Macro Plus GPS Smart Loaded Computer
Lezyne is celebrating the tenth year of its GPS ventures by retooling the entire line, adding yet more functionality to designs that already define the leading edge of the feature-to-price ratio. The Macro Plus GPS Smart Loaded Computer is no exception, and it combines the Macro GPS's functionality with Lezyne’s KTV Pro Smart rear light for optimal simplicity and visibility.
The head unit itself essentially packages the same improved functionality of the updated Mini GPS in a larger, more user-friendly footprint. It's still a barely noticeable addition to the cockpit, but the larger screen—equal to the Super GPS's screen and almost twice the size of the Mini—provides an option for those who want a supremely affordable GPS head unit with intuitive simplicity but an easier-to-read screen.
Compared to the more expensive Super GPS model with which it shares a screen size, the Macro GPS drops features like Glonass connectivity, ANT+, and the built-in barometer and accelerometer. None of these omissions hamper the Macro's essential mission of providing satellite-generated data to record and improve your ride experience. Those omissions are even less noticeable in the presence of Lezyne's new Ally app, which allows the Macro GPS to sync with a smartphone in order to do what even the previous generation of the Super couldn't: provide live navigation and Strava syncing. Lezyne Ally lets you set pre-mapped routes to follow, and it also keeps tabs on segments when you're in the hunt.
Even without a smartphone, the Macro GPS reads, displays, and records Bluetooth broadcasts from power meters, cadence sensors, the included heart rate monitor, and whatever other ancillaries you've got hanging on your frame. This data is all packaged for tidy transfer to Lezyne's Root GPS program, which is accessible through the brand's homepage and which provides an upload interface every bit as intuitive as the Macro GPS's four button navigation. If you're already established on a third party program, the Macro GPS probably has you covered; through Lezyne Ally, it connects to popular training programs like Strava and TrainingPeaks.
The KTV Pro Smart Tail Light syncs with Lezyne’s Ally app, allowing you to set the mode and check battery life from your phone. Unlike most tail lights visible only from directly behind you, the KTV has an ultra-wide 270-degree lens, so you are more visible to drivers and riders from the sides and back. Five light modes enable you to customize the output, whether for a daytime visibility or a steady stream at night. With up to 19hours battery life, enough to last through a good few days riding, you can avoid the light-charging scramble pre-ride.
- A cycling head unit and smart tail light combo
- GPS navigation prompts and ride-mapping with smartphone app
- Bluetooth connection for additional ancillary meters and sensors
- Automatically uploads to Lezyne's online data manager
- Syncs with popular third party training sites
- Optional smartphone notifications
- USB rechargeable battery refuels while you upload data
- Smart tail light has multiple modes for best visibility and syncs with the Ally app
- Durable, weather-resistant body