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K-Edge shows off new combo Garmin/GoPro mount, new Pioneer mount, also new more aerodynamic Garmin mount

Today at Eurobike K-Edge had on hand a number of their just announced mounts, the most interesting being a new combo mount adapter that holds both your GoPro (or other action cam), as well as your Garmin bike computer.  Beyond that, they’ve also added a new more aerodynamic bike-computer only mount for Garmin devices, and a mount for Pioneer power meter head units.  Let’s dive into things.

K-Edge Garmin/GoPro Combo mount adapter:

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First up is definitely one that’s designed to become my new favorite front mount – the combo action cam and Garmin bike computer holder. This adapter fits onto the bottom of of any of their existing K-Edge Garmin bike computer mounts.  Those mounts hold a standard Garmin quarter-turn mount up top, allowing you to install any of the Garmin Edge series (Edge 200/500/510/800/810/1000, Forerunner 310XT/910XT with quick release kit).  It also works with a handful of other companies that have come out with various Garmin-compatible mounts, such as the Wahoo RFLKT/RLKFT+.

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Yet, when you dip down below you’ll be able to attach the mount to the underside of the existing mount.

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That’s where you’re then able to secure the GoPro compatible mount adapter:

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This mount can in turn accept any GoPro camera using their standard mounting system.

Of course, most other action camera companies do provide GoPro compatible mounts with their cameras.  For example, the Garmin VIRB includes an adapter mount in the box, so it too would work directly with the system.  Alternatively, the new Shimano CM-1000 straight-up uses the GoPro mount as its primary mount, so that’d work too:

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For cameras like the Sony Action cams, JVC and others – you can use an adapter to connect it to the tripod style mount system:

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This adapter can be turned either front or back, effectively tucking in the camera further under the handlebars:

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The action camera mount adapter costs $19 if you have an existing K-Edge mount, or is $15 more if buying a new package.  Note however that the only mount it’s not compatible with is the TT mount due to the lever system blocking the mounting holes, though they are looking at ways of making that compatible.  The mount adapter and packages are due out October 1st.

Many of you know that I buy and use K-Edge mounts for virtually all of my action cam testing.  The primary reason is that they’re simply more stable.  In the world of cycling footage, it’s all about stability that gets the cleanest footage (well, that and not crashing).

I haven’t however historically bought their bike computer mounts, as I’ve felt they were overpriced compared to the Tate Labs Barfly mounts (which I buy/use).  However, in the case of this product change, I’d probably look again at picking up their bike computer mounts to attach the adapter too.  Also, we’ve seen their prices dip down quite a bit over the last while.

Speaking of Tate Labs, they do indeed have a similar combo system that they unveiled back this spring, though I haven’t seen it in person.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find them either here or certainly at Interbike in two weeks.  Though, in most cases the Barfly systems are made out of plastic rather than metal, so you’re going to get a bit more flex there than with the K-Edge.

K-Edge Aero Garmin Mount:

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Next we’ve got a new mount that was custom-made for Team Sky just ahead of the Tour de France.  Team Sky uses Garmin Edge 510’s in conjunction with Stages Power Meters to track their metrics.  They’d previously been using one of the older model K-Edge mounts, but apparently in doing some wind tunnel testing they found some areas they wanted improved.

As a result they asked K-Edge to redesign it for better aerodynamics.  K-Edge then took some specific recommendations from Team Sky on design changes and then worked in aerodynamic flow testing software to make the new mounts more aerodynamic.  Of course, aerodynamics do often heavily depend on bike and rider configuration – and in general aren’t often terribly transferrable from me to you.  And even that, K-Edge admitted the gains were probably…’marginal’.

Nonetheless, this new mount will now be available starting October 1st, at $39 in all four colors seen above, effectively replacing the older small-mount system (same price).

