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GoPro Road & Mountain Bike Fork Mounts

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GoPro Road & Mountain Bike Fork Mounts by cdaringe Feb 11, 2012
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These secure your gopro to your bike forks!

Road: Giant TCR carbon
Mtn: Fox SID 100mm

Bikes as ref:
road:
http://www2.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/road/2259/32176/?collections_id=4
mtn:
http://www2.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/mountain/2270/32152/?collections_id=4

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Print. I used ABS so that the plastic could conform to the obscure shaped profiles of the forks.

Install. i used 6-32 stainless hardware. I also cut up a bike tube to buffer/grip the fork/mount interface.

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I printed one of these for my mountain bike, the opening was a little bit too big, but I was able to make it work. It took a ton of sanding and drilling out the holes, but it worked great.

Is there a distinct advantage using ABS for this or do you think Polyamide or Alumide would be sufficient for this mount? I was looking at the lower cost of the latter two.

I can't speak on authority because this is my first print project but I went with PLA. What I can tell you is that it left alot of what I'll call "Spider webbing"on the piece. It took a little bit of cleanup to get some of the bumps off but it came out pretty damn good! Now to take it out for a ride.

Update
So here is what I can tell you after a year and a half of constant use. This mount has held up great, the only thing being that it has developed stress cracks in the arm where it mounts to the forks which happens to be the thinnest part. I understand that ABS is more durable than PLA so the next time I print this out I'll use ABS. As an aside... make sure to print with an infill greater than 50%. I printed a different GoPro mount at an 15% infill and it cracked as soon as I mounted the camera housing.

Works great on my road bike. I have some real great footage. I have no footage on my mountain bike yet though. Unfortunately the files are restricted, so you wouldn't be able to edit them. I could modify them though based on the posted stls and send your way if interested. I shimmed them both with bike tube for grip!

Do you mind posting the design files? I'm curious to customize this for a friend. Love the idea - I haven't seen many fork mounted cameras, I think it'd be an interesting perspective. Also, have you used it enough at this point to know how durable it is?

hey fehknt:
unfortunately I no longer have access to my original files :( . I used a work CAD license that I think may prohibit me from sharing them regardless...
We're I to redo it, I'd add an extra mm to the MTB mount. It cracked eventually, but not during use. I may have over-torqued it onto my fork!

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