Garmin announce new Edge 130, Edge 520 Plus, and Varia rearview radar

Today Garmin announced the new Edge 130 and Edge 520 Plus cycling computers as well as a redesigned Varia RTL510 rearview radar.

Edge 520 Plus


The Edge 520 Plus, a GPS bike computer featuring advanced navigation, performance monitoring capabilities and connected features that’s built for use both on or off the road. Whether hitting the trails or streets, cyclists will benefit from the preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps that feature turn-by-turn directions for all terrains, and alerts to sharp curves ahead.

 


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“The Edge 520 is one of our best-selling cycling computers, so we wanted to take something our customers know and love and improve upon it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Therefore, some of the navigational and safety features once available only on our higher-end models – like the Garmin Cycle Map, rider-to-rider messaging, Incident Detection and more – are now integrated into the Edge 520 Plus.”

 

Preloaded on the Edge 520 Plus, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn navigation and new alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. It will even guide cyclists back to the route – or back to start – if they stray away or decide to head home early. Before heading out, riders can plan and download their routes on the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect™, which uses Trendline™ popularity routing to provide riders with the best road, mountain or gravel routes that are aggregated from those most traveled by fellow cyclists.

 

 

While out for a ride, the Edge 520 Plus gives cyclists the freedom to put their phone away and still feel connected. Rider-to-rider messaging lets cyclists send prewritten messages directly from their Edge 520 Plus to other riders using a compatible device. 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.

 

Compatible with the Varia™ line of cycling awareness devices, including the new RTL510 rearview radar and UT800 smart headlight, the Edge 520 Plus helps to create a safer riding environment by alerting cyclists to approaching cars right on the display. For riders looking for advanced performance monitoring features, the Edge 520 Plus is compatible with ANT+® sensors – including speed, cadence and heart rate – as well as ANT+ power meters like the Vector™ to track functional threshold power (FTP) and cycling dynamics. While using a heart rate strap, cyclists can see even more physiological data, including VO2 max and recovery time to help users keep track of how their body is performing from ride to ride. Mountain bike enthusiasts can connect the Edge remote control with their Edge 520 Plus to easily start and stop the timer, change the page or mark a lap without taking their hands off the bars.

 

The Edge 520 Plus comes with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, providing cyclists with even more competition and segments. Cyclists can star their favourite Strava segments, and while riding, will receive an upcoming segment alert as they approach a start. Riders will then receive second-by-second, real-time comparisons of their performance against their most relevant competitor and will race against their actual speeds – not just their average. Preloaded with the Strava Routes Connect IQ app, starred routes can now be wirelessly synced to the Edge 520 Plus so cyclists can navigate and compete on their favourite Strava segments at the same time.

 

For cyclists interested in hitting the trails, the Trailforks app, which can be downloaded from the Connect IQ™ store, lets users send selected routes to their device and head out for a ride. Featuring trails from more than 80 countries, Trailforks can also use a cyclist’s riding preferences to recommend nearby routes.

 

Using the Best Bike Split Race Sync app installed on the Edge 520 Plus 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 the perfect power plan for race day.

 

Installed on the Edge 520 Plus, the TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app puts daily workouts right on the 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.

 

Featuring up to 15 hours of battery life, the Edge 520 Plus has a suggested retail price of $279.99. A bundle option, which includes a heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a suggested retail price of $379.99. Additionally, a mountain bike bundle option, which includes a mountain bike mount, Edge remote control and silicone case has a suggested retail price of $329.99.

 

The Edge 520 Plus is the latest innovation from the ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment that 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.

 

Edge 130


The Edge 130, a compact and lightweight, yet rugged, GPS bike computer with easy-to-use navigation and unique cycling awareness features. Whether riding on singletrack, wide-open trails or busy city streets, the 1.8-inch sunlight-readable display gives cyclists a crisp view of the screen while the five-button design provides greater ease of use on any terrain.

 

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“Don’t let the size of the Edge 130 fool you – this cycling computer is packed with features,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Not only does the Edge 130 provide cyclists with the ability to create courses in Garmin Connect™, but it’s also compatible with our Varia™ line of cycling awareness devices and includes a suite of smart features, all in a rugged package.”

 

Using GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites, plus a built-in barometer, the Edge 130 will provide greater coverage and more accurate ride data so cyclists know how far, fast and high they ride. Before heading out, riders can plan and download their routes on the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect, which uses Trendline™ popularity routing to provide riders with the best road, mountain or gravel routes that are aggregated from those most traveled by fellow cyclists. During a ride, the Edge 130 provides easy-to-read course prompts and audible turn cues that guide a cyclist on where to go next. If needed, it will even direct users back to their starting location.

 

To help create a safer cycling environment, the Edge 130 is compatible with the line of Varia cycling awareness products, like the new Varia RTL510 Rearview Radar, UT800 smart headlight and more. The Edge 130 supports Bluetooth® and ANT+® for additional sensor capabilities, including the Edge remote control – ideal for mountain bikers looking to start and stop the timer, change the page or mark a lap without taking their hands off the bars. For added peace of mind, the Assistance feature can easily send a cyclist’s location directly from the Edge 130 to emergency contacts in case they run into difficulty, while LiveTrack lets friends and family keep track of a rider’s location in real time.

 

 

The Edge 130 is designed to help increase performance with every ride. When paired with a compatible power meter, users can train even harder and see how many watts of power they’re producing. For added competition, riders can race against Garmin and Strava Live Segments in real time, allowing them to see a second-by-second comparison of how their performance measures up against their competitor, not just their overall average speed.

