Before you read this Bryton Aero 60 Review just ask yourself “Would I like a bike computer that can do just about everything for around £150/$200?” If the answer is ‘Yes’ then read on.
Bryton Aero 60 Review
I can’t justify a full review for the Bryton as I’m pretty sure the interest won’t be there. So here is a review summary with the pro’s and cons; then further below are comments on aspects of the Aero 60 that I consider to be interesting, noteworthy or unusual.
Product Name: Bryton Aero 60 T
Product Description: GPS Bike Computer
Offer price: 160
Price - 85%85%
Apparent Accuracy - 80%80%
Build Quality & Design - 80%80%
Features, Including App - 90%90%
Openness & Compatability - 90%90%
The Bryton Aero 60 reviewed here is a well-featured device. If you can get it for GBP150/Eu/$200 then that’s great value compared to the ‘benchmark’ Garmin Edge 530. However, even at that price when you compare to the older Edge 520, the price/features comparison becomes harder for the Bryton.
In itself, the Bryton Aero 60 is a nice bikenav. It’s stronger at the sensors and data side of things than the navigation side, indeed for the performance metrics, it would put to shame some of the bigger manufacturers’ bike WATCHES. However, for the occasional route navigator, the Bryton is still a good choice.
Whilst the capabilities of the Bryton Aero 60 are up-to-date, the tech, screen, and case are perhaps a little dated. So the Bryton Aero 60 really represents somewhat of a ‘pinnacle’ for 2016 hardware technology. Newer tech from other companies superficially LOOK more impressive…HOWEVER much of the glamour of, say, a new Garmin will be beset with newly introduced bugs and the Aero 60 is one of those ‘generally just works’ kind of devices. So if you want a ‘workhorse’ rather than a ‘toy’, then the Aero 60 is worth considering.
The app is a much more contemporary experience and generally works well, albeit with a few quirks. I suspect and hope that the app is the foundation for a new generation of newer tech devices from Bryton.
Recommendation?: If you want functionality over flare and can get the Aero 60 for a good price then I’d go for it.
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- The app is nice, sleek and full of a fairly comprehensive set of GOOD training features
- Clear screen and a mostly responsive device, albeit based on older tech.
- Lots of options for on-device display of data
- Nicely open to lots of sensor types
- Great to have onboard OSM maps
- Whilst the app has a few little quirks that need addressing, it is the Aero 60 itself which needs an improved interface.
- No FE-C
- Route creation (+TBT) is only possible in the app – that’s OK though
- GPS could be better
Bryton has a range of 9 bike computers and has been making them in Taiwan for years. They don’t have the word ‘Garmin’ on them and that’s why they tend to go under the marketing radar somewhat. On the face of it, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t have heard of them as they make some sweet bits of feature-full tech.
Think “ANT+ and BLE compatibility“, think “gear display for Di2 or Campy“, think “Galileo“, think about “power meter support” and think about “a 32-hour battery“. Yep, that’s ALL on this 200 bucks model that I’m talking about here. Then again, an Edge 520 Plus is $250.
The Bryton Aero 60 seems to take design tips from the Wahoo BOLT. The Aero 60 is very slightly larger than the Bolt and claims, like the Bolt, to be aerodynamic.
It has a definite plastic feel and seems well-made enough to take the normal rigours of cycling. The Aero 60 has got a whopping 7 buttons that control a somewhat old-fashioned, yet perfectly fine, array of menus and screens. Contrast that with the accompanying app which is very sleek and modern-looking and which, some of you will be delighted to hear, is used to configure the screens and data metrics.
Being used to Garmin, Polar and Wahoo I found the menus and terminology a little confusing at first…but that’s just me. Like every new piece of tech you buy, there will always be a short learning curve and, after that, all will be good.
Unboxing, Contents & Variants
The 3 Aero 60 variants include differing external sensors as summarised here:
The aero mount is of an unusual and clever design which is probably more ‘aero’ than a normal mount+bike computer and it might save you 0.25watts if you are lucky ;-). Note that the mount prevents the Aero 60 from being charged whilst mounted.
Bryton Aero 60 Specifications
These are the headlines which give the first, fleeting indications that this is a VERY nicely specified unit.
- Dimensions: 53.7 x 83.9 x 18.2mm @71g
- 2.3″ mono-LCD display
- Battery up to 32 hours
- BLE & ANT+ sensor compatible including PM and electronic shifting
- Max 9 metrics per page over 10 pages.
