By: Francis Cebedo and Brian Mullin


I have a love/hate relationship with Garmin GPS devices. Sometimes, I want all the data and sometimes, I don't want any data on my bike rides. But when I discovered Strava, I fell in love with my Garmin 500 as it motivated me to go faster and go farther. I could look at the data while I was riding but the real magic occurred when I got home. I got to see how I stacked up against all my previous rides and I was able to share them with my network of friends. At the end of the month or year, I had a useful log of every detail of my miles and climbs.


But then the new Iphone came and I now use it more than my Garmin. The Iphone is with me anyway and it now has a battery that can outlast my endurance. I can upload my Strava at then end (or even the middle) of the ride and get instant gratification. Or in most cases, despair and aggravation. So in my view, the greatest competition for Garmin are these phones that get smarter with each passing day.

So here are the new Garmins with their evolved connectivity. They get more run time at about 20 hours and now they can always be connected. Seems pretty slick for race teams but are they useful to you?

This video from Team Garmin captures their capabilities.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyD-em6jp_0

There are two new Garmins, the 510 and the 810. The 510 has the smooth buttons on the photos and it is the simpler version without the fancy graphics and maps.

Garmin has been pretty secret about their just announced Edge series, and the rumor mill has been rampant with guesses about what features they would contain, and whether it would just be called the Edge 900.

Garmin unveiled two new GPS bike computers today, the Edge 810 and 510, which are their first dedicated bicycling devices with real-time connectivity. These new units propagate forward the features of their current Edge 800 and 500 models, while adding advanced connection features that can be used through a smartphone. They feature a more user-friendly interface, sport live tracking, social media sharing and real-time weather updates. The basic difference between the models is that the Edge 810 has mapping capabilities, and the Edge 510 can utilize GLONASS satellites for better reception, otherwise they share the same feature suite. We did a full review on the Edge 500 and found it to be durable, accurate, with excellent usability and intuitiveness, and we hope that the new capabilities of the Edge 810 and 510 continue with the same high qualities of the predecessors.

The Edge 810 and 510 are each available in two different versions. The basic Edge 810 retails for $499.99, while the Edge 810 Performance and Navigation Bundle Version (maps, HR monitor, speed/cadence sensor, out front mount) goes for a whopping $699.99. The basic Edge 510 retails for $329.99, and the Edge 510 Performance Bundle Version (HR monitor, speed/cadence sensor, out front mount) goes for $399.99.

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Edge 810

The mapping capable touchscreen Edge 810 is designed for the cyclist who wants it all - navigation and advanced training capabilities in 1 device. It offers connected features through your smartphone, including live tracking, social media sharing and weather. The 810 is compatible with optional detailed street or TOPO maps, so it can guide your ride for touring, commuting or extended activities where you might need onboard maps and navigation. Because it's GPS-enabled, Edge 810 provides accurate data and navigation capabilities, anywhere in the world. It accepts microSD cards, weighs in at 98 grams, has a 2.6-inch diagonal sunlight-readable touchscreen, and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion with a 17-hour battery life.

Edge 810 Version - $ 499.99 USD

  • Edge 810
  • Bike mount
  • USB cable
  • AC charger
  • Manual
Edge 810 Performance and Navigation Bundle Version - $ 699.99 USD

  • Edge 810
  • Mounts (standard and out-front)
  • Premium heart rate monitor
  • Speed/cadence sensor
  • Data card preloaded with City Navigator® for U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico street maps (maps on a preloaded data card cannot be copied or viewed on a computer)
  • USB cable
  • AC charger
  • Manual





Edge 510

The touchscreen Edge 510 is designed for the competitive cyclist who seeks the most accurate and comprehensive ride data. It offers connected features through your smartphone, including live tracking, weather and social media sharing. Whether you're training, racing or touring, Edge 510 tracks the details of your ride, and you can view it later on a map at Garmin Connect. Compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster satellite acquisition and improved signal lock, the 510 is suited for the most challenging conditions, such as canyons. It weighs in at 80 grams, has a 2.2-inch diagonal sunlight-readable touchscreen, and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion with a 20-hour battery life.

Edge 510 Version - $ 329.99 USD

  • Edge 510
  • Bike mount
  • USB cable
  • AC charger
  • Tether
  • Manual
Edge 510 Performance Bundle Version - $ 399.99 USD

  • Edge 510
  • Mounts (standard and out-front)
  • Premium heart rate monitor
  • Speed/cadence sensor
  • USB cable
  • AC charger
  • Tether
  • Manual


Key Features




Track Every Detail
In addition to the mapping capabilities of the Edge 810, the Edge 810 and 510 records your distance, speed metrics, ascent/descent, grade and more. They're also compatible with ANT+ sensors that measure your heart rate, speed/cadence and power. The activity profiles feature allows you to customize data fields and device settings based on cycling activity, such as road, mountain or touring. Switch profiles with a simple swipe of the touchscreen, and your device will be set up to show the data you need for that ride. When you complete a ride, the 510 displays any new personal records you achieved, such as farthest distance, most ascent gained and more.

Get Connected
The Edge 810 and 510 offers a suite of connected features when paired with your smartphone (Apple or Android) and the Garmin Connect Mobile app. This allows you to gain comprehensive, accurate ride data from a dedicated device, while saving your phone battery. Edge tracks the data and sends it to your phone using a Bluetooth connection. Stay connected and share all the details of your ride with friends, family and your social media contacts. You can post an update immediately after your ride or race with details from your completed activity. You'll create your posts via your smartphone, and the ride data's already there, thanks to the interface with Garmin Connect Mobile.



Live Tracking
The live tracking feature allows your friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. Invite followers using email or social media, so they can view your live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page. Once they get your email invite, they can click to follow and see your stats and location on the map.



Weather
Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts and alerts (in areas with coverage) directly on the Edge 810 and 510 when it's paired with your smartphone and the Garmin Connect Mobile app. This feature is useful for extended rides, and it lets you keep your smartphone safe and dry, while the weather data you need is at your fingertips.

Wireless Data Transfers
Now you can instantly store, share and analyze every detail of your ride. The Garmin Connect Mobile app allows for wireless uploads of completed activities from your device as soon as you finish recording an activity. You choose whether activities are automatically or manually uploaded. Once your ride has posted to Garmin Connect, your own "connections" can view them. You can also search your courses and workouts stored at Garmin Connect, download to your smartphone, then send directly to your Edge 810 and 510 - wirelessly. You can then navigate to the start of the course and use the Virtual Partner feature on your Edge to race your previous activities in real time.

Purpose-Built Bike Computer
There's no better bike computer to guide your ride. Edge 810 and 510 are rugged, waterproof and have up to a 17 and 20-hour battery life, respectively. The touchscreen is easy to operate, even with a gloved finger and when wet. Mounting options include a new out-front mount for heads-up positioning and a standard quarter-turn mount. The Edge 510 also comes with a tether to ensure your device doesn't travel far in the event of a spill.