Leaked images appear to show new Garmin Edge 1030 and Garmin Vector 3 pedals

Launched back in April 2014, the Garmin Edge 1000 has been around for a few years now, so rumours of a replacement have been doing the rounds for a little while, the latest possible replacement being this: the Garmin Edge 1030.

What appear to be photos and details of the Garmin Edge 1030 seem to have been accidentally posted by an online retailer, which were then spotted by users of GPSrumors.com before they were swiftly pulled down.

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From the images, the Garmin Edge 1030 appears to be slightly wider and with a slightly larger (3.5 inch rather than 3 inch) touchscreen than the Edge 1000 that it will replace, with two buttons on the bottom of the unit which will presumably be used for laps and to start/stop activities.

There also seems to be a number of new features to move the range along from the popular Edge 1000, with one of the highlights of the Garmin Edge 1030 apparently being the ability to send and receive messages from other riders.

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This had been expected to be a feature of company’s next top-end unit after Garmin acquired DeLorme, a company which specialised in two-way communication between satellite devices, back in February 2016.

The other major new feature should be the addition of “popularity-derived routing”. Exactly how this will work, we’re not sure, but expect it to be somewhere along the lines of Strava’s route-planning tool, which uses data from other riders to route you along the most popular – and therefore hopefully the best – roads.

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The Garmin Edge 1030 will also feature “improved cycling awareness features”, which could be further integration with Garmin’s Varia devices, which are able to detect when cars are approaching from behind and display them as dots on the sides of the Edge’s display.

Garmin Edge 1030 – expected new features

  • 3.5-inch high resolution display
  • Popularity-derived routing
  • Rider to ride messaging
  • Up to 16h battery life
  • Improve cycling awareness features

As well as the new Garmin Edge 1030, images have also appeared of what appears to be a new Garmin Vector 3 power meter. Details on this are even more scant than those on the Edge 1030, but a major change in design seems to be the lack of the pod, which has been seen on all previous iterations of the Vectors.