Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Debuts World’s Smallest Cycling Computers


Among cyclists, Garmin’s Edge line is one of the more popular choices for tracking essential data like distance, time and route. But, until now, Garmin’s choices have all been a little bulky and not always suited to smaller bikes or anyone looking for something simple and efficient to track their ride. Well, today Garmin has released two new Edge cycling computers which the GPS giant is claiming are the world’s smallest GPS cycling computers.

Coming in at just over 1.6 inches in both length and width and weighing just 25 grams, the Edge 20 and the Edge 25 are meant for the recreational cyclist who doesn’t necessarily need a huge elaborate screen or setup but instead is looking to enjoy the ride.

edge20_HR_Lifestyle“Real estate on your bike is limited – the Edge 20 and Edge 25 are the quintessential bike computers for cyclists wanting to save space without losing valuable features,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales said in a statement.

The Edge 20 and Edge 25 utilize both GLONASS and GPS signals for faster and more accurate satellite connections. The more expensive of the two, the Edge 25, is also Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible so cyclists have the option of adding additional sensors to better track their ride including heart rate, cadence and speed sensors. With a compatible smartphone, cyclists can allow loved ones to track their location in real time during excursions or races. Both devices also allow cyclists to upload their travels via Garmin Connect or share on social media.

According to the website, both devices are water-resistant and durable with up to eight hours of battery life. The Edge 20 and 25 do basically everything you’d expect a cycling computer to do including tracking location, measuring time, distance, speed and total ascent. Both devices also support downloading and following preset tracks.

Both devices are available now. The Edge 20 will retail for $129.99 while the Edge 25 will retail for $169.99. There is also an Edge 25 cadence bundle available for $199.99. I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on one of these yet, but they certainly look pretty sweet.


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