 500, 25, and 20. This is a result of the brand's desire to bring the unit, when mounted, as close to your bar as possible, reducing any drag and making as seemless a connection as possible. If you have the Edge 1000, though, you're out of luck, as the length of the unit will prevent it fitting effectively. It's worth bearing in mind that this is not a combi mount – you're not going to be able to get anything underneath, be it a Go-Pro or similar video system.
The main benefit of the mount is that it sits the unit flush with rather than above the line of your bar and stem, which, well, just ain't pro. Having it flush makes it easier to use, looks better, and must save you at least 0.5 watt through the aero benefit.
The actual mounting mechanism requires, as always, the unit to be twisted into place, and you know when it's there as there's a firm and reassuring snapping feel as it clicks into position. Once it's there, the unit feels super-stable and secure, and any fears of it jumping out are cast aside. Similarly, the unmounting process is quick and simple, and there's no faff or fiddle in getting your Garmin off.
At the other end of the mount, the securing mechanism is solid and effective. You simply unhinge the mechanism, get it into place, and tighten it down with a hex key. The mount is designed for 31.8mm bars, so if you have anything smaller you're going to need to craft a shim of some sort.
There are four colourways, none of which are one plain colour – for example, that pictured, or black and white, red and white, or blue and white. This may divide opinion, but if you've got the frame colour scheme to work with it, it adds a nice touch to an oft-overlooked part of your bike.
Now for the most contentious issue... at £54.99 you're paying a lot. Although it's not exactly comparing like with like, as a 1000 is not compatible with the Race Mount, the K-Edge XL mount designed specifically for 1000s is £44.99, while a 520-optimised K-Edge mount is £49.99. Considering out-front Garmin mounts from Lifeline and Bar Fly are around £20, you're paying a huge amount for a very minor saving.
All in, the price of the product is prohibitive. Sure, the mount works brilliantly, but at £54.99 I think your money is better spent elsewhere.
A great bit of kit, but a very marginal gain suited to those with cash to burn
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road.cc test report
Make and model: K-Edge Garmin Race Mount
Size tested: Bar diameter 31.8mm
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 Garmin Race Mount holds your Garmin in an aero position in front of your bar, and flush with the line of your stem – meaning that it's as low and stealthy as Mikael Kwiatowski in a breakaway. The mount is super-lightweight, at 33% lighter than the standard K-Edge mount, and so is aimed at those for which every gram, and every second counts. As the manufacturer says, it's for 'when your bike deserves Pro Tour race quality'.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The mount is compatible with Garmin EDGE 820, 520, 510, 500, 25, and 20.
It fits bars of diameter size 31.8MM
The mount is not combo compatible.
At 32 Grams the Race Mount is 33% lighter than our 'standard' Garmin Mount.
The mount is solid and secure, and once you've attached your Garmin, you know it won't budge. The mount holds your Garmin very neatly flush to the handlebar.
You won't really get any lighter than the measly 32g of this mount.
£54.99 is a huge amount to pay for a computer mount, and is more than that of competitors.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Excellently. The mount held my Garmin exactly where required.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
You can tell it's a quality product every time you use it. It is stable on your bar and never moves, and the Garmin is held securely. The action for locking or unlocking your computer from the attachment is very easy and very positive.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Given the popularity of the Edge 1000, and the number of riders who use them, I find it a little baffling that the mount is not long enough to hold one. And the price is somewhat prohibitive.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if they had a lot of dosh, and if they had the right unit.
Use this box to explain your score
The mount is very secure, very light, and very aero. It is also very expensive. As far as marginal gains go, I think that you could save a few pennies by looking to save weight, or gain watts, elsewhere. It's a great item, but it's just too much money to score more than 6.
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCR / Cannondale Supersix My best bike is: Giant TCR
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding