Does the new Garmin Edge 1040 mean you'll only have to charge your cycling computer once every 100 hours?

The flagship bike computer can not only harness the sun's rays but it offers a more intuitive experience and much more accurate GPS data

Garmin Edge 1040 in this image is on top of the box it came in
(Image credit: Hannah Bussey)

Garmin has launched its newest range-topping bike computer, the Edge 1040 Solar. As the name suggests, the new solar-powered unit is capable of harnessing the sun's rays in order to provide, according to the brand, up to 100 hours of ride time between plug-in charges. 

The new range of Edge 1040 units have also acquired multi-band GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology, which allows half-metre location accuracy, quicker acquisition and better signal reliability in dense environments, such as built-up cities or deep tree cover, potentially making it the best cycling computer on the market. 

Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.