With the introduction of its Edge line of GPS-enabled cycling computers, Garmin singlehandedly took over the market, offering some of the most reliable and feature-rich products available.
Not a company to rest on its laurels though, Garmin has consistently improved its products and expanded its lineup to include a full array of GPS units to fit nearly any budget. For those with a larger budget, Garmin’s latest offering, the Edge 1000 promises to offer Garmin’s most feature-rich user experience yet, offering a host of new capabilities, along with a refined user interface.
Now, with the Garmin’s Edge 1000 GPS computer, you can keep an eye on your incoming phone calls and texts, watch as you close in on Garmin Connect personal records, be prepared for anything with incoming weather alerts, and find your way home with turn-by-turn navigation on pre-loaded, cycling-specific maps.
A plethora of wireless compatibilities keeps the Edge 1000 at the cutting edge of cycling computer technology. If you run Shimano Di2 componentry, the Edge 1000 can show your gear selection if synced to the Shimano D Fly EW001 wireless unit. When connected to your Bluetooth Smart-enabled phone, real-time segment alerts pop-up to let you know when you have started and finished Garmin Connect ride segments. Unfortunately, real-time Strava compatibility is not a feature of the Edge 1000, however. Garmin’s own wireless speed and cadence sensors integrate seamlessly with your bike and are ANT+ compatible, but again, Bluetooth Smart sensors will pair up as well.
For rides when you will be closely following the Edge 1000’s navigation, the head unit can be turned to a horizontal/landscape orientation. Powering an enhanced resolution, full-color touch screen, the Edge 1000’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery will last about fifteen hours before needing more juice.
As with the Garmin Edge Touring, the Edge 1000’s Route Planner feature performs the magic trick of creating a custom cycling route using just the mileage you provide. For example, let’s say you want to go for a leisurely fifty-miler, stopping in at a couple wineries along the way. Simply indicate your desired mileage, along with your stated Points of Interest—tasting rooms in this case— and the Edge Touring will create three routes for you to choose from. Elevation profiles are provided, and you can even specify to avoid steep hills or to make use of dirt roads whenever possible. Choose between cycling, tour cycling, and mountain biking modes to optimize a route for your preferred method of travel.