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Garmin launch Edge 530 and 830 GPS units

Garmin have quietly introduced the successors to the Edge 520 and 820 GPS units, with the new devices boasting Garmin's new ClimbPro feature in smaller and lighter packages...

Garmin have launched their latest GPS bike computers, the Edge 530 and Edge 830. Both feature Garmin's new ClimbPro feature, first seen on their luxurious Marq Athlete multisport watches launched back in February. 

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The new units are more compact than their predecessors, the Edge 520 and 820, with dimensions of 50 x 82 x 20 mm and 49 x 73 x 21mm respectively. The screens are 58mm wide on both computers, and the weights are 78g for the 530 and 67g for the 830. Interestingly, that makes the higher spec 830 quite a bit lighter and smaller in size. The significant difference is the lack of buttons on the 830, as it utilises a full touchscreen that Garmin say works just fine through gloves and in the wet. The 530 sticks with buttons on the left side and bottom of the unit.   

Battery life is also the same for the 530 and 830, at 20 hours with GPS and up to 40 hours in battery save mode or with Garmin's optional Charge power pack.  

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Most of the capabilities have carried over from Garmin's existing devices, but the ClimbPro app is new. It automatically shows you the remaining ascent and grade when you’re climbing, while following a route or course. The idea is to help you gauge your effort over the remainder of your ride, so burning out on your first climb of the day when there are plenty more to come should become a thing of the past. It will also be welcome news for Strava KOM chasers. 

There are a whole host of other performance monitoring features as you'd expect, including options to analyse your VO2 max, recovery, training load focus, nutrition and hydration.  

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The mapping options are extensive, with the Garmin Cycle Map routing software built in to both devices. The mountain bike additional bundle is a particularly significant upgrade for off-roaders, with integrated Trailforks data. The MTB dynamics tracks jump count, jump distance and hang time as well as 'Grit', which measures your ride’s difficulty. 'Flow' also tracks and rates the smoothness of your descent so you can attempt to beat your score next time around.    

In terms of safety, Garmin have added the new bike alarm feature that notifies you on your smartphone if your bike has been moved or tampered with - useful to give you peace of mind during coffee stops. Group messaging and tracking is also possible, just in case you get separated from the pack on a group ride, and there's an incident detection feature that automatically sends your location to emergency contacts if it detects you've had a fall or collision.   

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The Edge 530 comes in at £259.99 for the unit only with no add-ons, and the Edge 830 is priced at £349.99. You can also add sensors and/or a mountain bike bundle for an additional cost. Head over to Garmin's website for full specs and buying options. 

 

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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ajft | 4 years ago
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Has the power / data socket changed to USB-C or are they still with the micro USB? (or the god-awful device specific clippy thing that the bottom end ones use)

I think every Garmin I've owned has ended up eventually losing the little rubber plug that goes over the USB socket, perhaps these ones are better -- not that this is a Garmin-specific problem, seems to be common to most gadgets that try to walk the line between a robust sealed unit and needing electrical contacts

While they talk of alarm features for noticing if your bike moves, what the device needs is a way of locking it to a given Garmin account -- they can already be registered as yours on the Garmin connect site, I think it needs to tie in more closely so that if it is stolen or powered on from completely off that it needs to be reactivated from the associated account.  Would stop people nicking them, or at least render them unusable when nicked.

It'll also need to have vastly better touch-screen performance in the wet, I find my 820 to be unusable in the rain, at least the old 305 and then 605 used to work rain or shine ... until the micro-buttons broke

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hennahairgel replied to ajft | 4 years ago
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ajft wrote:

Has the power / data socket changed to USB-C or are they still with the micro USB? (or the god-awful device specific clippy thing that the bottom end ones use)

 

Still micro-USB sad

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Xenophon2 | 4 years ago
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I got myself a 1030 and so far, so good (but early days).  Only two gripes:

1. Routing and course development are a joke.  You ask it to plot a tour, seems like the computer goes out of its way to pick the worst possible options.  When a choice is available between a scenic route and a major road, it'll pick the road evenif set up with different preferences.  Probably biased by commuter stats.  Most free tools that I know of are much, much better.

2. What I had never expected:  i own a Fenix 5 watch and had naïvely expected that I could simply pair it and have the 1030 use its heartrate data.  Nope.  Doesn't work, I can either do 'everything' except navigation with the watch or else I need to strap on a sensor and do everything with the 1030.

I do also feel that the focus is too much on a load of performance gimmicks and catering to wannabe Vincenzo Nibalis to the detriment of basic functionality.  

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srchar | 4 years ago
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Another Garmin user here who will be an ex-Garmin user at some point in the future. There's no excuse for the lack of reliability or the woeful support in this day and age.

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Fish_n_Chips | 4 years ago
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Nice new features but like someone said, unreliable and crashing devices past and present have Wahoo a huge boost in sales.

The new Garmins look very nice but fool me twice...

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crazy-legs | 4 years ago
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If they've improved the mapping and routing, that would be a start. It's woefully poor - abandoned in favour of power bollocks and live strava and sync-ing ever more "things".

