*new* Garmin Edge 130 PLUS – leaks confirmed

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Garmin Edge 130 Plus

The revised Garmin Edge 130 for 2020 will be called the Garmin Edge 130 PLUS and it’s just been registered on the FCC.

This registration confers the status of “certainty” on the other leaks from towards the end of last year which also heralded the Edge 1030 plus, Forerunner 955 LTE and others (here). Let’s look at what might be in the Edge 130 PLUS.

FYI: The price of the original Edge 130 has now plummetted to around $/£/Eu130 and you can get one at one of these links, indeed at Wiggle, it comes bundled with a chest strap for that price #Bargain

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Garmin Edge 130 Plus – Quick Recap

Garmin seems now to often have a mid-cycle model between major releases called a PLUS model. We’ve seen that both with the 520 Plus and with the Fenix 5 Plus. Any other manufacturer would have given the Plus models the status of the next number up ie Edge 530 (at the time) or Fenix 6 (at the time) however Garmin made a good call and took the existing models and beefed up the features and hardware.

The Edge 130 is a SMALLER format version of the Edge 520, ideal for stem mounting. It’s got a super-small screen BUT is jam-packed full of features AND IS a ‘proper’ bike computer. Yet, the features are still cut down from those on the Edge 520.

We can see how the current Edge 130 feature set has expanded over time, here: Garmin.com. By Garmin standards, you can see that there hasn’t been THAT much added to the original product, although the additions of support for CIQ 2.4.5, extended display and Physio TrueUp all worthy of note.

For inspiration and divination to discover the new 130Plus feature set, let’s take a look at the EXISTING Edge 130’s features compared to the 520 and 520 Plus. Perhaps this will give us an idea of what new feature could be rolled down to the new Edge 130 Plus?

 

Edge 520 Edge 520 plus Edge 130
RRP $250 $280 $200
Advanced bike computer built for competition Advanced GPS bike computer for competing and navigation Compact, capable GPS bike computer with cycling awareness features
General
Physical dimensions 1.9” 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.
Weight 2.1 oz (60 g) 2.2 oz (62.5 g) 1.2 oz (33 g)
Water rating IPX7 IPX7 IPX7
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion
Touchscreen No No No
Display size 1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm) 1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm); 2.3″ diagonal 1.1″ x 1.4″ (27.0 x 36.0 mm); 1.8″ diag (45.0 mm)
Display resolution 200 x 265 pixels 200 x 265 pixels 303 x 230 pixels SUPER CRISP and SWEET
Color display Yes Yes
Battery life up to 15 hours up to 15 hours up to 15 hours
High-sensitivity receiver Yes Yes Yes
Maps & Memory
Basemap Yes Yes No
Waypoints/favorites/locations 200 200 100 locations
Routes 0 100 15 courses
History up to 180 hours up to 200 hours 100 hours
Sensors
GPS Yes Yes Yes
GLONASS Yes Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No Yes
Daily Smart Features
Smart notifications Yes Yes Yes
VIRB® Camera Remote No Yes No
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pages Yes Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes Yes Yes
Interval training Yes Yes No
Advanced workouts Yes Yes No
Auto Lap® Yes Yes Yes
V02 max No Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Yes Yes Yes (within a course)
Auto-scroll Yes Yes Yes
Cycling Features
Courses Yes Yes Yes
Time/distance alerts (triggers an alarm when you reach goal) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) Yes Yes Yes
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
Additional Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yes Alerts (triggers an alarm when you reach time, distance, HR, calories goals): yes Galileo: yes
Edge® remote compatibility: yes Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yes Bluetooth®: yes (BLE)
LiveTrack: yes LiveTrack: yes Connected 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 dynamics Advanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamics Set-up streamlined via app
Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control V02 Max/Recovery: yes
On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition Segment compatible: Strava and Garmin
Compatible with VIRB® action cameras: yes Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes  Varia™ cycling awareness compatible: yes
Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes Weather alerts: yes Extended 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

 

Well. That was a waste of time! Clearly there are a couple of things above that could be added to the 130 Plus but there are no insights there that excite me at all.

That is frustrating and exciting in equal measure. Frustrating because there is nothing obvious to add but exciting in that it means that the new features will most likely come from the Edge 530 and/or the soon-to-be-announced Edge 1030 Plus (which will have ‘proper’ new stuff in it).

So here’s what we might see based on ‘stuff that’s happened’ and the Edge 530

Edge 130 Plus – Guessed-At NEW Features

You might have to help me out on these…

  • A colour screen. Albeit a tiny one. 80% likelihood
  • Nicer, tweaked interface -90%
  • Better processor – 80%
  • Better battery – 80%
  • WiFi and WIDER BLE sensor support (already has BLE but limited, IIRC). 75%
  • Newer map functionality, regional TBT ??? Not sure. 20% chance of new stuff
  • Safety Features, Bike alarm feature and/or accident detection. 80% likelihood
  • TrailForks, ForkSight, ClimbPRO – 70% chance
  • Training Plans – 90%
  • MTB Dynamics, heat acclimation & altitude acclimatisation adjusted recovery metrics, CP Curves – 30%
  • Weather stuff – 90%
  • Latest CIQ – 90%
  • Likely price £190/$200 ish.

 

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Here’s some more info on other new endurance tech products for 2020

May 2020: Sports Watch Update: All new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumors + replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit

 

 

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Jakob Thusgaard

Advanced power metrics?

Biro

I have the 130, (15 hour battery is a L.I.E., do you hear me garmin?) the only thing I miss is the stronger cpu or more optimized firmware. I use it with a hrm (on ble) and pretty much that’s the most it can handle. When connected on the top of this a (ant+) cadence+speed sensor combo it was ok but unreliable (like heading towards a roundabout with many junctions on a planned course at 40kmph, there is a 150% chance I miss the exit because of the slow display update. Disconnecting all sensors speeds it up a little). I dont miss the color display, maybe leaving it monochrome and playing with the nuances like wahoo does would be more fit to it’s category and cost effective for r&d. No touch controls please, bigger and more accessible buttons please. Usb-c? (that’s premium i believe). Otherwise, great product, being the “Apple” of fitness it’s good to see they have a product for those who are on a budget/not riding on Cancellara/Schurter’s level.

tfk, the5krunner

great points Biro
it often comes back to usability.
perhaps Garmin are the Google of fitness rather than Apple 😉

pavlinux

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:LmXvmmc1dEcJ:https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/698436&hl=ru&gl=ru&strip=1&vwsrc=0

Edge 130 Plus, GPS, N. AM, Unit Only PART NUMBER: 010-02385-00 $199.99 USD

Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
Weather Daily Smart Features
yes (data fields only)
LiveTrack
Safety and Tracking Features
Downloadable training plans
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Compatible with Varia™ lights
Cycling Features

Kevin

Garmin 130 Plus Confirmed.

I found a search result on the Garmin.com website that comes up with a description “Edge 130 Plus, GPS, N. AM, Unit Only”. “N. AM” is North America. There is no photo for the search result and when you click the link you get a 404 page not found error. It appears that Garmin is in the process of posting this new product to their website.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/698436

the5krunner

nice find