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Lezyne Super Pro Enhanced GPS bike computer review

28 Apr 2020
Verdict:

A viable alternative to a Garmin Edge, the Lezyne Super Pro Enhanced GPS bike computer packs a lot of functionality at a competitive price

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Good connectivity and functionality Phone-based configuration
Against 
Non-intuitive button-based control • Sits high on the bars • Basic computer software

A few years ago, Garmin had cornered the market for bike computers, with its name becoming the eponym for a bike GPS device. But more recently, competitors have upped their game, with Wahoo’s Elemnt series offering novel functionality and Lezyne too producing increasingly sophisticated devices.

At £135, the Lezyne Super Pro Enhanced GPS bike computer offers a compelling alternative to the slightly smaller £150 Garmin Edge 130.

A mid-sized unit, the Super Pro has a 40mm by 33mm monochrome screen. That screen size is quite a bit smaller than the unit itself though, which measures 71mm by 48mm, is 26mm deep and weighs 60g. It sits quite high on the bike’s bars or stem, particularly since the standard mount is tall.

The mount provides secure quarter turn engagement, so your GPS is unlikely to drop off as you ride - it coped fine with my bumpy gravel excursions. The out-front mount supplied with the £185 Smart Loaded bundle (along with a KTV Pro Smart rear light that can be controlled via the GPS) gives a sleeker look.

A further purchase option is the £225 Loaded pack, which pairs the GPS unit with a heart rate strap and speed/cadence sensor. The Super Pro has both Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity.

The Lezyne Super Pro Enhanced GPS bike computer is controlled by four buttons, two on either side of the unit. They’re a bit tucked away round the bevelled underside of the unit and I found working out which does what slightly tricky, despite the on-screen prompts, particularly when starting and stopping recording, as a long press does different things to a short press and brings up different menus or, in one case, switches the unit on and off.

Good smartphone integration

Taking a leaf from the Wahoo Elemnt, there’s now tight integration between the Super Pro and your smartphone. Download the Lezyne Ally app and you can configure your GPS using your phone.

That includes the usual options like setting up SI or Imperial units and heart rate and power zones. You can also choose white lettering on a black background or the opposite, which I found easier to read. There are bike-specific options for screen set-up and data fields. Phone and GPS battery level are displayed as you ride.

Another neat option is the ability to set the unit in landscape or portrait mode; I liked landscape, which makes a bit better use of screen area.

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The Ally app also lets you seamlessly transfer ride data to Lezyne’s GPS Root computer app and to Strava, TrainingPeaks and Today’s Plan. There’s support for Strava Live, while incoming call and text notifications are pushed from your phone to the GPS.

The Lezyne Track functionality uses the phone to alert named email contacts of your ride, showing your location, speed and other data. It works well, although if you lose phone signal, your contact won’t receive updates.

Navigational misses

The GPS Root computer app is slightly clunky, suggesting that Lezyne has focused its development efforts on the GPS unit and its phone app. It gives you a list of rides and the data collected, but you’re probably better off using Strava or another third party option if you plan to perform any analysis.

Looking at the GPS traces on Strava, there’s a bit of drift from the line of the road, particularly on wooded routes, but it’s no worse than with many other GPS units.

GPS Root also includes a route builder. You place waypoints, which the app then links up. Again, it’s adequate rather than great and I found it sometimes linked waypoints via non-intuitive routes, rather than those I preferred or offered alternatives that weren’t rideable on a road bike.

If you are looking to map a ride off road, the GPS Root base map for the Route Planner is lacking bridle path info, although curiously this is shown on the map display on the GPS itself.

But the latest software update to Lezyne's phone app adds Komoot integration, which lets you select the Komoot Tours menu option on your phone to get a listing of your mapped routes and select one to follow, which is then pushed to the GPS unit. Komoot provides a more intuitive route builder and a menu of other people's rides to tap into.

Buy now from Wiggle for £117.99

The Lezyne Super Pro Enhanced GPS bike computer’s navigation features are good, though downloading a mapped route to the GPS via the Ally phone app is quite a slow process. You get clear base maps of road layouts and effective turn-by-turn guidance. You can download maps to the unit for offline use and it will reroute you sensibly if you go astray.

So to sum up, I reckon that the Lezyne Super Pro is a well-featured bike GPS, that offers lots of functionality for its £135 price tag, although there are still some operating quirks you need to live with.

Price: 
£135