Price and Availability
Garmin has reinvented the entry point for Bike computer units with the new Edge 130. This tiny GPS unit packs almost the same number of features as Garmin’s more expensive bike computers along with a couple of new ones. You can buy the Edge 130 for $299 AUD (device only), and the current ETA is Late April/ Early May. There are two different bundles available in Australia which I'll outline below:
- Edge 130, Standard mount, Tether, USB cable, Manuals
- Edge 130, Heart Rate Monitor (Premium Heart Rate Strap), Standard mount, Tether, USB cable, Manuals
There are more bundle variations for the Edge 130, but only the HRM bundle is available in Australia and Europe. The other packages are exclusive to the US.
What’s special about the 130?
The unit itself isn’t earth shattering and there are no major new features. The biggest factor is the much lower price point (compared to higher end Garmin units) while still keeping most of the useful features.
- Sleek 1.8” display (sunlight readable and bright enough for low light conditions)
- Comes with GPS + GLONASS (Galileo as well)
- Barometric Altimeter and Accelerometer
- Course support for navigation and routing (this doesn’t include mapping or turn by turn re-routing)
- Lightweight design at 33g
- Supports Garmin GCM (Garmin Connect Mobile) course creator
- Strava Live Segments (Can only be imported via USB not wirelessly as the device does not support Strava’s Connect IQ app – more about that later)
- Compatible with Varia and other ANT+ devices
- Up to 15-hour battery life
- 8 data fields on each screen
- LiveTrack Support (using smartphone internet connection) you can also use the Assistance feature to quickly send your current location to chosen contacts, so they know where to find you
- Weather support and smart notifications compatible
There’s a whole bunch more I could talk about here, but these are the highlights and should give you an idea of how much is packed into the device.
Design and features
The Edge 130 is quite a small unit at (H4.1cm x W6.3cm x D1.6cm) and extremely lightweight in design at 33 grams. Surprisingly it also has a higher resolution then the also new Edge 520 Plus (303 x 230 Edge 130 vs 200 x 265 Edge 520 Plus).
It comes with all the standard cycling features like courses, time/distance alerts, vector and power meter compatibility, VO2 Max, etc. Garmin has also given access to the Connect IQ app store, but only for the data fields. This basically means you can still get unique data field metrics but only within the device's supported activity modes. As I mentioned in the highlights section, this means the Strava Connect IQ app is not compatible with the Edge 130. You can still get your Strava segments you just need to do it via your computer. The Edge 130 does support power meters and accessory sensors that run on both ANT+ and Bluetooth this includes accessories like: heart rate sensors, cadence sensors, power meters, light and radar sensors.
It doesn’t have a base map but can offer limited navigation support. You can download courses on Garmin Connect mobile, Strava segments or create your own course. This ‘course’ can then be imported onto the Edge 130. It will show you a basic course outline and even give you an alert 500m out that a turn is upcoming. It also comes with a track back feature that can be used mid-ride to back to where you started.
The device is not a touchscreen (would have been a terrible idea on a screen this small), you use 5 buttons to navigate through the device. The bottom right button is a dedication ride activity button (instantly starts ride activity and searches for satellites). The bottom left button is a lap function (mid ride the bottom right one can be used to start/stop or enter). The two on the right side scroll up or down and the one on the left powers the unit on or off.
The Edge 130 is not the cheapest bike computer on the market, but it’s close to it. Coupled with a fantastic display, smartphone notifications and a number of helpful cycling metrics it’s definitely not something to ignore. If you’re seriously into your power metrics or prefer having full maps in front of you, then I would recommend looking at an Edge 520 Plus or even an Edge 1030 if you want to go all the way. In short, the Edge 130 is fantastic at giving you a crisp display, helpful metrics and is positioned at a great price point for what it offers.
Garmin Edge 130 (010-01913-02)- Available here along with compatible accessories
Garmin Edge 130 HRM Bundle (010-01913-07)- Available here along with compatible accessories
If you’re looking for a detailed comparison of the edge 130, I’ve included a full spec comparison between the new Garmin units the Edge 130, Edge 520 Plus and the old Edge 520.Full Specification Comparison between Edge 130, Edge 520 Plus and Edge 520
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Additional||Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yes||Alerts (triggers 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||Ephemeris satellite predictions: yes|
|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||Elevation: yes|
|Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control||Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control||Beeper: yes|
|On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition||On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition||Varia™ cycling awareness compatible: yes|
|Operating temperature: -20°C to +55°C||Operating temperature: -20°C to +55°C||Set-up streamlined via app|
|Connected features via a smartphone: yes||Connected features via a smartphone: yes||V02 Max/Recovery: yes|
|Compatible with Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect™ Mobile: yes||Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes||Segment compatible: Strava and Garmin|
|Compatible with VIRB® action cameras: yes||Weather alerts: yes||Connected capability: LiveTrack, weather, Assistance, Connect IQ data fields|
|Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes||¹ Advanced workouts require a Garmin Connect account|
|Weather alerts: yes|
|Preloaded Garmin cycling map: no|
|Wi-Fi® compatible: no|
|Round-trip routing: no|
|Route planner: no|
|¹ Advanced workouts require a Garmin Connect account|