As was to be expected, Garmin has announced the introduction of its high-end cycling computer, the Edge 1030. The company has also said that a new pedal power meter called the Vector 3/3S will be available soon.
The manufacturer offers a diverse selection of cycling-specific GPS units. In comparison to the Edge 1000, the new device has a larger screen and some more advanced cycling features. It weighs 123 grams, has dimensions of 58 by 114 by 19 mm, and measures 58 x 114 x 19 mm.
The diameter of the color touchscreen has been increased to 3.5 inches, up from 3 inches when it was on the 1000. The bezels have been moved closer to the edges so that they can handle the greater display real estate. The device can be controlled by pressing any of the two buttons that are located at the bottom of the unit. Even when the user is wearing gloves, the water-resistant display with an IPX7 rating continues to function normally. Light sensors change the brightness of the screen to make it easier to see and save battery life at the same time.
The cycling computer offers advanced analysis features such as time in zone, cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time (when used with a power meter and heart rate monitor), indoor trainer support, and cycling dynamics. These features can be accessed when the computer is connected to a power meter and a heart rate monitor (when used with a compatible power meter).
It also has navigation with turn-by-turn directions and enhanced navigation alerts, and it comes preloaded with maps. You can stay motivated with in-ride challenges that use the newly updated preloaded Strava Live Segments feature as well as Garmin Connect segments.
The Popularity-derived Routing feature, Rider-to-Rider Messaging, and Improved Cycling Awareness features are some of the additional features that are available.
The first one shows the best on and off-road routes that have been taken by Garmin cyclists, which is a feature that will certainly end up being very popular. Using rider-to-rider texting, you will be able to send pre-written remarks to the Edge devices of other riders. All the aspects of improved cycling awareness are related to connectivity in some way. For instance, you can answer phone calls or texts with prewritten messages, and with LiveTrack and GroupTrack2, you can keep your loved ones informed of your location in real time.
The battery life of the Edge 1030 is rated at 20 hours (depending on usage), which is a modest improvement over the battery life of the Edge 1000, which was rated at 15 hours. If that is not sufficient, you have the option of purchasing an extended battery pack that will give you an additional 24 hours of use.
A pedal-based power meter called the Vector 3/3s has also been announced. This device has twin sensors and is positioned on the pedals. The device is currently in its third iteration, and it has been updated with a new design that does away with the pod that was present in the previous generations. This makes it easy to transfer between bikes. In addition to this, it features better cycle dynamics as well as data that is both more accurate and dependable.
Garmin makes its Edge 3000 and Vector 3/3s products available for purchase on its website. Prices for both begin at around $600.