Can an out-front mount ever be worth £175?

And what does the fact that such an item can be brought to market reveal about cyclists’ buying habits more broadly?

Silca Mensola out-front mount
(Image credit: Silca)

Silca, a brand build on a reputation of exquisite engineering, has released an out-front stem mount retailing for the sum total of £175. That’s more expensive than a Garmin 130, and it won’t even tell you what your FTP is – let alone where you’re going.

To be fair, Silca’s Mensola does at least come with the auspicious claim of being “the world's smartest computer mount, designed by the wind and manufactured in 6Al/4V Titanium by lasers.” 

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg