Garmin Introduce Edge 130 Plus and Edge 1030 Plus Computers

Jun 17, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
No more saying the jump was bigger than it was...

PRESS RELEASE: Garmin International Inc.

Garmin have introduced two new computers, the Edge 130 Plus and Edge 1030 Plus. The computers include state of the art navigation, performance insights, safety, and tracking features. The computers track rides, monitor stats, provide training guidance, and more.

The Edge 130 Plus features a button design with a 1.8-inch display and is designed to work in all weather conditions. The Edge 1030 Plus utilizes a 3.5-inch touchscreen display that works with and without gloves and in wet conditions.

bigquotesBig or small, the Edge 130 Plus and Edge 1030 Plus cycling computers are full of features for every type of rider from the entry-level cyclist, to the adventurers and competitors. Boasting a combination of performance, navigation, awareness, and connectivity features, these new GPS cycling computers make it easy for all riders to take their adventure to the next level.Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of Worldwide Sales

Both computers allow cyclists to sync indoor and outdoor workouts automatically from Garmin Connect as well as other training apps, including TrainingPeaks and TrainerRoad directly to their device. While riding, the computers use vital data to provide dynamic performance insights, including VO2 max and heart rate. The ClimbPro feature allows riders to see the remaining ascent and grade for each climb when following a route or course.

For those commuting or out riding with friends, there are safety and tracking features including incident detection, assistance, and LiveTrack to allow someone else to see where a rider is, in real-time, and view their entire route to see where they may be headed.

The Edge 130 Plus uses GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellites along with a built-in altimeter to give riders more coverage and accuracy with their ride data. Riders can plan and download their routes before riding using Garmin's Course Creator in Garmin Connect, which uses Trendline popularity routing to give riders the best road, mountain, or gravel routes aggregated from those most traveled by riders.

While riding, there are course prompts and a breadcrumb route to allow riders to see where they've been and where they are going. It can also direct riders back to their starting location at the end of a ride.

Climbing data is broken down so there's no curiosity about how much further to the top.

Loads of workout data is easily accessed to give insights into training and performance.
Contacts can follow riders and rider information can also be stored so that it is readily accessible for first responders in the event of an accident.

As far as performance features go, the Edge 130 Plus gives insights including VO2 max, heart rate, heart rate zones, and calories burned. It can also keep track of metrics specific to mountain bikers such as jump count, jump distance, and hang time.

The computer uses smart connectivity so text messages and weather forecasts, alerts, and current conditions can keep riders aware of what's to come. Its data fields are customizable via the Connect IQ store, and the computer automatically uploads rides to the Garmin Connect online fitness community. The Edge 1030 Plus can easily pair with a Tacx indoor trainer so riding indoors is no issue.

The Edge 1030 Plus takes a lot of the features available on the 130 Plus a few steps further. Garmin's preloaded Cycle Maps have more coverage than before and include turn-by-turn navigation and can even notify riders of sharp curves ahead on the road. Riders can create routes on the device and use Trendline's popularity routing to create routes as well.

Riders using platforms such as Strava and Komoot can create courses and seamlessly sync them to the device. Now, while riding, riders can pause route guidance and off-course notifications if they choose to get off the beaten path. Then, if they're ready to get back on track, the computer can guide them back to their route or to where they originally started the ride.

Trailforks is preloaded on the Edge 1030 Plus and riders can view trail details from over 80 countries on the device. When riders stop when riding, the Forksight mode automatically shows upcoming forks in the trail and allows riders to see where they are within a trail network.

Additionally, riders can track their VVO2 max, recovery time, training load, focus, and more to see how their body is managing their efforts. They can even get daily workout suggestions based on their current training load and VO2 max. The computer utilizes data to show how a user's body is holding up to different environments and with heat and altitude acclimation. It's even possible to receive notifications when it's time to eat and hydrate.

Like the 130 Plus, the 1030 Plus measures jump count, jump distance, and hang time. Other features include Grit, which can rate the difficulty of a ride using GPS, elevation, and accelerometer data, and then Flow, which measures how smoothly a rider descends a trail.

