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Garmin Edge 510

Garmin Edge 510Simplicity in a box is really what we have come to expect from Garmin and the Edge 510 delivers just that. Sitting mid-offering in the Garmin bike computer range the 510 offers a well judged mix of features without overcomplicating things.
Set up of new tech can be a daunting prospect but the Edge 510 makes light of things – a quick charge, enter a couple of data fields and select preferences via the 4.4 x 3.5cm touchscreen and you’re good to go. Hooking to satellite connection took less than 40seconds, even on first contact, and remained strong through both built-up areas and wooded trail.
Attaching it to the bike as just as painless; the Edge 510 ships with a standard twist mount that fits to the bars via a baseplate and elasticated straps – there has always been a tendency for these fittings to ping off in dramatic style in the event of a spill so extra security comes in the form of a short lanyard (it’s a good idea to slip a couple of extra bands in the jersey pocket too – a handful ship in the box.) An optional ‘out-front’ mount is yours for £30.
The Edge 510 lacks the basemaps and the ability to add maps that is a feature of the higher end 810 and 1000 models, but then those will set you back an additional £70 or £80. In all other respects the Edge 510 delivers – ‘simplicity in a box’ it may be, but lacking in functionality it is not. All the to-be-expected metrics are here – time, distance, speed, ascent/descent, etc. – plus some nice surprises such as temperature (so often a factor in performance when it comes to post-race analysis.) Connect to the Apple or Android app and you can pick up a host of extra meteorological info too – or get social and ‘live share’ your rides with the lucky few via social media or the tracking pages on the Garmin Connect site. The mobile apps also allow for wireless uploads of completed activities to the Connect pages once your race or training session is over.
Training or race data can either be viewed directly on the Garmin Connect Mobile App or, once uploaded wirelessly from phone to the free Garmin Connect account, online. New courses and those previously ridden can be download back from the Connect site to the 510, so you can always revisit rides that went well or retest yourself on those that didn’t.
The ANT+ Sensor allows connection to a range of additional options – everything from compatible scales to heart rate monitors and more – so those that really like to chew over the numbers will have plenty to get their teeth into.
At £249.99 the Garmin Edge 510 isn’t cheap but does offer an impressive range of functionality; using it at a basic level, when that’s all that is required, is wonderfully simple and getting to grips with its deeper workings takes little time to master when you want to dig deeper and train harder.
The 510 is also available at £299.99 as a Performance Bundle including a speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor.
Further details at, online purchase at, amongst other places,


Garmin Launch the VIRB X and XE

Garmin VIRB XGarmin have unveiled the VIRB X and VIRB XE calling them the ‘next generation of HD action cameras.’ Both have been fully redesigned – looking more like GoPro – for extended mounting options, but underneath the shell they look fully stacked with new features.


The VIRB XE is designed to shoot professional HD footage at 1440p/30fps (a step up from former models) and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo, image stabilisation and various zoom levels, whilst the VIRB X shoots at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow-mo and zoom options. Neither require external housing for underwater shooting (up to 50metres) and the flat glass front panel is designed to repel water droplets for better action in suboptimal weather conditions.


The range of telemetry looks impressive too with built-in sensors such as GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope being complimented by compatible external tech including the Garmin Fenix 3 watch and Vector power meter – all of which can be graphically overlaid onto footage. Both models have new continuous photo mode and photo burst rate has been increased to 10 frames-per-second for VIRB X and 30 frames-per-second for the VIRB XE.


Through the built-in Wi-Fi users can now connect VIRB X and XE to the VIRB Mobile app on both smartphones and tablets and Bluetooth adds further options for communication with external devices.


Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of worldwide sales comments: ‘With the updated design, enhanced recording options, built-in sensors and the introduction of G- Metrix, VIRB X and XE represent a bold step forward in the evolution of action cameras for consumers and professionals alike… We are extremely excited to bring these cameras to market, and see not only the content that users share, but also how far, how fast, and how crazy their adventures really are.’


The Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE will be available in summer 2015, with the VIRB X will having a suggested retail price of £239.99, and the VIRB XE selling at £319.99.


