01/02/2013 | 1 comments
Garmin have unveiled two new GPS cycle computers – the Edge 810 and Edge 510.
The two computers replace the top-of-the-range Edge 800 and mid-range Edge 500 respectively, and, while not a complete overhaul of the existing units, offer a range of new features, including bluetooth connectivity, weather updates and live tracking, while Garmin have claimed to make the user interface more intuitive.
The Edge 810 is Garmin’s all-singing computer with full turn-by-turn navigation, while the Edge 510 strips out the mapping and navigation features, but offers the same level of ride analysis.
Garmin have added bluetooth connectivity to both units, alongside the existing ANT+ protocol, which means they can be linked to your smartphone. The Garmin Connect app (for Apple and Android) allows you to analyse your ride on the move, download new routes and courses from Garmin Connect, and wirelessly upload your ride to Garmin Connect and share it to social media. The computers can also pull in live weather updates when paired with the app, which will prove particularly useful for riders constantly battling the UK changeable weather conditions.
The new LiveTrack feature allows friends and family to follow your progress in real-time on a Garmin Connect tracking page; useful when on a big ride, racing or, in the case of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda boss Jonathan Vaughters in the video below, tracking his riders’ training.
Both computers use a GPS signal to track a range of metrics, including distance, speed, ascent/descent, gradient, heart rate, cadence and power. The Edge 810 has a claimed 17 hours of battery life, boosted to 20 hours for the Edge 510.
The Edge 510 will be available as a standalone computer for £249.99, or as part of a performance bundle (with an out front bike mount, heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor) for £299.
The Edge 810 will cost £379.99 as a standalone model with basic mapping, £429.99 as part of a performance bundle (with an out front bike mount, heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor) or £479 as part of a performance and navigation bundle, which also includes updated mapping for Europe.
Both computers will be available from February.