The gang from Garmin got a jump on the spring 2014 product unveil season Wednesday, launching its new Edge 1000, a top-of-the-line cycling computer that does everything from tell you where you are and how fast you're going to displaying heart rate and power output to syncing with your smartphone to display incoming phone call info and text messages.
Other features include horizontal orientation, new speed and cadence sensors that work even when a GPS signal is not available, and an optional handlebar mounted remote control device so you can toggle through functions and screens without taking your hands off your bars.
The $600 unit weighs 4 ounces, is slightly longer and thinner than its predecessors, has a 3-inch diagonal touch screen and a claimed battery life of 15 hours. For an extra $100 you get a bundle that includes a heart rate monitor, plus speed and cadence sensors.
The new device will also interface with just about any other gadget you can imagine attaching to your bike, including ANT+ compatible power meters and Shimano's ANT+ Di2 D-Fly Data Management system, meaning current gear and even your Di2 battery level can be displayed on-screen.
The Edge 1000 also comes loaded with maps that can provide turn-by-turn directions to just about anywhere. And if you don't have a route in mind, this do-it-all nav device even has what amounts to a built in tour guide. Tell the computer how far and how long you want to ride and it will come up with three cycling-friendly routes complete with elevation profiles.
Like its predecessors, the Edge 1000 has multiple customizable screens, which can now include up to 10 ride metrics. And when you're done with your ride there's no longer the need to fumble with cords to upload your data to your laptop. The new Edge 1000 is WiFi compatible allowing for easy uploads to Garmin Connect.
And here's where things might get interesting in the world of user-created ride segment supremacy, a realm heretofore dominated by Strava. In addition to revamping the Edge, Garmin has overhauled its accompanying Garmin Connect website to now include the ever-popular Strava-style segments and leader boards for said segments. More importantly, you can feed all the segment info into the Edge 1000, and in turn it will give you real-time prompts when start and finish a segment - and then tell you how you stack up. Initially this feature will be limited only to segments the user programs in. But as the Connect site populates with more and more segment data, Garmin will add automatic segment warnings.
For more info check out the promo video and photo gallery below.