Garmin Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd., announce the Edge 520, the first GPS bike computer with Strava Live Segments. The Edge 520 comes with a number of advanced analysis features including time in zone, functional threshold power, cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time1, indoor trainer2 support, cycling dynamics3 and in-ride segments through Strava and Garmin Connect. Additionally it has connected features4 and a high-resolution, colour display which offers cyclists a complete package of cutting-edge features in a compact, lightweight device.
“We’re excited to announce the Edge 520 and our strategic relationship with Strava, providing cyclists with the first GPS bike computer to have Strava Live Segments,” said Marc Bainbridge, Garmin Southern Africa Fitness Category Manager. “The Edge 520 taps into cyclist’s competitive edge and offers them the latest in innovative training tools.”
Live Segments and Advanced Metrics
As the first GPS bike computer with Strava Live Segments, users can upload segments directly from Strava to their Edge 520 to receive instant data, compete for King or Queen of the Mountain titles and improve personal bests. Additionally, the Edge 1000, Edge 810 and Edge 510 will add Strava Live Segments later in the year, via a software update.
Users can also tap into their competitive edge with in-ride challenges through Garmin Connect segments. The Edge 520 provides new advanced performance and power analysis to maximize training efforts. With advanced metrics including time in zone, functional threshold power and watts/kg tracking, cycling-specific VO2 max estimate, a recovery advisor and cycling dynamics – it revolutionizes metrics that provide feedback to cyclists on their position and pedal form.
Exceptional Display and Connected Features
Edge 520 aerodynamic design features a high-resolution, 2.3” colour display, providing ideal visibility. With up to 15 hours of battery and compatibility with GPS and GLONASS satellites, it is built to handle endurance rides. The Edge 520 is compatible with the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems5 and optional ANT+ sensors including power meters, heart rate monitors, speed and cadence sensors, the newly announced Varia line of smart cycling lights and radar, remotes and the VIRB action camera. Additionally it pairs with compatible ANT+ indoor trainers for data display and control.
When paired with a compatible Bluetooth device, the Edge 520 can instantly upload activities to Garmin Connect for post-ride analysis, sharing on social media and with the Live Tracking feature users can allow family and friends to follow their rides in real time. Users can also stay connected with family and friends during a ride with the Edge 520’s smart notifications that display incoming texts, calls and more. In Garmin Connect users can download courses and follow them on the device, receiving turn-by-turn directions throughout a ride, and compete against other cyclists on previously ridden courses. Edge 520 users can upload to Garmin Connect and download courses and segments via a PC or Mac.
The Edge 520 has a suggested retail price of R6099 and comes bundled with a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor and speed sensor. It will be the on-bike device used by Team Cannondale-Garmin during races from July.
1 When used with power and heart rate.
2 Compatible with certain ANT+ indoor trainers; see Garmin.com/biketrainers for more information.
3 When used with Vector or Vector 2 power meter.
4 See Garmin.com/BLE for a list of compatible phones.
5 Compatible with Shimano Di2 electronic shirting systems with Shimano D-Fly Data Management function.