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Garmin just announced a new, top-of-the-line cycling GPS called the Edge 1030. The new color, touch-screen GPS unit packs a few hardware updates like a more aerodynamic mounting system and better battery life. The biggest updates seem to be based around the addition of several new software features like deeper Strava and Training Peaks integration, improved route finding, built-in incident detection, and rider-to-rider messaging. However, those last two features require pairing the device with a smartphone.

Here’s more on the navigation features that mountain bikers will be able to take advantage of:

Enhancements in navigation and course planning on the Edge 1030 were made with the cyclist in mind. New Trendline popularity routing uses billions of miles of ride data from Garmin Connect to provide riders with the best road, mountain or gravel routes that are aggregated from those most traveled by fellow cyclists. Using the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect allows cyclists to generate even more bike-friendly routes based on popularity data.

 

Preloaded on the Edge 1030, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn navigation and new alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. While riding, cyclists will receive elevation information, see points of interest and be able to search for addresses –all right on their screen. By inputting a distance and starting direction, the Edge 1030will give riders up to three roundtrip routes to choose from and will guide cyclists back to the route if they stray away. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter sensor capabilities also provide accurate ride data so cyclists know how far, fast and high they ride.

The new Garmin Edge 1030 will start at $599.99 USD and looks to be available in about 4 weeks.

Garmin also announced an update to the company’s Vector power-meter pedal, though sadly it’s still only available in a Look-compatible format. Sorry mountain bikers. 🙁

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# Comments

  • SBAS

    Sorry but this GPS is insanely overpriced, how can they even dare to claim enhancements in navigation if this unit is lacking SBAS integration like WAAS, you have zero control of how detailed your route is – unlike using your iPhone for example where by default it records at 1Hz, and it is not more precise than a phone either, and its an extra thing you have to worry about.

    The only good thing this GPS has is the claimed battery life of 20 hours, but even that is not that impressive because my old 76CSx can do twice that on 2x 2500NiMH AA, and the touch display which makes for easier navigation.

    Truth is, nothing garmin has made in the last 10 years is that good, they seem to be only cutting costs and using cheapest chips possible. 10 years ago the chip available was the super high sensitivity quad helix GPS + SBAS, and its insanely precise. Now the more specific the unit gets – the cheaper solution they will implement to just make it barely work, I am shocked that for $600 it has no WAAS support, I am shocked that it tracks at 1Hz and records track when it pleases. In semi-professional to professional racing you have GPS that records 10-20-50 points per second, there are even pocket bluetooth GPS like BadElf that will record at 10Hz for like 12+ hours, plus garmin uses absolutely moronic detailing, you couldnt even create a super detailed route for yourself as you would inevitably run out of points.

    Garmin CEO is the worst.

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