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Magellan Cyclo 505 HC GPS Cycling Computer Bundle

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The Magellan Cyclo 505 HC GPS Cycling Computer Bundle is like a super nerdy friend that spends oodles of time researching maps and route options, always knows a good new route to ride, and can find the way home if the group gets lost along the way. This little computer packs a big punch in the GPS game with its connectivity, routing options, and data tracking features to get the most out of every ride.

The 505 HC's three-inch color touchscreen is transflective for easy readability even in direct sunlight, and is built to be usable with or without gloves. Simple menus and large button controls also make navigation a breeze in any conditions. The unit is water resistant to IPX-7 standards, which means it can be submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. In general, it's probably best not to take your 505 HC swimming, but it'll survive if you drop it in a puddle or get caught in a rainstorm.

Where the 505 HC really shines is in its mapping capability. It comes preloaded with maps that show bike lanes, routes, and cycling points of interest such as bike shops and restaurants. You can search for new routes to ride or record and share your favorite local loops for others to find. With turn-by-turn instructions, navigating routes is straightforward and simple — just enjoy the views and let the computer lead the way.

If you do end up lost, the 505 HC's back tracking functionality will quickly let you know how to get back on course or back to your ride start. If you start out lost (read: not knowing where you want to ride), the Surprise Me Routing program can give you up to three route options of varying difficulty to choose from based on your preferred start point, distance, and ride time. To share the route with other Magellan 315 or 505 users, Shake and Share lets you transmit the route wirelessly by simply shaking your device towards the other unit.

Touted as one of the first GPS units to incorporate Bluetooth Smart connectivity compatible with iPhone and select Android devices, the 505 HC lets you control music playlists, receive missed call and text notifications, and automatically send reply messages to let people know you're out riding. It's also ANT+ compatible with support for speed/cadence sensors, heart rate monitors, and power sensors. It's even compatible with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems with a Di2 wireless unit to record and analyze shifting info. Last, but not least, the 505 HC is able to wirelessly upload rides to, which includes settings to then auto-upload to Strava or TrainingPeaks. You can access data at home, the local coffee shop, and anywhere else with a Wi-Fi connection.

The Magellan Cyclo 505 HC GPS Cycling Computer Bundle lets you create up to six separate profiles based on different types of ride preferences, including an indoor setting that disables the GPS functionality to just record speed, cadence, heart rate, and power based on sensors for those rainy days on the trainer. It comes bundled with a heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor to get the most data out of all your cycling adventures.

Tech Specs

Heart Rate Monitor:
Speedometer Functions:
average speed, current speed, maximum speed
speed and cadence
Mount Type:
out-front mount (included), stem or handlebar (included)
Battery Type:
rechargeable L-Ion
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought it exactly 13 months ago. I noticed that some moist got into it, maybe sweat, and the touch screen started to give me troubles. I called them and of course out of warranty. The worst thing is that they do not have a repair service!!! Never heard about a company with no repairs, even if I offer to pay. So $400 to the garbage after a year. You better ;leave the unit at home and not ride with it, if you think of getting it.

Broken display

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The display does not work. After nine months, the top left corner of the screen stopped working. Sent it back to Magellan, they sent me the same unit and 4 months later it stopped working again. Finally they said it was out of warranty and offered a 30% discount. They are having quality issues

Best Bang for your Buck

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recommend that you look at how much a Garmin (with the same capabilities as the 505) costs. You are paying a few $100s more simply for the name. The accessories are so simple to attach and sync. Only issue is that Strava uploads sometimes are in error (mileage will be incorrect) but in Strava's FAQs it points out that it is something on Strava's end that they are fixing. So every once in a while I may have to export the Strava upload, delete the workout from Strava, and then re-upload the downloaded Strava file back. It is super easy and should hopefully get fixed. If you utilize a different program online, it shouldn't have this issue. Highly recommend.

Discover New Rides

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a rube when it comes to GPS units, but the Cyclo 505 is easy to setup and use. Functionality is intuitive, and the ability to change the data points displayed on the head unit was easy. My favorite feature was the "surprise me" route builder. This allows you to set a time or distance, and the unit will generate 3 ride options for you, generally varying in the amount of climbing from less to more. Living in a urban area where most road rides had become standard loops, this provided a welcome change. Way-finding on the screen was clear, and the voice commands were given with ample notice. Durability wise I've had no issues. The screen is robust, but has yet to take a solid fall. Glare hasn't been an issue, nor has distortion with polarized lenses. Battery life is well indicated and seems efficient. Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity are available, but I have yet to set those up. I was dismayed at first that the out front mount did not feature a hinge, but found the material has enough give to snap over the bar. All in all, functionality for the price is tough to beat.

Best GPS Cycling Unit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used every Garmin product, and each pales in comparison in terms of the GPS, mapping, and navigation of the Cyclo 505. I have been extraordinarily impressed by the ease of use, and very simple user interface.

I would give the unit 5 stars except for one small detail; it does not have any lap functions; time, average power, speed, cadence, etc. While this may not be an issue for most, it does pose an issue for the serious cyclist on a training program, or one that wishes to monitor timed sections.

All things considered, this is an outstanding product; I would choose it over the Edge 1000 for nearly all factors.

Magellan Is a great Value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very positive experience with the Magellan 505. Bluetooth connectivity is super cool and can change songs on phone from the screen. Super easy to use and intuitive to setup. It's easier than an IPhone. Preloaded maps are great and every trail I've ridden in Colorado has been preloaded on my device, very impressed with this. Cool touch screen and nice color. I would recommend this to anyone and seems to be about $100 less than Garmin for the same features.

Might be a great value and yes the device works superbly. No complaints at all. However, Magellan seems to have abandoned the Cyclo and trying to get any new updates and new features is a no go for years. I still like it however and the ease of uploads, GPS features and ability to alter the screens is really nice. Support from Magellan is completely absent so be careful.