Garmin Edge 130 Plus – Initial Opinion

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Garmin Edge 130 Plus

Garmin’s new micro bike computer is the Garmin Edge 130 Plus and it delivers some seemingly nice NEW goodies over an above the earlier Edge 130 but you should look closely before buying as some of the Edge 130 Plus feature sets are not as comprehensive as on other Garmin Edge models. It’s still a ‘BUY’ for some people, just make sure you know what you are buying. I’ll do my best to help here…

Edge 130 Plus Background

Over 2 years ago Garmin made a surprising decision to introduce a super-small format Garmin Edge and at $200/£150 it hit an interesting price point for a reasonably well-functioned bike computer. The Edge 130 sells quite well, yet I never quite saw its attraction unless you REALLY wanted a micro-format Garmin bike computer plus, as time passed, the Edge 130 received mixed reviews from customers, some of whom were not happy with its speed and bugginess. Contrast that with the positioning and features of the Garmin Instinct watch compared to the Garmin Fenix, where the Instinct REALLY hit the spot with consumers; with bike computers, there are just too many competing devices with not too dissimilar functions to the Garmin Edge 130.

It’s also worth noting before we delve further that whilst other, more expensive, Garmin Edge devices get many upgrades, the old Edge 130’s development languished somewhat and remained pretty much in the state in which it was released (Link: software history). It’s likely that the same future awaits the Edge 130 Plus.

Garmin Edge 130 Plus – what’s new

The rrp price point of the Edge 130 Plus remains the same as the older Edge 130 and there are several new feature additions to the Edge 130 Plus but I still can’t help wondering if it has left the ‘meh’ rating I secretly held for the previous incarnation. That to one side here’s the new stuff that you now get

  • It’s a snappier bike computer with a little more oomph in the processor and it runs just that little bit smoother.
  • The introduction of MTB dynamics is a sensible addition for trail riders perhaps concerned about damaging a larger and more expensive bike computer
  • Align that with the introduction of the nice grayscale ClimbPro feature and the weight-weenie hill climbers out there might also be happy with this great little feature on a great little device.
  • The Edge 130 Plus is planned to have smart trainer control added soon and so that will appeal to indoor riders and Zwift riders. Structured workout support is already on the 130 Plus in anticipation for smart trainer control being added but it’s mostly useless until then.
  • Battery life looks to have been slightly lowered but at ‘up to 12 hours’ should still be fine for most people

Garmin Edge 130 Plus – what you still get

You still get the crisp screen with good readability in all light conditions. The Edge 130 Plus naturally has customisable data pages and you can even add CIQ data fields to them, which is one of many nice features. Add in power meter compatibility, Varia Radar support, Live Tracking, VO2max and recovery time features and you have got some cool stuff there which, although niche, you will find hard to match on many other bike computers at the same price point. You can also compete on segments, set in-workout alerts and race yourself with a virtual partner. Unlike other Edge devices, there are no onboard maps for a proper navigation experience, however, you do get basic breadcrumb route following functionality.

Garmin Edge 130 Plus – some notes

  • The Edge 130 Plus sees the addition of an accelerometer, this is used in the incident detection (I’ve crashed) feature.
  • ClimbPro needs to get upcoming elevation changes from the route you are following. Elevation must be included in the routes files you create and sync from Garmin Connect mobile.
  • Live Track has been enhanced and now lets your followers better see your route.
  • Although there is still no WiFi connectivity, you can sync your rides either via a computer or via your Connect app.
  • The ability to control smart trainers is NOT included at launch. FE-C support should allow your Edge 130 Plus to control most trainers once introduced.
  • MTB dynamics give you an indication of the smoothness of your riding and your air time, so this is probably of most use when you look at your post-ride data.

Garmin Edge 130 Plus – opinion

This is a strange one to call. For a lower price of $150, you could instead buy a well-featured and sturdy Lezyne Super Pro GPS or, for $200, you could periodically grab a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt or even a Garmin Edge 520+. Personally, I’d much rather have any of those 3 devices. Yet the Edge 130 Plus has many ‘look at me features‘ which don’t add up to a definitive ‘buy me now‘ rating but which might just encourage some of you to take the plunge if you see your ‘must-have’ premium feature at a ‘bargain’ price.

