Garmin have cornered the GPS computer market and the Garmin Edge 1000 is the latest flagship model. The 1000 sees Garmin tackle the rise of Strava by introducing segment alerts (including real- time results and segment start/finish alerts) from Garmin’s improved Connect online platform. It’s a neat feature but, given that Strava segments are not compatible with the 1000, how many existing Strava users will switch is open to debate.
That aside, the 1000 builds upon the success of the previous range-topper, the 810, which remains in the line-up. It’s larger than the 810, with a bigger screen which now measures three inches but, naturally, it takes up more real estate on the handlebar or stem. The 1000 comes pre-loaded with Garmin Cycle Map to offer excellent turn-by-turn navigation – the world is your oyster – while the round-trip routing feature allows the rider to enter a specified distance and the 1000 will calculate three cycling-friendly routes. The 1000 is ANT+ and Bluetooth-compatible, and it can also be paired with your smartphone to offer live tracking, call and text alerts, social media sharing, weather updates and wireless uploads.
The basic Garmin Edge 1000 is available for £439.99, while the ‘performance’ bundle featured here, which includes speed and cadence sensors, and a heart rate monitor, is £499.99.