New K-Edge Garmin and SRM mounts debut at Tour of California

Long-awaited TT bar extension mount revealed

K-Edge debuted a flurry of new computer mounts just before the start of the time trial at the Tour of California. Included in the upcoming crop are a new standard Garmin Edge mount, a new TT-specific Garmin Edge mount, and two TT-specific mounts for SRM’s PowerControl heads – all of which will be available around mid-July.

The new standard K-Edge Garmin mount looks to be a significant improvement over the original one. Gone is the complex three-piece machined aluminum layout in favor of a simpler and sleeker two-piece configuration with bottom-entry bolts, a more rounded shape, and an extension that angles more sharply inward so as to almost disappear when a computer is mounted.

K-Edge is keeping the old mount's standard quarter-turn interface but instead of machining that from aluminum as well, there will now be a bolt-in injection molded plastic insert that yields both a smoother and lighter feel as well as a 'clickier' lock for improved security. In addition, the modular design will allow K-Edge to more quickly develop mounts for other computer brands such as CycleOps and CatEye.

"What we've done is gone with a more of a platform concept," said K-Edge principal Joe Savola.

Claimed weight is 32g and suggested retail price will be US$49.99/£39.99 (including VAT). As before, several anodized colors will be available.

AceCo will soon release a new tt-specific k-edge garmin mount that works even with narrowly spaced extensions and keeps the computer head low: aceco will soon release a new tt-specific k-edge garmin mount that works even with narrowly spaced extensions and keeps the computer head low
AceCo will soon release a new tt-specific k-edge garmin mount that works even with narrowly spaced extensions and keeps the computer head low: aceco will soon release a new tt-specific k-edge garmin mount that works even with narrowly spaced extensions and keeps the computer head low

K-Edge is also nearing completion of its long-awaited time trial/triathlon-specific K-Edge Garmin mount. Time trial and triathlon setups present unique problems in that there's often not enough space in between the extensions for the standard quarter-turn interface to work. K-Edge has cleverly gotten around the issue, however.

Instead of rotating the computer head to lock it into place on a stationary mount, the new TT-specific K-Edge Garmin mount uses rotating tabs – simply place the computer head on the mount, reach underneath the mount, and rotate the cradle. Savola admits that side-mounted buttons can be tough to access given the low and tight confines but in fairness, time trial racers and triathletes aren't likely to be flipping through a bunch of menu pages during an event, anyway.

AceCo developed a clever solution to get around the problem of securing garmin edge computers between very narrowly spaced aero extension. instead of rotating the computer head to lock it into a stationary mount, the computer stays stationary and the mounting tabs rotate to secure everything together.: aceco developed a clever solution to get around the problem of securing garmin edge computers between very narrowly spaced aero extension. instead of rotating the computer head to lock it into a stationary mount, the computer stays stationary and the mounting tabs rotate to secure everything together.
AceCo developed a clever solution to get around the problem of securing garmin edge computers between very narrowly spaced aero extension. instead of rotating the computer head to lock it into a stationary mount, the computer stays stationary and the mounting tabs rotate to secure everything together.: aceco developed a clever solution to get around the problem of securing garmin edge computers between very narrowly spaced aero extension. instead of rotating the computer head to lock it into a stationary mount, the computer stays stationary and the mounting tabs rotate to secure everything together.

K-Edge's prototype was mostly built using a 3D printer but the production version will use a mix of machined aluminum, Delrin, and injection-molded plastic – all of which will be produced in the United States.

Retail price will be rather expensive at US$59.99/£49.99 (including VAT) but Savola says it's an unavoidable consequence of the mount's complexity and domestic manufacturing.

Finally, K-Edge unveiled two TT-specific mounts for SRM's range of PowerControl computers. The machined aluminum mounts will be offered to fit both standard 22mm-diameter round and Shimano-standard oval extensions. While SRM's newest mounts include a locking tab, the new K-Edge models stick to the older ball-and-spring setup, although Savola insists it's very secure given the tight precision fit.

AceCo's upcoming k-edge srm mounts use the familiar ball-and-spring locking mechanism: aceco's upcoming k-edge srm mounts use the familiar ball-and-spring locking mechanism
AceCo's upcoming k-edge srm mounts use the familiar ball-and-spring locking mechanism: aceco's upcoming k-edge srm mounts use the familiar ball-and-spring locking mechanism

Savola said the SRM mounts will “tentatively” retail for US$59.99/£49.99 (including VAT).

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.
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