The latest biking computer by top tech maker Garmin – the Edge 1030 – is the company’s most powerful piece of cycling kit to date, and is now available at Chain Reaction Cycles.
Not only is it stuffed with new software features, but it looks like Garmin has been listening to cyclists, giving the updated device a bigger screen and more battery life.
The smart GPS cycling computer also comes with a wealth of new connectivity options and even ‘cycling awareness’ features.
Take a look at the Garmin Edge 1030 in action:
Using Garmin’s ‘Training Status’ programme, the Edge 1030 can analyse and relay huge amounts of information about your performance and fitness, giving you a powerful tool to help take your cycling to the next level. A new training load metric can tell whether you’re doing too much, too little, or just the right amount to help you improve faster, while a performance condition measure will get you at optimum fitness for race-day.
New for this year is Trendline popularity routing technology, which uses data from the Garmin Connect online community to find the best route from the roads and trails travelled by other cyclists.
The Edge 1030 comes preloaded with Strava Live Segments but with a redesigned second-by-second comparison that shows how you measure up against other riders, as well as providing access to your PBs and those of your friends. A new Segment Explore feature, meanwhile, lets you view popular and marquee segments around you, directly on your Edge.
Also new is a rider-to-rider messaging system that lets you stay in contact with other cyclists in your group, so you can let them know if you’ve fallen behind or pulled way out in front.
The larger screen will be a welcome addition for many cyclists, while the extended battery life means you can trust it to find your destination as you concentrate on your ride. The Edge 1030 also works with Garmin’s new in-line flush mount, which keeps your device in line with the handlebars for a lower profile.
One of the big improvements is to the battery life which now lasts up to 20 hours, extendable to 40 hours with an optional Garmin Charge power pack. Its upgraded 3.5 inch screen relays even more advanced navigation while on the road, detailing performance information and routes. Both ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible, it can pair with virtually any sensor around.
The 1030 works with awareness add-ons that can help create a safer riding experience. A built-in incident detection system automatically sends your location to an emergency contact if you run into difficulty, while the GroupTrack feature allows fellow riders to find you if you miss a turn.
We saw the Garmin Edge 1030 for the first time at this year’s Eurobike trade show.
Here are some of the pics: