Garmin Edge bike computer range: everything you need to know

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Garmin has long been on the cutting edge of the cycling computer market, with products in their Edge range that boast connectivity, incident detection, powerful GPS and battery life that just won't quit.

The hardest part for the consumer is knowing which model is right for them. So whether you're looking for a computer to suit your next adventure, one to measure your power output or VO2 Max levels, this page should help you find the right option.

To help you selectthe best Garmin Edge for you, we have set out below an exhaustive list and description for each Edge product. In general, the list starts with the smallest and goes to the largest.

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Garmin Edge bike computer range explained

Garmin Edge 130

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In short: For the rider that wants a compact unit that doesn't skimp on performance but won't leave you feeling short-changed
Price: £149.99/$199.00
Weight: 33g
Display size: 4.1 x 6.3 x 1.8cm
Reasons to buy
+Small size looks great out the front of a bike+Crisp, easy-to-read screen+Buttons not touchscreen+Top-end features
Reasons to avoid
-Bit of GPS lag at times-It's hard to get the navigation features to perform properly

Despite being only marginally larger than the now discontinued Edge 20 and 25, the Garmin Edge 130 is seriously feature packed, being aimed equally at those looking for their first computer or one to push their training.

It's capable of breadcrumb turn-by-turn navigational (if you upload the correct file type TCX or use Garmin Connect) and can even calculate routes back to where you started.

The Garmin Edge 130 is also compatible with Garmin's Varia rearview radar and smart bike lights, which automatically adjust to light and riding conditions, as well as indicating braking to fellow road users.

Its performance features include V02max calculations and Strava Live segments. You can also customise up to eight data fields on the screen.

Battery life is an impressive 15 hours and it can use three different satellite networks to track your location, including Gallileo – it was the first Garmin model to use this.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

Garmin's smallest device received an update in June 2020, though keeps the same bijou dimensions as the standard 130. Fans of its no-nonsense design will also be relieved to see its compact display (1.8-inches) and simple buttons remain.

Like the 130, the 130 Plus is a miniature powerhouse, featuring much of the same performance-pushing features, but the Plus now gets Climb Pro; software that gives you detailed information on upcoming ascents. It pulls the information from your routing which can now sync seamlessly to the 130 Plus from Strava or Komoot.

Garmin has also added an accelerometer to the 130 Plus, which enables incident detection as well as a host of new mountain biking jump metrics.

As well as being able to show you jump length and hang time, the 130 Plus will now also give you Grit and Flow ratings for your trail riding.

Garmin Edge 520

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In short: The Edge for cyclists that want real-time data and top-end feedback
Price: £239.99/$249.99
Weight: 59.9g
Display size: 4.7 x 3.5 cm
Reasons to buy
+Lots of data screen options+Rich choice of metrics+Smartphone connectivity+Good size screen
Reasons to avoid
-Basemap not designed for full on navigation

The Edge 520 really does sound like the Edge that can fulfill almost all cyclists’ needs. It has a commendable battery life of 15 hours and in addition to GPS tracking, it also has GLONASS to increase the speed and accuracy of location data.

In addition, with its array of fitness and performance features, the Edge 520 is designed to provide you with the training guidance and analysis to quantifiably improve your performance.

The Edge 520 is compatible with Strava Live Segments which means you can upload segments directly from Strava and can get real-time feedback (against your own best performances, friends, or the KOM) when riding your selected Strava Segments.

It can provide VO2 assessment by looking at your HR variation, your user profile, and comparing this with your power output. It can also track your functional threshold power and provide your comparative wattage/kilo tracking over time.

Although there are other Edge products that are compatible with Garmin’s Vector pedals, the Edge 520 goes further and can work with Garmin’s Vector pedals to analyse the biomechanics of your pedal stroke. It looks at each pedal stroke to show where your power is applied and it can display how much time and power you are spending in and out of the saddle.