Edge 1030 Plus
Routing for roads and trails is pre-loaded onto the 1030 Plus.
Any information you could ask for is available on the touchscreen including kudos for getting in the air.

Climbs are shown in a color graded chart with distance and elevation to the top remaining.
The 1030 Plus gives in-depth training information and suggestions on how to improve your training on the fly.

Riders who have used Garmin's Edge products before will have their settings transfer right over to the 1030 Plus while new riders can get riding quickly by being able to select popular setups from other users based on their sensors and ride types. The device has safety and smart features for riders to stay connected while on the trail and can be paired with an inReach device so users have that connectivity even when in remote areas that cell phones may not work.

Other safety features include group messaging and tracking to keep riders in touch with others when they may get separated and up to 24 hours of battery life, even while using GPS, paired sensors, and connected features including LiveTrack. Battery life can be doubled using Garmin's Charge power pack.

Edge 1030 Plus Lifestyle Photography
Want to get way out? Garmin's new computers can make navigation a lot easier.

Both computers are compatible with the Varia line of cycling awareness devices, including the new RVR315 and RTL515 so riders are able to see and be seen. The computers can attach to multiple mounts, including a new TT bar mount.

The Edge 130 Plus sells for $199.99 - $249.99 USD and the 1030 Plus sells for $599.99 USD - $699.99 USD. Both computers are available now.

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  • 48 2
 How many Friday Fails are going to result from bros riding off the trail while reading the eHighFive their Garmin just gave them on the last jump?
  • 33 0
 They'll be fine as long as they let their Ibis do the work.
  • 1 0
 Send it! (to my smartphone so I can upload it to Strava to get my kudos!)
  • 18 1
 $599.99 is a lot for such a device. Want, but always less than the next bike upgrade.
  • 3 0
 Yep, almost full XT 12s groupset for same bucks...
  • 6 0
 True, but their stuff certainly is (or used to be?) to be well built. I have a GPS watches of their's which are still going strong after 10 years and I have never had to pay for Garmin Connect.
  • 3 0
 Probably cheaper to get a PS5
  • 11 0
 I bought one of those fancy 1030 Plus, but it clearly doesn't work. It's telling me I am consistently getting very little air time. No way dude, those jumps were mental and so gnarly, they had to extend the landing while I was in the air, Tommy G style.
  • 9 0
 First responders: Holy sh!t! Look at this guys VO2 max. His airways certainly don't need our help. Wonder how low his RHR is. Next call!
  • 7 0
 That 1030 looks sweet!

But it's still a Garmin and buggy and gets confused all the time. I have a 830 after returning the 530 because the buttons started to act weird and would highly recommend it. They actually (believe it or not) have a well working touchscreen that makes navigating it better than buttons.
  • 2 0
 Agreed. Have a 530 and the buttons are just not intuitive IMO - touchscreen seems to fix that.
  • 4 0
 I'm glad to hear that you've had luck with the 830, I have consistently had issues with my 820. After my 820 experience I'm struggling to justify spending serious cash on a device that provides no benefit to my cellular telephone.
  • 3 0
 @mntbiker: Oh I probably had the same issues with you with the 520 I had. That one was a turd. x30 series is much improved especially the CPU which is blazing fast compared to the x20.

