The new bike computers from Stages are ready to go and we have the Dash L10, M50 and M50 specifications below with a review to hopefully follow SOON!
These 3 new models represent a nice leap forwards for Stages who dipped their toe in the head unit market earlier with the Stages Dash. It’s a competitive market though, and most companies with innovative products in this area either fall by the wayside or trundle along in relative obscurity. The obvious exception is Wahoo, who have a foothold in the Garmin hegemony, let’s see if there’s enough room for one more foot.
Stages Dash M50, L50 L10 Specifications
The headline specs look good. The relevant boxes have been ticked and, whilst there is nothing exceptional different with these units, it looks like they are up to the core job required by performance cyclist and bike navigators with a few nice surprises added in for good measure.
The L50 and M50 are highly similar and the headlines to me from the specs include: 12-14 hours of real runtime battery – that should be enough; there is a barometric altimeter; all the sensible compatibilities for file formats; and 3rd party sensors, with the exception of ANT+ FE-C. I like the LANDSCAPE display offering of the L50; well, I like that it’s offered but would never use that myself as portrait is definitely the way to go for navigation.
|Stages Dash M50||Stages Dash L50||Stages Dash L10|
|Display Size||2.25″ (58mm) diag||2.75″ (68mm) diag||2.7″ (65mm) diag|
|Size||51mm wide x 78mm tall x 24mm depth||85mm wide x 73mm tall x 20mm depth (landscape)||85mm wide x 58mm tall x 18mm depth (landscape)|
|GNSS/GPS||A-GPS; GPS with SBAS, QZSS||A-GPS; GPS with SBAS, QZSS||GPS|
|Battery||Rechargeable LiPO (USB)||Rechargeable LiPO (USB)||Rechargeable LiPO (USB)|
|Battery Life||Up to 12.5 hours real world runtime with backlight at 30% screen brightness||Up to 14 hours real world runtime with backlight at 30% screen brightness||Up to 24 hours|
|Data Transfer||USB + Bluetooth||USB + Bluetooth||USB + Bluetooth|
|Internal temperature recording||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Setup||On unit or Stages Link App||On unit or Stages Link App||On unit or Stages Link App|
|Config||On unit or online||On unit or online||On unit or online|
|Compatibility||iOS 9.3 > iPhone 4S; Android 6.0+||iOS 9.3 > iPhone 4S; Android 6.0+||iOS 9.3 > iPhone 4S; Android 6.0+|
|File Compatability||.FIT, .GPX, .TCX||.FIT, .GPX, .TCX||.FIT, .GPX, .TCX|
|ANT+/BLE||strap, SpdCad, PM||strap, SpdCad, PM||strap, SpdCad, PM|
What Stands Out
I’ve got to get these on my bike and see how they perform in the real world however, it seems to me that the main USPs (unique selling points) are as follows:
- Value for money – with the 10% discount the5krunner10 at PMC the prices are attractive at: L10 $134, M50 $224, L50 $269
- Structured workouts
- Phone/device/computer-based configuration options
- Screen and Data Configuration options
- Novel display types
- Landscape format
But if you look at just Lezyne, Hammerhead and Bryton then all those USPs have already been covered in some shape or form.
Price, Availability & Discounts
With the 10% discount the5krunner10 at PMC the prices are attractive at: L10 $134, M50 $224, L50 $269
Either way, this link clicks through to your local store: