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Garmin releases Edge Explore 2 GPS with battery life up to 24 hours

Device is designed to be easy to use and includes new e-bike features

Garmin has unveiled its new Edge Explore 2 GPS computer that’s designed as an easy-to-use option for casual cyclists and e-bike riders.

Garmin says that the Edge Explore 2 is simple to set up and allows you to easily plan a ride on popular roads and trails or setup a route that avoids high-traffic areas using its existing Treadline popularity routing. This takes ride data from other Garmin users to determine the best routes and help you avoid high-traffic areas.

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The Edge Explore 2 is also designed to help you manage your effort with ClimbPro, a feature that displays an overview of the ascent and gradient of an upcoming climb.

“Featuring up to 16 hours of battery life in demanding use and up to 24 hours in battery saver mode, the Edge Explore 2 series is preloaded with intuitive, high-contrast Garmin cycle maps so riders can view popular roads and trails, high-traffic areas and searchable points of interest – all from a 3-inch touchscreen that is responsive and easy to read in all riding conditions,” says Garmin.

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If you’re riding an e-bike, the Edge Explore 2 will give you a dedicated e-bike status screen showing battery life and it can offer navigation guidance and alerts based on battery status, assist level and the preplanned course.

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As long as you have a compatible e-bike, the new Edge Power Mount that’s included with the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle lets you charge your computer as you ride.

Many familiar Garmin features are available on the Edge Explore 2. For example, you can create courses through the Garmin Connect app – as well as Strava, Komoot, and so on – and sync them to your computer. You’ll then get turn-by-turn navigation to keep you on course.

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You can also pair your Edge Explore 2 to your smartphone to receive text messages and alerts as you ride.

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The Edge Explore 2 is available now and has a suggested retail price of £249.99.

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The Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle, which includes the Edge Power Mount – that lets you charge your computer as you ride an e-bike, remember – has a suggested retail price of £339.99. You can also buy the Edge Power Mount separately for £109.99.

The Explore 2 is one of the more accessible Garmin Edge computers in terms of price. The Edge 130 Plus is considerably cheaper at £169.99, although this one is black and white screen and doesn’t have a touchscreen.

The Edge 530 is £259.99. This is a performance-focused device that also offers mapping although it is operated via buttons rather than a touchscreen. Garmin claims a battery life of up to 20 hours.

Get more info at www.garmin.com.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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symon.mitchell@... | 1 year ago
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Anyone know if it has a temperature read out. I have the Explore 1 and it does not and it's the only thing I miss.

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Miller replied to symon.mitchell@gmail.com | 1 year ago
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I have just bought one of these devices. It arrived today and I'm still setting it up. However I can confirm it DOES have temperature. I'm pleased about that as I would have missed that too. It's currently adjusting to being outside and displayed temp is settling down at 33.7C on this day of heat red alert.

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symon.mitchell@... replied to Miller | 1 year ago
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Thanks for the reply. I think I have just found my birthday present!!

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Miller | 1 year ago
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What I want from a bike computer has changed in recent years. I've given up on time-trialling and now do a fair bit of gravel riding. I don't care about power any more (to measure it these days would only be depressing) but I do use navigation much more than I used to do. My Garmin 820 has a laggy touchscreen and the navigation leaves much to be desired. Long story short, I've ordered an Edge Explore 2 in the hope that it will transform the navigation experience.

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IanMSpencer replied to Miller | 1 year ago
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The 820 seems to be the Garmin of Doom - very poor battery and very buggy. The 830 is better though has too many Garminisms. On my 800, I used non-Garmin mapping and had good experience, on the 830 I've removed most of the selling feature options and it is nearly very good. I understand that Garmin are starting to bring back waymark style navigation on newer models but...

The really old Garmins had brilliant navigation - a Garmin Etrex Legend, a walking device really but it did have a bike mount, allowed 50 points to be set and then the Etrex would calculate the route between them. If you went off course it would re-calculate to get you back to the waypoint until something persuaded it that the waypoint was missed and you picked up the route to the next waypoint. It worked very well except with the quality of mapping of 10 years ago you sometimes needed to use cunning to set your waymarks as what you designed on BaseCamp would not necessarily reproduce on the Garmin as the algorithm differed slightly.

Unfortunately, Garmin techies are the sort of people who think they know best and don't seem to be able to put themselves in users' cleats, so for a decade, cycling computer navigation has been buggy, unhelpful and confusing - broken unless you have the knack. (Even in the last year I've still had to explain to someone using an 800 to switch off recalculate and how you have to set the option for turn guidance every time you download a route - it's hard to credit how broken it is out of the box).

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Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago
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If I remember correctly what differentiates the Explore range is a  much narrower range of supported Ant/BT sensors?  Is this still the case?

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mark1a replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

If I remember correctly what differentiates the Explore range is a  much narrower range of supported Ant/BT sensors?  Is this still the case?

Basically yes, along with less customisation of data screens, and activity profiles. I think this new model does allow multiple profiles and connection of power meters, however much of the fitness analysis (VO2Max, normalised power, training load, etc) are missing. 

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visionset replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago
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Supports HRM, that's all I care about.  But I do like the idea of cutting edge GPS, and that's only in the 1040, well let's wait for 840 eh - but £250 ain't bad when 830 is still a deal more atm.  Let's also see what 830 tumbles to.

 

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IanMSpencer replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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That's the real problem, isn't it? The Explorer is simply a cycle training device with features removed rather than a navigation device designed for cyclists.

Garmin know about navigation for boats, cars and planes and walkers - but have a blind spot for cyclists.

After all, if a car satnav can let you wander off course and sort you out, why can't a bike satnav?

As I said above, what a cyclist typically wants are waymarks and to use the most cycling friendly routes to get there.

For example, I could imagine plotting a route in typical plot-a-route fashion. Then I want to be able to lock certain bits - if you miss this I want Garmin to tell me to turn around, others I don't really know or care enough, so if I go astray, I want Garmin to give me my best cycle friendly route to the next waymark. I want mapping good enough that if I plot a route on phone or PC, when I transfer the route to the Garmin, I get the same route (the eTrex problem was BaseCamp had a different routing algorithm to the eTrex).

It seems to me that the alternative Garmin's work the same as Garmin's - I've not heard anyone say how brilliant other devices are for bike navigation because they work fundamentally differently. Happy to be wrong on this but when I replaced my dying 800 this year, it was something I tried to find out about and failed.

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