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Garmin Edge 25 review

Garmin Edge 25 review
14 Sep 2015
Verdict:

The new Garmin Edge 25 is almost everything a recreational cyclist needs.

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£139
For 
Great riding computer
Against 
For serious training look at the bigger computers

Technology these days is getting bigger and offering you more ‘stuff’. Contactless cards were quite a big leap for this self-confessed luddite so a 6” inch phone with the ability to pay for my shopping isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Despite all this I own a Garmin Edge 1000 and I like it. It’s very big but the battery lasts for way longer than I would usually ride and the huge screen, combined with the excellent mapping, means I can leave my pristine OS maps on the bookshelf. By comparison the Edge 25 seems like a huge step back, so why do I love it so much?

Simplicity and connectivity. The Edge 25 is one of the simplest GPS devices I’ve ever used. Once it’s attached (same quarter-turn mount as previous Edge computers) turn it on, press one button and once it’s caught the signals you can set off riding. The Edge 25 can operate from GPS or GPS+GLONASS signals for more accuracy but at the expense of battery life (about eight hours). The Edge 25 takes about 10-15 seconds to acquire a riding signal with a maximum of a minute when I turned it on abroad for the first time.

And connectivity? The Edge 25 is ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 compatible so it can talk to various bike sensors (heart rate monitors, power meters etc.) as well as connect to phones. Once connected to a phone the Edge 25 will let you know if you’ve received a call or text, and you can transfer routes to the device through the dedicated Garmin Connect app. You can also use the app to upload rides to Garmin Connect and then sync them with Strava or TrainingPeaks.

There are some downsides to the small screen however. The breadcrumb trails that the device displays when given a route can be difficult to read and you’re limited to only displaying three metrics at any one time (speed, distance and time for instance), although you can have multiple screens. Also while the Edge 25 can connect to heart rate monitors and power meters it won’t display the power data while riding - but it will save it to look at later. Heart rate data is displayed on a third ‘heart rate’ screen that can only be accessed once you’ve connected a HR monitor. So it’s not great if you want to do intervals but it’s perfectly fine if you’re just going for a ride.

The one big gripe I have about the Edge 25 is that you have to use a dedicated USB cradle to transfer files to a computer and charge the device. The latest mini-GPS computer from Lezyne uses a micro-USB connection and I think it would be much simpler if the Edge 25 had a USB port.

Contact: Garmin

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