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  1. #1
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    What new Bike Computer?

    Not sure if i saw a recent thread about this but if so point me in the right direction plz.

    My old Garmin Edge 500 shit the bed the other day and i'm looking for a new bike computer. I know a lot of people use phone apps these days but i kinda like having real time stats in front of me while riding (mostly mt biking). Used to be concerned w mainly distance, elev gain and speed. Wondering if some of the newer touch displays w downloadable maps (ie trailforks) would come in handy so i don't have to dig for my phone every intersection at a new location.
    price and size factors in so maybe not worth it for the higher tech stuff. what say ya'll?

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    the one with the fun button

    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post

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    After some research I arrived at Wahoo Elemnt Bolt for the same reasons you describe, but have not had a chance to use it yet.

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    I love my ELEMNT Bolt, so easy, so intuitive. Garmin is finicky hot garbage.
    crab in my shoe mouth

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    I was probably the post you thought of in the other thread. I had the Garmin 500 as well and recently bought the Garmin 530. I looked at the Elmnts, but went with the 530 due to price and recent review from Rainmaker. It apparently does all the same functions as the Elmnt, but cheaper.

    So far, the Garmin interface on phone and computer is much better then expected. I agree with the post above that Garmin used to be a hot mess. That seems to be much better. $300 at REI with the dividend back, so a good deal.

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    What new Bike Computer?

    ELEMNT Bolt is $229, not sure you need to spend more than that on a head unit
    YMMV
    crab in my shoe mouth

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    I bailed on Garmin few years ago for Wahoo, and am enjoying the Wahoo ROAM. I had an Elemnt at first but had a screen failure outside of warranty. I chalked it up to shitty luck, Roam has been rock solid thus far. Only complaint I have and its a minor one is that the front face buttons can be a bit hard to engage while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttahflake View Post
    I love my ELEMNT Bolt, so easy, so intuitive. Garmin is finicky hot garbage.
    This but Wahoo Elemnt Roam. I previously had a Garmin 530 which I unloaded on an unwitting buddy. The Garmin interface is like programming a Casio watch in 1995, and the LiveTrack is super unreliable (my wife really likes to check on my progress during night rides).

    The Wahoo isn't perfect, but I like the ability to set up the screen from my phone rather than using clicky buttons on it. It's also a bit bigger than the 530, but whatever. I already used a K-Edge stem spacer mount, so changing over just required a $10 part. Biggest knock is that it doesn't come with a lanyard (you have to buy that direct from Wahoo for $10). It also doesn't let you automatically send out the LiveTrack link by text, just by email (although it gives you an option to share the link manually on your phone through whichever messaging app you'd like).

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    I have a Garmin 830 that I chose mainly because it has Trailforks on it.

    As a bike computer (speed, distance, cadence, power, turn here now, etc), I think it works great. The battery lasts a long time. The screen is easy to read. The UI is fine. It has frozen on me mid-ride a couple times and needed to be rebooted, but it came back ok after reboot.

    Trailforks on it, however, is not very good. The screen is really too small to navigate very well with. You're either zoomed out far enough to tell where you are and the screen is a spaghetti mess of trails, or you're zoomed in and all you see is a line showing the trail you're on. Not very useful. I still end up pulling my phone out to look at maps all the time.

    If you pre-program your route it does fine with turn-by-turn navigation (including using trailforks), but I never do that on my mountain bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andeh View Post
    the LiveTrack is super unreliable .
    I used to have this problem too. It's gotten MUCH better after one of last fall's firmware updates. I'd say it works 100% of the time on my 830 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elesquiador View Post
    I used to have this problem too. It's gotten MUCH better after one of last fall's firmware updates. I'd say it works 100% of the time on my 830 now.
    As of a week ago, it seemed to work about 30% of the time for me, with all the latest updates. It would start and send the link, but my wife would tell me when I got home that it showed me going for about a block then lose track. I suspect it's related to the shitty BT pairing between the head unit and the phone, coupled with my phone transitioning from wifi to cell service. Half the time when I would start up the Garmin, the BT to my phone wouldn't connect and I would have to toggle BT on and off on my phone to get them to pair again.

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    Garmin Edge 530 has been great for me. Use Trailforks for the MTB and RideWithGPS for road/gravel rides and the apps are great. Can sync rides to it without plugging in to the computer, which is really convenient.

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    Lezyne head units have been great for us. The battery life is fantastic (like 30 hours) and they have barometric altimeters so the elev gain is accurate. The downloadable maps are pretty decent, and show most of the trails in popular areas. No topo lines, though.

    The best part is the price--way less than others.

    I personally don't like touch screens for bike computers or watches, since I'm wearing gloves most of the time and they are spotty at best with them. Real buttons are reliable.
    ride bikes, climb, ski, travel, cook, work to fund former, repeat.

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    Iphone SE with Quad Lock mount, unless you don't care about navigation at all. Honestly being able to quickly look down at my bars, see what way to go and just flow with the trail has been a gamechanger. Much more willing to try out new trail systems, so nice not taking my phone out every 2 seconds (northeast, ton of trail splits)

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    I'm Team Garmin with a 510 that is still kicking, and also new 830. I also wear a Vivoactive 4 on my wrist.
    I really like the Garmin Connect interface. My devices like heart rate and power meter always connect, as as well as my Strava and Zwift link to it instantly.

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