The compact Edge 130 Plus features a button design and a 1.8-inc display, while the flagship Edge 1030 Plus features a 3.5-inch responsive touchscreen diplay that works even when wet or used with gloves.
Both watches are designed for year-round use, easily syncing to training apps like TrainingPeaks and TrainerRoad through the Garmin Connect app. Both offer real-time data insights including VO2 max and can utilize the ClimbPro feature to see the remaining ascent and grade of a climb. Once it’s time to head indoors for a hard Zwift or TrainerRoad session, you can pair either computer easily with a Tacx trainers. Out on the road the extensive built-in safety and tracking features include incident detection, assistance and LiveTrack for real-time location info. Both computers are also compatible with the Varia line of cycling awareness devices, and the new Time Trial/ Tri Bar Mount makes it easy for triathletes to attach their Edge computer.
Edge 1030 Plus
The “Plus” adds even more functionality to the already-impressive Edge 1030. The preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps feature wider coverage than before including turn-by-turn navigation and alerts for sharp turns up ahead. Riders can create new rides and courses on the device, or create courses on other programs like Strava and sync them to the device. The preloaded Trailforks app offers trail details from more than 80 countries right on the device, too, and displays upcoming forks in a trail and displays where riders are on a trail network.
While using the Edge 1030 Plus athletes can track their VO2 max, recovery time, training load, training focus and other data to monitor how their body is responding to the training. It also provides valuable information on heat and altitude acclimation. Set up promises to be a breeze thanks to custom ride profiles based on previous Edge settings or using popular set ups from other users based on their sensors and ride types. It can be set up to receive smart notifications and, for indoor use, the Edge 1030 will easily pair up with a Tacx indoor trainer.
The Edge 1030 Plus features up to 24 hours of battery life while using GPS and multiple paired sensors.
Edge 130 Plus
For those looking for a smaller computer or don’t need all the features of the 1030 Plus, the Edge 130 Plus uses GPS and a built-in altimeter to provide accurate ride data so riders will know how far, fast and high their riding. Routes can be planned using the course creator in Garmin connect, then downloaded to the unit. Out on the ride the computer provides course prompts and breadcrumb maps to let cyclists know where they’ve been and what’s up ahead.
Athletes will still get lots of training data including VO2 max and other relevant training data, while smart connectivity allows text messages to appear on the device and current and forecasted weather conditions. The Edge 130 Plus offers up to 12 hours of battery life while using GPS and up to 10 hours when paired with two sensors.
The Edge 130 Plus will cost 279.99 CAD and the Edge 130 Plus Bundle (which includes a heart rate monitor) comes to 349.99 CAD. The Edge 1030 Plus is priced at 839.99 CAD and the Edge 1030 Plus Bundle (which includes speed and cadence sensors and a heart rate monitor) will cost 979.99 CAD.