*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

Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to.

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 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 an 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 an 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

 

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.

 

Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to.

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

July 2021: Sports Watch Update: All new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumors + replacement dates for Garmin, Apple, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Samsung, Fitbit

 

 

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20 thoughts on “*new* Garmin Edge 130 PLUS – leaks confirmed

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

      1. Have you heard anything on release timing? Just bought an Edge 130 and still within return window

        1. the date keeps changing slightly. I think it was meant to be today at one point but I now think it’s next week. that’s probably why your ‘find’ appeared when it did as someone forgot to change the autopost date.
          it should be in stock when announced.

          1. Thanks, Target listing is now down – I hope that doesn’t mean a further delay

  4. Hi… I’m currently looking into purchasing an Edge 130 as an addition to my Fenix in order to have a more cycling specific option as well… Looks like it ticks the majority of the boxes but a bit more map data would be great… Would be great if the plus version will somehow add a bit more Wahoo Bolt style mapping as well. Hoping they will the pull the curtain soon with the (cycling) holiday season approaching rapidly!
     

    1. Yep… Meanwhile I’ve seen the Target website in cache and there it did mention the same navigation already available on the regular 130. So I do not expect any update in that field. Climbpro and some MTB specific stuff is added. Display also seemed to be unchanged in black & white. Curious if they’ve tweaked the internals for improved battery life.

      Looking at SRP the 130 plus will land at €199,- (Europe) is my expectation. The current 130 is already discounted to €130,- with options to buy it even lower at roughly €100,-.

      So perhaps the current regular 130 is still the best option. At €200 you can also get an Edge Explore or 520plus…

      1. indeed so.
        i’ve never had or reviewed the 130 and don’t plan to do so with the 130+.
        personally i would be nervous about the edge130, specifically its speed. i think you might find it underpowered for anything but the most basic of tasks ef if you add some ciq data fields and then want to follow a long course you might have probs.
        then, exactly as you say, the price point for the 130+ is close to Bolt, 520+ and others.
        I find it hard to recommend the 130 but i don’t have the full knowledge to support my gut feeling.

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