Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0 mount review£21.99

Aftermarket Garmin Edge mount

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There are lots of aftermarket mounts available for newer Garmin Edge computers – some better than others. Tate Labs arguably created the category with its original Bar Fly, and while we noted incremental improvements on the subsequent Bar Fly 1.1, the new 2.0 is utterly perfect.

  • Pros: Refined and secure interface, durable materials, reasonable price, clever two-position mounting
  • Cons: None

The Bar Fly 2.0 has clearly benefited from two prior generations of experience. The simple, one-bolt handlebar clamp is secure and consistently locates perpendicular to the bar.

The lowered height now puts the computer inline with the stem for better aesthetics and easier viewing, and there's now a clever two-position quarter-turn interface so that both smaller-format (such as the Garmin Edge 200 and 500) and larger-format models (such as the 510, 800, and 810) can all sit close to the bar.

The unique dual-slot interface on the new tate labs bar fly 2.0 allows for two mounting positions depending on the size of the computer and your desired location: the unique dual-slot interface on the new tate labs bar fly 2.0 allows for two mounting positions depending on the size of the computer and your desired location
The unique dual-slot interface on the new tate labs bar fly 2.0 allows for two mounting positions depending on the size of the computer and your desired location: the unique dual-slot interface on the new tate labs bar fly 2.0 allows for two mounting positions depending on the size of the computer and your desired location

The unique dual-slot interface on the new Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0

Tate Labs has also refined the interface itself, for a silkier feel plus a 'clickier' lock for even better security than before – and if you're running Shimano Di2 or Campagnolo EPS electronic drivetrains, there's even space on the bottom and zip-tie slots for mounting the control box. Otherwise, the company has a safety flasher in development that will occupy that space instead.

Despite the improvements, the reasonable US$24.99/£21.99 retail price is the same as for the Bar Fly 1.1 – and, as with any Tate Labs mount, the company's "Buy one, you're done", no-questions-asked warranty policy means you'll never have to pay for another due to breakage, even in a crash. Actual weight is just 22g, too – exactly as claimed.

The tate labs bar fly 2.0 practically disappears when one of garmin's larger edge computers is mounted:
The tate labs bar fly 2.0 practically disappears when one of garmin's larger edge computers is mounted:

The mount practically disappears beneath larger Garmin Edge devices

If you really want to nitpick, it'd be nice if the Bar Fly 2.0 centered the computer on stems with faceplates wider than 40mm. And because it uses the standard quarter-turn mount instead of the 1.1's clever eighth-turn interface, it won't work with Garmin's landscape-oriented outdoor GPS models.

Otherwise, though, this is hands-down the best aftermarket Garmin mount we've used.

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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