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!