Two Garmin GPS cycling computer models get updated with “Plus” performance to add faster processors and more features. Much like the 520 Plus did when it got the upgrade, the new Garmin Edge 1030 Plus and miniature Garmin Edge 130 Plus speed up their internals and give you more to do with them.
From training to connectivity to sharing your rides, their top-level computer now gives you more ways to plan and share rides, and integrated indoor training plans for rainy days. The smaller budget unit
What’s new on the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus?
The big additions over the prior 1030, which was introduced in 2017 as their biggest high performance cycling computer, include enhanced ride tracking and sharing features, and more training assistance.
Another big update is increased onboard maps, including pre-loaded mountain bike trails from the Trailforks App. It’ll even alert you to upcoming forks in the trail and show where you are on the trail system, making it easier to navigate new territories. Back-to-Start, turn-by-turn, and off-course corrections make it easier to stay on track on the road, too. And a faster processor helps it show and change routes closer to real time so you won’t miss that turn off.
Key features include (shown left to right, row by row):
- Dynamic Training Insights – tracks you VO2 Max and training load to show you how you’re improving (or not) over time.
- Training Status – indicates if you’re progressive (or not).
- Suggested Daily Workouts – uses the first two to come up with daily workouts customized for you.
- Sync Training Plans – load workouts from Garmin Connect, TrainingPeaks and TrainerRoad.
- Heat & Altitude Acclimation – lets you know if you’re ready for Everesting in August.
- ClimbPro – shows the distance and elevation profile remaining on climbs when you preload a route.
- Nutrition & Hydration Alerts – Because if you wait until you’re thirsty, it’s too late.
- Cycling Dynamics – shows how bike setup, fit and ride duration affect your performance.
- MTB Dynamics – new feature captures air time, jump count and jump distance.
- Grit & Flow – measures how hard a climb/route is, and how smoothly you descend a trail, giving you a number to beat the next time.
- Extended Battery Life – up to 24 hours of continuous GPS tracking
It also adds InReach compatibility, letting the device sync with Garmin’s satellite-based communication devices and maintain a connection to messaging even when you’re “off grid”. When you do have cell signal, its incident detection, theft alerts and group tracking help you and your friends see where everyone is and stay in touch with messaging. Retail remains at $599 for the head unit, with HR strap bundles and other options available for additional charge.
What’s new on the Garmin Edge 130 Plus?
Originally introduced in early 2018 as a small, affordable-but-connected GPS cycling computer, the Edge 130 offers a tiny black and white screen and the ability to show essential ride metrics. And navigation, and phone/text alerts, etc. Basic, but advanced.
The new Edge 130 Plus computer upgrades with many of the same new features, but keeps the smaller 1.8″ non-touch screen (versus the 1030’s 3.5″ color touchscreen).
Highlights include the new MTB jump and air time tracking, emergency incident detection, mapping, and message alerts (though you won’t be able to respond directly from this smaller device).
It’ll also sync with your smart trainer to help make those indoor workouts easier to use, and show VO2 Max and other training metrics. You don’t get the Trailforks integration, but you keep the navigation and routing, albeit with much simpler map graphics.
Learn more at Garmin.com.
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