Garmin has announced iterative upgrades to its best selling bike computers. The Edge 530 and Edge 830 provide new dynamic performance insights, cycling safety features and advanced mapping capabilities.
Essential reading: Top fitness trackers and health gadgets
The Edge 530 replaces the 520. It features a larger high-resolution 2.6 inch color screen, but sticks to physical buttons.
The gizmo has everything an average cyclist needs. It’s compatible with both GPS and GLONASS satellites so you benefit from more signal options, and comes pre-loaded with Garmin’s Cycle Map that suggests popular routes based on crowdsourced ride data. The device can also take you back to your route if you get lost and calculate the best way home. For off-road riding now there’s Trailforks integration. This allows users to view maps of trails and trail ratings from over 80 countries.
There’s a plethora of advanced performance data such as VO2 max, recovery, training load focus and options to analyze your nutrition and hydration.
You also get some new analysis features. This includes info on how how the heat and altitude are affecting your performance, and a tally of your jumps, jump distance and hang time for mountain bikers.
Another feature for those hitting the mountains is the new ClimbPro features. It allows riders to pace their effort by letting them know the remaining elevation gain and grade for preloaded climbs. And after you’re done the 530 assesses the difficulty of your ride.
Safety is always a concern. Edge 530 can automatically detect an incident and send pre-loaded emergency contacts your location. The new bike alarm feature lets you know if someone has tampered with you bike. Connected features include live tracking, group messaging and tracking, smart notifications and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect.
Just like the Edge 820 before it, the 830 comes touchscreen functionality. This means it does away with physical buttons you’ll find on the 530. The features are largely the same between the two new devices but you do get a few extras on the 830 such as the ability to create new rides and courses right on the device.
“The Edge 530 and Edge 830 include new and updated features that are designed for all riders – whether you’re a podium finisher, gravel grinder, urban pedaler or somewhere in between,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.
“Offering new ride data and guidance, navigational enhancements, safety and tracking features and more, you can truly find your Edge, only from Garmin.”
The Edge 530 and Edge 830 come with the same 20 hours of battery life with GPS switched on. They will be available in May and will range in price from $299.99 to $499.99 depending on the options chosen. Garmin has also added the new Speed Sensor 2 and Cadence Sensor 2 to its lineup. You can learn more about all of these on www.garmin.com.
Like this article? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter and never miss out!