Review: Lezyne Super Pro GPS Computer

May 8, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  


Lezyne are well-known for their tools and lights, but they also offer a lineup of bike computers. We’ve had their Super Pro GPS unit in our hands over the last few months to see how it stacks up.

The Super Pro GPS is Lezyne’s $149.99 USD computer that sits in the middle of the range, and it features a black and white screen and four buttons to navigate the fields of data. It syncs to a smartphone to allow more user control and the added integration of training apps, and can also be mounted either vertically or horizontally to your handlebar.
Lezyne Super GPS Details
• GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth Smart, ANT+
• Vertical and horizontal mounting
• "Smart Connect" also controls lights
• Small size, lightweight
• Smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn capable
• MSRP: $149.99 USD
www.lezyne.com



Super GPS Functions

The computer has the standard current, average, and max speed functions, as well as elevation, heart rate, power, cadence, and all the other usuals. It also has the ability to relay calls, texts, and email notifications on the screen if you’re in cell phone range, a common feature for many GPS units. There’s live tracking, too, that can be set up from the phone to allow contacts you select to get an email with a link to track you during your ride in real-time. They can view all of the ride data that you want to share with them, a function that could be attractive for 24-hour team racing or other adventures where that's relevant.

The Super Pro GPS works with Strava Live and can sync those segments up through the Ally V2 app on a smartphone. It also pairs with Lezyne's lights through their “Smart Connect” LED system. Pairing the GPS with a phone, power meter, or heart rate strap is a simple process and once paired, I experienced no issues with the GPS; the sensors connected as soon as I turned it on.



A separate app is needed to sync the lights.
Once loaded, users have multiple options for lighting that aren't available by the push of a button on the light itself.


In order to pair the lights, you first have to pair them to your phone and then it can talk to the computer. Mountain bikers can control the tail light via the front light, so riding to and from the trails in early morning hours takes a couple less clicks. The tail light can be programmed via the app to have an “off” mode, so that it’s a quick and efficient means of not blinding fellow riders. Users can program up to four modes with the app, choosing from a wide range of light outputs.

The computer also now sync's with the Komoot and Relive apps for users interested in the features those provide. The Komoot app can aid in route planning for touring and road riding.


Performance

Out of the box, the Super Pro GPS is easy to mount and sync to heart rate and power sensors, as well as a smartphone. Setting up different data fields via the phone is painless, and tying in all of the apps that tell your friends how much you rode is easy as well. Syncing the computer up to the lights proved to be more challenging at first, but a quick firmware update made everything connect nicely.

In its most simple form, the computer is fairly easy to use while on a ride and I experienced no issues of losing GPS signal. It relays messages as advertised and keeps the data you choose nicely organized on the screen. The mount for the computer isn't compatible with anything other than Lezyne's mounts, but it is more secure than a Garmin or Wahoo unit.

Connectivity to power and heart rate data is flawless, and the metrics are easy to read on-screen. Battery life is superb as well, lasting longer than any Garmin or Wahoo computers I have used and going a number of rides more between charges. Sending post-ride data to training apps works as advertised, too.


Setting training zones in the Ally V2 smartphone app is straight forward and everything quickly syncs to the computer.
Navigation requires loading a route from your phone to the computer. There's no pre-loaded base map, but there are turn-by-turn directions. Routing doesn't always seem to follow the least traveled roads or greenways, in my experience although you are able to select your preferences in the app, according to Lezyne. The ability to do this is a little hidden right now, but they claim to be adding a pop-up feature that will make it much more clear.


Some of the other features are clearly aimed at our road-going cousins. The on-the-fly GPS navigation is a cool feature, but it doesn’t work intuitively with trails and, in my experience, it doesn’t pick up greenways or better paths for bikes than the main road and shortest distance from A-Z (I mentioned this to the team at Lezyne and they told me there's a way to select this but, even knowing this, it proved to be a more confusing process than it should be.)

There's also no base map loaded as there is on a Garmin, and loading any routing requires using a smartphone. While in the “Offline Maps” window, maps can be downloaded before riding and sent to the GPS. If “Offline Routing Preferred” is selected, your phone can still provide navigation features without phone service if the data is saved on the phone of the area downloaded. This is something you'll want to do if you might be out of cell service. The map and routing functions will be more useful "out of the box" for someone commuting or road riding than mountain biking as it can provide turn-by-turn directions without having to preload GPX/TCX files made in a mapping app (RideWithGPS, Strava, Trailforks), programmed into your Lezyne account, and finally uploaded onto the device.

