Available starting next month, Garmin’s new Edge 530 and Edge 830 GPS cycling computers include a bunch of new features including new ride data and guidance, navigational enhancements, along with safety and tracking.
During a ride, the Edge 530 and Edge 830 give you insight into your performance as well as how you might improve or manage your effort. You can see how your body is holding up in different environments with heat and altitude, including in-ride notifications when it’s time to refuel or hydrate.
When you are following a specific route or course, the new ClimbPro feature automatically shows the remaining ascent and grade for each climb, helping you to gauge your effort over the rest of the ride.
Outside of a ride, the Edge 530 and Edge 830 will show the previous four weeks of riding broken down in terms of low aerobic, high aerobic, and anaerobic efforts to evaluate how balanced your training might be. When paired with compatible sensors, the Edge 530 and Edge 830 will calculate your power curve, comparing your ride effort to your previous weeks and months.
Preloaded on the Edge 530 and Edge 830, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn directions and navigation alerts that notify you of sharp curves ahead. And instead of having to download or use Garmin Connect to create a route, the Edge 830 allows you to create new rides and courses right on the device.
To GPS cycling computers make use of popularity routing and choose from the best road, mountain, or gravel routes most traveled by fellow cyclists. It will even guide you back to the route – or back to start – if you get lost or decide to head home early.
Mountain Bike Features
For both the Edge 530 and Edge 830, you can choose the mountain bike bundle so that the devices come preloaded with data from Trailforks built right into the Garmin Cycle Map, including detailed maps of trails from more than 80 countries, complete with trail ratings. You will be able to view the trails in detail right on the device to help you find the trails best suited to your terrain preference and skill level.
When you stop mid-ride, Forksight mode automatically displays upcoming forks in the trail and shows you where you are within a trail network. During your ride, both the Edge 530 and Edge 830 will track all the details with new mountain biking metrics such as jump count, jump distance, and hang time. Other mountain biking features include Grit, which rates the difficulty of a ride using GPS, elevation, and accelerometer data, and Flow, which measures how smoothly you descend a trail.
Garmin added built-in safety and tracking features on the new devices. Group messaging and tracking lets you stay in touch when you get separated from your riding partners, and the incident detection will automatically send your location to emergency contacts if you run into trouble. Coolest of all, if you stop to grab a bite to eat or a coffee, the new PIN-protected bike alarm will notify you on your phone if your bike has been moved.
Much like other Garmin devices, you can customize the new Edge units with free apps, widgets, and data fields. For example, use the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain will start, or use the Yelp app to download locations of a nearby café or bike shop, and route directly to them on the Edge 530 or Edge 830.
In terms of form factor, the Edge 530 features a button design and a 2.6-inch high-resolution, color display, whereas the Edge 830 offers a touchscreen display that is responsive even when wet or used with gloves. Both feature up to 20 hours of battery life with GPS.
The new Garmin Edge 530 and Edge 830 will be available in May and come in different bundle options ranging in price from $299.99 to $499.99.