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.
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. 🙁