I'm on my second Edge Touring (bought specifically for the mapping as it was the one device that wasn't clogged with all the performance stuff); that was a warranty replacement after the first one became so problematic that I simply couldn't trust it to navigate anywhere. Constant crashes, weird re-routing attempts, system resets where it would revert to auto-reroute in spite of what I'd set on it...

It's also VERY slow, often taking 5-10 seconds to "catch up" after junctions and turns. I suspect it's because it's trying to process all the maps in-unit. Most other devices sync to a phone and use the processing power of that to do that maths (although that in itself is also a pain, I'd much rather have one standalone unit)

So if the 830 has an improved mapping interface, it'd be worth considering for that. Waiting for the reviews on it though, certainly not going to go out and spend money on one yet.

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fukawitribe replied to crazy-legs | 4 years ago
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crazy-legs wrote:

If they've improved the mapping and routing, that would be a start.

They have, apparently significantly so.

 

crazy-legs wrote:

So if the 830 has an improved mapping interface, it'd be worth considering for that. Waiting for the reviews on it though, certainly not going to go out and spend money on one yet.

There a few reviews out there already, these would probably be a lot of peoples go-to ones though..

 

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-edge-530-cycling-gps-in-depth...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbeX_ruKt3k&t=0s

 

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-edge-830-cycling-gps-in-depth...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIYIO6EY0Vg

 

 

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Drpepper99uk | 4 years ago
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Hi,

 

Other than the touchscreen and fewer buttons on the 830, is there any other reason to buy it over the 530?

 

After reading DC Rainmakers review on both, there seems to be very little difference between them spec wise.

 

Mike.

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keirik | 4 years ago
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I'll stick with my Elemnt Bolt thanks.

It just works, not something you can generally say about garmin if my experience, and that of many others, is anything to go by

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boringbutton | 4 years ago
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Worth upgrading from an edge 1000?

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cdamian replied to boringbutton | 4 years ago
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aries2580 wrote:

Worth upgrading from an edge 1000?

I think it is. The climbing and nutrition tools look good.
With the way my reading sight is going I should probably get the 1030 though.

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cdamian | 4 years ago
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The 1030 is also getting all except of one software feature (Trailforks database).

So now I am torn between upgrading my 1000 to the 830 or 1030. The colour of the 830 wins though.

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Pedantic Pedaller replied to cdamian | 4 years ago
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cdamian wrote:

The 1030 is also getting all except of one software feature (Trailforks database).

So now I am torn between upgrading my 1000 to the 830 or 1030. The colour of the 830 wins though.

 

I think the Trailforks database is available via an Garmin Connect IQ app?!

https://youtu.be/2fRuo_dWzuo

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Linkan | 4 years ago
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Being a 520 plus owner the most enticing new feature is the upgraded processor and the improved performance that brings to the user interface. Spending actual time waiting for a computer to do simple stuff and draw it on screen in 2019 feels kind of archaic. 

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cqexbesd replied to Linkan | 4 years ago
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Linkan wrote:

Being a 520 plus owner the most enticing new feature is the upgraded processor and the improved performance that brings to the user interface. Spending actual time waiting for a computer to do simple stuff and draw it on screen in 2019 feels kind of archaic. 

 

I am just guessing - I don’t own a 520 - but slow UI updates on such a device might be due to IO issues rather than lack of CPU. i.e. the speed bitmaps can be loaded from flash etc. If that’s the case a faster CPU on its own might not help so I would suggest waiting for reviews (or seeing one in person) before upgrading if that’s the main criteria. 

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bigbiker101 replied to cqexbesd | 4 years ago
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cqexbesd wrote:
Linkan wrote:

Being a 520 plus owner the most enticing new feature is the upgraded processor and the improved performance that brings to the user interface. Spending actual time waiting for a computer to do simple stuff and draw it on screen in 2019 feels kind of archaic. 

 

I am just guessing - I don’t own a 520 - but slow UI updates on such a device might be due to IO issues rather than lack of CPU. i.e. the speed bitmaps can be loaded from flash etc. If that’s the case a faster CPU on its own might not help so I would suggest waiting for reviews (or seeing one in person) before upgrading if that’s the main criteria. 

The CPU is double the speed of the 820 and the video reviews I have seen shows it is much much faster which is great news.

I love my 820 but the screen is utter garbage and it is so slow, espeically when using the maps, the 830 looks to have resolved my only 2 complaints of the 820, can't wait to get my hands on it.

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Rakkor replied to bigbiker101 | 4 years ago
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bigbiker101 wrote:

The CPU is double the speed of the 820 and the video reviews I have seen shows it is much much faster which is great news.

I love my 820 but the screen is utter garbage and it is so slow, espeically when using the maps, the 830 looks to have resolved my only 2 complaints of the 820, can't wait to get my hands on it.

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I recently bought the 820 on offer as an upgrade from the 520 - I don't know if its because it's a recent model, but it's significantly faster than my old 520 and the sattellite capture massivly so.

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