K-Edge adds new mount options for GoPro, Sony Action Cam, and Garmin Edge units

This week at Interbike, K-Edge showed off a number of new mounts that will be hitting the market starting October 7th.  While K-Edge has been selling Garmin Edge compatible mounts for a while now, these mounts either update some of those designs a bit, or offer them in new places.

Unlike other mounts on the market, the K-Edge mounts are all CNC machined aluminum, and most can handle upwards of 90 pounds of weight on them (in the event your Garmin Edge unit feasts at the Vegas buffets).  That’s about 41kg of weight for you metric folk.

First up on the list is the new Garmin-compatible K-Edge Time Trial mount, which actually started shipping three weeks ago and was announced mid-summer.  This is notably different than other mounts in that it’s inset into the handlebars (as opposed to being even with the bars).  The challenge of course with setting them down into the handlebars is that the Edge quarter-turn mounts requires you to…well…turn it. Given the width that most aerobars are separated by, this is a problem for the larger units.

The K-Edge TT mount solves that problem by adding a lever below the Garmin so that the mount ‘turns’, rather than the Garmin turning.

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Here you can see a better shot of the $75 TT mount from below, and the lever that rotates:

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Next we’ve got their new Garmin Edge compatible mountain bike mounts.  These mounts attach to a 1-1/8th” steerer tube, and then sit on top of the stem.  All mounts are aluminum, with a plastic molded connection point for the Garmin unit itself.

Within these new products you’ve got two options.  The first is a $29 non-adjustable mount that sits over the stem:

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Then they’ve got a $39 adjustable version that allows you to pivot the unit slightly upwards as needed:

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Leaving the bike computers behind, K-Edge is expanding their camera mounting options – adding to their existing GoPro-specific lineup with a more generic tripod compatible option.  With this you can attach anything from the new Sony Action Cam (which is really how this lineup came to fruition), as well as any camera with a tripod mount on the bottom (basically every camera on the planet).  I even watched someone come by and attach a full DSLR unit to one without any issues.

Because K-Edge previously made GoPro compatible mounts, they’re going to be offering two ways of attaching these new more generic mounts.  First is an adapter to the GoPro mounts, and then second is with a full-on mount straight onto the handlebar (no adapter required).

By doing this they’re able to leverage the flexibility of some of their previous mounts.  Below you see the new adapter turned upside-down and attached to the previous GoPro handlebar mount:

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Here’s the same adapter simply flipped over, and now attached to the Saddle Rail mount for the GoPro (officially called the “Go Big Pro Saddle Rail Mount”:

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Looking at the mounts that don’t require an adapter you’ve got the out front handlebar mount with the universal tripod connector:

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Thus, here’s the three basic options for attachment.  On the left you’ve got a mount for where you screw/bolt the unit to something, then in the middle the handlebar mount, and on the right the saddle rail mount.  For the handlebar mount you’ve really got two options though. You can use the ‘out-front’ style mount (seen above), or ‘over the bar’ style mount seen below.

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As noted, the availability for everything seen in this post is either ‘already available’, or just a touch over two weeks away on October 7th.

I’ve got a few of the new mounts with me headed back home to try out (in addition to what I’ve already bought for my upcoming mount roundup post).  I’m really looking forward to testing out the new universal mounts though – not only with a few upcoming action cameras, but also even with my DSLR for various product items.

Welcome to Interbike week! This week during Interbike 2013 I’ll be tweeting from the exhibition show floor quite a bit, as well as posting frequently. Here’s a quick and handy link to all Interbike-related posts.

21 Comments

  1. bromasi

    whwn are they going to be on the market?

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  2. Marc

    From what I've tried, these direct mounts on bike are really only for road and even there, there's a lot of vibrations ! But it allows various POV...

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    • Rainmaker replied

      I'll be trying them myself here shortly, however, from everything I've seen from others, the K-Edge mounts actually reduce vibrations for the GoPro devices because there's less 'flex'.

      Now, when you talk putting an DSLR on anything, that changes things a bit if there's an 'arm' involved.