Garmin Reveal the Forerunner 920XT

Forerunner 920XTGarmin has announced what it is calling ‘its most advanced multisport GPS watch to date’, the Forerunner 920XT. Featuring a far slimmer profile, the Forerunner 920XT is 15 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than its predecessor and records detailed metrics for swimming, cycling and running, making it a true cross-training tool for those you love to crunch the numbers.


‘Watch-mode’ and daily activity tracking features on the 920XT, which monitor steps and calories, are aimed at making the device useful beyond just training or racing and because it receives GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signals in addition to standard GPS its accuracy and functionality should be increased. If you want more (and who doesn’t these days?) the Forerunner 920XT receives smart notifications, including incoming texts, emails, calls, and calendar reminders on the high-resolution colour display when paired via Bluetooth to a smart phone.


For ultra-runners, the Forerunner 920XT offers the ‘UltraTrac’ mode that turns GPS off at certain intervals, extending its GPS mode battery life from 24 hours to up to 40 hours.


The 920XT is water proof to 50 meters and offers advanced swim metrics for training in a pool or open water, including drill logging, recording swim distance, pace, stroke type, stroke count and SWOLF score – derived from a combination of time and stroke number.


On the bike, the watch has a built-in altimeter for precise ascent, descent and gradient data during training and when paired with compatible ANT+™ power meters, including the Garmin Vector S and the dual-sensing Vector system, the Forerunner 920XT displays power data including average watts, left/right balance5, power zone, and when paired with a heart rate monitor, it can derive users’ VO2 max estimates.


The Forerunner 920XT is available in black/blue or red/white, and retails at £389.99 or £419.99 including heart rate monitor.


For more information see and online purchase for much of the Garmin range at


Garmin Announce the vívosmart

vívosmartWhilst the long-anticipated first-look at the Apple Watch has arrived, Garmin, somewhat drowned out by the Tim Cook media circus, has unveiled their latest tech release the vívosmart.


The fitness band displays notifications of incoming texts, emails and calls on your wrist as you exercise allowing you, say Garmin, ‘to move more and miss less!’ Like the vivofit, launched earlier this year, the vívosmart learns about the users individual fitness levels and sets personalised daily goals, but also automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app meaning that your smartphone can stay in your pocket or pack while you continue to run or cycle.


Double tapping the screen brings up a menu where you can see everything from the time and date, to number of steps taken, the distance you have covered, calories and countdown to a personalised daily goal, whilst incoming messages are signalled with both vibration and preview.


Garmin’s Andrew Silver, EMEA Product Manager for Fitness, says of the vívosmart: ‘With its activity tracking features, additional workout support including timed activities, and smart notifications, vívosmart is like having a personal trainer and assistant right on your wrist. It challenges and motivates users to stay active and create lifelong healthy habits, while keeping them connected to family, friends, work and more.’


The vÍvosmart is water resistant to 50m and has a battery life of up to seven days, it will be available from October and will retail at £139.99.


Further details of the vÍvosmart at


Garmin Launch the Vector S

Garmin Vector SGarmin has introduced the Vector S, a single-sensing pedal-based power meter; measuring forces on the left pedal to approximate total power, the Vector S reports power, cadence and more with the option for users to easily upgrade to a dual-sensing system.


Working by measuring the deflection in the pedal spindle as users pedal the single-sensing system provides cyclists with reliable, accurate data, measuring power output at the pedal where force is applied, giving them the chance to track and improve their fitness. The Vector S calculates power (watts) at various time intervals, measures cadence with its built-in accelerometer, and sends the data to compatible Edge cycling computers or other ANT+ enabled devices. An upgrade pedal can be purchased which, when paired with the Vector S, makes a complete Vector power meter system, delivering direct left/right accuracy and providing more advanced metrics.


Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager for fitness, comments: ‘Power metrics are more accessible than ever with the Vector S’s affordable and flexible single-sensing system. It allows cyclists to start receiving the benefits of tracking power output right away, while its upgrade pedal gives them the opportunity for unique additional metrics – without having to invest in a whole new system.’


