With is so many exceptional Garmin devices on the market, it can be quite challenging to decide which Garmin unit best suits your needs. In this post I will attempt to help you ‘find your EDGE’.
Garmin’s latest GPS bike computer range called EDGE, consists of the following models: Edge 20, Edge 25, Edge 520, Edge 810 and the Edge 1000.
Let’s start off with the smallest and lightest units in the range:
Edge 20 & Edge 25
If you are looking for an easy to use and compact GPS bike computer which includes all the basic cycling metrics then look no further than the Edge 20 and Edge 25.
Both the Edge 20 & 25 include the following features:
– GPS Speed and distance
– GPS recording of route for online access later
– Course navigation (with courses created on Garmin Connect)
– Two customizable data pages (up to three data fields per page)
– Goal based workouts (i.e. time/distance/calories)
– Personal Records (i.e. longest ride)
– 8 hour Battery life
– Weight of 25g
– GPS capability
One of the main differences between the 2 units is found in their communication. With the Edge 25 you gain Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ connectivity. This means you can sync with your phone for downloading rides and courses, while also connecting to ANT+ sensors. The Edge 20 doesn’t have either of those options, so if you want to download from it you’ll have to do so via USB cable to your computer.
Here is a list of features you’ll find in the Edge 25 but not in the Edge 20:
– ANT+ sensor connectivity (ANT+ Speed-only, Cadence-only, Speed/Cadence Combo, Heart Rate)
– Bluetooth Smart phone connectivity (for syncing completed activities/courses)
– Additional heart rate data page (HR BPM + HR Zone)
– Ability to create/set heart rate alerts
– Ability to track distance/speed indoors using ANT+ sensors
Edge 520, 810 and 1000
The Edge 1000, 810 and 520 GPS bike computers offer bike specific navigation and training capabilities. They provide a waterproof and glove friendly touch screen display with preloaded base maps and up to 15 hours of battery life. All three devices include a range of connected features when synced to your smartphone through the Garmin Connect Mobile app. These features include real-time weather information, social media sharing, live tracking which allows family and friends to track training, and racing in real time. All devices are also compatible with Garmin ANT+ products including the Varia bike radar and lights, speed sensors, cadence sensors, heart rate monitors, weight scales and power meters.
In addition to the basic features mentioned above, both the Edge 1000 and Edge 810 feature turn-by-turn navigation for the rider, whilst both the Edge 1000 and Edge 520 will connect with your smartphone to provide call and text notifications on the device.
|Key Features||Edge 520||Edge 810||Edge 1000|
|Provides Alerts for Phone Notifications||Yes||No||Yes|
|Routable (Turn-by-Turn navigation)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Impromptu Route Creation||No||No||Yes|
|ANT+ HRM Strap Compatible||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Battery Life||15 Hours||17 Hours||15 Hours|
Additional Garmin Edge 520 features:
The Garmin Edge 520 is compatible with Strava live segments and is sold with a 3 month trial of Strava Premium that automatically syncs the device with your Strava segments to give you live feedback. This package also gives you alerts for when you start and finish a segment and organises leader-board rankings upon completion of segments.
Additional Garmin Edge 1000 features:
The Garmin Edge 1000 is compatible with Garmin Varia Bike Headlights and Taillights, has free map updates and includes extended routing features. These features allow the user to view an elevation profile before selection of the desired route, and also alter the route to provide a more direct route to the finish point if the user decides to finish earlier. It also includes a training calendar so the user can schedule pre-planned workouts and it allows for integration with Shimano Di2 electronic systems to display rider gear selection.