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Garmin Edge 130 Plus – Initial Opinion

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new 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

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

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.

A detailed specification comparison is further below

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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.

 

 

General Garmin Edge 130 Plus Garmin Edge 130 Garmin Edge 530
Physical dimensions 1.6” 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 display No No Yes
Display size 1.8″ (45.0 mm) diagonal 1.8″ (45.0 mm) diagonal 2.6″ (66 mm) diagonal
Display resolution 303 x 230 pixels 303 x 230 pixels 246 x 322 pixels
Weight 1.2 oz (33 g) 1.2 oz (33 g) 2.7 oz (75.8 g)
Battery type rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life 12 hours up to 15 hours up to 20 hours
Battery save mode No No Yes
In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack) No No Yes
Water rating IPX7 IPX7 IPX7
Maps & Memory
Ability to add maps No No Yes
Basemap No No Yes
External memory storage Internal memory only Internal memory only Internal memory only
Waypoints/favorites/locations 100 locations 100 locations 200
Routes 30 courses 15 courses 100 courses
History 100 hours 100 hours up to 200 hours
Sensors
GPS Yes Yes Yes
GLONASS Yes Yes Yes
Galileo Yes Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes No Yes
Ambient light sensor No No Yes
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity Bluetooth®, 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 notifications Yes Yes Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only) No No Yes
Weather Yes Yes Yes
VIRB® Remote No No Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android iPhone®, Android iPhone®, Android
Safety and Tracking Features
LiveTrack Yes Yes Yes
Group LiveTrack No No Yes
Rider-to-rider messaging No No Yes
Incident Detection Yes No Yes
Assistance Yes Yes Yes
Bike alarm No No Yes
Weather alerts Yes Yes Yes
Activity Tracking Features
Calories burned Yes Yes Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pages Yes Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes Yes Yes
Interval training No No Yes
Advanced workouts Yes No Yes
Downloadable training plans Yes No Yes
Auto Lap® Yes Yes Yes
Vo2 max Yes Yes Yes
Training Effect No No Yes
Recovery advisor Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Yes Yes Yes
Race an Activity Yes Yes Yes
Segments Yes Yes Yes
Auto scroll Yes Yes Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes Yes Yes
Physiological measurements (may require use of additional accessories such as heart rate strap and/or power meter) No (Limited) No Yes
Outdoor Recreation
ClimbPro Ascent Planner Yes No Yes
Cycling Features
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories) Yes Yes Yes
Courses Yes Yes Yes
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) No No Yes
Cycling Dynamics compatible No No Yes
MTB Dynamics Yes No Yes
Integrated TrailForks trail data No No Yes
Power meter compatible Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia radar (rear-facing radar) Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia lights Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity
Edge® remote Yes Yes Yes
Varia remote No No Yes
ANT+ electronic shifting No No Yes
Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integration No No Yes
Smart trainer control Yes No Yes

 

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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