3D Printed Mount: Garmin Edge

An improved stem mount for the Garmin Edge cycling computer.
Easy to configure for any bicycle.

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This is an improved stem mount design for the Garmin Edge cycling computer which is optimized for FDM printing and can be customized to fit nearly any bicycle.

Lighter, cheaper, and more secure and any other option available on the market, and a perfect replacement for failed stock mounting hardware.

The stem mount that Garmin includes with their Edge cycling computers isn't the greatest. Their mounting system features a quarter-turn automatic retention system which is easy to operate, but the plastic mount itself is somewhat oversize and appears loose when riding. The shape of the mount and some o-rings attempt to provide a universal fit, but in reality the computer just bounces and slides around while riding the bike.

Aftermarket mounts are available for purchase online, but most are expensive and bulky. Some folks have released designs for 3D printed replacement mounts, but these tend to function poorly due to the complexity and overhanging features of the quarter-turn system. 

I decided to solve all of these issues by designing a 3D printable, lightweight stem mount that can be fully customized to specifically fit any bicycle while retaining a low cost and a high level of durability and functionality. 

Wait, I thought you said the 3D printed mounts don't work?

Yes, the models currently available online don't work at all - when 3D printed, the key retaining features are compromised and don't flex as required. Extruded filament also tends to droop which compromises key dimensional features. The two primary areas of concern are shown in red below.

Okay, so how does the improved design solve this?

By designing with a focus on additive manufacturing (a.k.a. avoiding unnecessary overhanging features), I was able to separate a mount that is usually one injection molded piece into five separate components which interlock to form a dynamic assembly.

When printed on a simple FDM printer, there are no longer any major overhangs to overcome. Each component is printed in its most stable orientation, and inverted as necessary for assembly. 

When fully assembled, the separate components are aligned and fastened with two M3 bolts. Additional tabs are used to align the retention features within the top ring of the mount.

Why is there a gap between some of the components?

The gap is okay! This allows the top ring to deform slightly to lock onto the retention bumps on the computer (as shown with arrows below). 

Can I customize this design to fit my bike?

Yes! Follow the instructions below to measure and update the model as necessary. A perfect fit is easiest f your bike's stem tube is symmetrical (i.e. square tube, with rounded edges).

The 3D printed improved design appears to work better than both the original mount and any similar model available to print online. This multi-component assembly securely holds the computer, but is easy to remove. The customized shape of the tube mount ensures that the computer won't rattle loose on rough terrain.

Testing the longevity of this design is the next step, but positive initial impressions from competitive riders suggest that it's a significant improvement over the current options available, as well as a functional replacement for the stock Garmin stem mount.

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CAD Model Assembly (Solidworks)

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  • 2 × M3-0.50 x 8 mm Button Head Screw McMaster-Carr 94500A222
  • 5 × 3D Printed Components Suggested Material: PLA
  • 2 × 4 in (100 mm) Zipties

  • 1
    Measuring the Stem Tube

    A majority of bicycle stem tubes have a rounded-corner square cross section profile. Thus, they are mostly symmetrical and quite easy to measure. 

    To customize the CAD model to a specific bike, usually two measurements of the stem tube are required. The first measurement - the width - is easily measured with a pair of calipers 

    My stem tube is 31 mm tall and 32 mm wide, as shown in the following photos (I used an average width of 31.5 mm).

    The girth of the tube must also be measured to determine the edge radius. This is easily accomplished by wrapping a piece of paper around the tube and marking where it overlaps.

    The  length of the piece of paper between the mark and the end is the girth of the tube - make sure to measure the girth in the same location as the width measurements made with the calipers. 

    The girth of my stem tube is 103 mm as shown in the photo below.

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    Modifying the CAD Model Dimensions

    The Edge folder contains a file named equations.txt. Open this text file and modify the width and girth values to match your measurements (use millimeters for units and don't delete the apostrophe)

    Changing these values will automatically update the model in Solidworks when you open it. Export a new Tube Clamp STL file and print your own fully customized stem mount!

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jppsesact wrote 10/07/2019 at 08:32 point


Thanks e congratulations for this project.

It's possible for you to make the one quarter turn 3d project for the Garmin Edge that broke the tabs? It will be a great help for the people who have this problem.

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