ps...I see a Canadian flag next to your name, thus buy at MEC and return if you want anytime.
  • 3 0
 Ditto. I've had my 830 for a few months and enjoy it much more than I expected to due to my previous experiences with Garmin products.
  • 2 0
 @mntbiker: 830 touchscreen is very good close to smarthphone. 820 is sh*t
  • 3 0
 I wonder how long that battery life will last? My 3-yr old Edge 520 only lasts 3 hours now; pretty frustrating. And of course Garmin doesn't provide the ability to simply replace the battery, their response is to buy a new computer...
  • 1 0
 My edge 520 plus which is only 2 years old has a slightly longer battery life but still not very good and way less than what it used to be. Planned obsolescence is a wonderful thing right?
  • 3 0
 Whoa, my edge 510 lasts 10+ hours. whats the difference?
  • 1 0
 @jstndnls: have the 510 and got the battery replaced by a buddy last year. Was like 20 Euros and battery is now ok again, not as good as the first one, but I rode 3 hours today in the woods and have 69% left.
  • 3 0
 I get 8-10 hrs from my Edge 130 Non-plus sized computer.
  • 3 2
 @jpat22 High battery consumption mode on the Edge 130 plus = 8 hours, up to 15 depending on settings.

Edge 1030 plus: 24-48 hours

I run the Edge 1030 and can support the battery life claims. I did a 6 hour ride the other day and came home with 73% battery life.
  • 3 1
 @steflund: Yes I understand that's the battery life when new and I don't dispute that. My 520 lasted well into 10 hours when new 3 years ago. My issue is with degradation of that battery life. Now, after 3 years of use 4-5 days a week, it just about musters 3 hours from fully charged. Since the 520 cannot be opened up and there is no ability to buy new batteries, I'm stuck with the now crappy battery life or buying a whole new computer.
  • 2 0
 My 520+ is good for about 10 hours I think. I routinely do 7 hour rides every week and it never dies.

I haven't tried in a while, but last time I had a Garmin go bad (310XT), I sent it back to Garmin and they sent my another for $100.
  • 5 0
 @jpat22: I mean, you put it full through use of that battery and really sounds like you've charged it more times than a rechargeable battery is rated for, so the degradation makes sense. I have heard of some bootleg battery replacements if you truly don't want a new unit yet.
  • 4 0
 @JSTootell @steflund Thanks to both of you! I'll look into those options.
  • 1 0
 @jpat22 I have a 530 (had a 520+ for a while and battery was on pair with this one) and I can ride with navigation and sensors (phone, powermeter, HRM) for 5+ hours and get like 10% battery drain or less. Garmin made a huge leap forward with this series. Sometimes I can do a couple of rides before I even think of charging. I had previously a 810, it was ok, then bought a Wahoo ELEMNT (more fanboysm than anything around) who failed me in a couple of critical times but had those really nice lateral LEDs and smartphone setup.
Overall apart from the slightly time consuming setup on the Garmin is far better product and it offers a ton more, and now the battery matches!
  • 3 0
 Typically it's a full discharge/charge cycle that degrades a Li-ion battery. Understanding that you can't always keep your battery in in 30-90% range, but ideally that's exactly what you'd strive for. Once the battery begins to degrade there is no stopping it, and it will become an exponential issue over time.
  • 3 0
 @jpat22: Sounds like you got your moneys worth out of it.
  • 2 0
 This just gets me thinking, I'm kind of surprised that Garmin doesn't offer a recycling program, can only find on their website. I'd have thought they'd offer some kind of mail-in recycling, or was hopeful some kind of trade-in to upgrade program which would be cool. Although I'd also think that they'd have a network of dealers that could service devices, ie: sell & install new batteries, and offer safe recycling of old batteries, etc.
Love my Fenix 5 watch, but considering a proper bike computer, that 130 looks like it would do the trick and stay within budget.
  • 3 0
 I bought a 530 last year and it has opened up whole new areas of riding for me. There are amazing areas to ride less than 2 hours from where I live but the trail systems, while bike friendly, are a maze of unmarked trails. One location has over 120 miles of singletrack! I’ve been able to plan routes and load them onto my Garmin and ride these trails without fear of getting lost or missing out on the good stuff!
  • 4 0
 Strava needs to update its format so we can see who is getting the most air time with this.
  • 35 2
 It'll cost ya another $5/month
  • 26 1
 Garmin should really just make a move to replace strava now. Mountain Bikers don't care to pay for an app whose features cater to runners and Road bikes. Just add these silly jump and flow data into their garmin connect so buddies can compete for airtime and just like that, they offer more features than strava. If they actually let you distinguish road vs dirt segments or auto shuttle pause, MTB minds would be blown by amazing feature set.
  • 9 0
 @r-jesse: IDK. I've never felt the need for anything beyond the free version of Strava on my phone and I don't trust Garmin not to make theirs dependent on using one of their devices.
  • 1 1
 @unfknblvbl: do you want segment leaderboards?
  • 1 0
 @r-jesse: Stop that talk right now, or we’re going to end up with Trailforks™ by Garmin®.
  • 8 7
 Another e-product for bikes. What next, a pedal-boosting motor?