You can see it sits a bit closer to the bar than the previous mounts did (which were further out).  This means it won’t be compatible with the Edge 1000, but will still retain compatibility with all other units I listed at the top of the post for their other mounts.  Below you can see the difference between the larger mounts at left and the newer mounts to the right:

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Last but not least, I asked whether or not they were planning on looking at building mounts for other bike computers – like O-Synce or the PowerTap Joule.  They noted that they are talking to other companies, and have recently added in support for Cateye mounts:

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These Cateye mounts match the same pricing as the Garmin mounts, which is $39US for the handlebar mount, and $49US for the TT (time-trial)/tri mount.

Pioneer Power Meter Head Unit Mount:

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Last but not least, they had a new Pioneer mount on hand.  This mount was used by their pro team athletes at the Tour de France this year, and will be available on September 1st for $59US.

The mount is cool in that it has a bit of a different locking system – far cleaner than that of the default mount provided by Pioneer with their head unit.

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I’m currently testing the Pioneer Power Meter along with this specific head unit (this is their V2 head unit), and so the K-Edge folks handed over a unit for me to test in conjunction with my Pioneer testing.

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Like the TT mount however, this one isn’t compatible with the GoPro adapter due to the locking mechanism.  I’ll post my thoughts on that included with my Pioneer Power Meter Review.

With that, thanks for reading!  If you’re looking to burn a bit of time, here’s all my Eurobike 2014 posts!

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91 Comments

  1. Jawaad Bokhari

    Ray, will interesting to see how the Pioneer Head Unit tests (with a view to swapping my 510 for it)… will keep an eye out

    • I’ve been using the Pioneer with a Stages head unit and I really like it. I also like the anodized mounts but they seem kinda pricey compared to the Garmin ones.

    • Jawaad Bokhari

      Ah cool mate. I have a Rotor Power and want to change from Garmin… Cycling is just plain expensive lol but hey, have to ride in style…

  2. Frank

    Currently using two mounts now for my Garmin and GoPro, I’ll be switching over the combo mount ASAP to make life a bit easier.

  3. Daniel Gray

    Typical! I just got a K-Edge mount for my 810 and I was going to buy a VIRB next month. More expense!

  4. Paul S

    Does the handlebar end of the K-Edge combo mount only come in 31.8 mm (standard road size) like their other mounts? The reason I continue to use the Garmin mount for my VIRB Elite is that most often I’m using it on my mountain bike, which definitely doesn’t have standard road handlebars. It’d be nice if they could fit a range of sizes like the Garmin mount, but then I suppose that would affect the stability.

  5. Adam

    YES! Ever since seeing some of the cool bike footage from the pro teams this year I’ve been thinking of getting an action cam for some of my more interesting adventures. A combo mount is a no-brainer, glad to see K-Edge are on the ball!

    How exactly does the adapter attach to the underside of the mount?

  6. Dave Hansen

    I didn’t see when the combo adapter for the K-Edge Go-Pro mount will be available – the aerodynamic adapter said 10/1. do you have a date for the combo mount adapter? thanks!

  7. John B

    It’s about frickin’ time. I wish K-Edge would respond to my emails.

    • John B. We’re here and awaiting your email. Not sure if you forgot the all important “-” when spelling K-EDGE but we are very quick to respond to email. info@k-edge.com is us. We can’t wait to hear from you. And to the rest, don’t panic, the combo mount adapter will be sold on it’s own to retro fit your K13-500 or K13-505 current K-EDGE Garmin Mounts.

  8. Chris D

    Does the adapter work with the 910xt? K-Edges website says it is not compatible with the 910xt quick release. Can anyone confirm if it works or not?

    • There’s some funny business going on that Garmin doesn’t seem to want to admit to there, where I think they very slightly changed the quick release design for a short period of time, breaking 3rd party mount compatibility. Some Barfly customers had the same problem. For me, mine works just fine, but it seems there was a time roughly last summer where adapters going out were having issues. Previous to that, no problem.

