As expected, Garmin has announced the release of its high-end Edge 1030 cycling computer, alongside a redesigned pedal power meter, the Vector 3/3S.
The company boasts a wide range of cycling GPS units. Weighing 123 grams and measuring 58 x 114 x 19 mm, the new device sports a larger screen and some more advanced cycling functionality compared to the Edge 1000.
The colour touchscreen is now 3.5 inches in diameter rather than the 3 inches of the 1000. To accommodate the larger display real-estate, the bezels are closer to the edges. There are two buttons at the base of the unit which can be used to operate the device. The water resistant (IPX7) display works in wet weather, and even while wearing gloves. Light sensors adjust the screen’s brightness to improve visibility and preserve battery power.
The cycling computer provides advanced analysis features including time in zone, cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time (when used with a power meter and heart rate monitor), indoor trainer support and cycling dynamics (when used with compatible power meter).
It also comes preloaded with maps and includes turn-by-turn navigation and new navigation alerts. In-ride challenges with the newly updated preloaded Strava Live Segments feature and Garmin Connect segments are there to keep you motivated.
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Other features include Popularity-derived Routing, Rider-to-rider Messaging and Improved Cycling Awareness features.
The first displays best on and off routes travelled by Garmin cyclists which will probably prove to be a popular feature. Rider-to-rider messaging lets you send pre-written notes to other riders’ Edge devices. Improved Cycling Awareness features have to do with connectivity. You can, for example, respond to phone calls or texts with prewritten messages and keep your loved ones aware of your location in real time with LiveTrack and GroupTrack2.
Edge 1030 c0mes with 20 hours of battery life (depending on usage), slightly up on the 15 hours provided by the 1000. If that’s not enough, you can add up to 24 hours more with the optional extended battery pack.
Also announced is the Vector 3/3s pedal-based power meter, which is a dual-sensing, pedal-mounted system. The third generation device features a new design which moves away from the pod we have seen on the predecessor versions. This makes it easier to transfer between bikes. It also comes with upgraded cycling dynamics and more accurate, reliable data.
The Edge 3000 and Vector 3/3s are available on Garmin’s website. Both start at $600.
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