In all fairness, I love my Garmin Fenix and hate that I want to dump a lot of money for another potentially great product that I probably won't be able to use for another year. Curse you marketing man!
  • 1 0
 Been really enjoying the jump metrics on my Edge, mostly for fun. Love the improvements they've recently made to the touch screen and the trailforks integration is pretty bang on when I am out in an area I am not super familiar with.
  • 1 0
 I has the 130 and it has everything I need minus the AXS connectivity that is just a software stuff but for sure Garmin will not update that because all the higher level GPS will be down in sales, I hope someone trick it and get an app to get access to AXS.
  • 1 0
 Serious question: Is there a device that works with a Trailforks app and can just show me: the GPS trace of my ride, my location at the moment and TF-like map (with trails)? Basically a smartphone app without the fancy features of ridelog history and having to upload files every time I want to ride in a new place? Constantly taking the phone out of my pocket to check where I am is a bloody pain in the ass.
  • 1 0
 A smartphone with a phone mount... I wanted to get a cheapo computer like this, but after reading about all the bugs etc. I think i'm just gonna buy a second phone and a phone mount from China. You can get such good phones in the €100 range these days.
  • 1 0
 You have trailforks integrated in the Garmin edge devices, 530/830/1030 etc. And it does just what you want, it shows you on which trail you are and all the others. Phones are crap for MTB, the GPS doesnt work well, especially with low end device, and they are too big. Plus you can use a wheel sensor with the Edge.
  • 1 0
 @tonit91: What's the issue with the GPS on phones? I've been navigating for a while with low end phones and only had problems in the past, low end phones are so good nowadays.
Not trying to argue, genuinely curious. I mainly want navigation for my gravel bike (dirt roads, gravel, mellow trails, etc.). A Garmin 130 costs around €160 here. For about €100 I can buy a new Xiaomi Redmi 7A with an 8 core CPU, 2gb of RAM, 32gb storage + some random stem mount. Bigger, shorter battery life, but cheaper and waaaaay better navigation.
(I think you can use all kinds of sensors with phones a well, although personally I only need navigation)
  • 1 0
 @HollyBoni: my comparison to the Edge 530 I'm using now, is that they are less accurate, and most of the apps you use on the phone will not let you pick the sampling rate, tight switchbacks and the route is all over the place. Also I don't know if you can use a speed sensor with phones and which apps to use with it if possible.
The next problem is size of the phones, big is IMO ok for road/gravel use, for everything else the 530 size is borderline.
Not to mention the excellent battery life, no need for any 8 core CPU, thats overkill for such a simple task.
These are just my observations, I used my phone for tracking my rides for a long time, I got the Edge a few months ago and will never go back to using my phone.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for your answers. I considered using a phone in that manner, but as @tonit91 says, I find them too big, fragile and not battery-efficient for MTB rides. Prices are much more friendly though. Gotta reconsider things again.
  • 1 0
 @tonit91: I only had problems in the past, my current phone which I bought 2 years ago for a €100 seems to be always accurate, and it finds satellites very quickly. I read some bad things about cheaper cycling computers as well, where it took them minutes to find a satellite.

The 530 is awesome. But I will never spend that much money on a cycling computer. What about a low end cycling computer like a Garmin 130 vs a €100 phone like a Redmi 7A? I don't need anything more than navigation, and I don't need the screen to be on all the time.

