Lezyne celebrated the tenth anniversary of its GPS debut by releasing one of the most effective, economical lines of GPS computers we've ever mounted on our handlebars. Across the line, the internals were completely redesigned, but the Micro Color GPS Watch takes the design one step further by liberating the unit from the confines of a handlebar. It can still mount on a bar with an included adapter, but we understand the appeal of a clean, clutter-free cockpit. The Micro Watch lets you keep the bar tidy but still take advantage of GPS data tracking, and it easily transitions between lifestyle, running, hiking, and—of course—cycling modes to map your biometrics and the landscape while exploring the world around you.
Like its bar-mounted stablemate, the Micro Color GPS Watch's full-color display represents a slight departure from Lezyne's otherwise understated approach to looks. 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, navigation is divided between yellow characters (arrows and distances) and white (narrativized directional prompts), etc. 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 Watch 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 Watch 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 watch 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 with their very first computer. We're not proud of it, but such are the follies of youth.
- A wrist-based GPS watch for exploring in and out of the saddle
- Full-color screen makes reading easier at a glance
- Provides GPS navigation prompts and route mapping
- Wirelessly connects with heartrate monitors and power meters
- Automatically uploads to Lezyne's online data manager
- Syncs with popular third party training sites and apps
- Optional smartphone notifications let you stay in touch or escape
- Weather-resistant body demonstrates Lezyne's typical attention to detail