Garmin has this week introduced the Edge 1030 GPS bike computer and the Vector 3/3S, billed as ‘a completely redesigned pedal-based power meter that installs like any other pedal’.
Garmin’s Edge 1030 is a high-end cycling computer with enhanced navigation, performance and safety features. It has a 3.5-inch high-resolution and a capacitive touch panel display that is ‘quick and responsive – even when wet or used with gloves’. Ambient light sensors automatically adjust the screen’s brightness making key training metrics and performance monitoring tools easier than ever to view day or night.
“Whether a competitor, commuter or adventure-seeker, we’ve found a better ride for all cyclists with the newest addition from Garmin – the Edge 1030,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “This innovative GPS cycling computer is compatible with our suite of cycling products, including the new Vector 3 and 3S power meter, as well as our Varia cycling awareness products like the Varia Rearview Radar and the Varia UT800 Smart Headlight.
“This means cyclists can now ride farther and more often thanks to the most advanced, intuitive and motivating ride data to date.”
Preloaded on the Edge 1030, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn navigation and new alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. While riding, cyclists will receive elevation information, see points of interest and be able to search for addresses – all right on their screen. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter sensor capabilities also provide ride data so cyclists know how far, fast and high they ride.
New rider-to-rider messaging lets cyclists send prewritten messages directly from their Edge 1030 to other riders using the Edge 1030. Cyclists can also view and respond to missed calls or texts with prewritten replies. Built-in incident detection will automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts if they run into trouble, while GroupTrack and LiveTrack let friends, family and other cyclists keep track of a rider’s location in real time.
The Edge 1030 comes with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, featuring more competition and better segments. Cyclists who upgrade to Strava Premium will gain access to everything from real-time races against their personal best, to the most popular nearby segments.
Also installed on the Edge 1030, the new TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app puts daily workouts right on the Edge device. It guides cyclists through a workout in real time – complete with intensity targets and interval durations. After a workout, syncing to TrainingPeaks will provide cyclists with a detailed analysis of their ride, as well as the ability to measure progress toward their goals.
Linking the Best Bike Split Race Sync app with an Edge 1030 means cyclists will have all their current race plans available at their fingertips. Best Bike Split allows riders to see how changes in weight, power and drag affect their goal race time, while helping to create a power plan for race day.
The Edge 1030 works with the new flush mount, keeping the device in line with the handlebars – not above them – giving it a lower profile. Featuring up to 20 hours of battery life, the Edge 1030 has a suggested retail price of US$599.99. A bundle option, which includes a premium heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a suggested retail price of US$699.99.
Garmin Vector 3/3S
Unlike previous versions of Garmin Vector power meters, the Vector 3/3S does not have a pod and installs like any other pedal, making it easy to transfer from one bike to another without professional assistance. Once installed, the dual-sensing Vector 3 measures total power, left-right balance, cadence and advanced cycling dynamics while the single-sensing Vector 3S reports cadence and total power.
The Vector 3/3S features a sleek new design providing cyclists with greater cornering clearance and improved stack height for smarter ergonomics, while LED lights on the pedals display important setup and maintenance information. Garmin adds that the Vector 3/3S is a direct-measurement power meter – the sensors are housed in the pedals – so it delivers reliable, accurate data on every training session.
“As cyclists aim to beat their personal best on their next race or Gran Fondo, the affordable and innovative Vector 3/3S will help them ride farther, stronger and more often,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “By redesigning the pedal and eliminating the pod, cyclists have the ability to quickly transfer from bike to bike and still receive advanced performance data that takes their training to the next level.”
With the Vector 3 dual-sensing pedal-based power meter, cyclists have the ability to see right and left leg power independently. Measuring cadence, total power, left-right balance and advanced cycling dynamics, the Vector 3 shows cyclists how and where they are producing power and helps them tailor their training around their specific strengths and weaknesses to improve their form.
The Vector 3 tracks Seating/Standing Position to determine when and how long cyclists are in each so they can gauge position effectiveness, while Power Phases show how riders are currently producing power with every pedal stroke, and Platform Center Offset helps determine where power is applied on the pedal, ensuring proper cleat position.
The more affordable, single-sensing Vector 3S uses the forces detected on the left pedal to measure cadence and approximate total power, and can be upgraded later to the dual-sensing system.
The Vector 3/3S fully integrates with the Garmin cycling ecosystem, including the Varia Rearview Radar, Varia UT800 Smart Headlight and the new Edge 1030. ANT+ technology not only lets cyclists receive structured indoor training by pairing their Vector 3/3S with power-based training systems like TrainerRoad, Zwift and more, but they will also gain access to compatible third party training platforms including Strava and TrainingPeaks.
Meanwhile, Bluetooth technology allows post-ride analysis, data sharing, mapping, route planning and more to be integrated into training through Garmin Connect.
The Vector 3/3S features up to 120 hours of battery life. The Vector 3 has a suggested retail price of US$999.99 and US$599.99 for the Vector 3S. The optional Vector 3S upgrade pedal has a suggested retail price of US$499.99.
The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.