You might be thinking that a cycling computer will take you to the next level in your training or help you explore plenty more roads, trails or gravel tracks.
Whether you’re looking for an upgrade or to buy your first bike computer, we’ve trawled through what’s out there, so you don’t have to.
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Hammerhead Karoo 2
First up we’ve got this relative newcomer to the scene, the Hammerhead Karoo 2. It’s a feature-packed unit suitable for mountain bikers, road riders and those of you sniffing out the next best gravel ride.
It features a 3.2″ colour screen with live maps, turn-by-turn navigation and detailed GPS navigation as well. Plus, it can display smartphone notifications, incoming messages, phone calls and it provides support for Shimano Di2, Campagnolo EPS, SRAM eTap and Garmin Varia systems.
Talking of connectivity it’ll link to other apps like Strava and Komoot too so you can ride structured workouts, follow routes and more.
The GPS on this thing is next level – offering you turn-by-turn navigation for every route, with audio cues and visual indicators so you’ll never miss a turn. The Karoo 2 has got one of the best performing touch screens out there, which we love!
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
Next up we’ve got the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus which has a whopping 3.6 inch screen size and battery life to match – the battery on this will last for 24-hours. Again, a wide variety of riders can make the most of the 1030 Plus, including roadies, mountain bikers and gravel riders.
This computer creates custom ride profiles based on your rides and gives on-device ride and workout recommendations based on your current training. The ClimbPro feature helps you manage your efforts on long climbs, showing you the remaining ascent and grade when you’re climbing while following a route or course.
Off-road features include jump count, jump distance and hang time for those of you who are data-driven downhill senders. The Grit feature rates the difficulty of your ride and the flow measuring how smoothly you descend and gives you a score to beat next time, because there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition. It’s a smart little thing so will connect to your phone and training apps too.
Wahoo Elemnt Roam
The ultra-rugged Wahoo Elemnt Roam packs a punch with its super clear 2.7” damage resistant screen.
Loaded with features for structured workouts, connectivity with additional sensors and turn-by-turn navigation, the Elemnt Roam is ideal for data hungry riders that like to explore new routes.
Cateye Velo Wireless Plus
If you’re looking for a computer without all the fuss and that’s easy on your bank account, then the Cateye Velo Wireless Plus is for you.
This computer tracks all your key metrics with a small magnetic sensor for your front wheel making it simple and easy to track your performance and set new goals.
- Current / average / maximum speed
- Trip distance
- Total distance
- Elapsed time
- Calorie consumption
Garmin Edge Explore GPS
The Garmin Edge Explore GPS is a slightly paired down version of the top-end Garmin models, and is an easy-to-use, good value unit if you’re looking for feature-packed GPS navigation.
Featuring a bright, responsive 3″ touch display, it has preloaded Garmin Cycle Mapping showing you popular routes from other cyclists and providing turn-by-turn navigation.
Cycling awareness features like automatic incident detection and the assistance tool let you enjoy your next adventure with peace of mind too.
Lezyne Mega XL GPS
Last but not least, the Lezyne Mega XL GPS is a high-res computer packed with a wide range of data at your fingertips.
This rugged computer which can be mounted landscape or portrait was built for extreme weather and has a 48-hour battery life.
With a huge range of data displays which can easily be scrolled through using the intuitive four-button setup. The fields are all customisable with easy set-up using the Lezyne Ally app, and when paired with your phone you can receive text, email, phone call and message app notifications straight to your computer. The Mega XL GPS also connects to additional Bluetooth Smart-compatible sensors and devices.