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
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|
|Advanced bike computer built for competition||Advanced GPS bike computer for competing and navigation||Compact, capable GPS bike computer with cycling awareness features|
|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)|
|Battery||rechargeable lithium-ion||rechargeable lithium-ion||rechargeable lithium-ion|
|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
|Battery life||up to 15 hours||up to 15 hours||up to 15 hours|
|Maps & Memory|
|History||up to 180 hours||up to 200 hours||100 hours|
|Daily Smart Features|
|VIRB® Camera Remote||No||Yes||No|
|Training, Planning and Analysis Features|
|Customizable data pages||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Virtual Partner||Yes||Yes||Yes (within a course)|
|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||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.
Here’s some more info on other new endurance tech products for 2020