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  3. Nice to see K-Edge making mounts with the Sony Action Cam in mind, as it's not the most cyclist-friendly camera out there. One thing to note is that there is no option to rotate the image 180 degrees in-camera, so when using the saddle mount you're going to have to flip the video using editing software. Hopefully Sony will release a firmware update to sort this out.

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  4. John

    That steerer tube mount would be cool on a tt bike if, like me, you run a really short stem and a between the bars hydration system.

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    • Bryan replied

      I was thinking the same thing. I would like to mount a garmin to the stem of a road bike I plan on using for triathlons. Would this mount work?

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  5. Leandro

    Are you able to use the side buttons in the Garmin 500 if the unit is sitting right next to the bar? The Edge 500 has buttons at both sides, so mounting it on the outside doesn't work either...

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    • Rainmaker replied

      In this case you could, but it really comes down to bar position and how big ones fingers are.

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  6. Steven

    I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this works with a DSLR. Any impressions yet? Have you tried it?

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  7. Mark

    $75 dollars and the thing sits below the bars, interrupting the airflow. At what point does this price nonsense stop with this stuff. Why not just charge more then the Garmin itself? It is a piece of aluminum.

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  8. sebo

    hey,

    I just got some really nice mounts made of aluminum for 10-15$ try dx.com tons of options for fraction of the cost. You should add those to your review as well, Im sure they would pay for good review.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      I don't take any money from any companies - for good reviews, bad reviews, or even so much as a mention. I don't quite understand how one could truly review things in that type of business model.

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  9. hubfromlyon

    Hi
    Ty for your fantastic job (is it a job ?) so could you tell me where could I find the K-Edge TT in France. I tried to grab it through Amazon...Nothing.
    rgds

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Yeah, it's messy. I was trying to find it as well on Amazon.FR the other night. Very limited availability there. I'd just ping the K-Edge folks directly and they can probably get you hooked up quickly. Wish I had a better answer. :(

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  10. Hi Ray

    I am trying to mount my Virb on the stem of my bike to get this sort of view:

    link to youtube.com

    This is using the standard Virb handlebar mount with a 90 degree adapter to give the camera a bit more height. You can see in the video that there is a lot of vibration.

    The k-Edge has been recommended to me but I can't find any that will fit on the stem, they would all place the camera pointing sideways rather than forwards. Do you know if K-edge do any mounts like this?

    I also wonder how well it'll fit to my stem as it's not round. it is taller than it is wide so I might have the same issue with a K-edge.

    Many thanks (again)

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Hmm...that's a tricky one. I've long tried to figure out how to get a bit more elevation as well on a camera in a similiar position. I've messed with some camera tripod mounts (even DSLR ones!), but either they are super-bulky and massive (but stable), or super cheap and not-stable with vibrations.

      I honestly don't know there. But, I'd actually just contact the K-Edge folks. They're really friendly and might give you some ideas. You can tell them that I want an option as well since I'd love it for reviews. ;)

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    • Giles Roadnight replied

      After I asked the question a friend on Twitter came back with a useful response. He uses a below handlebar mount but mounted upside down and backwards so that the camera is behind the handlebars. This means that on the video he can see if he is braking and how hard. I have now ordered one of these (using your affiliated link).
      I think that you will be able to adjust the height by adjusting the angle of the mount on the handlebar. This is of course dependent on the amount of adjustment you have on the angle between the camera and the mount at the other end.
      I think this will solve my problem anyway. Thanks for the reply.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Ahh, very interesting. Is that the same config in the video, or a different config? Any chance of a video link?

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    • Giles Roadnight replied

      It is a similar effect to the one in my video:

      link to youtube.com

      (top left obviously, you can probably find a better video with the handlebar camera full screen if you look through his list)
      The only minor issue is that my Virb won't be centered in the handlebars but will be slightly off to one side. As my friend said, that's less of an issue with the GoPro as the lens is off center anyway.

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  11. Paul

    I have just ordered a garmin elite and a. K-EDGE GO BIG Pro 1/4-20 Universal Camera Handlebar mount.
    Do I also need to order a tripod mount or some other adaptor ( other than included in garmin box) to mount to my handle bars?

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