    • Kevin R

      It doesn’t work with the 910XT. The camera mount uses the other two screw holes so if you adjust the Garmin mount for a 910XT then your camera mount will need to be moved to the other two holes and you will be filming the side of the road.

  9. Mark

    The combo mount from Tate Labs, the Bar Fly SLi, was listed for quite a while on their website as “out of stock” and “available for pre-order”. Shown in two sizes, 31.8 and mountain bike (35?). Then, a couple of weeks ago or so, it suddenly disappeared from their website. A guy from Tate Labs told me that they are updating the SLi to accommodate the Edge 1000. No word on availability that I’m aware of.

  10. Bob Goodman

    So, if I get the K Edge GoPro mount adapter for my Garmin mount, then where does my Di2 JB go? It is now mounted nicely under the mount, exactly where the camera adapter attaches…….sheesh, first world problems!

    • Scott E

      Good catch, forgot about having the SM-EW90 junction box hanging right there. Next up, one mount, eight devices…..

  11. Himanshu

    Hey Ray, That adapter looks like a really neat solution for handlebar clutter. I don’t think I saw a release date on the blog post. Any idea when it will be available on the retail market?

    Cheers.

  12. Sadolin

    I like the K-EDGE GARMIN/GOPRO COMBO MOUNT.

    Earlier this year I made my own for a C2C trip. It worked well but during the summer heat the glue gave up.

  13. yes this is what I need… video to show my wife where the hell I have been the past 4 hours and look like death warmed over….this is exciting footage for sure. I am guessing 99% of us are not riding a mountain bike over a mountain ridge doing back flips.

    I guess the footage of me getting run off the road would be helpful in the event I need to track down the person.

    Chris

    • That hasn’t stopped some chunk of those 99% of people from buying millions of action cams, and turning GoPro into a billion dollar company.

    • I know I have some unexciting clips of my skiing… now the ones of my son as an 8 year old were funny when he decided he was ready for the mogul run. Now I have to take another Selfie :-)

  14. Andre

    It would be REALLY nice if K-edge released a Joule GPS version. I suspect a different plastic insert is all that is needed. I have a love/hate relationship with my Joule, but frankly… things don’t seem much better on the Garmin side.

    I know it would be asking for too much, but if they could also include a version on the gopro adapter that extended a few centimeters behind the mount… it could easily hold a Di2 junction box with zip ties or even electrical tape.

  15. Steve

    Ray, did they give any indication when the Garmin/GoPro combo mount adapter would be available? This would be a welcome add to my setup.

    • Sorry, thought I had that in there. October 1st at latest.

    • MTB916

      Is anyone seeing these offered for sale yet? I waited patiently until 10/1 and I do not see anything on the aceco website. Let me know if you guys have found it!

    • JCL969

      Looks like they updated their website and have the category for “Combo Mounts”. Just no products in it yet… Hopefully soon before Winter for those of us with seasons.

  16. Scott E

    Ray,

    Did the vendor(s) mumble, hint or state anything about mounts for Mio/Magellan 505s? Options are sorely lacking, and duct tape only goes so far.

    Also, as I travel and often rent bikes, any recommendations on a quick release mount that is easy to transfer between bikes, especially with varying diameter bars. I don’t recall seeing any previous blog comments on the subject.

    Thank you as always!

  17. Sam L

    Any word on a possible Magellan/Mio 505 mount?

  18. David W

    I am currently using the Pioneer computer so it is good to see the k-edge mount.

    I ended up on the Pioneer after giving up on Garmin. I had 4 hardware failures in 4 years (3 800’s and 1 510). Then, the continuous stream of firmware bugs on the 510- dropping sensors, livetrack not working, course following not working. After over a year most of those are somewhat better. However, the unit has a continuing problem with file system corruption. My last 510 started resetting multiple times per ride and also not saving any data. After help from Garmin tech support the problem persisted. They admitted that there was an ongoing software problem and offered to replace the 510 (replacement number 5). I declined. There were too many forum reports of other users with this problem to give me any confidence that a new unit would work any better. SO, I switched to Pioneer and have been happy for 2 months. No problems at all, More metrics than Garmin. Auto wireless upload is really handy (Garmin Bluetooth upload usually failed for me). Only real thing missing is course navigation which I never use anyway.