It just seems so wrong to spend a €160 on some tiny computer that shows me a line on a monochrome screen, when I can get a phone with way more advanced hardware and infinitely more features for less money... Frown
Which brand is the Xiaomi/Huawei of cycling computers who gives you the most bang for your buck?
  • 1 0
 Got edge 130 few months ago for £90 and I can’t see this one as massive upgrade other than some accelerometer based functions. Any bigger than this or 530 is overkill for MTB anyway. Look at the views and trail ahead instead of another screen!
  • 1 0
 I'm in the same boat. I got a massive deal on the older 130 - I assume because the new one was coming out - and it looks like there's very little difference.
  • 4 0
 Would you take this over a Wahoo Roam?
  • 1 0
 same question.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 I own an 830 but have been using a borrowed Roam for the last few months instead. It's really nice and seems to be less flaky than the Garmin. The Roam has excellent battery life (I don't remember how long the Garmin lasted so I can't directly compare).
  • 1 0
 The Roam doesn’t have Trailforks integration, which is something I definitely use when I’m riding in a new area.
  • 1 0
 I use my Roam for road riding, but Im too scared to take it MTBing because those units are so large and pricey, guaranteed to get smashed at some point. I mtb with an Edge 25, and it has survived a lot thanks to its compact nature, although now I am somewhat interested in replacing it with the 130...
  • 1 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: does the new Roam has navigation, a proper one? My Wahoo ELEMNT didn't, it worked "okeyish" with the breadcrumb thing. Loved the LEDs though!
  • 1 0
 @danielsapp You spelled VO2 max wrong in one of the edge 1030 paragraphs. You said VVO2 Max. Or is that what you meant because I have never heard of it
  • 1 0
 VVO2 max is a thing. I just learned about it recently too. VO2 max is the highest amount of oxygen your body can process. VVO2 max is the pace you are going where you reach VO2 max, which means it is the highest pace your body can do without going anaerobic
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: Lactate Threshold I think is the other term?
  • 2 0
 @showmethemountains: VO2 is the oxygen being consumed. VO2 max is the maximum oxygen your body can consume, irrespective of whether you're anaerobic. You'll hit your anaerobic threshold well before your VO2 max (E.g. at 50-75% of VO2max).

I can't say I'd heard of vVO2 max before either, but it makes sense.
  • 1 0
 No pics of it actually on a bike is a fail. How massive are these things? Do they stick out so much that they will be damaged in a crash?
  • 2 0
 130 and 530 are fine for MTB, any other are for roadies really. They are really big.
  • 4 3
 My phone battery, recording with airplane mode on, lasts longer than any Garmin I've owned ever has.
  • 1 0
 I’ve done 7 hour rides following a route on the garmin with no issues and plenty of battery life remaining, in areas where there is no cell signal if you get lost. Their customer service even got me a new one when the original would drift and not show me on the trail/road.
  • 1 0
 I did a 24 hour race on my Fenix.

520+ lasts about 10 hours.
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: I download the route using RidewithGPS and then turn it to airplane mode. No cell service needed.
  • 5 0
 @ChrisNJ: do a ride over several hundred unmarked turns through several trail systems and tell me what it’s like pulling out your phone that frequently. Screen you can actually read in bright sun and doesn’t overheat in that sun. Small enough to mount securely on anything from xc to dh terrain. It’s all about using the right tool for the job.
  • 4 0
 I'm not sure I want to put my cellphone on my stem. How long does the phone last with the screen illuminated the whole time?
I've knocked my 520 off multiple times, ridden in pretty nasty weather, all things I wouldn't want to put my phone through. It's just a different tool.
  • 2 1
 So you can get trailforks on your new Garmin. But my fenix 5x with maps can't download any sort of TF overlay. Real cool.
  • 2 0
 I prefer the Nintendo switch
  • 1 0
 My 520 is still going strong and any issues have been quickly resolved by Garmin customer service.
  • 1 0
 Blue screen flaw, that’s all I wanted to say.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a computer
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