Garmin’s new Edge 1030 Plus and Edge 130 Plus offer fresh features

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Garmin has revealed two new additions to its Edge range of GPS cycling computers: the Edge 1030 Plus and the Edge 130 Plus. As you might expect from the names, these are closer to iterations on existing devices than they are entirely new products.

Edge 1030 Plus

The Edge 1030 Plus is very similar to the existing top-of-the range model, the Edge 1030, albeit with a handful of new features.

Unlike the Edge 1030, the Plus comes pre-loaded with Garmin Cycle Maps, offering “wider coverage than ever before across the United States and Europe”. Other region maps are available for free download through Garmin Express. The 1030 Plus now offers 32 gb of storage space — double what its predecessor had. There’s also a new processor which, according to Garmin, is twice as fast as on the Edge 1030.

Battery life is now a claimed 24 hours while running many power-intensive features, and up to 48 hours with many of those features turned off. It’s quite a step up from the Edge 1030 which offered “up to 20 hours”. For those wanting to go further, the optional add-on charging pack (same as what the Edge 1030 offered) will double that capacity.

The touchscreen has been updated and comes across from the Edge 830, albeit in a larger size.

If you’re a long-time Garmin user, the new auto-setup feature might save you some time. This feature allows you to import your preferences, settings and sensor connection details from previous Garmin Edge devices (with exception of early models, such as the Edge 500).

Another new feature is Daily Suggested Workout which, as you might guess, suggests a workout for the day based on your recent training load.

There are some updates to the Edge 1030’s routing and mapping functionality too. If you stray from a course you were following, new re-routing options will allow you to return to that original course, or adjust the path to get you back on course. You can now also pause a course you’re on, allowing you to head off wherever you like for a while, before returning to your route.

And Garmin LiveTrack has been updated as well, allowing friends and family to see your intended course. DCRainmaker reports that other units in the Edge range — including the Edge 530 and Edge 830 — will receive this update soon.

The Edge 1030 Plus will retail for US$599 / AU$999 / €599 / £519. More-expensive bundle options are available too.

Edge 130 Plus

At the other end of the product line, the entry-level Edge 130 Plus also doesn’t stray too far from its Edge 130 predecessor (a computer we quite like). The same button-driven control system remains — there’s no touchscreen here — as do the black-and-white display and the same compact size.

Interestingly, the claimed battery life has been reduced to a more accurate figure — from a claimed 15 hours down to 12 hours (or 10 hours when using two sensors) — but unlike the Edge 130, the Edge 130 Plus features an accelerometer. This brings with it a handful of features, including Crash Detection which has featured on other, higher-spec devices in the range for several years now.

Several more advanced features have been added, specifically around structured workouts. The Edge 130 Plus now has the ability to import third-party workouts from TrainerRoad or TrainingPeaks.

Garmin’s ClimbPro feature comes across to the Edge 130 Plus now too, showing the remaining elevation gain and grade for preloaded climbs. And according to DCRainmaker, the new device will soon be able to control your smart trainer, just as other higher-spec Edge devices can.

Like the Edge 1030 Plus, the 130 Plus gets the updated LiveTrack functionality, and likewise with the new auto-setup feature.

The Edge 130 Plus will retail for US$199 / AU$349 / €199 / £169 for the device-only option. Bundles are available too.

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