Wahoo Elemnt Bolt mount for Bontrager Blendr mount
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Update 2019 Aug 15: I was contacted by nichenke who tried to fit this on the Wahoo Elemnt and it didn't fit. He tried to modify the original design from the F3D file but it didn't update right. I tried and got the same results. I've found my new mount works better anyway, so I uploaded the longer low mount for the Elemnt with the new, better performing interface.
I work for a Trek bike shop, and got exposed to the Bontrager Blendr mounts and became an immediate fan. You can use it to mount various things to your bike without the typical clamp or series of rubber bands around the bar or stem, so it results in a really clean look to the bike. I've mounted a Garmin GPS and one of the awesome little Bontrager Ion 100 front lights to my bike without using up any space on my bar or stem, and it looked clean. That was all well and good when I had a Garmin computer, as Bontrager makes mounts for the Garmins. When I got a Wahoo, however, sadness ensued as there is no mount available for these great little computers. Folks on Trek University (training for folks who work with Trek stuff) asked for these mounts as well, but got no reply as to if Bontrager would release them, so, as always, 3D printing to the rescue!
The mount I'm happiest with at the moment is the "mid mount" - so called since it's about in the middle of the mount, vs. the Bontrager low mount and the high mount. This prints with minimal supports (and can survive no supports if your printer is well configured) and fits very well. The mid mount is designed for the Elemnt Bolt - I don't have access to a Wahoo Element to take measurements but I do know it's larger and might not fit the mid mount. If anyone can give me an idea of how much to increase the length for the Elemnt, I can adjust and make those versions available.
The high mount I created in case someone wants it, but it'll require a bunch of supports and I haven't even printed one yet.
I've listed Bryce's Garmin Stem Mount as a source as he modified his design for the Wahoo, and when I discovered it needed some adjustment, I used his as a template for redesigning from scratch. Yes - there are many Wahoo mounts I could have used, including this one which is even modeled in Fusion 360. The design is simple enough that I figured I'd draw it up from scratch, and I found in my early prototypes some adjustments which helped the design work with FDM printing.
Finally, why are vowels being dropped from both Elemnt and Blendr? Are they expensive? ;D
- 3D file format: F3D and STL
Note: I wanted to try Cults3D as a possible alternative to Thingiverse, but after giving it a bit of a look, I'm not super impressed. Feel free to visit my Thingiverse page if they can manage to keep that site running:
I went to school as a mechanical engineer, and got interested in 3D modeling, specifically the SDRC I-DEAS CAD/CAM software system. This interest got me my first job working for a CAD/CAM reseller doing pre and post-sales support. I was lucky to be involved in 3D printing in the early 90s - for a demo of rapid prototyping, I modeled the mouse from my HP-UX CAD workstation and it was rendered via stereolithography. I still have that model, but across the years I stopped using CAD and moved to systems administration. Now that 3D printing is affordable and mostly reliable, I've gotten into it and am having a blast. I printed all the usual cute little trinkets and tchotchkes, but quickly got bored of that. What I find most interesting is needing something, then spending a little bit of time in a CAD program and soon after that having a real, functional version of the part in my hand.
I'm a cyclist and bike mechanic as a hobby and a side job, and have found endless applications of 3D printing to both bikes and bike maintenance. Coworkers have also come to me with many varied requests, each of which has been an interesting challenge and an opportunity to learn.
I am constantly learning, constantly trying to challenge myself to learn new things and technologies, so hopefully as I progress my designs will continue to improve.
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