The "Smart Connect" function of pairing lights and being able to control them from the head unit works, but it's difficult to navigate. It's a feature that's more designed for commuters, but it's there if you need it. Overall, while the computer's basic functions were all easy to use and navigate, it falls short when it comes to off-road navigation and the interfaces were more confusing than other computers I've used.

Lezyne's mount interface is more secure than most others as you have to press the computer down and rotate it.


Pros

+ Excellent battery life
+ Easy to mount securely
+ Easy to sync to heart rate and power sensors, and smartphones
Cons

- Not very intuitive to use - there always seemed to be one more step than there should be to accomplish what was needed, especially in navigation, which proved frustrating
- The mapping functions better suit road riding than mountain biking



Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesAt $149.99 USD, the Super Pro GPS is one of the more affordable full-function GPS computers available but, I didn't really get along with it. It's clear that some of its functions are far more useful when on the pavement than the dirt. Commuters and roadies will find the computer useful but, when it comes to mountain biking, it's a hard sell unless you're purely focused on your speed, cadence, heart rate, and power output.Daniel Sapp







65 Comments

  • 68 0
 Anyone who's checking emails in the middle of a ride, we need to sit down and have a talk.
  • 25 2
 Yup. When I first got my Garmin I forgot to turn off my bluetooth connection, got a naggy text from the wife on the climb and it ruined my ride. Checking out is mandatory for me every ride now.
  • 10 8
 You can't conceive of a legitimate reason for anyone to want to be contactable on the trails?
  • 22 0
 But Tarquin from accounts may need to update on the latest quarterly sales,


oh no wait a second this isn’t road riding and none of us have actual real jobs
  • 2 4
 @boozed: I mean, my wife was 8.5 mos pregnant when I went on a bike camping trip once. I brought my phone but I told her to use her best discretion. I only turned it on a couple times a day.
  • 7 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: Lmao of all the times to go bikepacking...
  • 1 0
 nope - you just continue riding while they read their email
  • 10 1
 But what if it's the email that you JUST TOOK THAT SUPER SICK STRAVA KOM? /s

On a serious note, emails and other notifications can be selectively or completely turned off. If you're into tracking your rides but don't want to have a GPS on your bars, you can even put it in a pocket and just record it that way.
  • 2 0
 @Lezyne: HAHA nice pivot. Hmmm they're really focused on the email thing, lets get them talking about whether strava is destroying bike riding! Smile

I'm sure most people do turn the email function off, but for those that don't we'd collectively like to have a word with you. People need to unplug now more than ever.
  • 4 0
 Emails, no. But I have taken a conference call or two on the bike just because I knew I wouldn't have to say anything during, and it gained me an extra hour of riding time.
  • 15 0
 Obviously, everyone who reads this will have to take it with a grain of salt because it’s coming directly from us, but there seems to be some confusion about the navigation and mapping features of the devices so here goes:

1. Does the device have maps and a map page? YES - Our devices don’t come preloaded with a base map BUT you can download different base maps anywhere in the world for free depending on where you’ll be riding. Multiple different base maps can be downloaded and sent to the GPS, and the device will automatically use the correct one.

2. Does the device show trails? YES – Our base maps are mostly derivative of the Open Street Map. If your local trails are on there, they will be on the GPS when you download a base map.

3. Does the device navigate using trails? YES – There are a few different ways to use navigation on the devices. “A to B” as we call it, was mentioned in the review: In the app, click on your destination or type in an address, and our navigation engine will provide you with multiple route options with different profiles you can select (Mountain Bike, commuter, road bike, easy ride, shortest, and hiking). Another way to navigate is to create a custom route in the app. With this, you can choose exactly where you’d like to ride and the GPS will take you there. Again, if the trails you want to ride are on Open Street Map, you can navigate with them. The third way to navigate is to use our route builder on GPS Root or another service such as Komoot. Create exactly the route you’d like in either, and the GPS can follow that. The device can always follow .TCX or .GPX files.

4. Does the device have to show me emails and other notifications? NO – those can be selectively or completely turned off in the app. If you want to ignore all of your work emails but still get notified when someone comments on your sick Instagram edit, you can do that (#influencers)
Hopefully this clears some things up. We’d be happy to continue answering questions here for a bit if there are any more.