  19. Rich N

    It would be nice if they made a rear facing mount to fit in the seatpost rather than the saddle rails (I use a saddle mounted seat pack). There are no rear facing mounts out there that I know of that don’t interfere with you legs!

  20. jungsu shin

    When you know that selling information K-EDGE combo MOUNT?

  21. mark

    any ideas of a release date in the UK

    • Craig Robertson

      Yes would like to know myself, just the thing i need.
      Checked all the usual suspects, Amazon,Wiggle, etc and cannot find it.

  22. mark

    aceco sport group

    have said they are expecting to start shipping soon, but didn’t give a date

  23. Hey All-

    I had reached out to K-Edge to get some shipping details of new products, though, forgot to post them here (about 2 weeks old). Here’s the rundown though:

    CatEye handlebar (outfront) and Stem (spacer replacer on steerer tube) mounts have shipped to distributors have them now, shops soon to have them.

    All Pioneer Mounts- TT and Road (out front) have shipped to distributors.

    Combo Mounts- are shipping as we speak. All distributors will have these by weeks end (Oct. 10 or 14th depending on area of country). These are the K13-500C (Garmin Mount with camera mount) , the K13-505C (Garmin Mount XL with camera mount), and the K13-580 (the adapter that will make the current K-EDGE Garmin Mount into a combo Computer/Camera Mount).

    Also, the K13-602 SRM magnet chain catchers are at distributors.

    Last but not least the Aero Garmin Mount is expected to ship in early November.

    Cheers.

  24. Charlie

    This is a very cool accessory. Do you know if it’s easily removable. I want to be able to switch it to my downhill bike easily.

    Cheers.

    Love the blog btw

  25. chukko

    As Samsung S5 has an excellent battery life and Android gives more options than Garmin, i am considering using my phone as a main navigation device (link to kickstarter.com should help even more).
    Although Barfly universal mount is a very nice option, i also like the looks of Garmin mount and its locking mechanism.
    Has anyone spotted a phone holder that would use the Garmin mount?

    • If you check out my TrainerRoad post from Interbike, they’re talking of developing one of sorts. Basically, they’re looking at developing a pod that will attach to any phone case you’d like. Perfect.

  26. chukko

    Thanks – looks interesting, but unfortunately not designed for outdoor use.

  27. Michael Gustafson

    I’ve used K-edge garmin mounts (original version) for a while now but with my new bike, a Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 with hydraulic disc brakes, the garmin mount arm is pressing down against all the cable including the hydraulic brake cable. My concern would be that over time, with constant vibration and rubbing, it will wear through the cable causing a potentially catastrophic brake failure. Not sure if you noticed this to be a problem on your bike. You can see a picture of what I mean on mine here…

    link to i.imgur.com
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  28. Scott Buchanan

    Am really intetested in the Edge 1000 with Virb combo mount but can find no other information other than whats here much less a dealer/retailer.
    Are they available anywhere? UK if possible.
    Thanks

  29. alfredo

    does the adapter work on the garmin out front mount that came with edge 810?

  30. Scott,

    Have a look at Morsa at http://www.morsadesigns.com. We have your Garmin edge 1000 and Virb solution. Two years of development and just released at Interbike. We have 18 years of R&D experience at places like Honda, Toyota and Oakley.

  31. Jay

    I bought the combo mount to add on to my k-edge mount for my VIRB.
    For me the footage is very shaky :( The roads here in the UK are rough but the mount isn’t helping. My edge 810 doesn’t is solid but the VIRB underneath rocks a lot.

    Maybe its the number of links in the chain, mount, Garmin’s GoPro adapter and cradle. Everything is tightened right up but the cradle just rattles. I from some people i’ve spoken to online they say the same. For me its a shame as its a really neat solution and I don’t fancy putting my VIRB directly on the bars.