Naturally, like the Edge 130, it's also compatible with Garmin Varia rearview radar and smart bike lights.

When riding takes you inside, the Edge 520 is also compatible with many ANT+ indoor trainers, allowing you to control the resistance, to following set wattage or follow a pre-recorded course profile.

Impressively, you can also receive recovery advice. So, on your next ride, the Edge 520 reviews your warm-up to suggest what effort you should aim for in the ride.

The Edge 520 can a little tricky to find as it has been discontinued, and technically you can't buy from Garmin directly anymore, but it's still supported and compatible with newer Garmin products.

Garmin Edge 520 Plus

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Price : £199.99/$279.99
Weight: 63g
Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.3 x 2.1
Reasons to buy
+Packed with training tools+Useful navigation features+Bright colour display+Dependable button controls
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life could be better

As the name suggests, the Garmin Edge 520 Plus is a slightly bumped up version of the Edge 520. It features more advanced navigation, including on-device routing for both on and off-road cycling.

It is as performance orientated as its older 520 sibling, mirroring all the same features; such as Varia compatibility, but this time with more in-depth of VO2 assessment capabilities, FTP calculations, Time in Zone measurements as well as advanced cycling dynamics. It works in partnership with Garmin Vector 3 pedals to give advanced cycling dynamics and uses the Best Bike Split app to help prepare you for race days.

The Edge 520 Plus also benefits from advance navigation with a preloaded Garmin Cycle Map, including mountain bike trails thanks to the Trailforks integration.

Pairing with your smartphone, you can receive messages and calls on the fly and you can see other members of your riding party if they are also using GroupTrack capable Garmin devices – you can even send pre-written messages to each other.

Its battery life is a claimed 15 hours and it uses GPS and GLONASS satellites.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

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Price : £259/$299
Weight: 75.8g
Dimensions: 5.0 x 8.2 x 2.10 cm
Reasons to buy
+Intuitive to use+Access to as much data as you could ever need+Customisable thanks to Connect IQ
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life Size/tactility of buttons-Lack of in-depth navigational features be better

It's the highest-ranking Garmin 5 series comptuer, bringing it closest out of the range to the the Edge 8 and 10 devices.

Visually, the Edge 530 is very similar to the Edge 830, now exactly the same dimensions, albeit with the addition of side-mounted buttons, and the screen is also the biggest of the 5 series at 2.6", again mirroring the 830 model.

With all the features of the other Edge 5 series, the 530 also boasts advance navigational features. with Strava Routes and Komoot preinstalled, you can even upload gaming apps should you wish, which of course are strictly to be used when recovering off the bike.

Performance features include a myriad of training metrics and stats, with assistance to decipher them to plan training and progress riding, ClimbPro, and even the ability to set nutrition and hydration alerts throughout a ride.

As expected, there's a wealth of compatibility with the Edge 530, including, power meters, smart trainer controls, specific mountain bike features, and a variety of associated remote controls, e.g the Verb camera and Varia light system.

Its battery life comes in at about 20 hours and it uses GPS and GLONASS satellites.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

In short: A lightweight compact GPS computer for performance and racing
Price: £299.99/$349.99
Weight: 68g
Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.9 x 2.1 cm
Reasons to buy
+Packed full of features+Small size+Easy to read screen+Good navigation
Reasons to avoid
-Touch screen isn't great when wet-Navigation struggles when you go off route

The 800 series is where Garmin Edge enters its high-end models, with the units acting more like a smartphone.

As you can imagine, many of the features in the previous models are found here, but this time navigating them is a lot simpler thanks to the touchscreen; which includes an ambient light sensor and is still swipeable even in the wet or with gloves on. The only buttons on the unit are for on/ off, adding new laps, and to start and stop rides.

The Edge 820 also benefits from many of the features that appear on the higher end Edge 1000 series, but slimmed down to the size of an Edge 520.

