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New Toys from Garmin

Garmin have recently announced 2 new devices, one of which I was initially interested in, the Garmin Edge 200 and the Garmin Vector.

Garmin Edge 200

The latest addition to Garmin’s stable of cycling computer is the Edge 200, a budget computer (well, budget relative to it’s bigger brothers) that is aimed at the customer segment that still considers the Edge 500 too fancy (see my previous post).

The newest device will show all the basic information on a ride that the vast majority of people are interested in (time, speed, distance and calories), without any of the ANT+ features that the 500 and 800 have (suchas support for cadence, heart rate monitors, power meters etc).  Indeed the edge 200 is about as simple as it gets, in that it doesn’t even have an external speed sensor, rather relying on GPS (Garmin claim that to have fine-tuned their latest iteration to be more accurate, and with faster load times).

Garmin Edge 200

The Garmin Edge 200

At an RRP of $150 it’s definitely not the cheapest cycle computer out there, but given that it will have full compatibility with Garmin Connect there will definitely be a market for it.

Garmin Vector

The second device from Garmin due to launch in 2012 is a pedal based power measurement system. Up to now fitting power meters is rather expensive and technical, pretty much out of reach of the standard sportive rider. But being a pedal meter, this means now that the average cyclist can now fit a power meter to his bike in a matter of minutes, as long as it takes to change pedals.

Garmin Vector

Garmin Vector Pedal Power Measurement System

While not the first attempt at a pedal based power meter ( Look and Polar attempted one before), this one has the advantage of being ANT+ compatible, making it more interoperable with other cycling computers (given that the Edge 500 is probably the predominant cycle computer now, it is a wide market).

But now for the drawbacks. Firstly, at present it’s only compatible with Look Keo pedals. An inconvenience, but not the end of the world. But the biggest drawback is the price, $1500! That’s a new bike for most people! Initially I thought I had misread , but no that’s the RRP. You can definitely expect this to come down in the next few years, but at this price it’s a DIY power measurement system will be out of the price range of all but the most well-to-do weekend road warrior.

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