Celestial function, terrestrial body.
Lezyne has been in the GPS game for a full decade now, and it's celebrating with the launch of a completely revised line of devices whose minimalist footprint and function-first aesthetics have become the brand's hallmarks. Though the Micro Color GPS Bike Computer does incorporate a host of new features—not least of which being the colored screen—it does largely stick to that ethos by providing a landing spot for almost any monitors, sensors, and meters you've got mounted to your bike or person. It combines those head unit duties with the ability to map and track by satellite, making it a catch-all for terrestrial and celestial ride data.
The Micro Color represents a slight departure from that understated approach to looks, though, as it incorporates a full color display. In our experience with the Micro Color, this helps to more easily identify information at a glance, as each different piece of data displays next to a colored symbol: power output is a yellow bolt, heart rate is a red cardioid shape, directions are divided between yellow arrows and distances and white narrativized instructions, etc. So though it does represent a departure, the addition of pigments to the Micro Color's screen is also a logical step in Lezyne's function-focused development philosophy.
Though its name suggests otherwise, the Micro Color GPS enjoys an expanded list of features that put it on par with Lezyne's more robust GPS units. the Micro picks up features that the Macro drops, including Glonass connectivity, ANT+, and a built-in barometer and accelerometer. It still connects to the GPS network and broadcasts via Bluetooth, but the added features make it even more effective. This is especially true of the barometer and accelerometer, which reduce the dead spots and wonky readings that occasionally result when a handheld device is communicating on a sub-meter scale with a positioning satellite some 12,550 miles removed from your handlebars. By cleaning up the data, the Macro GPS provides more pinpoint accuracy; in a sport where centimeters often make the difference, that clean data matters.
As with all of Lezyne's latest generation of GPS units, the Micro Color uses smartphones as portals to link up with Lezyne's new Ally app, which addresses one of the only critiques we had of the previous generations. By syncing with a smartphone via Ally, you're able to create or dial up pre-programmed routes. The Micro Color will then give turn-by-turn directions to keep you on track, letting you switch your brain off and just ride, no stem notes required. If you're into just free roaming, then a bread crumb feature lets you map your ride by just riding and then guides you back the way you came.
Lezyne Ally also keeps tabs on Strava segments, displaying live updates on the Micro Color GPS when you're on the hunt, and it autosyncs with Strava and other popular third party sites like TrainingPeaks. It can also provide text and call notifications—but we'd often just as soon avoid that particular feature while we're out on the bike. After we've returned and sifted through all of those unanswered texts, Lezyne's GPS Root makes for one of the easiest data-dump processes in the industry: just head to the company's homepage, plug the Micro Color in, and transfer the ride with the click of a mouse.
Even without a smartphone, the Micro GPS reads, displays, and records ANT+ and Bluetooth broadcasts from heart rate monitors, power meters, cadence sensors, and whatever other ancillaries you've got hanging on your frame or body. 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 Micro Color's four button navigation. If you're already established on a third party program, the Micro Color probably has you covered; through Lezyne Ally, it connects to popular training programs like Strava—as mentioned above—and TrainingPeaks.
You can also toggle between km and miles in the menu, which eliminates the need to laboriously pore over giant, unfolding, multi-language manuals or perform complex button hold maneuvers in order to check your trip distance in metric terms. We know this may not seem like a big deal, and we readily admit that it isn't—unless, that is, you've ever had a computer that was stuck in metric for years because you didn't know how to change it. This may have happened to at least one Competitive staffer. We're not proud of it, but such are the follies of youth.
- A small cycling computer with cosmically sized functionality
- Color screen enhances Lezyne's function-first design philosophy
- GPS navigation prompts and ride-mapping
- Wirelessly connects with heartrate monitors and power meters
- Automatically uploads to Lezyne's online data manager
- Syncs with popular third party training sites
- Optional smartphone notifications
- Durable, weather-resistant body