Garmin’s steady innovation on their trusted and reliable GPS devices continues with the Edge 1030 while the American company have revamped their Vector power meter pedals. The Edge 1030 has been updated to offer powerful navigation in a compact package and continue to be a reliable training tool for cyclists. The Vector pedals will be easier to swamp from bike-to-bike and come in a sleeker package.
The most welcome update to the new Edge 1030 navigation device is increased navigation capabilities with what Garmin are calling Trendline. Using Garmin Connect’s considerable database of ride files, cyclists will be able to use their Edge 1030 to navigate the most popular routes to their chosen destination, on or off road.
While the shortest possible route sometimes is sufficient when you just want to get from point A to point B, the increased navigation capabilities will allow riders to take advantage of the knowledge of other users. It’s also something that Google Maps and the likes don’t offer. Only Strava’s heatmaps can provide that level of insight into the most popular route to take to your destination. Trendline capabilities should give riders greater confidence in the devices navigation suggestions.
The Garmin Edge 1030 has a 3.5 inch touch screen and can walk riders through a workout using TrainingPeaks Connect IQ. The device also works with Strava Live allowing you to find popular segments in the area and provide live segment information if you are trying to best your time on that popular segment in your area.
Another new feature is new rider-to-rider messaging which allows Edge 1030 users to send pre-written messages to each other. Missed calls can be viewed and text messages can also be responded to using pre-written messages. While notifications are nice, the ability to actually respond with a “I’m out for a ride” or “On my way” are welcome features.
The Edge 1030 works with a new flush mount to keep the device inline with the handlebars. The Edge 1030 boasts 20 hours of battery life and is compatible with Garmin Charge, an integrated battery pack for in-ride charging which can provide up to 40-hours of additional battery life. The Edge 1030 will retail for $780 with a bundle which includes a heart rate monitor, and cadence and speed sensors going for US$900.
Another new addition to Garmin’s offering are the Vector 3 and 3S pedal-based power meters which receives an overhaul. Instead of using a pod like on previous versions, the new pedals install like any other pedal making it easier to transfer the power meter from one bike to another. The new design provides greater cornering clearance and less stack height for more compact ergonomics. Setup and maintenance information are displayed using LED lights.
The Vector 3 measures total power, left-right balance, cadence and other units. Left and right power measurements can be a useful training metric to ensure balance in your pedalling stroke. Another interesting feature is that the pedals can measure seating and standing position to determine when and how a rider pedals which according to Garmin can then be used to achieve a better position on the bike.
The more affortable Vector 3S provides cadence and total power measurements. The upgrade to the dual-sensing system can be easily made later. The pedals are compatible with training systems like TrainerRoad and Zwift, and third party platforms like Strava and TrainingPeaks. The pedals are bluetooth compatible.
The Vector 3 and Vector 3S have a 120 hour battery life. The Vector 3 will retail for US$999.99 and the Vector 3S will go for US$600. The Vector 3S upgrade will cost US$500.