Garmin Edge 510 Bundle and OF Mount $399.95
Out with the old, in with the new.
You've been happy with the Garmin 500, we get it -- it's small, has useful data, and quite simply, it works. So, you're probably desperate for a reason to upgrade to the Garmin Edge 510 Bundle and OF Mount. Well, how about three reasons -- a longer battery life, a touch screen interface, and the all new Live Tracking feature. Essentially, Garrmin designed this computer to be the Edge 810 in a smaller package. Sure, you don't have all of the functionality, but then again, you're also saving $200. Regardless, though, the Edge 510 Bundle delivers functionality in leaps and bounds over the venerable 500. Not only that, but it also includes all of the training accessories that you need to kick this race season off right.
Starting at the screen, Garmin placed a focus on simplifying screen and metrics navigation. The initial start screen prompts you to select the CPU's functionality for your ride, either 'train' or 'race.' To avoid confusion, training mode is presented in Blue, whereas race mode is presented in Red. Additionally, this screen enables you to select the bike profile that you'll be riding -- mountain, road, cyclocross, or even unicycle if you're savvy. Once these selections have been made, you simply touch the ride button, and the screen moves to your race or training page. And of course, this page is customizable for every bike profile in your quiver. So, your ride page will only reflect the data that you deem pertinent to your ride or race. Even more impressive, and a jump away from the button navigation fumbling of the 500, the 510 allows you to simply swipe the touch-screen from page to page. Also, Garmin designed the screen to operate seamlessly with gloved hands in the cold, in the heat, or even in wet weather.
And as long as we're on the subject of new features, you'll should be ecstatic to hear that the 510 is Bluetooth ready. So, while sport device communication is still handled by ANT+ (say, wireless data transfer from the included HRM and cadence sensor), the Bluetooth technology communicates with your smartphone. And to make matters even easier, the 510 is fluent in either Android or iOS operating systems. So, once you're synced up with your phone, and you've downloaded the Garmin Connect Mobile App, the 510 really comes alive. Essentially, the 510 receives data from your smartphone, like live weather and activity upload. This means that you're able to receive real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and alerts while your phone stays protected. And for activity upload, this hastens the data transfer once you've finished your ride. From any location, this feature allows you to wirelessly upload your ride data to your smartphone, which then uploads it to your Garmin Connect profile online. Accordingly, you can view your profile from the Mobile App, almost eliminating the need to access Garmin Connect from a home computer.
Impressed? Believe us, that's just the tip of the iceberg. With the 510's Live Tracking feature, you have the ability to share your activities in real-time through either email or the social media of your choosing. All that you have to do is invite your coach, friends, or family to follow you on Garmin Connect, and then you're able to send email notifications reminding them to follow your real-time activity, stats, data, and location while you're on the bike. You also have the option to share this information via Facebook or Twitter. But, your adoring public aren't the only ones that can navigate your movements. With either the Mobile App or Garmin connect, you have the ability to peruse rides in your area. However, unlike the 810, the 510 doesn't have full map functionality, however, it does GPS for post-ride analysis.
Now for the guts. The 510 sees the return of Garmin's ever-popular, Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer training programs. The 510 does no accept data cards, but it's capable of storing up to 180 hours on its onboard history. It's rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a life that extends to around 17 hours. Garmin also ensured that the CPU is completely waterproof, and it's also compatible with virtually any ANT+ equipped device. So, mating the 510 to an HRM or powermeter will be a painless affair.
The Garmin Edge 510 Bundle and OF Mount is available in the color Black and includes a standard and out-front bike mount, a premium heart rate monitor, a speed/cadence sensor, USB cable, AC charger, a tether, and a user-manual.
What community has to say
I had to buy two of them...
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I bought this as a gift for my father-in-law which made my brother-in-law jealous. I ended up having to buy him one too. Yea, I'm nice. They're both road bike cyclists and they love this thing. They always rave about the accuracy of the GPS. They used to use their phones when they were cycling, but can never go back now.
This thing rocks my socks
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Was using a friend's Edge 500 for a few weeks, but was bummed that I couldn't auto-update Strava after an exercise (yes, I'm addicted to Strava). After some searching on the web, I found there is a site called copymysports.com (previously garminsync), which allows you a way to auto send files from your 510 to your Strava account. Can't do it with the 500 because you need the Bluetooth connection. It seems a little shady how you need to perform the transfer, but I don't have any secure info on my Strava or GarminConnect account, so I'm not too worried.
The 510 unit itself is a bit bigger than the 500. Still can fit on my 90mm stem no problem. I have an older FSA 31.8 clamp diameter handlebar, and am a little disappointed in how the main bike mount fits -- there is just barely enough room on the fat section of the handlebar to get the bar mount assembled and not tilted at an angle. Really think this is more of an issue with the old handlebar vs. the mount though... I'd have the same trouble with the BarFly.
The display is sweet, and the touch screen is really easy to use, even with gloves on (I wish Apple could figure this out with their iPhones....!). Took a little while to figure out how to get the HR to work on the unit, but once I did, it's a strong signal. Just an FYI, but when you get the unit, the HR functionality of the 510 is not enabled/turned on, so you need to go in and turn it on. No HR monitor strap to device sync needed.
Lastly, I just want to state that I don't work for garminsync/copymysports, just want to let all you fellow Strava geeks know about this. Really bummed that Garmin and Strava haven't found a way to work together on making the uploads to Strava easier (come on Garmin!).
Such a great tool for your arsenal
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My girlfriend purchased me the Garmin Edge 510 after I using another product for 6-7 months and its a great tool to add to your arsenal. The HRM (heart rate monitor) is very accurate and was an extremely helpful feature this last winter on the trainer. The cadence/speed sensor has yet to give me any grief and it pairs up to my phone without a problem. It's survived sweat storms, rain storms, and general bike mayhem.
Only one small complaint (that I should send to Garmin) is that the display will dim after 5, 10, 15 etc. seconds. When you tap the screen to wake it up and view your progress, it assumes you want to change to a different screen (say, compass) and fills the garmin screen with navigation tools, rather than simply wake up. You can keep the display lit up permanently but it consumes a mildly hefty chunk of battery. Again, nothing huge, but the more you know...
Works great so far
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I got this Garmin Edge as an upgrade to a combination of different devices I had been previously been using all at once. So far it has worked great for consolidating all of the devices into one neat little package. Looking forward to getting in some good rides with it in the spring & summer.
Failed when I needed it most
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this as an upgrade from my old Polar HRM. It worked great for a while as I used it to train for KOMs and Doubles. On a couple of recent rides the Heart Rate and Cadence would go blank after about 100 miles. During an event in which I had set personal records the Altimeter went haywire and at the end the ride was not upload able via USB or bluetooth. I have had it for under a year so Garmin's tech support is sending a replacement, but I really wish I went with a different brand. For the price; it is a real let down.
Has it all!
By far one of the best bike computers out there. This has everything you'll need and more! I was hoping for a better more sleep design but still am happy with it. I will be using it over the next few months and hopefully have more insight at that time.