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Over the Edge – new Edge 20 and 25 models from Garmin

Posted by Matt | June 24, 2015 | 12 comments so far

Garmin Edge 25
Today Garmin announced the addition of new GPS models to their cycling range, the Edge 20 and 25 respectively. Both are tiny (touted as the world’s smallest GPS) and come with most of the things you want from a GPS.

I knew I should have waited!

You see, earlier this year I managed to lose my much loved Garmin Edge 500. When I say lost I mean I returned from a ride and absent mindedly took the GPS off the bike and left it on the top of my wife’s car. Needless to say, it disappeared from that location after a trip to the shops…

After a couple of months of making do with my phone, I finally cracked and bought a Garmin 510 to replace it. I hate not knowing data like speed, distance and my HR when riding. I thought the Edge 510 would be an upgrade over the 500 but in hindsight I’m not so sure. It certainly locks onto satellites much  quicker with the addition of GLONASS tracking, but it feels too complicated for my GPS tastes, which I’ll cover in a review soon.

The new Edge 20 and 25 units look far more like the sort of thing I really want. First, their size. At 40mm x 42mm x 17mm they are small enough – as the picture from Bikeradar shows – to fit comfortably onto even relatively short stems, whereas I need to position the 510 on the bars on some of my bikes.

Second, they are fully featured. In addition to the GLONASS compatibility they show speed, distance, time and total ascent and can follow courses that you set up and upload. Both are Bluetooth Smart (BLE) enabled but the Edge 25 also has Ant+ so will happily sync with Ant+ speed/cadence and HR devices as well.

Best of all, the price is pretty competitve as well – early indications are they will be £109 for the Edge 20 and £139 for the Edge 25.

As I say, I wish I had waited. My eternal purchase anxiety – or in this case my post-purchase anxiety – really was trying to tell me something this time!

FInd out more about the Edge 20 and Edge 25 on the Garmin website or have a read of the Bikeradar article.

Filed under 2015, News in June 2015


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Tony says:

    I agree that the new computers look great in terms of minimum features required and cost as a combination. My only negative was that the battery life looked short at 8hrs. Big days out need more battery.

  2. James says:

    Have you noticed that Garmin now make you upload to Connect and then it syncs over to Strava?

  3. Muddy John says:

    So it looks like I have just lost my 500. And now I am torn between the 510 and this cheaper newer more accurate Edge 25.

    I must say the 25 temps me despite the shorter battery life as, unlike roadmole, I have only once cycled for more than 10 hrs straight.

    Any reasons not to buy one?

    • MuddyDave says:

      The accuracy should be the same as both the 25 and the 510 use Glonass as well as GPS

    • Elliot says:

      The 510 just got replaced by the 520. Exciting new developments include live Strava KOMs and radar to warn of approaching cars! You could set the radar to warn you when I’m catching you up a hill 😉

    • Matt says:

      John, I think this is a great unit but as Tony points out about the battery you would lose out if you were planning a SDW ride unless you borrowed a larger unit off a mate. For everything else, this appears to win on size and price, given the functionality is basically the same and actually I think there’s a strong case for buttons over a touch screen.

      GLONASS improves satellite pickup hugely IME. However, I still seems to have had quite a bit of inaccuracy, my White Down gate to gate time didn’t actually start anywhere near the first gate!

      Elliott, I think the radar element is limited to their new Varia range of lights and units and this doesn’t in fact have that?

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