  • For a bike computer of this size, the Edge 130 Plus is hard to beat…mainly because there are few, decent micro bike computers to compete with!
  • For an “entry-level” Garmin, this is not a bad choice but at a similar price point, the older and larger 520 Plus might tempt you instead.
  • The Edge 130 Plus covers a lot of the feature sets although they are usually pared back (functionally reduced) in some way when compared to Garmin’s more expensive models – you won’t get the full experience. Thus despite the words sounding good, the 130 Plus partly covers these bases; 3rd party workout/plan support, turbo trainer support, physiology metrics, Varia Radar/Light support, Garmin CIQ ‘apps’ support, routing support, sensor support as well as safety & tracking features.
  • There’s always going to be a niche use-case for the Edge 130 Plus, perhaps a TT’er will want the smallest, reliable power display possible or perhaps along a similar vein triathlete will cast the display of their watch TO the Edge 130 Plus. Super niche.

A detailed specification comparison is further below

Edge 1030 Plus Announced today too…

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Garmin Edge 130 Plus Discounts, Pricing & Availability

You should be able to get the 130 plus either on its own or part of a bundle NOW. The stock should already be there with many retailers although some Amazon stores and the larger American discounters will have to wait a little while longer.

 

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GeneralGarmin Edge 130 PlusGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 530
Physical dimensions1.6” x 2.5” x 0.6” (41 x 63 x 16 mm)1.6” x 2.5” x 0.6” (41 x 63 x 16 mm)1.9″ x 3.2″ x 0.8″ (50 x 82 x 20 mm)
Color displayNoNoYes
Display size1.8″ (45.0 mm) diagonal1.8″ (45.0 mm) diagonal2.6″ (66 mm) diagonal
Display resolution303 x 230 pixels303 x 230 pixels246 x 322 pixels
Weight1.2 oz (33 g)1.2 oz (33 g)2.7 oz (75.8 g)
Battery typerechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life12 hoursup to 15 hoursup to 20 hours
Battery save modeNoNoYes
In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack)NoNoYes
Water ratingIPX7IPX7IPX7
Maps & Memory
Ability to add mapsNoNoYes
BasemapNoNoYes
External memory storageInternal memory onlyInternal memory onlyInternal memory only
Waypoints/favorites/locations100 locations100 locations200
Routes30 courses15 courses100 courses
History100 hours100 hoursup to 200 hours
Sensors
GPSYesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYes
GalileoYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
AccelerometerYesNoYes
Ambient light sensorNoNoYes
Daily Smart Features
ConnectivityBluetooth®, ANT+®Bluetooth®, ANT+®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)yes (data fields only)yes (data fields only)Yes
Smart notificationsYesYesYes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)NoNoYes
WeatherYesYesYes
VIRB® RemoteNoNoYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
Safety and Tracking Features
LiveTrackYesYesYes
Group LiveTrackNoNoYes
Rider-to-rider messagingNoNoYes
Incident DetectionYesNoYes
AssistanceYesYesYes
Bike alarmNoNoYes
Weather alertsYesYesYes
Activity Tracking Features
Calories burnedYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Interval trainingNoNoYes
Advanced workoutsYesNoYes
Downloadable training plansYesNoYes
Auto Lap®YesYesYes
Vo2 maxYesYesYes
Training EffectNoNoYes
Recovery advisorYesYesYes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYes
Race an ActivityYesYesYes
SegmentsYesYesYes
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Physio TrueUpYesYesYes
Physiological measurements (may require use of additional accessories such as heart rate strap and/or power meter)No (Limited)NoYes
Outdoor Recreation
ClimbPro™ Ascent PlannerYesNoYes
Cycling Features
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYesYes
CoursesYesYesYes
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)NoNoYes
Cycling Dynamics compatibleNoNoYes
MTB DynamicsYesNoYes
Integrated TrailForks trail dataNoNoYes
Power meter compatibleYesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ lightsYesYesYes
Connectivity
Edge® remoteYesYesYes
Varia™ remoteNoNoYes
ANT+™ electronic shiftingNoNoYes
Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integrationNoNoYes
Smart trainer controlYesNoYes

 

You should be able to get the 130 plus either on its own or part of a bundle NOW. The stock should already be there with many retailers although some Amazon stores and the larger American discounters will have to wait a little while longer.

 

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