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K-Edge XL out-front GPS computer mount for Garmin Edge 1000 – review

The Edge 1000 is Garmin's biggest GPS computer to date and the K-Edge XL mount is designed specifically to accommodate the device's extra size. It's pricey but it's also one of the best out-front mounts on the market.

K-Edge was founded in 2009 after Joe Savola turned to friend Eric Jensen to produce a chain catcher for his wife, Kristin Armstrong, at the previous year’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Armstrong won gold, the word got out, the Garmin-Slipstream team placed an order for 45 and K-Edge was born. Since then the company has also expanded into computer and Go-Pro mounts.

History lesson done, let’s get the price out of the way. Yes, K-Edge are asking for £39.99 for the XL which, whatever you look at it, is a significant sum for a computer mount, particularly when Garmin supply the Edge 1000 with a plastic out-front mount of its own. Look beyond that, however, and the XL is a smart upgrade: CNC-machined, available in four colours and doing the relatively simple job of holding your Garmin computer as well as you could hope.

While the K-Edge XL is designed for use with the Edge 1000, thanks to an arm which accommodates the additional length of the device, it will also work with the existing 810, 800, 510, 500, 200, Forerunner 310XT, Touring and Touring Plus models. We tested our mount with the Edge 1000.

The XL is made from CNC-machined aluminium and, as computer mounts go, it’s a smart piece of kit. If you’re spending hundreds of pounds to have a GPS computer on your no-doubt expensive bike then it may as well look good, right? The mount comes in black, blue, gunmetal and red, so you can colour match it to your bike if that’s your thing, and the anodised finish should stand the test of time.

The idea of an out-front mount is that it holds the computer in a ‘better’ position than the standard quarter-turn Garmin mount, which attaches to the stem via two o-rings. I say ‘better’ as everyone has their own preference as to where they want their computer, but having it sat out in front of your stem makes it a little easier to see when glancing down, particularly when riding out of the saddle. Other than that, one significant advantage of using an out-front mount with the Edge 1000, is that the size of the computer can make it a tight fit on your stem if it’s 100mm, and very much impossible if it’s shorter.

The computer sits flush with the stem, slightly lower than Garmin’s own out-front mount, and, as a result it should be more aero, but we’re not talking about a significant difference here – or any at all – so don’t expect to shave seconds off your ten-mile time trial PB. If anything, it’s just a slightly more natural place for the computer to sit.

The XL is compatible with 31.8mm-diameter handlebars and clamps on via two 3mm allen bolts on the underside of the mount. It’s easy to fit and there’s no chance of the mount slipping, even when bouncing over potholed roads at a rate of knots. The Garmin slots into place with a reassuring click and there’s plastic insert within the quarter-turn mount itself to stop it scratching your device. That insert can also be turned 90 degrees if you want to have your Garmin in landscape mode. That’s not something I felt compelled to do beyond seeing if it works but the option’s there.

Conclusion

Given that the Garmin Edge 1000 comes with an out-front mount, you might find it hard to justify to shelling out £39.99 (that’s the RRP, naturally it’s available for less) for an alternative mount. But if you’re tempted then the K-Edge XL is an attractive upgrade and for your money you get a beautifully machined mount, which holds the computer in an ideal position in front of the stem. It’s a smart piece of kit and available in a selection colours, too.

Pros

– Holds Garmin Edge 1000 in prime position
– Well made; CNC-machined and anodised
– Reassuring engagement mechanism
– Solid range of colours

Cons

– Expensive for a computer mount

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