Ten years and one monitor.
After a decade in the GPS business, it's safe to say that Lezyne has learned a bit about what features work and what features are just included for flash. The Micro Color GPS HR Loaded Bike Computer demonstrates this understanding by combining a function-first GPS handlebar unit with a heart rate monitor strap—an accessory that's become a virtual necessity for any dedicated training regime that privileges results over posturing.
Even the Micro Color's one apparent nod toward non-functional embellishment, it's colored screen, is actually a functional design decision: rendering different information fields in coded colors allows for faster, more intuitive reading of the screen. Whether you're cooking corners on a singletrack descent, fighting for position in the bunch, or navigating treacherous gravel roads, the Micro Color GPS helps you keep more attention on what's happening around you rather than on trying to decipher your head unit.
This being Lezyne, function exists on a much deeper level than just color, though. It combines GPS and GLONASS connectivity with an internal barometer and accelerometer, the latter two serving as local correctives to the former two, eliminating the wonky readings and navigational hiccups that can result when signals are bouncing across a 25,000-mile gap between bike and satellite. The Micro Color is also Bluetooth-enabled, so it communicates with a smartphone in order to take advantage of the route-planning and live-tracking features of Lezyne's Ally app.
Though we've long been a fan of Lezyne's simple approach to GPS tracking, adding Bluetooth means that, through Ally, the unit now lets us hunt segments or update our online data live, mid-ride, on a variety of third-party programs. It can also provide text and call notifications—but we'd often just as soon turn that particular feature off while we're hammering through post-work intervals or following the unit's directional prompts on a pre-mapped weekend escape. If you choose to leave the smartphone at home altogether, the Micro GPS reads, displays, and records ANT+ and Bluetooth broadcasts from the included heart rate monitor or your own power meters, cadence sensors, and whatever other ancillaries you've got hanging on your frame or body.
- A computer and heart rate monitor combo that maps ride- and bio-metrics
- Included heart rate monitor guides and supports training
- GPS navigation prompts and ride-mapping with Lezyne's Ally app
- Color screen enhances Lezyne's function-first design philosophy
- Wirelessly connects with smartphones and other training accessories
- Automatically syncs with multiple third-party training apps
- Optional smartphone notifications let you connect or disconnect
- Stores up to 200 hours of ride and training data