Garmin Edge 130 com­puter

£168.99, madi­

Cyclist - - New gear -

As Garmin Edge units have in­creased in size, ca­pa­bil­ity and price, so have re­ports of glitches and nig­gles. The re­sult is that for its lat­est re­lease Garmin has pared back the de­sign with the aim of in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing most rid­ers need and noth­ing they don’t, cre­at­ing a com­pet­i­tively priced com­puter with less to go wrong than on its big­ger broth­ers. The Edge 130 does away with the over­sized colour touch­screen, in-depth map­ping and ex­haus­tive list of per­for­mance met­rics. In­stead it re­lies on a crisp mono­tone dis­play, phys­i­cal but­tons and bread­crumb nav­i­ga­tion, mak­ing it very much the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the old Edge 500, which was widely re­garded as the most re­li­able and durable mem­ber of the Edge fam­ily. Speed, dis­tance, time, el­e­va­tion, heart rate and power, along with vari­a­tions on these met­rics, are all cov­ered. The Edge 130 can squeeze up to eight data fields onto its 46mm screen and will cy­cle through five data pages. Max­i­mum run time is claimed to be 15 hours and it sup­ports power me­ters, light sys­tems, gives Strava Live seg­ments and has the op­tion to trans­mit all that via Live Track too. The Edge 500 would be proud.

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