- Dowloadable routes and downloadable, complex structured workouts
- WiFi upload
- OSM maps
- GPS, GLONASS, Galileo + regional GNSS systems
Full Bryton Aero 60 Specs here: BrytonSport.com.
Workout Creator + Route/Trip Creator
You have a few options here to create both workouts and trips within the Bryton ecosystem as well as the ability to get 3rd party workout and trips onto the Aero 60. It looks like Bryton have got a lot of bases covered here
- The accompanying Bryton Active app has links to KOMOOT, Training Peaks, STRAVA and others. I easily sync’d routes from KOMOOT to the app and then on to the Aero 60.
- Similarly, with Training Peaks it took about 5 seconds to drag a workout from my TP library onto the TP calendar for today and for it then to appear in Bryton’s workouts
- TBT Routes can be created on the Bryton app and a nice touch of the route creator is that an elevation plot is also shown during creation.
Complex, structured workouts can be created from the Bryton app based on power, LTHR, HRmax, MAP, speed and power.
Those of you who have a FIT/TCX/GPX route file that you want to follow as a route then you have to manually copy that file onto your smartphone for it to sync onto the Bryton Aero 60. #Clunky, but other vendors do the same.
Working Out & Navigating
Whilst the screen is not the best resolution or highest quality that I’ve seen it has the benefit of being readable. Which kinda helps. Even though it’s a somewhat old-tech screen, like the Wahoos, then this perversely leads to quick and easy navigation from screen to screen and also a fairly well responsive screen in terms of how quickly it reacts to changes in info from 3rd party sensors. I like that it’s NOT a touchscreen and the buttons are OK, although they could be a little more easy to feel when wearing gloves.
The screens and data items on each screen are set & configured in the app. There is an almost comprehensive range of metrics that can be displayed, including more advanced ones like lap normalised power and Di2 gear settings – if you don’t know what they are then it’s a good bet that the Bryton will be able to show the information you want!
Post Workout Analysis
The analysis on the Bryton cycling computer itself is limited. Yes you get the basic numbers broken down by laps and yes you get some charts and a pretty track of where you’ve been but the presentation is basic. It does have the key data on display….it’s just that it doesn’t look great. Then again for the 60 seconds you’ll spend looking at your post-workout stats, then maybe that’s alright. If you have been on a particularly long ride then some of these screens can be slow to load up and display. The information syncs to STRAVA/TP easily enough if any case.
Looking at the same data on the Bryton app, then the presentation is MUCH more impressive. The stats are presented in a more colourful and clearer way and there are some nice charts. Yet the underlying data is the same as that presented on the Aero 60 itself.
The GPS accuracy was not great. Most of the time I would class it as ‘alright’. You’ll still get a pretty picture, drawn by the GPS, of where you’ve been and that will be fairly accurate – yet every slight inaccuracy will feed through to minor discrepancies in distance and speed as well as, possibly, when navigating off-road.
Here is a ride comparing the Aero 60 (Green) to the much more expensive Garmin 945 (blue) and Garmin Edge 530 (red). You can see the 945 has some issues. The Aero 60 was generally alright-to-good but its GPS performance is typified by moments of inaccuracy as shown on the roundabout in the fourth image. There are SEVERAL examples like this in every ride interspersed by a mostly GOOD TRACK.
Here are the same devices on a different day and with similar results. (Aero 60, blue)
Same devices again, this time up Box Hill and Ditchling Beacon with both of those hills involving some turns and some trees. You can see that the Bryton cuts corners a little. (Aero 60, blue)
I’ve presented some of the less-than-good examples of the Bryton Aero 60 in those images. In reality, if you buy the pack that includes the speed sensor then you’ll sort out your speed and distance data in one fell swoop. The corner-cutting is not great but I don’t think it will make that much difference to most bike navigators in the market for this device.
The altimeter needed calibration. I have numerous examples like this one where I didn’t manually calibrate the elevation at the start of the ride. It meant that the graph doesn’t look good but, in reality, it will be fine; as the elevation changes during the ride track real elevation changes well.
So, all you have to do is properly calibrate it if elevation is important to you.
Price, Availability & Discounts
The Bryton Aero 60 is widely available and if you shop around and bide your time you will find a nicely discounted price sooner or later. Probably the best price you’ll get will be £110 or $/Eu130. The 60C and 60T bundles are slghtly more expensive.