I had dropped by my local bike shop for this part. They had a very fancy, milled aluminum mount for nearly $50! I said, forget that. This plastic mount holds the garmin unit super securely. My only issue is that I was installed it on my mountain bike. My Santa Cruz has a very thick, tapering handle bar. The bar near the stem is too thick for the mount, so it is install on the area that tapes on this aluminum bar. I know a little trick where I cut up one of those silicon wrist bands (like the one from the controversial Lance Armstrong Livestrong bracelet). Tuck it between the bar and the mount. This provides grip to effectively secure the mount so that it stays in place.
The SRAM mount does not seem quite as secure as a Garmin mount, but once the Edge unit is clicked in place, it does not come loose, and it's quite a bit less expensive. It does not come with various sized mounting bands to adjust for older, smaller circumference bars, forcing me to use bits stolen from older computer mounts and pieces of inner tube, leaving a less than clean appearance.
I wanted a lightweight and inexpensive mount for my Garmin. The clamp is flexible so it's easy to open to clamp onto the bar without having to undo tape and a lever. I've used it for a month and the mount and computer are secure.
Surprised there are so many high-priced models out there when a mount like this needs to hold your computer and not much else. This is very well made, relatively light, and can't be beat for the price. Only downside is SRAM is very evident so if you're a Shimano fan andor not running any SRAM on your ride, it might be awkward. Highly recommended.
Not sure why I waited so long to get this. Makes Garmin much easier to see and use. Some advice: tighten it properly so it does not fall off, whether you fall or crash on at mtb or road bike. I wouldn't expect it to hold up any better than most any plastic accessory. Be happy if that's your worst post crash issue.
The SRAM mount has a nice sturdy turn/click to hold and release the Garmin. I've never worried about having my Garmin fall off the mount and disappear down the road. However, the screw that holds the mount to the handlebar is another matter. Somewhere on a ride the darn thing fell out and the whole mount starting slipping. I think I may go for a different mount as I don't think the installing the screw mechanism on the bottom portion was the best approach
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I have bracket envy because my buddy bought the kind that sweeps under the bar, rather than over. With this one you end up resting the garmin or bracket itself on the ground if you have to flip your bike over.
I bought this along with my Garmin Edge 810. It was half the price of the barfly and Garmin mounts. It is perfect for road biking especially if you spend time in the drops. Easy to install (but you need a torx head). It is easier to attach the Garmin to this than the Barfly on my wife's TT bike, and feels more secure when mounted.
This style of mount makes for better viewing of a Garmin, especially when more forward on the hoods and in the drops. The other brands are so outrageously pricey for a small piece of plastic (or metal) that this is the only one I will buy. No doubt they will all break overtime. It mounts and adjusts easily and doesn't damage my carbon bars. Leaves more space on the handlebar than the rubber band Garmin mounts so I can attach a light or GoPro when desired.
This mount is great. It's a little longer than the BarFly which I like and the Garmin 500 locks into place much better than with the BarFly. I had it on one bike and then my BarFly broke when I hit a pot hole on my other bike and I replaced it with a SRAM