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TESTED: Form Mount

TESTED: Form Mount

Eliminate Separation Anxiety with the Form Mount!

Not all bar mounts are made equally and F3 Cycling has just gone and upped the ante with their Form Mount, the incredibly robust stem mounted system.

There are a lot of bar mounts on the market right now. Some good and some not so good. The good ones tend to stay upright, don’t work loose and keep your gubbins on the bar. The not so good ones fail to do any of those things.

 

A simple yet very effective design. A simple yet very effective design.
The Form Mount kit use the 4 bolt stem system and can fit most bar widths.The Form Mount kit use the 4 bolt stem system and can fit most bar widths.
The main component. Incredibly tough, lightweight and adaptable.The main component. Incredibly tough, lightweight and adaptable.

First Impressions

The Form Mount is a little different to others as this mount actually becomes part of your stem. It doesn’t simply attach to the bar, you actually need to remove the stem bolts and use the ones provided. So essentially, it becomes very much a part of the bike.

On first impressions we noticed the high standards of engineering put into this. It feels solid yet light in your hands and all the parts are made of high quality materials. The kit comes with all the necessary mounting hardware.

The Form Mount can handle multiple devices.The Form Mount can handle multiple devices.
Throw whatever you want on it.Throw whatever you want on it.
There is no denying it, this mount is slick! There is no denying it, this mount is slick! 

Features

The Form Mount has rotating arms that offer 5 mounting positions. There are top and bottom pieces to mount different devices such as a computer, camera or light. With its modular design, you can set it up to mount multiple devices simultaneously.

The Form Mount cradle has been designed to fit virtually any stem on the market, making it incredibly versatile across a range of bikes. The big difference between the Form Mount and other bar mounts is that it fits directly onto the stem. This gives it incredible strength.

You can also use your phone with the Phone Component system.You can also use your phone with the Phone Component system.
The phone case plate looks cool, feels nice to the touch and is razor thin.The phone case plate looks cool, feels nice to the touch and is razor thin.
The tool-less, strap free interface uses 4 nickel plated neo magnets with over 30 lbs.of combined pull force to securely dock your phone in portrait or landscape positions.The tool-less, strap free interface uses 4 nickel plated neo magnets with over 30 lbs.of combined pull force to securely dock your phone in portrait or landscape positions.

I hate clutter, it’s one of my pet peeves especially when it comes to my bike. So knowing that the Form Mount won’t add any additional clutter to my beloved carbon bars, makes me very happy indeed. It has far less clutter than a lot of other mounts, and a lot of those can only handle a single device. This handles two! The Form Mount also avoids damaging the bar because it’s not being attached to the bar itself.

A problem with other ‘out front’ mounts is that they are limited to a fixed position. Not ideal with all the varied computer sizes on the market today. Form Mount’s fore/aft feature allows computers to be moved forward and backward to get in that just right position.

The Form Mount uses high quality materials, with carbon filled polymeric that provide stiffness, strength and keeps it lightweight and the over molded CNC stainless steel inserts provide a secure stem connection.

The interface can accomodate a Gopro, Garming, Wahoo and Sigma Sport straight off the bat. If you want to mount other devices, F3 Cycling offer alternative cradle options to accomodate pretty much any device.

The Form Mount comes with different cradles for attaching many devices.The Form Mount comes with different cradles for attaching many devices.
Form Mount's arms are designed for medium and large computers in all mounting positions. To tuck against the stem, short arms are available for computers 3" in length or smaller.Form Mount's arms are designed for medium and large computers in all mounting positions. To tuck against the stem, short arms are available for computers 3" in length or smaller.
Form Mount comes standard with a gloss back center band. Colors are perfect for pimping your ride. Available in orange, white, yellow, red, green blue and gray.Form Mount comes standard with a gloss back center band. Colors are perfect for pimping your ride. Available in orange, white, yellow, red, green blue and gray.

Feature/Spec List:

  • Attach multiple devices.
  • Interface supports Garmin, Wahoo, and Sigma Sport.
  • GoPro and/or light ready with the Camera-Light Component
  • Fore and aft adjustments.
  • Carbon filled polymeric materials for strength and lightness.
  • CNC stainless steel inserts provide a secure stem connection.
  • 2 length sizes stainless steel M5 bolts and custom black anodized aluminum spacers.
  • Rotating arms (allow it to accommodate bolt distance between centres) from 16mm to as wide as 41mm.

Installation

OK so I have to be honest here. Installation is a little tricky but if you watch this handy installation video below, it will help hugely. Hang on, I’ll change that to “you MUST watch this video”, otherwise you will end up pulling your hair out. But once it’s on, it is absolutely on!

You can see why F3 Cycling claim that it’s one of the most reliable mounts out there. When it’s connected to the stem, (using the 4 bolt system) there is no way it’s going to come off. Unless you end up hitting a tree or something like that. So don’t go doing that!

Out On The Trails

We’ve had mounts in the past that have worked their way loose on rough terrain. That’s not such an issue for day riding but if it’s your light that slips down, at night. It can spell disaster.

So we always look to avoid those situations, so any mount we test must pass the “shake and bake” test. Meaning, we install the mount and take it down some of the roughest trails we know, at speed.

As we’ve mentioned previously, once the Form Mount is secured to the stem, it’s not going anywhere. We took the Form Mount on a shake and bake test run at our local trails, one of those being a black DH run.

If any mount was going to start slipping, it would be here and as expected, we experienced zero movement wth the mount. There was practically zero wobble that we could discern. The only wobble was coming from us and the bike, not the device.

I guess the only downside is that it does take a little longer to remove than other bar mounts. So if you’re one of those people who keeps your mount on, whether it has a device on it or not, then this is perfect for you. But if you prefer to remove your mounts regularly, then just be prepared that it will take a little longer.

With just a single device attached.With just a single device attached.
The Form Mount with a GoPro on the bottom and Garmin on top.The Form Mount with a GoPro on the bottom and Garmin on top.
Front view of the Form Mount. Front view of the Form Mount.

What’s in the box?

INCLUDES: Garmin and Wahoo inserts. Mounting hardware. WEIGHT: 24.89 grams

Price

$99.40 AUD

Where To Buy?

Head on over to Full Beam Australia. 


Conclusion

Jason Lorch

Author: Jason Lorch

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.

So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.

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