Garmin has announced to new products to its cycling line today. The first of the new releases are two new Edge GPS cycling computers – the budget Edge 130 and the more performance-focused Edge 520 Plus, the final product update is the Varia RTL510 that is an updated version of the Varia radar light.
For the last few months Garmin rumours have been appearing about the Edge 130, but not much as been seen about the Edge 520 Plus, but its a welcome new arrival along with the update to the Varia radar.
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The Edge 130 is a compact and lightweight GPS bike computer with easy-to-use navigation. Garmin has included a 1.8-inch display and five-button to interact with the Edge 130, but no touchscreen. You can also Download routes to use on the Edge 130 with turn-by-turn prompts.
If you connect a compatible smartphone to the device you get features like LiveTrack, which allows friends and family to keep track of a rider’s location in real time. Also when paired with a smartphone, the user will get smart connectivity features from text messages to appear on-screen so cyclists can view them at a glance and keep on riding and a new weather page will display current and forecasted conditions. You can also use Garmin Connect along with access to the Garmin Connect IQ store.
Garmin has said the Edge 130 offers up to 15 hours of battery life and is compatible with Garmin’s Varia line of cycling accessories. It supports Bluetooth and ANT+ for additional sensor capabilities, including the Edge remote control
The Edge 130 supports Strava Live Segments in real time, like other Garmin Edge devices and also supports uploading to Strava.
Edge 130 price and availability
Garmin has suggested the Edge 130 will start at UK £169 and US $200. The Edge 130 will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2018.
EDGE 520 PLUS
The Edge 520 plus comes with a similar design as the 130 but comes with more advanced cycling features
Garmin has included a 2.3-inch display and the biggest change here from the Edge 520 is that the Edge 520 plus is touchscreen, but still features buttons to control the device. Garmin claims the Edge 520 Plus will last up to 15 hours of battery life.
Looking at the specs of the Edge 520 plus, Garmin has taken a lot of the features from the Edge 1030 and put them into the Edge 520 Plus. For riders that want more advanced navigation functions, the Edge 520 Plus now includes Garmin Cycle Maps, which provides turn-by-turn directions and includes company’s Trendline feature.
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In addition, The Edge 520 Plus also features LiveTrack and GroupTrack with the latter helping you keep track on other riders in the group using a compatible Garmin, and you can even now send messages to them like the Edge 1030. In addition to this when connected to a smartphone you can also get smart notifications and use Garmin COnnect mobile along with Strava live segments and uploads to Strava.
The Edge 520 Plus is compatible with ANT+ sensors — including speed, cadence, and heart rate — as well as ANT+ power meters like the Vector 3 or Vector 2 along with Garmin cycling dynamics. If you have a Chest HR power and power meter attached you can also get important data like Vo2 max to support your training plans
Garmin has suggested the Edge 520 Plus will start at UK £259 and the US $300. The Edge 520 PLus will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2018.
Varia RTL510 rearview radar is an updated radar unit with a sleek new vertical design and enhanced safety features. When paired with a dedicated radar display unit or compatible Garmin device, cyclists will receive both visible and audible alerts for vehicles approaching from behind, up to 140 meters away. The Varia features a battery life of up to 15 hours in day flash mode, and six hours in night flash or solid mode
Varia RTL510 Plus price and availability
Garmin has suggested the Varia RTL510 will start at UK £169 and the US $200. TheVaria RTL510 will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2018.
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