On Test: Garmin Edge 1030

With a screen size that rivals the company’s first foray into the motor vehicle GPS …

With a screen size that rivals the company’s first foray into the motor vehicle GPS market, the Garmin 1030 is an adventure-seeker’s delight. Featuring smarter mapping and route guidance, improved training tools and connectivity along with bolstered battery life, the 1030 makes a big push for bigger is better.

There’s little doubting the direction of the GPS giant when it comes to it’s range of cycling computers, bigger is in fact better – especially if you’re looking for a on-bike guidance experience to match your vehicle.

The 1030 is Garmin’s biggest Edge model to date but it’s not just the size that matters. The 3.5in colour touchscreen – a full half inch larger than it’s predecessor Edge 1000 – moves the Lap and Start/Pause buttons to the bottom vertical edge of the unit which not only gives it a sleek finish but also enhances the navigational features.

Garmin has a wealth of data sitting in its servers with thanks to folks like you and us, every ride helping to provide detailed analysis for the best way to ride around your local town, city or country. The latest pre-loaded and turn-by-turn Trendline navigation uses the data from popular on and off-road routes in order to deliver what, in theory, should be a better cycling experience when using the course creator function.

Throw in new rider-to-rider messaging, updated Live Strava segments, Training Peaks integration direct to the unit, improved battery life – with optional Garmin Charger power pack – and plenty of extra goodies we’re yet to unpack, the 1030 is going to get a thorough workout over the coming months.

Pricing starts at $749 for the Standard package or $849 for the Bundle. Head to Garmin.com.au for a full list of inclusions.

Stay tuned for a full review in the coming edition of Cyclist and online.