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A shred-ready bike computer
It's easy to take for granted just how powerful and information packed modern bike computers are. The ability to route maps, provide real-time rider data analysis, as well as keeping us connected with fellow riders and alert friends and family of our whereabouts has absolutely changed the way we ride. Today's computers keep us from getting lost, help us find new routes and trails in unfamiliar locations, allows us to train more effectively and challenges us, as well as helping us ride safer. The Edge 520 Plus Bike Computer with Mountain Bike Bundle from Garmin packs a lot of features into a tiny package that comes with a few additional accessories that make it ideal for the off-road set.
The Edge 520 Plus comes out-of-the-box preloaded with full-color Garmin Cycle Map and Strava Live Segments offering turn-by-turn directions for discovering new rides and challenging yourself against personal best or other riders' segments. It also has a function to get you back to your starting point if you happen to get off course, have a mechanical, or otherwise have to call it a ride early.
Another cool feature is the ability to message a rider without having to pull out the phone. So if you're not feeling it on the climbs or you think you're headed down the wrong trail, when paired with a compatible smartphone you can send prewritten notes from this Edge 520 Plus to other compatible Garmin devices. It's also super helpful if you say, get a flat and realize that you took your pump out of the hydration pack and forgot to put it back in, if the crew is paired with GroupTrack, they can easily find you. It's also compatible with Garmin's Varia line of cycling awareness devices such as its rearview radar and smart bike lights that are sold separately, giving you alerts on the display of approaching cars as well as helping drivers see you, helpful if you've got a good chunk of pavement to cruise before hitting the trailhead.
As with most modern computers, this device works with ANT+ compatible sensors such as speed, cadence, powermeter, and heart rate monitors so you can keep track of each mile, pedal stroke, watt, and heartbeat. This particular mountain bike bundle nets you a mountain bike mount that works with today's shorter stems and puts the computer behind the bars where it's less likely to snag or get damaged in a crash as well as a form-fitting silicone case to protect your investment. Also included is the Edge remote letting you scroll through the pages of your 520 Plus and mark laps without even having to remove your hands from the bar.
Adding a heart rate strap to the mix, sold separately, gives you a glimpse into a trove of physiological data. Estimated cycling-specific VO2 max is available, along with a recovery advisor that analyzes your data and provides suggestions on how long to wait before attempting another difficult ride. All of the data can be uploaded to the Garmin Connect community providing you with a library of ride history.
By connecting with Garmin's Connect IQ store, you can easily customize the Edge 520 Plus with apps and data. Handy weather apps such as AccuWeather keep you abreast of changing conditions and access to training apps, like TrainingPeaks, let you know at a glance if you are riding at the prescribed training zone for the day. Each data field is customizable so you can put important information just where you want on the easy to read screen.
Factor in the IPX7 water resistance rating, which is ideal for wet and muddy mountain bike rides, a 15-hour battery life, and integration with other Garmin devices like its VIRB camera, and you end up with a handy device that makes cycling more fun, potentially safer, and the ability to reach new fitness levels on the bike. Included with the computer is a tether, USB cable, and manual.
- A head unit and sensor bundle with excellent bike functionality
- Maps routes with the pre-loaded map library
- Downloads routes from apps such as Trailforks
- Communicate with other devices with rider-to-rider messaging
- Has the ability to get you back to the ride's starting point
- The full-color display is easy to read
- Syncs with Garmin Connect that builds you riding library
- Displays smartphone notifications and weather information
- Includes mountain bike mount, silicone case, and Edge remote
- ANT+ connectivity works with included speed, cadence, HR monitors, as well as powermeters, sold separately
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First Nav unit
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I like everything about it so far. Still learning how to use everything. Its what I was looking for.