SRAM's Quick View Computer Mount is a simple and sturdy mount for a Garmin, Quarq or Bryton computer that frees up space on your handlebar or stem by placing the computer out in front of the bars. Not the first to market this idea, there's now several on the market, as we discovered in this article of alternative Garmin mounts.
It's made from a single piece of glass-filled nylon with smooth chamfered edges, and weighs just 20g. It also eliminates unsightly rubber bands with a single T25 stainless steel bolt clamping it solidly in place. I left the bolt just loose enough to permit angle adjustment on the first ride, and once I settled on a favourable position, cinched up the bolt a little more. It's a very stable clamp; even on rough roads it doesn't rattle and shake about.
I used it with a Garmin Edge 500 - it'll work with any computer that uses the circular twist-and-lock interface. The computer clicked into place with the same authority as the regular Garmin mount.
The Quick View - and the many other out-front mounts currently available - essentially float the computer just ahead of the handlebars. Why would you want to do this? The regular computer mount works just fine, you might be thinking. And you'd be right. But the Quick View frees up space on your stem or handlebar which could be used for other things. And some computers, especially the bigger ones like the Edge 810, might not fit happily on shorter stems.
As I run a 12cm stem, fitting a computer to the stem has never been a problem. Since riding with the Quick View however, I've realised there's another very good reason for using them. When riding hard, with hands deep in the drops, your head hovers further over the front of the bike. Checking the computer screen in such a position requires a bit of a reshuffle. Not so with the Quick View mount, as it's placed further forwards I find it very easy to just glance down at the screen to keep an eye on my heart rate or power output.
For most people the Quick View doesn't really solve a problem, but I know some people with particular stem/handlebar setups that will appreciate its space-saving design. I'm not sure personally I like the look of a bike with one of these alternative mounts - and they are very popular at the moment - but that's purely a personal thing.
Which just leaves the cost, £14.99, which is roughly half the price of most of the other similar mounts, so SRAM are undercutting the competition quite aggressively. It's still more than a regular Garmin mount, £9, which comes supplied with the GPS unit anyway. And I suspect only SRAM fans are going to be interested in adding a SRAM logo-ed product to their handlebars.
If you're short of space though, the Quick View is a valuable method of freeing up some space. It also has the advantage of placing the computer screen in a position that is easier to view when you're riding the bike, which is a good enough reason to use it. It's also more secure than any clamp that relies on rubber bands.
Simple, light and sturdy mount that frees up space on your bar/stem and offers easier viewing of the computer screen.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sram Quick View Computer Mount
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?
SRAM delivers an uncomplicated computer mount that's easy to install, lightweight, and, above all, vibration and slip-free. At only 20 grams, with a single torx T25 bolt, flexible mounting clasp, and a 1/4 twist mount, it installs quickly, simply and securely on any 31.8mm bar surface. The SRAM QuickView Computer Mount also features a center-offset design so the computer can be placed directly in front of the stem for road, or flip it to position the computer before the bar for MTB or CycloCross use.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
31.8mm bars only
Quarter turn/twist lock
Material: Glass filled nylon, Stainless bolt Torx T25
Compatibility: Compatible with computers with 1/4 turn twist lock interface and 31.8mm bar surface
Other: Optimized for road drop bars (31.8mm), Compatible with Garmin 200, 500, 800
One of the smoother and smarter finished mounts.
Frees up your bars or stem, and places the computer screen in a better vantage point.
It's only 20g.
I found the Garmin screen particularly easier to view when riding hard on the drops.
It's half the price of similar mounts.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I thought these mounts were a fad but since using the Quick View I've actually found it a better place to have the Garmin computer for riding. Looks smart too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Secure and solid mounting.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
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.