Is the Garmin Edge Explore 2 the anti-stress bike computer we've been waiting for?

Charge on the fly and do away with distracting performance stats for cyclists who just want to ride their (e-)bike

Garmin Edge Explore 2 in this image is on the handbars of a bike with someones hand hovering over to use it.
(Image credit: Garmin)

Just a month after the launch of the Garmin Edge 1040 the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 offers a different, some would argue more relaxing, take on the GPS bike computer. It foregoes most of the deep data displaying of other Edge models and, when combined with the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount bundle, can be charged on the move.

While the Edge 1040 Solar uses the sun's rays to charge, the Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount lets you plug into a compatible Bosch or Shimano electric bike battery to provide a claimed 16-hours of battery life. That's up from 12-hours for the previous Explore and trumps even the best cycling computers and GPS units on battery life.   

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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.