Garmin Edge 130, Edge 520 plus, Edge 520 Comparison, Detailed Specs – Not a review

Garmin are on a roll.

Garmin Edge 520 PLUS, image source: Garmin.com

With Garmin’s 2018 cycling products you can take that headline literally as well as metaphorically.

At the end of this post are the headline specs of all 3 devices – the old Garmin Edge 520, the new Edge 520 plus and the new Garmin Edge 130. The headline specs are sourced from garmin and simplified slightly for presentation.

What Stands Out Most?

First up this seems like sensible product naming and marketing with the 520 plus. I had expected a 530 but, instead, Garmin have made incremental changes to the 520 and named it as such. Nice. The interesting additions, to me, are with the cheaper Edge 130 and had those changes been made to the 520 then we would have an Edge 530. But here we are…

Namely the Edge 130 claims support for Galileo and has a black and white, higher resolution screen. The Edge 130 gains on BLE sensor compatibility, no doubt there will be a marketing line related to Zwift there somewhere, but the Edge 130 loses on interval workouts and is super-Tiny. Interesting.

Garmin Edge 130

Edge 130 it’s MINI-sized.  Image Source Garmin.com

The smaller format Edge 130 seems to be endeavouring to compete with the looks of the successful Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT and size of the ELEMNT MINI. I don’t think it will quite pull off the competition with the BOLT but the specs seem to imply that the Edge 130 might have a bit of spare CPU power to run CIQ apps and delight in whatever Galileo offers.

On that note Garmin may well have played a master stroke by first introducing GALILEO +GLONASS support on a low-end (ish) cycling device (July 2017, see FORETREX announcement). Cycling speeds and roads generally provide a forgiving environment for the determination of cycling speed and position; so, perhaps, any initial buggettes won’t be quite as noticeable as they would be on a running watch. Perhaps also the intended, non-competitor market for the Edge 130 might be more forgiving and less vocal of positional ‘bugs’ than would be the competitive cyclist or competitive triathlete.

Also of interest is that the Edge 130 does support limited power metrics as well as BLE/ANT+ power meters. Hmmm…commuting.

Nevertheless the Edge 130 very clearly, to me, paves the way for GALILEO support to be introduced on higher end cycling models and on running/triathlon models. This COULD BE AWESOME for those of us who navigate and for those of us who want accurate, instant running pace. #VeryExcited

Hmmmm TT/triathlon. Look what’s next.

And there’s more! For a TT or triathlon Garmin have finally created a feature in this device that I have been writing about for over a year…EXTENDED DISPLAY. Essentially making the130 a dummy unit for a fenix 5/935 (maybe other units too) but I bet they forgot a tethering mechanism or some means to avoid it being stolen in transition 🙁 (unlike the Bolt or Edge 820)

It’s nice that the 520 plus comes with the Best Bike Split Race Sync app pre-installed as well as TrainingPeaks. And the TBT navigation makes the 520plus a relatively complete device…if your old and reliable 520 broke you may well get the 520plus. I’d probably get one if my Edge 820 broke.

Potential Downer: But does it support dual-frequency Galileo? I don’t know!

Price, Discount & Availability

Best Amazon price is linked to. Bundle prices approx $250 or £250 or Eu250 and UNlikely to fall below 200 in 2018. Buying from Amazon supports this site


Summary

Interesting. Exciting. But I will keep using my Wahoo Elemnt BOLT on-road and my Lezyne Super GPS off-road. It’s so small, I’m not sure I’d be able to see the tiny screen…but maybe the 130 will be great as a simple recording-only device.

Q: Will There Be A Review? I’m not sure, probably not. there will hopefully be more interesting fish in the sea.

Edge 520Edge 520 plusEdge 130
RRP$250$280$200
Advanced bike computer built for competitionAdvanced GPS bike computer for competing and navigationCompact, capable GPS bike computer with cycling awareness features
General
Physical dimensions1.9” x 2.9” x 0.8” (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)1.9″ x 2.9″ x 0.8″ (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)1.6” x 2.5” x 0.6” (4.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 cm). That’s quite a lot smaller, much more similar to a Wahoo MINI.
Weight2.1 oz (60 g)2.2 oz (62.5 g)1.2 oz (33 g)
Water ratingIPX7IPX7IPX7
Batteryrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
TouchscreenNoNoNo
Display size1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm)1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm); 2.3″ diagonal1.1″ x 1.4″ (27.0 x 36.0 mm); 1.8″ diag (45.0 mm)
Display resolution200 x 265 pixels200 x 265 pixels303 x 230 pixels SUPER CRISP and SWEET
Color displayYesYes
Battery lifeup to 15 hoursup to 15 hoursup to 15 hours
High-sensitivity receiverYesYesYes
Maps & Memory
BasemapYesYesNo
Waypoints/favorites/locations200200100 locations
Routes010015 courses
Historyup to 180 hoursup to 200 hours100 hours
Sensors
GPSYesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
AccelerometerNoNoYes
Daily Smart Features
Smart notificationsYesYesYes
VIRB® Camera RemoteNoYesNo
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesNo
Advanced workoutsYesYesNo
Auto Lap®YesYesYes
V02 maxNoYesYes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYes (within a course)
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Cycling Features
CoursesYesYesYes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)YesYesYes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter)YesYesYes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters)Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)Yes
Additional
AdditionalCompatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yesAlerts (triggers alarm when you reach time, distance, HR, calories goals): yesGalileo: yes
Edge® remote compatibility: yesCompatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yesBluetooth®: yes (BLE)
LiveTrack: yesLiveTrack: yesConnected capability: LiveTrack, weather, Assistance, Connect IQ data fields
Advanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamicsAdvanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamicsSet-up streamlined via app
Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and controlBike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and controlV02 Max/Recovery: yes
On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competitionOn-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competitionSegment compatible: Strava and Garmin
Compatible with VIRB® action cameras: yesIntegration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes Varia™ cycling awareness compatible: yes
Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yesWeather alerts: yesExtended display capability with Fenix 5/935
Weather alerts: yes Power Meter Support: YES! But LACKS wide power metric support
Wi-Fi® compatible: no
Round-trip routing: no
Route planner: no

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Maybe I might be a bit of a dunce in regards to it…but what is the benefit of a Bike computer outside of the map/route in front of you if you already own a high-end sports watch? Doesn’t the watch already compute data within the activity AND compile external sensor information within that activity (i.e Chest Strap, Power meter, Speed cadence sensor etc…)? What will the bike computer do (or add) that the watch doesn’t already do?

I won’t lie, this has been on the barriers that have kept me from investing in the tech in the first place. Why buy all this if I already own a watch that does all this. Fenix 5x owners even have an actual map; albeit on their wrist, but still, have a visual that directs them around.

Like I said, I’d like more information on my rides to help better them, but at this point, I am getting a tad bogged-down in potentially superfluous tech.

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There is no touchscreen in the 520 Plus, its a mistake on the Garmin’s website (and here also)…