Garmin has released a new top-end GPS-enabled bike computer as part of its popular Edge range – the Edge 1000 – which features more advanced live tracking of your riding than any of its previous models coupled with a three-inch colour touchscreen and 15-hour battery life.
The Edge 1000 includes advanced segment tracking, so that users can view start and finish points of ride segments and receive live information on their progress.
When coupled to a smartphone (Apple iPhone 4S and above are supported), the Edge 1000 will allow riders to take calls and text messages, as well as the LiveTrack feature where your ride can be followed online. The 1000 includes Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, so that your data can be uploaded easily at home or at a WiFi hotspot.
An in-built map provides comprehensive GPS navigation, including turn-by-turn instructions for those trying out new routes and touring. A great feature is the unit’s ride planner, where you enter how far you want to ride and the unit comes up with circular routes to choose from.
Andrew Silver, Garmin Product Manager said: “The Edge 1000 combines the essential legacy features cyclists love from the Edge Touring and Edge 810, with exciting new features including a large high-resolution color touch screen display, advanced smartphone connectivity, and challenging segment features that will take cyclists of any ability’s training to the next level.”
As with existing Edge units, the 1000 is compatible with ANT+ sensors such as heart-rate monitors and power meters. It will also display gear selection on bikes with Shimano Di2 electronic gears. Garmin say that a future operating system update will enable the screen to be flipped sideways.
The Edge 1000 will go on sale in the first week of May 2014 and will retail for £439 for the computer alone, or £499 in a bundle with heart-rate monitor and speed/cadence sensors.