As with the Edge 820 Explore version, the standout feature of the Edge 820 is GroupTrack, connecting the computer to your smartphone, allows you to track up to 50 riders within a 10-mile radius, helping you to keep in touch with fellow riders on group rides, and see if your buddies are out riding at the same time as you.

Base maps mean navigation is clear and accurate, while the Edge 820 is also compatible with all of Garmin's other products, like Varia lights and radar, Virb action camera, and Vector pedals, and smart trainers. However, using all the Edge 820 functionalities at once will drain the battery quicker than the stated 20-hours of run time.

In addition to this, there is access to a variety of physiological data, wearing a compatible heart rate monitor will give you your specific cycling VO2 max, recovery advice and post-ride performance data.

The Edge 820 has been discontinued, as has the Edge 820 Explore, a version aimed at touring without the performance features, also £299.99, but both are still supported.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

In short: A lightweight data gathering performance enhancer with user-friendly sat-nav
Price : £349.99 / $399.99
Weight: 79.1g
Dimensions: 2.6in
Reasons to buy
+Touchscreen works well+Good size+Good screen
Reasons to avoid
-Software still isn't faultless

The latest in the 800 series and by far the best. Garmin has worked hard to ensure any niggles with the previous touch screens and processing speed have been ironed out and the result is an easy-to-use, lightweight unit that packs a lot into its compact casing.

Like the Edge 820, the Edge 830 is a great training tool, when teamed with Garmin Connect and a power meter, can calculate metrics like V02 Max, FTP, recovery, Training Load, nutrition, hydration with the list going on and on.

Mapping is a breeze to navigate with all the expected information displayed on the high-res color screen. The computer allows you to define specific bikes with each profile allowing several data screens, which are all customizable with Connect IQ.

There is a wealth of features and connectivity on the Edge 830, everything from Group Livetrack, incident detection, smartphone connection, physiological measurements... it really is like having a personal coach on an extended smartphone.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

The Garmin Edge Explore features a touchscreen and many of the new Garmin Connect features such as Trendline routing, rider-to-rider messaging, LiveTrack as well as incident detection, and of course is compatible with Garmin's Varia radar and lights.

It sees smart navigation features, including recalculation, round-trip course routing and, of course, turn-by-turn navigation. It's built with a base map included and has 16gb storage capacity.

The computer is customisable with third-party apps from the Garmin Connect IQ store, including Strava Summit, Komoot, weather apps and more. According to Garmin its battery should last 12 hours and it has a waterproofing rating of IPX7.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer
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In short: The Edge 1000 for the rider serious about data, competing, connecting and navigating
Price : £499.99/$499.99
Weight: 115g
Dimensions: 3.9 x 6.5 cm
Reasons to buy
+Improved screen+Good at following pre designed routes+Lots of data fields+Customisation of screens is easy+Easy to use in general
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-On the fly navigation is poor-Looking at the base map on the unit it infuriating-Not very robust-Battery life is short

As the first in the 1000 series, the Edge 1000 has been around the block, several times, but with an array of features, it's still very much a high-performing, high-end cycling computer.

The functions build on that of the previous models mentioned, and include In-ride competitions through Garmin Connect segments, distance specific round-trip routes to follow when you're in a new area (on and off-road), with turn by turn navigation and the ability to answer incoming calls, email and text alerts, live tracking and social media sharing.

Despite its library of functions, it's actually probably one of the easiest units to use thanks to its large high-res, color touchscreen and intuitive operating system.

As you can imagine, as well as a smartphone extension, the Edge is also a mini coach on your bike, enabling you to dial into a bespoke level of data analytics, depending on what add ons you've selected.

Compatibility wise, it's more of list of what isn't. Smart trainers, power meters, even the latest WK04 iLevel metrics all work on the Edge 1000. Add to this the numerous Apps you can add, and it's not far off riding the bike for you.

Another one that's not on Garmin's own selling site, but still very much supported.

