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Old 04-24-09, 07:01 AM
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Anyone race with Garmin 705? Mount FAIL question...

I'm thinking about getting an ANT+ powermeter. Seeing as how I already own a 705, thought I'd save myself some cash and buy just the hub.


The mounts for the Edge series are flimsy pieces of garbage and while they do their job for long training rides, I'm concerned that races on rougher terrains will cause it to fly off into the peloton. The wattage forums had a couple of instances of this happening to people.

Just want to see how widespread this issue is and whether or not getting the head unit might ultimately be a 705 insurance policy.
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Old 04-24-09, 07:13 AM
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I am on hold with Garmin right now to try and get a warranty replacement for my Forerunner 305 which ejected from my brand new multisport mount on a ride last night.

Different mount, but it definitely sucks watching a expensive part get obliterated under the wheels of a truck during your warmup. It is definitely affecting my decision about getting a 705 in the near future. Loosing a $500 computer would suck a lot worse than a $150 computer.
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Old 04-24-09, 07:16 AM
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I've never had my garmin dislodge itself.

If you're worried, here's what Ballan (and many other riders) do with some electrical tape:
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The mount does suck, and I've broken the tab on a few. However it hasn't been a problem with it coming off for me. One key is making sure you've actually got it clipped in to start.

I've raced with mine about 15 times now, including the Tampa downtown crit, which had some seriously rough old brick sections, without incident.

If you're really worried about it, put a zip tie around it.

Also, if it did break due to the mount failing, I would definitely pursue a warranty claim (keep the receipt).

Finally Garmin/ Chipotle used them in Roubaix, so it can be done (although I think they may have gone the zip tie route for that.
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my 705 mounts seeems pretty secure. raced on it and never had any problems.
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I think someone should make an aftermarket Garmin mount that has a sturdier tab. I've broken 3 tabs.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
I think someone should make an aftermarket Garmin mount that has a sturdier tab. I've broken 3 tabs.
Paging Bob Dopolina.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Paging Bob Dopolina.
that's what I was thinking.

I'd buy five if I knew the tab wouldn't snap off every time I sneeze.
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The mounts suck.

An extra zip tie over the mount and a piece of tape on the side to preven the Garmin sliding off should keep it secure.
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I've broken many many tabs and lost a 705 in a crit when the two halves of the mount came apart. The mount shows signs of approaching failure beforehand and I ignored it. I've never had the mount break without any warning, so as long as you are vigilant it should be ok, but if you are concerned you can ziptie the whole unit to secure it.
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Also, in case my garmin does eject itself, this is what the back looks like.

It doesn't guarantee someone will be honest and call me, but every little bit helps.

IMG_0367.jpg
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Originally Posted by johnybutts View Post
my 705 mounts seeems pretty secure. raced on it and never had any problems.
Here too. I had problems with the tabs breaking- then I realized you don't need a lot of pressure to release. Ever since that revelation, I haven't had any issues. Also make sure that it is seated in 100%. I also make sure the mount is cinched in tight.
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Originally Posted by CerveloFellow View Post
I'm thinking about getting an ANT+ powermeter. Seeing as how I already own a 705, thought I'd save myself some cash and buy just the hub.


The mounts for the Edge series are flimsy pieces of garbage and while they do their job for long training rides, I'm concerned that races on rougher terrains will cause it to fly off into the peloton. The wattage forums had a couple of instances of this happening to people.

Just want to see how widespread this issue is and whether or not getting the head unit might ultimately be a 705 insurance policy.
I broke the first mount at the little tabs where the zip ties go through when I hit some rumble strips. I used Gorilla Glue to glue the second mount together and it's held up with no problems.
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Originally Posted by kensuf View Post
I broke the first mount at the little tabs where the zip ties go through when I hit some rumble strips. I used Gorilla Glue to glue the second mount together and it's held up with no problems.
Hey, that's a good idea!
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Hey, that's a good idea!
Yeah because even if the tab breaks, it'll still hold together.


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