Garmin Out-front computer mount review

Updated Edge mount misses the mark

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It was just a matter of time before Garmin jumped into the forward-positioned Edge computer mount business with the recent release of its aptly named Out-front. It's impressively engineered but perhaps overly so and unfortunately, it doesn't offer the price advantage we expected, either.

As with other mounts of this type, the Garmin Out-front places newer Garmin Edge computer displays out in front of the bar where the screen can be readily viewed at a glance. The single offset arm also keeps the LCD centered (albeit only on stems with up to 40mm-wide clamps), and the drooped design positions the screen roughly in-line with the stem, much like the aluminum K-Edge.

Just as you'd expect, the computer interfaces with the mount perfectly, offering the same silky-smooth fit and rotation as on Garmin's standard O-ring mount.

Unlike its competitors, the Out-front is comprised of multiple molded plastic pieces, including a rubber-lined and hinged handlebar clamp plus a quarter-turn interface that can be rotated 90 degrees to work with Garmin's more versatile Forerunner 910XT and 310XT units. However, the hinge is largely unnecessary – other mounts simply flex open to clear the handlebar – its narrow profile makes it harder to get the mount clamped square on the bar, and the slim arm is a tad flexy.

Overall it's a nice piece of kit although we can't help but feel that it's a bit more complex than it needs to be. That complexity helps explain the $39.99 asking price (injection molds are expensive) but other companies have managed to offer similar features for less money.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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