Garmin Edge bike computer range

In short: High functionality, sophisticated processing technology, loads of performance metrics and a massive screen
Price: £499/$599.99
Weight: 123g
Dimensions: 5.8 x 11.4 x 1.9 cm
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid

The Garmin Edge 1030 until recently sat atop the brand's product range, boasting significant features and a distinctive look. The brand has since lifted the veil on a new Edge 1030 Plus (£519.99), which boasts a new chipset and Trailforks integration.

Garmin has worked hard to make the Edge 1030 a plug-and-play unit, so even though it's dripping with functionality, like the rest of the high-end models, it is a breeze to get going with it.

The feature list does seem pretty similar to that of the Edge 1000 and Edge 820 and 830, but the biggest assets are in the processing technology, with the speed of response, clarity and stability all top-notch.

The 1030 is loaded with Garmin Cycle maps, including Trendline Routing (a bit like Strava heat maps for Garmin with the most popular cycling on and off-road route options), inter-Garmin messaging along with a list of pre-created messages that you can send to your buddies. Sadly, they're not currently customisable.

It offers almost universal connectivity to smart trainers, power meters, Strava Live segments, and your phone, for text, email handing etc, means there's not a lot the Edge 1030 can't do, except turn the pedals for you.

Up to 20 hours of battery, or double it with the in-ride Garmin Garmin Charge power pack (sold separately).

Garmin Edge bike computer range

In short: The all-singing, all-dancing flagship model that's best at everything
Price : £519.99/$599.99
Weight: 123g
Dimensions: 5.8 x 11.4 x 1.9 cm
Reasons to buy
+Slick setup process+Good touchscreen+Impressive battery life

The range-topping Edge 1030 Plus extend Garmin's top model's capability off-road. It's the same size as the 1030, the biggest device Garmin makes, but with its black bezel and grey case it is in line appearance-wise with the rest of the Garmin range.

Increased mapping capability is the biggest update, with the US and UK region coming as standard. It features far-improved navigation which allows turn-by-turn even off-road, clearer mapping and a much improved touchscreen that allows you to pinch and zoom the map, just like on a mobile phone.

Unusually, set-up is one of the highlights and this update also takes its cues from mobile phone tech: via Intelligent Activity Profiles, the 1030 Plus ports across the activity data from your previous Edge 830 or 1030, so no more having to program data fields and no need to ride the bike to make sure it all works properly – it's exactly like setting up a new iPhone, with the whole process taking less than three minutes rather than half an hour. If you didn't have another Garmin unit, it will use data from Garmin Connect. We thought this was the best update from Garmin for quite a while.

>>> Watch our video review of the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus on YouTube

Discontinued Garmin Edge models

Garmin's discontinued models, although not sold directly are often still available if you're willing to do a bit of searching. Here are our reviews of some of those:

Garmin Edge 20 and 25

Garmin Edge 520

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Advanced Workout: Using Garmin Connect you can plan and create personalized fitness routines that conform to specific training goals or targets.

Auto Lap: Automatically starts a new lap.

Auto Scroll: You can use the auto scroll feature to cycle through all of the training data screens automatically while the timer is running.

Auto Pause: You can pause the timer automatically when you stop moving or if you drop below a set speed. Good if your ride includes many junctions.

Garmin Connect: Garmin’s online platform to store and review your ride data.

Garmin Connect Mobile: This is the smartphone app version of Garmin Connect.

GLONASS: A Russian Aerospace Defence Force-operated satellite-based navigation system.

Interval Training: You can set up exercise and rest intervals.

LiveTrack: Lets your friends and family track your activities in real time.

Virtual Partner: This function allows you to set a virtual partner to race against, for example, you can set the target speed or pace.

ClimbPro: An automatically displayed data screen outlining any upcoming climb, showing distance, ascent and average gradient left to ride, as well as color-coded graph of the climb — provided you're following a course.

Physio TureUp: Lets you switch between compatible devices while keeping physiological data in sync.

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