Review of Garmin Edge 1000
The Garmin Edge 1000 is the lead device of Garmin’s family of cycling tracking and navigation devices. It’s the one you’ll likely see in all the adverts and the version we tried out included the heart rate, speed and cadence sensors to fit to you and your bike for a full understanding of your ride performance. Here’s how I got on rolling around the UK’s hills doing my best Geraint Thomas impression (sorry Froomey, but G’s my favourite!)…
WHAT IS TRACKED?
The Edge 1000 is compatible with a range of ANT+ sensors to allow you to track speed, cadence, heart rate and even your weight with certain scales. It’s also the first Garmin cycle computer that integrates with the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems to display your current gear on screen (very posh!). Ultimately, the Edge 1000 allows you to grab you to jump on your bike, track your ride and as well as navigate to where you want to go – all without the need for a phone (or at least to turn it on a eat up battery tracking your ride).
Unsurprisingly, the Garmin is a very accurate device to track your activity with – it’s combination of GPS, high quality maps and sensors dotted around the bike mean it’s easily the most accurate device I’ve had the chance to try out.
The Garmin Connect app is available on Android and iOS, allowing you to sync all your Garmin devices (if you have more than one) to a single place. It’s not the prettiest app in the world, but has made improvements over the last 12 months and is hopefully going to continue on this trajectory. The only thing really lacking in the app at the moment is the ability to create new routes or maps, but there aren’t many services that really allow you to do this either.
Setting up the Garmin was as simple as switching it on and putting the sensors on my bike – which in itself was a refreshingly simple experience for a change. You can also add your home Wi-Fi to the Edge in order to automatically sync your ride when you walk in the door at home. While you’re riding you can also set up your own screens to show the data you want where you want it while you ride. I did have a couple of issues getting used to setting up new routes and making sure the navigation has full located my position before setting off for a ride. But all-in-all the Edge was very easy to set-up, use and sync.
Whether using the Bluetooth on my phone or Wi-Fi sync at home, the Edge had no issues syncing my data back to the Garmin Connect service. It was also refreshingly easy to set this up so that Garmin Connect sends my ride data onto other services (namely Strava, so I can get my kudos from fellow cyclist friends!).
The official battery life is up to 15 hours, which for a Sat Nav is pretty good. I’ve never had cause to use the full life in one go (thank goodness!), but it does appear to be accurate for usage of the course of an average week or two for me. The battery charges via a standard micro-USB too, so if it does run low on juice it’s not too hard to find a charger even if you’re not at home.
The set we got retails for £500, which includes the heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensors, but you can get this only for closer to £350 if you look hard enough and just the Edge 1000 alone for around £300. This is not a small amount of money, but compared to the Wahoo collection of devices reviewed here a couple of months ago now it isn’t that much more and delivery the added bonus of navigation!
The Garmin Edge 1000 is the best in its class, that’s for certain. The only questions is whether you can justify the cost or are willing to live with slightly lesser features as you travel down the price bands. I have to confess that I actually felt like I would miss my bleeping little companion telling me to ride faster when I took it off my bike. So when weighing up whether I can justify a new iPad or a Garmin Edge 100 for myself, I don’t mind admitting I chose the Edge! What more of an endorsement can I give it than I’ve put down my own cold hard cash to have one…