The head unit market may be the only aspect of cycling that's more complicated than the ever shifting landscape of bottom bracket standards, but Lezyne declutters the field of choices with its Super HR Loaded Bike Computer. The Super GPS HR package includes two key elements: Lezyne's over-achieving Super GPS head unit and a Heart Rate Flow Sensor. The former sits on your handlebar, embarrassing more expensive GPS computers with an impressive body of functionality; the latter wraps around your chest, transmitting heart rate data to the Super GPS via wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
Like its predecessor, the new Super GPS still backs up the usual GPS/Glonass connection with some local readings from a built-in accelerometer and a barometer. While the included heart rate monitor gives away the Super GPS's returning Bluetooth compatibility, it's worth noting that it also still connects with ANT+ meters and monitors, too. This effectively compiles all the ride, power, and biometric data you need in one, tidy package at the head of your cockpit.
The biggest change for the new model year may well be the addition of Lezyne's Ally app, which addresses one of the only critiques we had of the previous Super GPS. By syncing with a smartphone via Ally, you're able to dial up pre-programmed routes or create your own. The Super GPS will then give turn-by-turn directions to keep you on track, letting you turn your brain off and just ride. If you're into just free roaming, then a bread crumb feature maps your ride out to guide you back. On days when you've got the itch for competition, Lezyne Ally also lets the Super GPS display live segment updates. When paired with a smartphone, the only key difference between it and the (much) more expensive head units dominating the market is that it lacks a color touchscreen. If you're more into data and training than flash and shininess, that's a negligible sacrifice.
In addition to Strava, Lezyne Ally autosyncs with popular third party sites like TrainingPeaks. It can also provide text and call notifications—but we'd 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 Super GPS in, and transfer the ride with the click of a mouse.
The heart of the Super is still its GPS/Glonass connectivity, which is supplemented with the above-mentioned barometer and accelerometer. The addition of these local measurement tools reduces 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 terrestrial hammerfest. By cleaning up the data, the Super GPS provides more accuracy. In a sport where centimeters often make the difference, that clean data matters.
The Super GPS's construction is just as clean as its data. With a glossy, easy-to-read screen and signature meticulousness in machining the structural bits, this computer adds a touch of classy modern design to the cockpit. At 40.1 x 31.7mm, the screen is slightly larger than the previous Super GPS, making it that much easier to read at a glance or navigate data displays but still keeping it small enough that it doesn't overwhelm your bar space. The screen is also backlit for clear readability in varying light conditions, and the unit's four-button operation is intuitive and user-friendly for quick navigation on-the-go.
- A cycling computer and heart rate monitor strap
- Combines GPS/Glonass connectivity with biometrics
- Connects to most ancillary devices to display ride metrics
- Navigation prompts and segment tracking with free smartphone app
- Syncs with third party training apps
- Weather-resistant body stands up to precipitation
- Includes USB recharging cord and handlebar mount
- Displays battery life for device and auxiliaries
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Reviews & Community
PRETTY DAMN AWESOME
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I would have given this a 5 stars but the Heart Rate is a pain in the ass to set up. I could not find anything on the web to trouble shoot it. As of Today (3 days of ownership) I still haven't figured it out.
I am not a racer but needed a new computer. I am fast recreation rider who logs about 5,000 miles a year.
The temp gauge seems to be off. Showing colder than what it really is outside.
I couldn't justify the cost of the Garmin and this had everything I needed and more.
The back light is great due to the fact that I do ride at 5:00 am in the dark a lot. The mount is great. Bulky but so what. Easy to see the numbers. I love that I can change 5 screens and see every function this thing has to offer. I hate the % of Grade due to the fact that my old computer didn't have one. This morning I found out that the road I live on has an 18% section. That didn't feel good and the last hill before my street averaged a 10% grade for 2 miles. I thought it was a 6-7% so that may play with my fat mind.
I can see the data as I ride due to the fact that i can set the size on my screen. I love that.
If I can figure out the hear rate It will be better
Fails Sometimes on Advanced Features
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used the Year10 Enhanced Super GPS since it came out Sep 2016. I have over 3,000 miles of road and trail riding with it. I knew when I bought it that some features (turn-by-turn directions, Strava segments, text/call/email notifications) would be added later.
The updated Ally v2 app added those features BUT they don't always work. I still cannot get Strava segments to display despite being Premium and doing all the other requirements. Call/text/email notifications do not always show up onscreen either. Turn by turn directions work BUT route creation on the Lezyne website is horrible. I use RideWithGPS to create a route then upload the tcx file to Lezyne instead. Do not create a route with Strava because your tcx file will not have turn-by-turn directions included.
Positives include good satellite fix, easy to read non-color screen, easy setup (compared to Garmin), customizeable screens, good font size for notifications, great battery life, good bluetooth connection to smartphone, good bluetooth and ANT+ connection to sensors, Ally app is stable and allows live tracking (sends email link to persons of your choice).
Negatives include advanced features that do not always work, over-estimates elevation (I use Strava to correct it), horrible route creation on Lezyne, cheap plastic out front mount and no alternative like a K-Edge, not as many power metrics as a Garmin.
Don't bother with Garmin.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
From what I can tell, getting a Garmin is like getting the luxury version of a GPS unit. Touch screen, color screen, and full map based navigation. Nice, but not a necessity.
Unfortunately I don't have nearly half a grand to spend on one, so here we are with Lezyne. It does everything a 520 does but without the bells and whistles; power, heart rate, cadence, speed, the works. If you use their phone app it even gives you turn-by-turn directions! It even syncs to Garmin meters too (don't get the Lezyne magnet based speed/cadence package with this unit, go on Amazon and get the Garmin magnetless meters instead). The text is black without a backlight, and LCD blue when the backlight's on. Brightness and contrast are adjustable.
I got the heart rate monitor package and have to say that it works flawlessly. I haven't had to wet it for it to measure my bpm either. Bluetooth based so it can pull double duty with my phone when running.
Minor gripes: There's a lap function I don't use, but wish they had an option to remove it when I accidentally don't hold the end button long enough (it starts a new lap on your ride instead of heading to the save menu). Heart rate monitor has no light to show if it's on or working. Thought the battery was dead while trying to sync it until I wore it and tried again.
Despite that, this thing's great. Buy it. Use that 20% coupon CC has right now (October '16) and grab a nice discount. Use it to go buy those Garmin Speed and Cadence meters!
Update 11/10/16: The heart rate monitor strap failed and I've requested a warranty on it. Maybe I should've gotten a Garmin HRM too... Review for the unit is still 5 stars though.