The Only Head Unit Mount You Will Ever Need
If I could rate this even higher than five full stars, I would. This system is slick! It may well be the last handlebar mount you will ever need.
I contacted Barfly after I saw the company’s ad in BRAIN (Bicycle Retailer and Industry News). What intrigued me was that someone had really put a lot of thought into this product. I saw what appeared to be several “snap-in” mounts and accessory mounts that would allow the mount to work with any head unit. Ever since I moved my D-fly from the seat stay to the front of the bike, I have been looking for a clean, totally integrated solution. And this appears to be it.
Less than 10 minutes after the Barfly 4 arrived, I had it mounted to the bars and had the Bryton Rider 310, Shimano CM-1000 camera and D-fly installed.
Mounting the Barfly is as easy as 1-2-3.
1) Mount the Barfly onto your handlebars, center appropriately.
2) Select your specific head unit mount – choose from Garmin, Polar, Wahoo, Mio/Magellan, Cateye, Powertap or Bryton. Lezyne coming shortly.
3) Select accessory mount(s) – choose based on your needs. Accessory mounts include Di2/EPS front junction box, D-fly/EWW01, any device with a GoPro-style mount, and there’s even an accessory mount for a flashlight, etc.
See A., B., C. in the accompanying photo, which shows how I have my head unit (A), camera (B-only the mount is shown), and Shimano D-fly (C) unit mounted.
Next, I kicked it up a notch by adding the EW90 front junction box to the accessory mount – piggy-backing it to the Shimano D-fly. In my final configuration, I will have a GPS head unit + camera + front junction box + D-fly all conveniently and neatly attached to this single Barfly handlebar mount.
Declutter Your Cockpit
The Barfly 4 mount enables you to gain handlebar real estate. Instead of a mount for the head unit, a separate mount for the camera, another mount for the front junction box and yet another mount for the D-fly, all of this can be mounted to a single Barfly 4.
The Barfly 4 is sized for a 35.0mm handlebar, but can easily accommodate a 31.8mm handlebar using the provided rubber washer. A single short allen screw is used to attach the Barfly to the handlebars. A longer allen screw is also provided when attaching the Di2/EPS Junction Box Mount. Just swap out the shorter screw for the longer screw.
Additionally, two short screws are used to secure each of the seven provided head unit mounts to the Barfly. If you want to attach the GoPro camera mount to the Barfly as well, two longer screws are also provided. Again, just swap out the shorter screws for the longer screws.
The Last Word
For $29.95-$39.95 (the price depends on whether you buy a bundled version that includes a camera or accessory mount), this is the deal of the century. Think about that: The total cost is less than most OEM handlebar mounts, and you basically are buying the ability to mount any possible head unit and a variety of accessories.
The instruction sheet is super easy to read and follow. Every screw to support any configuration is also included, making this a no-brainer to install and use. I fully loaded up my Barfly 4 with every possible accessory in just a couple of minutes.
Other configurations supported are MTB and TT. Again, everything is included to make this work for any possible setup you might need.
This is one slick mount, and I highly recommend it.
Coach Rick Schultz is an avid cyclist who trains, races and coaches in Southern California. Rick is an engineer by trade, and in addition to being a coach, he’s a bike fitter and prolific product reviewer. He’s the author of Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist and Bike Fit 101: Your Toolset for a Great Bike Fit in the RBR eBookstore. Check his product reviews website, www.biketestreviews.com, and his coaching site, www.bikefitnesscoaching.com. Click to read Rick’s full bio.