Tate Labs Bar Fly 1.1 review

Garmin mount with updated design, lower price

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Tate Labs has recently updated its popular Bar Fly mount for newer Garmin Edge computers. Subtle tweaks improve the functionality just a bit but more importantly, the price is now almost half of what it used to be at a much more reasonable $24.99.

The key change on the Bar Fly 1.1 from the original Bar Fly is its new 1/8-turn computer interface, which works with both the Garmin Edge range's portrait display as well as the landscape-oriented screen of Garmin's more versatile Forerunner 910 XT outdoor unit. Tate Labs has refined the mold for a silkier and more positive feeling connection with Garmin computers, although we still wish the computer were placed a little lower and fit better with stem clamps wider than 40mm.

In addition, the compact design keeps things tidy but bigger Garmin Edge 800 and 810 models might not fit with some bulkier stem clamps.

Otherwise, it's essentially the same as before with solidly built Delrin construction, an easy-to-install single-bolt layout, and the same 19g weight. And at $24.99, it's a much more compelling purchase, too.

The tate labs bar fly 1.1 places the computer just in front of the bars:
The tate labs bar fly 1.1 places the computer just in front of the bars:

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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