Latest Cycling Tech: Garmin's Official Australian Launch Of Edge 1030 GPS Computer

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Garmin have officially announced the successor to its flagship cycling computer with the Edge 1030 launched to the Australian market.

Garmin's updated premium-level GPS cycling computer, the Edge 1030.

A high-end cycling computer combining enhanced display size, a longer battery life, the option of an external battery pack, and numerous other benchmark-setting features, first thing you’ll notice is a larger screen and enhanced display.

The Edge 1030 features a 3.5-inch high-resolution, touch panel display that’s quick and responsive – even, according to Garmin, when used with wet fingers or full fingered gloves.

Brighter, Clearer Screen

Ambient light sensors automatically adjust the new 1030’s screen brightness, making important key training metrics and advanced performance monitoring tools easier than ever to view day or night. This is obviously a major bonus for those who train and ride early or late in the day, or during wet or overcast weather. 

Ride Further, Be Better Connected

“Whether a competitor, commuter or adventure-seeker, we’ve found a better ride for all cyclists with the newest addition from Garmin – the Edge 1030,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager Garmin Australasia.

“This innovative GPS cycling computer is compatible with our suite of cycling products, including the new Vector 3 and 3S power meter, as well as our Varia cycling awareness products like the Varia Rearview Radar and the Varia UT800 Smart Headlight. This means cyclists can now ride farther and more often thanks to the most advanced, intuitive and motivating ride data to date.”

Aggregated Ride Data Leads To Safer Routes

The Edge 1030 offers up to three route options in much the same way a smartphone map app does.

Enhancements in navigation and course planning have been made with the uses of ‘Trendline popularity routing’. This data was sourced from the immense number of kilometres of ride data in the Garmin Connect database - information that can provide riders with the best road, mountain or gravel routes that are aggregated from those most traveled by fellow cyclists.

Using the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect, users can generate even more bike-friendly routes based on popularity data.

Of course the top-shelf unit comes preloaded with Garmin Cycle Maps and features simple-to-follow, turn-by-turn directions for all terrains. There are off course alarms, re-routing and even an all-new ‘sharp curve ahead’ warning.

Tight Corner Alert!

The upgraded Garmin Cycle Map includes an alert system that notifies riders of sharp curves ahead. While underway, users will receive elevation information, see points of interest and be able to search for addresses – all right on their screen.

By inputting a distance and starting direction, the new unit will give riders up to three round-trip routes to select from and will guide cyclists back to the route if they stray away.

Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter sensor capabilities also provide accurate ride data so cyclists know how far, fast and high they ride.

The larger screen size of the recently-launched Edge 1030 from Garmin.

Rider-To-Rider Messaging

The Edge 1030’s smart connectivity features mean cyclists won’t have to reach for their phone. New rider-to-rider messaging allows users send prewritten messages directly from their GPS device to other riders also using the Edge 1030.

Cyclists can view and respond to missed calls or texts with prewritten replies. Built-in incident detection will automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts if they run into trouble, while GroupTrack and LiveTrack let friends, family and other cyclists keep track of a rider’s location in real time.

The Edge 1030 offers full connectivity to Garmin's Varia rider safety technology.

Enhanced Live Segment Alerts

The top-level device features enhanced training modes including access to the Training Peaks Connect IQ app.

The Edge 1030 comes with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, featuring more competition and better segments. Cyclists who upgrade to Strava Premium will gain access to everything from real-time races against their personal best, to the most popular nearby segments.

Cyclists can start their favourite Strava segments, and while riding, will receive an upcoming segment alert as they approach a start. Riders will then receive second-by-second, real-time comparisons of their performance against their most relevant competitor and will race against their actual speeds – not just their average.

The new Segment Explore feature lets riders view popular and marquee segments around them directly on their Edge. Preloaded with the new Strava Routes Connect IQ app, starred routes can now be wirelessly synced to the Edge 1030 so cyclists can navigate and compete on their favourite Strava segments at the same time.

Real Time Workouts With Training Peaks

Larger screen, enhanced mapping, longer battery life and more training data integration - the new Garmin Edge 1030.

The new TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app is preinstalled on Garmin’s top-tier device, daily workouts are couple of screen touches and swipes away. This mode guides cyclists through a workout in real time – complete with intensity targets and interval durations. After a workout, syncing to TrainingPeaks will provide cyclists with thoroughly detailed analysis of their ride, as well as the ability to measure progress toward their goals.

Lower Profile Thanks To New Mounting Bracket

The Edge 1030 works with the new flush mount bracket keeping the device in line with the handlebars – not above them – thus offering a lower profile.

The device features up to 20 hours of battery life and is compatible with the new Garmin Charge integrated battery pack accessory for in-ride charging and power, giving riders an additional 40 hours to finish even on the longest of rides - perfect for ultra-endurance athletes and riders involved in long distance events.

The Garmin Edge 1030 is available now with a recommended retail price of AU$749. A bundle option, which includes a premium heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a RRP of AU$849.

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