  32. Erik

    Hi,
    I also bought the K-Edge combo mount, to use with my Edge 500 + VIRB. Can anyone confirm whether the normal-sized K-Edge combo mount will fit the 810, or will it only fit on the K-Edge XL combo mount (designed for the Edge 1000).

    Thanks for your help!
    Erik

    • VP

      Yes I also want to know whether the normal K-Edge combo mount will fit the 810, or would I have to get the K-Edge XL combo?

  33. Scott

    First off…thanks so much for all of your articles. You’ve answered SO many questions I’ve had since getting back into cycling.
    I like to mount my headlight under my current Garmin out front mount. It basically does exactly as the K-Edge Combo unit. The only problem I have is when trying to use an external battery on LONG rides or 24 hour events. The mini USB plug is blocked by the Garmin mount’s arm.
    To my point…does the K-Edge Combo mount have enough room to allow access to the mini USB port to use an external battery?
    Thanks

  34. Duncan

    You would think that by now a large company would have thought about designing a totally modular mounting system allowing the user to configure it how they wish. I would like to be able to mount my front light on an outfront mount with my go pro underneath for commuting at night, but during the day be able to mount my Garmin 810 in place of the light.

  35. John

    Just a heads up to anyone looking into this mount… they vibrate more than the old, rugged GoPro-only K-Edge mounts. I personally will keep using the old, beefier mount in order to get the best video quality. Check out this Youtube video for a comparison:

    link to youtube.com

  36. Luc

    Just saw that Garmin releases its own Combo Mount for the Virb X/XE:

    link to buy.garmin.com

    Wondering if its also working with the Virb Elite, any ideas?

    • Looking at it, I wouldn’t think so. It appears to have the GoPro mount versus a traditional VIRB (1st gen) mount, so probably not.

    • Luc

      Also interesting: when googling the Product-ID you get results from 45$ down to 12$:

      link to google.com

      Do you know if its possible to upgrade an existing Garmin Aero mount to a Combo Mount for the Virb Elite? Looking at my Aero mount it seems that i just need a compatible mount that fits the Virb

    • Tom

      Since it has a traditional GoPro mount, couldn’t you just use the adapter that comes with the Virb Elite though? Would just cause the unit to hang an additional 1/2″ lower I suppose?

  37. jay

    found it advertised for £10.99 on the garmin website.

    link to buy.garmin.com

  38. jawaad bokhari

    I have recently bought from these guys (link to racewaredirect.co) as BarFly/KEdge take a very long time to get their respective products to the market… for example, even Wiggle do not stock the K-Edge combo… Ray if you have time you should test the Raceware stuff…3D printed..

    • Interesting. Though, I’d be a bit concerned about the fact that it’s 3D Printed, which is generally not going to be long-term suitable in terms of vibrations/etc…(meaning, it’ll probably break).

    • Ian Slack

      I have had 2 of these and they look great. However, in both cases I have had issues with the screws turning in the plastic and hence I havent been able to remove them. The first one, they replace FoC and I didnt bother complaining about the second with the same issue

  39. Randius

    Are the Aero and Combo mounts compatible with Garmin 920XT quick release kit? Tried looking at the product pages but couldn’t find the info.

  40. Jimbo

    I like the K-edge mounts as they are nice and solid.
    I have a couple of underseat mounts and a couple of the Aero and combo.
    Unfortunately, using the combo mount, the GoPro interferes with the Garmin GPS signal.
    I googled and found I’m not the only one with this issue.
    I’ve wrapped the GoPro with some aluminum foil with mixed success. This solution also interferes with my touch screen access.
    I am considering coming up with a shield for the bottom of my Garmin 500 to see if that might work.