 

While out for a ride, the Edge 130’s smart connectivity features mean cyclists won’t have to reach for their phone. Text messages will appear on the device screen so cyclists can view them at a glance and keep on riding. A new weather page will display current and forecasted conditions, as well as weather alerts to help keep users from getting stuck in a downpour. When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Edge 130 automatically uploads rides to the Garmin Connect online fitness community and is customizable by downloading configurable data fields from the Connect IQ™ store.

 

The Edge 130 features up to 15 hours of battery life and has a suggested retail price of $199.99. A bundle option, which includes speed and cadence sensors, has a suggested retail price of $249.99. A mountain bike bundle, which includes a mountain bike mount, Edge remote control and silicone case also has a suggested retail price of $249.99.

 

The Edge 130 is the latest innovation from the ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment that 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.

 

Varia RTL510


The Varia RTL510 rearview radar – an updated radar unit with a sleek new design and enhanced safety features. Building upon the first-generation cycling radar from Garmin, the RTL510 rearview radar features improved visibility, detection of vehicles, battery life and more to help keep cyclists safe no matter where, or when, they ride.

 


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“The Varia RTL510 rearview radar is just one of many products in the Garmin ecosystem that’s aimed at increasing cycling awareness,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “There’s a lot that riders have to worry about when on the road, and one of the most important things is their safety. Whether riding during the day or at night, this radar is like having eyes in the back of their helmet, helping to ease some of that anxiety by acting like an early warning system.”

 

When paired with a dedicated radar display unit or compatible Garmin device, including the new Edge® 130 and Edge 520 Plus, cyclists will receive both visible and audible alerts warning them of vehicles approaching from behind, up to 153 yards away. During a daytime ride, the tail light can be seen up to a mile away and is visible within a 220-degree range, making it easier for drivers to see a cyclist before the radar sees the vehicle.

 

 

The new, vertical design of the Varia RTL510 rearview radar gives cyclists better leg clearance and easily mounts to most road-use bikes, including racing, touring and commuter styles. The Varia RTL510 rearview radar features up to 15 hours of battery life in day flash mode, and 6 hours in night flash or solid mode. It has a suggested retail price of $199.99. A bundle option, which includes the RTL510 rearview radar and display unit, has a suggested retail price of $299.99.

 

The Varia RTL510 rearview radar is the latest innovation from the ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment that 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.




13 Comments

shaper, Apr 18 2018 04:36

Good pricing on the Edge 130 and can connect to a PM !!  https://www.bikerada...0-review-51965/

Donovan Le Cok, Apr 18 2018 04:57

If I have read that right, the 520 plus is the same as if you have just kept your 520 up to date?

lechatnoir, Apr 18 2018 05:59

If I have read that right, the 520 plus is the same as if you have just kept your 520 up to date?

 

i kept reading to find out what was new. then i got to the section on the 130 and said 'bugger it'...

 

i guess that's what happens when you hit the nail on the head... 

tux26, Apr 18 2018 08:30

DC Rainmaker reviews of these products

 

EDGE 130: https://www.dcrainma...pth-review.html

 

EDGE 520+: https://www.dcrainma...th-mapping.html

 

VARIA RTL510: https://www.dcrainma...pth-review.html

Dexter-morgan, Apr 19 2018 07:18

I would like to see the 520+ bundle go for R4560, we will be shafted again.

Grayskull, Apr 19 2018 01:23

If I have read that right, the 520 plus is the same as if you have just kept your 520 up to date?

 

do explain this please..

Schnavel, Apr 19 2018 02:18

So the 520 plus is basically an 820 without the touch screen? What's the point?

JA-Q001, Apr 19 2018 03:32

Wonder when the 130 will be available in stores actually?

Nick, Apr 19 2018 04:09

So the 520 plus is basically an 820 without the touch screen? What's the point?

 

There are rumours (I suppose I am simply spreading them now) that when Wahoo released the Elemnt Bolt, Garmin decided to go back to the drawing board with the planned Edge 520 replacement in order to deliver a more competitive product than they had initially planned. Perhaps this release was put out to keep the line up a bit fresh while they continue to develop that new device. 

splat, Apr 20 2018 11:44

So the 520 plus is basically an 820 without the touch screen? What's the point?

 

dcrainmaker says:

There’s a few ways I expect that folks will try and explain the Edge 520 to potential suitors.  Be it a bike shop or another review site, there’s basically two core ways to look at it:

A) It’s an Edge 520 with full-blown routable maps
B) It’s a smaller Edge 820 without the touch screen

Or I suppose, even one more way:

C) It’s a smaller Edge 1030 without the touch screen

And then expands a bit more in his blog

ChUkKy, Apr 20 2018 02:07

So the 520 plus is basically an 820 without the touch screen? What's the point?

 

You pay less to not finger your screen and dirty it.

Schnavel, Apr 22 2018 12:40

dcrainmaker says:

There’s a few ways I expect that folks will try and explain the Edge 520 to potential suitors.  Be it a bike shop or another review site, there’s basically two core ways to look at it:

A) It’s an Edge 520 with full-blown routable maps
B) It’s a smaller Edge 820 without the touch screen

Or I suppose, even one more way:

C) It’s a smaller Edge 1030 without the touch screen

And then expands a bit more in his blog

 

So basically, if you have a 520 already, it's not really worth upgrading.

 

Will wait until they eventually release the 530

cadenceblur, Apr 23 2018 09:23

Not much of a move one I reckon. Happy with my 520 so no itch to change.