Cheers,
The Lezyne Team
  • 13 0
 FOR THOSE WHO DON'T CARE FOR SO MANY FEATURES... I have the Mini (the smallest, most basic one in the lineup) and its one of the best cycling related products I've bought in a long time. Super tiny, battery lasts forever, displays everything I want. I don't care for phone connectivity, or smart connections, I just wanted a small GPS that keeps track of my rides and displays the basic information I need when pedaling (speed, distance, time). The app IS horrible though, specially for Android, but I used it once since I bought the Mini. Again, just my two cents, but for those like me who just want basic info but the ability to look it later, I highly recommend the mini.
  • 3 0
 I have the Mini also, does everything you need and more. Smartphone alerts can be turned off easily if you dont want them. The app only really useful for changing settings and strava uploads.
  • 2 0
 I'm using MegaC for 2 years and its 100% easy to use not like garmin or other they offer so many function you can get dizzzzzy. For training and analize I have TreiningPeaks
  • 7 0
 I have the Super GPS and it’s been great. Battery life and connection to sensors is awesome. Some people complained about updates but I think it’s a good sign that they are constantly updating and improving. The ability to easy change display on my computer using the app is awesome. As far as text and email notifications it’s all in how you look at it. I’m a father of 3 and sneaking out for a ride is tough so the ability for the wife being able to message me if she needs a hand is awesome because I don’t need to get my phone out of the pocket or bag it’s stuffed in. The live track feature is my favourite, as a busy parent I rarely get out for group rides on the road or mountain bike so being out solo it gives me peace of mind that if something happens or if I don’t return as scheduled finding out where I am is easy. This is my second Lezyne GPS (Had the original and sold to buy a newer one) and if they could ever get Trailforks integration I would almost certainly sell mine and buy newer one. Keep up the good work Lezyne!
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the feedback! The free live tracking feature is one of our favorites too, and often something that gets overlooked. It's definitely something that can bring peace of mind to loved ones when riding solo and doesn't require any kind of subscription.

RE: Trailforks - You can already export a .GPX file and use it to navigate with our system! Here's an article which describes how to do so at the bottom: support.lezyne.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004258573-Navigation-Loading-Navigation-Routes-and-GPX-files-versus-TCX-files

Cheers!
  • 3 0
 @Lezyne: I will be honest I was of the understanding that yes I could download the trail gps files on a trail by trail basis. Being able to browse whole trail system and navigate on the fly through trailforks (If your list for example) is appealing about the Garmin system. That being said I will look into more because i am not that tech savvy and i feel that all other aspects of your GPS and computer systems are perfect.
Side note while your responding to customers (which is amazing by the way) come up with an in-house mount for the top cap. K-edge has their “Gravity” one but it adapts from the Garmin mount and is clunky and ugly.
Thanks and keep up the good work.
  • 2 0
 @bigdutch84: You can definitely browse an entire trail system utilizing our maps! It won't give you trail ratings (blue square, black diamond, etc.) but that's something that could easily be cross-referenced. Also, if you have the offline map downloaded for the trail system you're riding, you won't have to rely on a cellular data connection to navigate.

Here's a screenshot of our app using the offline maps. It shows the trails at UC Santa Cruz (trail detail changes with zooming). Everything you see on the offline map can be used to create a route and navigate: www.pinkbike.com/photo/18657109

Also, we will definitely forward your idea for the top cap mount on to our development team. : )