  41. Ian Slack

    Oh the whole, this is a great mount. However, there is one issue with this (and all Garmin 1000 mounts apart from the one that comes with the unit). Because the the mount bends in from the right, it is not possible to attach a charging cable whilst the edge is on the mount (the usb slot is on the underside right of the unit, so the cable hits the strut of the mount. Therefore have had to use the out of the box garmin mount and a separate Go Pro / virb mount for the camera. Generally not an issue but for any rides over 13 hrs starts to be an issue (I had all kinds of issues on Chase the sun this year)

  42. Denis Roy

    Hi, DC Rainmaker: have you looked at the K-Edge combo XL unit? I’ve seen some people complain the video shot with a camera attached to it, while using the Garmin Edge 1000, is actually unstable, there is camera shake. Is this your experience? How about others? Thanks

  43. sd

    Hi Ray,

    I have a rather complicated question:
    – my and my wife would like to buy the mio cyclo 505 (because we’re not experts and find the garmin 1000 too complicated

    – we would like to buy just one piece, but i would install an empty front mount on my bike just in case if i ride alone that i can clip in the mio 505 (otherwise it will be mounted on my wife’s bike)

    1) is it possible to use the mio 505 with a K-edge mount? is the mount of mio the same as for garmin?
    2) whenever i don’t have a mio 505 clipped on , i would like to clip on a simple chronometer (like cateye or wahoo or…) is this possible on the same mount?

    i read there ‘s a compatible case for the reflekt wahoo to clip on a garmin mount but i don’t know if it can clip on a mio compatible mount….

    i know this sounds rather complicated but i want to avoid installing two different mounts on one bike and just use one front mount for mio sometimes and for another cheaper chono the other time…

    Many thanks in advance,

    • Scott E

      @sd – unfortunately the Mio 505 does not mate with the K-Edge mount in a reliable manner. That said, there are workarounds that can be found on the CycloGPS.com site that will show you ways to use the mount and prevent the device from coming off during a ride.

      In general terms, the Garmin mount is the standard mount design, and though many of the devices will clip into the mount, you’ll notice that they don’t quite click in solidly, resulting loss or damaged units.

    • sd

      Thanks,
      2 more stupid questions:)

      – is there any cheaper bike computer in the world (besides mio) that uses the same mount as mio or can be adapted to fit the mio mount? (like the reflekt from wahoo can fit into garmin…) –> that way i can use the mio 505 if i need navigation and a simple bike computer for other rides… (instead of buying 2 pieces=))

      – isn’t there any convertor/adaptor to switch from one type of mount to another?

    • Scott E

      There are the lower end units from Mio, such as the Cyclo 105 and 300. But it depends on what you believe is “cheap”. You could always check out eBay for used Cyclo products, yet make sure to purchase a device for your specific region.

      Unfortunately, somewhat like the GoPro mount for action cameras, there is no one standard mount. And in the case of head units, I am unaware of any adapters. Though Garmin is the most universal mount design.

  44. Date Burgrjon

    Hello,

    According to the k-edge website the aero mount is not compatible with the 810. But I you have a picture here with the 810 on the aero mount. Is this correct? Does the 810 fit the aero mount?

    Thanks

  45. George

    I purchased the GoPro Silver 3+ based on your recommendation and it was on sale at Costco here in Vancouver at $299.00. I also purchased the K-EDGE Combo XL mount per your review as I have a Garmin 1000. Works PERFECTLY. Here is a video of mine at the Velodrome in Burnaby (BTW, it’s 200M, so steep banking and short sightlines.

    link to youtu.be

    I considered all sorts of options for software and use iMovie to import from the SD so it’s saved as MP4, then import into VIRB Edit, add the G-Metrix for Garmin .FIT file and the Overlay for the gauges layout and away you go. VIRB Edit also lets me post easily to YouTube, This is only the second video I ever made, first was last week,

  46. marc steingrand

    is the K-edge bike mount as well compatible with the fenix 3 quick release kit?
    is the bikemount from garim all the same?

