On the heels of two other low-cost GPS cycling computers released just before the start of this year (the Rider 100 & 310), Bryton has a couple more up their sleeves. The newly announced Rider 330 and Rider 530 build on the same simple interface and feature-rich platform of the earlier offerings, but add even more wireless connectivity, plus the ability to follow tracks and navigation with added breadcrumb mapping. At the same time their simplicity lets them run for longer than almost all of their competitors at 36 & 33 hours respectively, and it lets Bryton keeps their costs really low. Check out the full details…
Taiwan-based Bryton is making a big push into the cycling market this year, after having a strong position in car navigation. That meant that they have put a lot of effort into delivering affordable functionality to cyclists. So far we’ve had pretty good experience with the 31o that we have been testing, while the omission of mapping has obviously been their limit. Bryton is selling consumer direct now in the US, but is in the process of also setting up IBD sales as well.
Both the Rider 330 & 530 add 3 types of routing capabilities. On the devices you can create a ride from a previous activity, through a connected smartphone with the new Bryton App you can use the Plan Trip function, for from third-party sites you can create a .GPX file and upload it to the Rider.
The Rider 330 has mostly the same functionality of the 310 that we tested at the start of 2016 and shares the same form factor, 1.8″ screen, and up to 8 data fields, plus a few upgrades. That starts out with full ANT+ connectivity to gather all your external sensor data, then it adds Bluetooth LE & Wifi for notification synching and wireless activity uploads (not for connecting sensors). With the addition of the breadcrumb map also comes a digital compass to get the turn-by-turn Follow Track features. That gives it a claimed 72+ functions including speed, power, cadence, heart rate, distance, average speed, temperature, altitude, and more.
Aimed first at mountain bikers, it adds just thirty bucks over the 310 for a retail price of $130, and maintains the same 36 hour operating time.
The 530 has a bigger 2.6” display that shows up to 12 data fields, and the same ANT+ sensor connectivity and BLE & Wifi synching. It also shares the same 72+ functions, that includes a bit in the way of training with customizable workouts across seven different aerobic zones. Bryton sees the larger $180 device geared more towards road riders with the larger display easier to follow at higher speeds. And even with a larger display it still has a claimed 33 hour runtime.
Like the 330, the 530 uses the same quick start auto movement recording, and all activities are automatically uploaded to the Bryton’s cloud via Wifi. Then if you set it up, Bryton will link your data for seamless auto-uploading to Strava.