Hopefully this clears things up a little! If not, always feel free to reach out to our team with any questions via the support site.
  • 5 0
 Got one of these a couple years ago. It had a few struggles at first, but after a couple software updates thing was prime. Haven't updated it again since it started working well. I don't really use any of the fancy features, but for record and go it works great. Battery life is best in the business. Not a big fan of touch screens since I usually wear gloves when I ride, so the real buttons on these are great. Would recommend 8.7/10. 2 points off for the software being finicky at first, .5 points off for being a bit ugly. +1 extra point for the Lezyne guy being a troll in this thread.
  • 4 0
 I use a Mega C GPS. The GPS traces it generates are noticeably smoother and more accurate than those produced by my friends' Garmin devices. I've used it for trail navigation a few times and the level of detail, particularly where trails cross, could definitely be better. I use it to track ride statistics because mobile phone GPSes are shockingly bad at it, and at half the price of a Garmin, for that it's absolutely fine. If I had my time again, I'd have got the Mega XL. I think the larger screen, storage and battery would be more useful than the colour screen.
  • 1 0
 I've used a couple of different GPS devices. It depends on the chipset they use and antenna. And also the recording interval. The newer ones use less power, but aren't always that accurate. I'm currently using a TomTom Multisport because the tracks were smoother and more consistent than what I got from a Garmin Forerunner 630. The tracks my friend's Apple Watch produces are pretty jagged, especially at corners.
  • 1 0
 @Jacquers: Apple continues to struggle in GPS performance, especially when you consider their battery life.
Garmin has made amazing strides in GPS and continues to be at the front of the industry. Check out their newer watches, even the entry level multisport platforms offer full range of sport activities with 8-24 hours of full feature GPS recording.
  • 4 0
 I would not be able to be honest publishing a screen shot of my FTP. I've used a few lezyne computers and the only real fault I could pick was that their mount interface isn't as low profile as Garmin and there are nowhere near as many mount options from other companies.
  • 8 0
 Super Pro? Why not Super Pro Evo Deluxe Plus?
  • 2 0
 Capcom already has that trademarked for their next version of Street Fighter.
  • 6 0
 Just be glad the name doesn't include the word "Drive" ????
  • 1 0
 (The question marks were supposed to be a wink face - whoops)
  • 4 0
 I think you have to live with a GPS device to get to know the Pros and Cons. I am surprised that the reviewer has issues with navigation, as i have found my lezyne unit superior to anything else for off road riding. Using GLONASS satellites as well as normal GPS ones means it has a level of detail and tracking i cant find elsewhere. The route can be zoomed in so you dont miss changes in direction - it even has a countdown to the next turn if you want it. I use it across all my bikes so the flexibility of having the heart rate features and even the notification alert are welcome. For the money, these units are feature packed. Just read the manual if you are fussy about beeping and page scrolling etc. I cant recommend mine enough.
  • 3 0
 More info in this comment than the review. Thanks!
  • 4 0
 I have the Super GPS (older version?) And it works great. I load a route and it gives turn by turn directions on the road. Not sure how that would work for mtb, but it can always show a map view of your route to help follow your route.
  • 3 0
 Nice! The Enhanced Super GPS (we know) just got our latest firmware/feature update too - It now supports native integration with Komoot and Relive.

Cheers!
  • 4 0
 I've got this unit. Love it. I wanted to simply track rides and review my own progress. It syncs well with my Wahoo Speed Sensor and HRM (didn't have good luck with the Lezyne HRM; company was way cool in helping me sort out the problem and taking care of me for my troubles). I never bother linking phone up when I'm riding. My hearing aids (retired Combat Engineer) connect to my phone, so I can take emergency phone calls while riding. Don't care about texts or emails until I'm done. The interface does feel old school, but as soon as I got used to the menus, no problems.

Bottom line, it's been an accurate GPS that pairs with with phones and devices easily and does exactly what I need it to do.
  • 4 0
 I have had one of the previous generation Super GPS computer's for about 2-3 years - word of warning if you intend to use the HR sensor.

I have gone through two sensors and now on to my third. They seem to have a common issue of condensation leaking into the battery compartment and frying the battery. Lezyne have been helpful in warrantying these but something worth noting!

Also if you intend to sync these up with Strava Live Segments - these will only work with climbing segments since Strava has removed live segments for anything downhill (ie. less than 0.25% gradient). I only learned this after signing up for Strava premium for another year..

Lezyne's customer service and IT teams are super helpful though, can't fault them there!
  • 3 0
 I'm wondering who this device is for? does it actually have a map view where i can see the gpx i'm trying to follow? because honestly i don't care a single bit about heartrate, training stuff, strava or for christ sake taking emails while i'm biking...
I just want an honest true gps device that gives me a map and a track.
  • 5 0
 It does have a map screen, which can be loaded with MTB trails.
  • 1 2
 @elangelo seems like you are looking for the Garmin Egde Explore?
  • 5 0
 It does exactly that. Plan your ride at home, transfer the gpx file to the device and follow the track. Ok, transferring files is a bit fiddly but works. Bought this thing about half a year ago because of this feature and was not disappointed.
  • 4 0
 Yes! There is a dedicated map page that you can follow in addition to a track page. We've answered with a little more detail below. Cheers!
  • 4 0
 @elangelo Here are a few photos of how a map page can be set up on a Mega XL, which is very similar to how it shows up on a Super Pro. There are 3 photos to show the 3 different zoom levels - The narrow lines at the top of the first zoom level are trails. (Pink GPS for Pinkbike!)

www.pinkbike.com/photo/18654843
www.pinkbike.com/photo/18654842
www.pinkbike.com/photo/18654844
  • 3 0
 Mine worked decently for me while it lasted. On a road trip, I plugged it into a 1.5amp car charger and it somehow fried the battery. But, when it worked it was perfectly fine for what I needed. The most annoying part was having to constantly update the app and gps unit, then “forget” the gps unit and repair. This was required to pair up with my iPhone, which was super unreliable. I often need text/email prompts from my phone when I sneak out for rides during work, but it rarely worked on this gps. Other than that it worked well.
  • 6 0
 @Bryanan Do you still have the GPS? If so, please reach out to Support.Lezyne.com. Our customer service team can help you out!

