Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lezyne Launches World’s Smallest Cycling GPS


German cycling accessory company Lezyne has made its first forays into the world of GPS this year with the announcement of a series of new GPS cycling computers, one of which is said to be the world’s smallest cycling computer. All three models in Lezyne’s GPS line are expected to be available in the United States  in May, although the smaller versions may be here as soon as next month.

lezyne small GPSMeasuring about the size of a TicTac box at about 1.5 inches x 2 inches (33.4 mm x 50.8 mm) the Mini GPS is designed for the cycling minimalist with a simple black and white LCD screen display showing users statistics like power output, speed, distance and route. The unit comes with 64 MB of storage for holding up to 100 hours of data to be uploaded to popular social media and fitness sites like Strava. To the right, you can see a to-scale image of this minuscule device. Personally, I can’t help but wonder how hard that would be to see while you’re on a bike, but I can’t deny it’s definitely pretty compact.

The other GPS units in Lezyne’s line include the Power GPS and the Super GPS, and these devices are both a little bigger an a little more powerful. The Power GPS includes GLONASS antennas in addition to GPS to provide more accurate tracking, and both units also include Bluetooth integration for measuring heart rate and other statistics. The top-of-the-line Super GPS device can even send and receive text and email alerts from your smartphone, although I don’t know that I’d personally be bothered with that, and has ANT+ capabilities.

All three units are expected to be available soon, and will store ride data in the standard .fit file format for uploading to analysis sites like Strava and TrainingPeaks. Lezyne will, however, also run its own website, GPS Root, for tracking of statistics. The GPS units are expected to retail in the $140 – $200 range, which makes them pretty competitive with other GPS units.

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