Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0 mount review
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
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 James Huang/Future Publishing
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: James Huang/Future Publishing
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.