Cheers!
  • 2 0
 @Lezyne: Rad! I will do that. It's just sitting in the drawer. Thanks!
  • 4 0
 @Lezyne Does this product support charging while in use? I am asking for the prospect of doing ultra, self-supported events where battery packs or a dynamo hub would be needed and the unit would need to be charged on the go.
  • 3 0
 Yes! You can charge the devices while recording. For ultras, we would probably point you in the direction of the Mega XL with its 48-hour battery runtime. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 I was so close to getting this Lezyne unit until my friend got me a package deal for the Garmin 830. Guess between Lezyne Super Pro, Garmin, Wahoo, and Brighten, you can't go wrong with these GPS units these days. I like my Garmin 830 a lot but I hate to lose it like all my other computers. These things are not cheap!
  • 11 11
 I had one of these. Worst purchase ever.
The interface is so bad a pager from the 80's is more user friendly.

After using this piece of cr*p I finally understood how my grandfather felt trying to use Facebook.

The android app is utter garbage as well.

I really cannot stress enough how bad the product is.
  • 3 3
 thank you. I was actually considering these. but as @Tmackstab said. Checking out is mandatory. It is enough for me to know when I leave home and check time in between to find out if I'll get home on time.. if there is such thing.
Won't track my rides, nor am I thinking about mileage, speed or anything... just climb, descent, have fun and zone out of everything else.
  • 7 1
 Ever heard of Softwareupdates?

I have the Micro C watch and now the
app and user interface is much better than before.
  • 1 5
flag Caiokv (May 8, 2020 at 8:19) (Below Threshold)
 @ja-ph: yes, actually it wouldn't even work out of the box. When I first got the GPS it would freeze every 5 minutes and had to be hard reset. After updating the unit it became barely usable, but stopped freezing.

It's been 6 months since I bought it, and four since I gave up using it at all.
  • 17 1
 @Caiokv : Weird, according to your public Strava account, there's no activity in the past six months where you've used a Lezyne GPS. That said, if you still have the device, we'd love to help you out via Support.Lezyne.com. We'll make sure that your firmware and app versions are up to date, and that everything is working as it should.

Cheers!
  • 1 9
flag Caiokv (May 9, 2020 at 0:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Lezyne: it's my mother's GPS, try stalking her profile next time:

www.strava.com/athletes/5000861

I've been using a Garmin device, which proved to be much more user friendly and overall easier to use. It even updates automatically, I don't have to connect it to a computer...

And I did contact Lezyne customer support, which told me to update the firmware solving the freezing issue, but not the outdated and barely usable Android app, nor the terrible GPS user interface. Even the Windows update system feels like it's from the 90's!

So before calling people out on pinkbike, sort you products so they don't feel like a trip to 1995.

Sincerely a very disappointed customer.
  • 2 0
 Can I get Net flix on it? I need something to watch while riding to keep me entertained.
  • 1 0
 We're currently only developing support for Disney Plus. /s
  • 2 0
 Transylvania County Jail as destitnation..... PB are you ok?
  • 3 2
 Can you review the Garmin ones as well?
  • 1 0
 I had the edge 1000 when it first come out.
My main scope was to map and follow tracks.
To upload and create maps was a pain (maybe it is better now – i doubt it).

I used it two times.
On a 140 miles ride in and the GPS lost connection half way through.
On a 8 hours ride in the Alps – in the middle of nowhere – the battery was drained within 5 hours (they advertise 15, I figured it should last eight). It was getting dark and I don't even know how I found my way back.

I returned to REI and got a eTrex20.

This is more primitive, but very reliable. AA batteries last 20 hours. Creating and uploading the maps is a pain.
It does not have cycling specific features. The screen is very small. No touchscreen (which is good).

Interface etc. it is bad and not intuitive on both.
  • 1 0
 @RedRedRe: Sounds good. Thanks for letting me know
  • 1 0
 pB reviewer, one critical question. will it make my strava times faster?
  • 2 0
 Only if you throw it to the end of the segment.
  • 5 0
 @dastone:That's supposed to be an industry secret! /s
  • 1 0
 I have one of these in my garage never used if someone wants to buy it....
  • 5 5
 Get a Wahoo and be happy.
  • 2 5
 Got a Garmin Edge 130 on sale for $190 CAD, all in with shipping and taxes. Could not be happier. Super accurate recording and tiny form factor.
  • 3 2
 I got downvoted for this comment? LameFrown
  • 3 6
 Wahoo is the answer

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