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19.07.2015, 16:27   BikeRadar

Best GPS devices for cycling

By BikeRadar December 17, 2014
GPS-equipped cycle computers are becoming increasingly popular, with both road cyclists and mountain bikers using them for social media applications as much as for navigation and training purposes.

Brands such as Garmin, Magellan (Mio in the UK), Cateye and Bryton offer a wide range of bike GPS units, across a range of price points. BikeRadar has tested many units from these brands and more, but we've collated the best of the bunch for you below.


Garmin Edge 1000  - £439 / US$599 / AU$TBC
Garmin edge 1000:
The Edge 1000 was new for 2014, and offers superb navigation with detailed mapping, plus a deep feature menu and modern connectivity. It combines the navigation features of the Touring model with the training capabilities of the Edge 810 to create what could well be the "definitive GPS device".
  •     Navigation: Superb, with detailed mapping. GPX upload, Route Finder.
  •     Training data: Speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for Shimano Di2), distance, time, temperature, sunset time, workout counters and more.
  •     Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, WiFi
  •     Compatibilty: ANT+, Shimano Di2
  •     Size: 1.5in (3.6cm) wide and 2.6in (6.5cm) tall
  •     Screen: 3in touchscreen with 240x400 pixel display resolution

Magellan Cyclo505HC (Mio Cyclo505HC in the UK) - £399 / US$429 / AU$479
We described the Cyclo505HC as a “GPS super cycle computer” when we reviewed it in June 2014, and we stand by that judgement. It is a great unit that will suit a broad range of both road and off-road users. It offers enough power meter, heart rate and interval training features to be an effective training tool, yet its mapping functionality will also be appreciated by cyclists who like to explore. It has ANT+, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility and is capable of communicating with your phone, home computer and even your gears.
  •     Navigation: Easy to follow with an interesting 'surprise me' feature. Can direct to a destination or follow uploaded route.
  •     Training data: Power meter compatible, cadence/speed monitor, heart rate monitor, workout plans
  •     Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, WiFi
  •     Compatibility: ANT+, Di2
  •     Size: 61 x 103 x 18.9mm
  •     Screen: Touchscreen with 240 x 400 display resolution

Cateye Stealth 10  - £79 / US$120 / AU$149
The Cateye Stealth 10’s weatherproof qualities and secure mounting system make it an ideal budget GPS unit for mountain bikers, although it's for training rather than navigation. It's basic, but offers a range of essential data, which you can upload directly to sites such as Strava and TrainingPeaks or CatEye Atlas.
  •     Navigation: None
  •     Training data: Time, distance, speed. Upload directly to Strava and Training Peaks
  •     Connectivity: USB
  •     Size: 70 x 45mm
  •     Screen: 37x28mm

Garmin Edge 810 - £319 / US$399 / AU$499
The Edge 810 took over from the 800 in 2013, and offered a substantial improvement on the already-very-good outgoing unit. It offers a colour touchscreen, quarter-turn mount, Bluetooth and easy navigation through the menus.
  •     Navigation: Limited built-in navigation, but you can upload maps
  •     Training data: Time, distance, speed, power, calories (Garmin estimate), elevation, heart rate, cadence, temperature and more
  •     Connectivity: Bluetooth, Mini USB
  •     Compatibility: ANT+
  •     Size: 93 x 53 x 25mm
  •     Screen: 66mm touchscreen, 160 x 240 pixel display resolution

Garmin Edge 510 - £249 / US$329 / AU$349
The Edge 510 is a powerful and user-friendly GPS-enabled computer with a full-colour touchscreen, a major satellite system upgrade, a well organised interface, and a slick smartphone connectivity package. It superseded the Edge 500 in Garmin’s range, but the Edge 500 is still an intuitively usable and reliable budget GPS option and is still fairly widely available.
  •     Navigation: No
  •     Training data: Time, distance, speed, power, calories (Garmin estimate), navigation, elevation, heart rate, cadence, temperature and more
  •     Connectivity: Bluetooth, Mini USB
  •     Compatibility: ANT+
  •     Size: 85 x 52 x 24mm
  •     Screen: 57mm LCD touchscreen, 176 x 220 pixel display

Bryton Rider 50E OS  - £280 / US$N/A / AU$TBC
The Bryton Rider 50E isn’t flashy, and you won’t get touchscreen navigation like many more expensive GPS units, but buttons are probably easier to use in colder weather anyway, which perhaps makes it more of a choice for mountain bikers than roadies. It does come with full Ordnance Survey maps, as well as GPX route downloading and uploading and is PC and Mac compatible.
  •     Navigation: Pre-loaded OS Maps, GPX upload
  •     Training data: 40 info display options, inc speed, distance, slope, direction and more, workout plans
  •     Connectivity: Mini USB
  •     Compatibility: ANT+
  •     Size: 45 x 34mm
  •     Screen: 2.2in Colour Transflective TFT LCD
19.07.2015, 16:27   BikeRadar
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