The market is awash with aftermarket computer mounts, but there are few that attach directly to the stem like the new FormMount, which is currently seeking Kickstarter funding. It is targeting $45,000 and with 24 days to go is nearly halfway there.
There are no rubber bands or brackets taking up handlebar space with the FormMount. Instead, it attaches directly to the stem faceplate bolts and the rotating arms can be adjusted to suit different brand stems. It is only compatible with M5 threaded bolts and four bolt stems.
An obvious benefit of the FormMount’s design is that it frees up handlebar space, especially useful at this time of year when you need to add lights to the handlebar for night riding.
The position of the FormMount can be adjusted to suit different preferences and bikes, with up to five options, including one that positions it directly in front of the stem like most regular out-front mounts. You can adjust the height depending on whether you attach it to the upper or lower stem bolts, and you can even reverse it and fit it over the top of the stem. That’s a popular option with mountain bikers.
The FormMount can accommodate different size computers with a sliding mechanism that provides fore and aft adjustment. As such, it’s compatible with all Garmin computer sizes, right up to the larger Edge 1000.
There will also be compatibility with other brand computers as well, it plans to add more computer interfaces throughout the campaign. The modular design also means that other devices like lights and cameras could also be attached.
To get your hands on a FormMount, you can pledge $43 and get an early bird discount, with delivery scheduled for December 2016 to anywhere in the world. Check it out at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1187300751/formmount-bicycle-computer-mount
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.