The Garmin Vector S retails at £749.99 details of all Garmin products at – More Garmin products available at



Garmin VIRB – Life Through a Lens

Garmin VIRBGPS market-leaders Garmin have stepped into the action camera arena with the announcement of the Garmin VIRB, a full HD model capable of recording three hours of 1080p video on a single charge, in part thanks to an ambient light screen far less power-hungry than traditional backlights. Featuring the latest image stabilization tech, the ability to switch to 16 megapixel stills mode, waterproofing (up to 30minutes at 1m) and distortion correction that can remove, or at least reduce, the fish-eye aesthetic that defines most action camera footage.


The Garmin VIRB is expected to launch in the US later next month and reach the UK in early/mid October; it will be available either as standard version or the WiFi-enabled Garmin VIRB Elite that adds GPS, accelerometer and altimeter functionality in addition to connectivity to free iPhone and Android apps. The price point has been set at £269.99 for the VIRB and £349.99 for the VIRB Elite putting them firmly in the territory of the top-selling GoPro HERO3 and HERO3 Black.


For further information on the Garmin VIRB and Garmin VIRB Elite see



Featured Reviews

Garmin Edge 510

Garmin Edge 510 reviewThese days it would seem that everything is shared across social networks, from the sublime to the ridiculous (‘I got engaged!’… ‘I just ate toast!’), however some things we feel are well worth sharing; training plans, routes, results and achievements among them. Enter then the new Edge 510 GPS bike computer, which makes all this – and more – possible, and being from market-leading Garmin, Cyclo took to testing it with more than a hint of anticipation.


The Edge 510, with its touchscreen and colour display (both steps up from the Garmin 500), works in conjunction with two other crucial elements; firstly the Garmin Connect Mobile app for smartphones – free for iPhone and Android – to which the Edge 510 connects via Bluetooth, secondly the online (again free) Garmin Connect dashboard website. More on both in due course…


Out-of-the-box impressions were positive – the 510 is reasonably compact at just 5.2 x 8.6 x 2.4cm and mid-weight at 80g; the screen was clear, bright (and of course colourful) and the glove-friendly touchscreen responsive. Setting-up technical devices for the first time can be daunting, but the Quick Start manual was easy to understand and guided us through the set up, installation and pairing of the Edge 510 to the smartphone (an iPhone in our case) via the bluetooth without any trouble. The app turns the Edge 510 into a truly connected device, capable of sharing activities and data as they happen in real-time and wirelessly uploading workout- and race-relevant data to the Garmin Connect website or downloading courses and routes direct to the device; in short it is the cornerstone of this new model.


With a standard ‘quarter turn’ mount the Garmin Edge 510 is simple enough to attach to the handlebars using two of the supplied bands, but those who prefer an ‘out-front’ mounting one is available for an additional £29.99. In either case, and in the event of a spill, the Edge 510 ships with a tether so you shouldn’t lose your investment if the worst comes to the worst…


Cyclo appreciates that some GPS devices can struggle to acquire satellite signals, a complete headache when you’re itching to get going – or worse racing, but on our tests the Edge 510 acquired the signals quickly and, just as importantly, held it unwaveringly throughout. We were impressed too that the aforementioned glove-friendly touchscreen remained responsive even to the prodding of our thickest winter gloves, delivering additional data pages quickly and, with a fairly generous 4.4 x 3.5cm screen size, serving up something we were actually able to read on the ride.


Live tracking allows friends (rivals?) and family to follow your races and training activity in real time, so long as the app and the Edge 510 are connected. Inviting followers – or ‘connections’ if ‘followers’ sounds too messianic for you – using email or social media allows the chosen few to view your live data on the Garmin Connect tracking page, follow your position on a map, and track progress, and once the workout or race is posted to the Garmin Connect site followers can (re)view and comment on them. Naturally you can also share all of this across various social networks, something we personally love to do at Cyclo.


Of course all this extra tech comes at a slight cost above the old 500 – it’s naturally both bigger and heavier (the noted 80g compared to the previous model’s more svelte 56.7 g) – but the extraordinary amount of functionality for a not unreasonable £249.99 makes for an excellent investment. At around £80 cheaper than the Edge 810, which admittedly adds base maps and data cards amongst other things, this looks like a first-rate option for anyone wanting to up their game with a robust, reliable and very sociable bike computer.


The Garmin Edge 510 is available from, amongst other places online, – for full details and spec of the Edge 510 visit or take a look at their video below…