Review of Best-Selling GPS Computers for Mountain Biking

As a regular or a seasonal cyclist, you might feel the urge to record your cycling data over time and compare amongst them. Roadmap is also very important for long and distant tours. Mountain bikers, who have to ride the roughest of tracks and deal with the tightest of turns, perhaps need it most. A GPS bike computer is a versatile tool that can provide almost all kinds of information regarding your ride. In this article, few of the prominent GPS Bike Computers will be reviewed.


Garmin Edge 500

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Garmin Edge 500 is an old model but loaded with data. It can track speed, distance, altitude, location with a highly sensitive GPS. You can also measure your Heart rate and Calorie consumption. Out of the available bike computers, edge 500 is worth a try.

Specifications

  • Physical dimensions: 1.9″ x 2.7″ x 0.9″
  • Weight: 2 oz/ 56.7 g
  • Display size: 1.2″ x 1.4″/ 3.0 x 3.7 cm
  • Display resolution: 128 x 160 pixels
  • Battery: Lithium-ion (Rechargeable)
  • Water rating: IPX7
  • GPS: Yes
  • Barometric altimeter: Yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
  • Heart rate: Yes
  • Virtual Partner: Yes
  • Screen customization: Yes
  • Temperature display: Yes
 
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • You can switch it between bikes and can record up to three bike profiles.
  • The buttons on the side make navigation through pages much easier.
  • Easy mounting and attachment.
  • You can measure your heart rate and calorie consumption by pairing Edge 500 with a heart rate monitor.
  • Long battery life
  • Lots of features and information
  • Customizable screen
  • Using Garmin connect, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists as well as upload and share your own credentials.
  • Water resistant.
CONS:
  • The interface should be improved.
  • Elevation data is not very accurate.
  • Same issues with operation manual as the previous models- it’s not very intelligible.
  • The screen glares under the sun which makes it difficult to read sometimes.
  • Doesn’t have wireless and Bluetooth features.
Garmin Edge 200
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Garmin Edge 810

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The Garmin Edge 810 is equipped with all the features coveted for a perfect ride. It is quite analogous with the Garmin Edge 800 except some newly added options. The device provides data on maps, location, speed, distance etc. Additional features such as live tracking, sending and receiving courses, weather update and social media sharing are available when connected to a smartphone. Besides, you can connect it with Garmin connect and wirelessly transfer data. Garmin Edge 810 is a little tool but works big!

Specifications

  • Display size: 1.4″ x 2.2″ /36.0 x 55.0 mm
  • Display resolution: 160 x 240 pixels
  • Product dimension: 2.0″ x 3.7″ x 1.0″
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Barometric altimeter: Yes
  • Weight: 98 gm/ 3.5 oz.
  • Color display: Yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: Yes
  • Heart rate monitor: Yes
  • Shock resistant: Yes
  • Temperature display: yes
  • Virtual partner: Yes
  • Option to add maps: Yes
  • Water rating: IPX7
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • A very small package loaded with features
  • Can withstand rain.
  • You can receive on-screen gear information by integrating Shimano Di2 shifting systems.
  • The wireless connection is perhaps one of the most attractive features.
  • Edge 810 displays Cycling dynamics readings when paired with a dual-sensing Vector.
  • The touchscreen enables easy navigation and scrolling. The page back/next buttons are also omitted which
  • makes the screen seem larger.
  • The graphics quality is better compared with the Edge 800.
  • Easily customizable screen and a number of layouts to choose from
  • The package comes with a pair of bike mounts which is very convenient.
CONS:
  • It does not come with a map. You have to buy it from Garmin. And before that you have to purchase a microSD card. That means 100 $ more to spend.
  • There are connection issues with this device
  • The touchscreen is sometimes little clumsy, and the software performance is not always optimum.
  • The screen resolution is not high as expected.
  • Expensive.
Garmin Edge 810

Finally, it’s a mediocre product with many excellent features and some drawbacks. But when compared with the similar products in the market, Edge 810 certainly stands amongst the champions.

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Garmin Edge 200

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When compared with the Edge 810, it is a low-end device and lacks many of the attributes but easy to use. This GPS-enabled computer records speed, location, altitude, distance and calories burned. 130 hours of ride data can be stored for monitoring and comparing contemporary rides. Garmin Edge 200 is suitable for most types of casual and professional cycling.

Specifications

  • Display size: 1.2″ x 1.4″ / 3.0 x 3.7 cm
  • Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels
  • GPS: Yes
  • Physical dimensions: 1.9″ x 2.7″ x 0.8″
  • Weight: 2.1 oz./ 58.5 g
  • Virtual Partner: Yes
  • Garmin Connect: Yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
  • Battery: Lithium ion (rechargeable)
  • Water Rating: IPX7
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • The user interface is simple and efficient. Besides, no setup is required prior to use.
  • Less expensive.
  • ‘Challenge me’ feature that lets you challenge your performance on previous rides.
  • Via Garmin connects, you can connect with bikers worldwide. You can also upload and share your activities and plan future tours.
  • A couple of bike mounts are also included with the package which is very handy
  • Very durable
  • Amazing battery life
  • Water rating being IPX7, it can withstand rain and snow.
CONS:
  • Operating instructions are quite vague.
  • Accuracy is unsatisfactory especially for tracks with tight turns.
  • I said before that battery life is amazing. However, that’s not the case if you forget to turn it off. It drains a battery in the idle mood.
  • The lack of a clock may be frustrating.
  • Takes long to pick up a signal.
Garmin Edge 810

If you are not a tech savvy person and prefer simplicity, this one is the best choice. However, it’s not ideal for hardcore mountain biking, though does well for road trips.

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Conclusion:

You have already learned enough . So consider your requirements and budget and choose the most suited product for you. Actually, Garmin is the leader in manufacturing Bike Computers and there are not huge differences amongst their different versions. Anyway, you have plenty of options to try.