  47. Changren Y.

    Ray, not sure if you have the K-EDGE Aero Combo Mount. Just wondering if the Aero Combo Mount will work with the Edge 520, allowing access to the bottom two buttons?

    • I’m not handy with my bike at the moment, but if I remember correctly I put in some pics of it with a few different mounts inside the Edge 520 post (there’s a small gallery). I believe it was kinda tight, but still worked with the buttons.

    • Changren Y.

      Yeah, i saw those pics but i am not sure if the K-Edge mount you used was the Garmin-only mount, the XL combo mount or the aero combo mount.

    • Changren Y.

      I just talked to the K-Edge folks. The Aero Garmin/GoPro combo mount cannot be used with the Edge 520 as the bottom two buttons on the 520 won’t be accessible. They recommend the XL combo mount.

    • Thanks for following up!

    • Changren Y.

      I also got in touch with the Bar Fly folks. Depending on size of the stem, the Bar Fly 4 Road Mini (2.0 SLi) could also work with the Edge 520. This combo mount can handle a Garmin, GoPro camera/bike light and a di2 junction box all at the same time.

      I know the K-Edge mount is your go-to mount when you are testing cameras because they are pretty much bomb-proof and they are stable. Have you ever used the Bar Fly combo mount? I am curious to know if it is just as stable as the K-Edge mounts.

    • I have used the BarFly combo mount, though not yet put the Di2 junction on it. It’s been a while since I’ve used it though, and I don’t quite remember how clean the footage looked. :-/

  48. Sean Ormerod

    On my ride yesterday thinking about how I can justify upgrading my 510 to the new 820 when all of a sudden my K-edge breaks along the arm and drops into my wheel. Bike computer and camera explode. So after I check and the computer is scratched has dings, dents and no mounting tabs so no way to mount it anymore. Camera needs a replacement lens cover hope they still stock those! Otherwise it has battle scars and a deep gash but seems okay otherwise.

    So first off beware K-edge looks like its cast metal not machined and it just gave way, fatigue shouldn’t be an issue the way I ride.

  49. Nigel Marshall

    Hi I was interested to read your comments on the K-edge combo mount for the Garmin Edge 1000 and Gopro Hero 4 Silver and subsequently bought one but I have discovered that there is serious RF interference from the Gopro which is so bad that the Edge satellite signal disappears completely when the camera is filming video. On various blogs and on youtube people have complained but Gopro suggest it’s a Garmin issue! Do you have any solution or suggestions that might help me and others in a similar situation.

    I really value your opinion and admire your work so I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    Nigel

    • I wish I had some idea why it works for some people, and not at all for others. I use GoPro and Garmin units virtually every ride – and have never had problems. But certainly some people have.

      I wonder if there was a specific batch out there of either Garmin or GoPro units which are more prone to the problem or what. I have heard of some people wrapping their GoPro in tin foil.

      Of course, one thing that I do know that should help is simply turning off WiFi on the GoPro. I suppose on the Hero4 series, I never had WiFi running while cycling (mostly because it kills battery). But that’s what’s causing the issue with the Garmin.

    • Nigel Marshall

      DC thank you for your reply. I have watched you go to great lengths to test equipment and I couldn’t imagine that you had not reported this fairly spectacular failure on the part of the Hero 4 Silver. However you haven’t experienced it and that explains it – c’est la vie! I can assure you that as soon as I turn on the video on my Hero 4 (without the wifi on) the satellite signal disappears on my Garmin. I bought some copper tape and attached it to a template I made which covers the entire Hero it seems to have removed the interference completely. This is ok but it’s not right! From what I’ve read GoPro will not admit that this is an issue with their equipment which is very disappointing. I’m guessing that you have a good but professional and independent relationship with GoPro, could I presume upon you to approach them on behalf of those of us who have this issue with our GoPro equipment and ask them what their view is on it. I realise this is a big ask but I for one would be very much obliged to hear their view on it in a reply to a respected equipment tester like you. Thanks again Nigel