- I'm excited tonight it's Garmin,our brand-new partner here at GMBNand it gave me a great idea for a videoand it's to talk you guys throughhow to choose the GPS for mountain biking,for tracking your riding, and for navigating,of course for this video I'm gonna use theseGarmin products but the information hereshould help you choose from other brands as wellunless you're gonna talk through the features,you can expect to get with your moneyand which computer or wearableis better for the type of riding you do.
(gentle music)Let's start with the watch,so you may have seen me wearing aGarmin Phoenix Three,I've been wearing one of thosefor probably a year now,I do use that to track my riding,for certain types of riding and actuallyGarmin has sent us this brand-new Phoenix Fiveso I've got that one on my wrist now,I'll talk you through what it's good for,what it maybe doesn't do quite as wellas one of the computers,so I've also got Wide Core,a compact computer, a mid size, and a full size,gonna have that big ten feet,we'll talk about those later,let's kick it off with a watch and this is a smartwatch.
(gentle music)So it is an upgrade on the Phoenix ThreeI used to have, something I really likeabout these new Phoenix Five as well isthey come in different sizes so my watch was quite big,it was a 51 millimeter versionbut now you can get the Phoenix Fivein a smaller version, it's the 47but you can also get it at 41 and I think,well actually I've gone for the 47so I think a smaller watch is gonna workslightly better for riding, it's not gonna rattle aroundand cause much, of course it does dependon the size of your wrist and things like thatso start by looking at the pros of havinga watch to track your riding,it works just like the others,it's gonna track your GPS files,give you a GPS file so you can sync itwith your favorite apps like Gamma Connect or Strava,all those cool things, and the best advantageI think about one of these things isyou're probably going to be wearing it all the timeso if you ever forget your computerthat you're gonna stick in the bars,you probably have your watch on,also I tend to use my morphs of gravity ridingwhether I'm riding my Angeria bike or downhill,I just find it's nice to have it on my watchrather than on the bar 'cause I'm more likely to crashso it's just safer having it on my wrist.
So a nice little thing that comes on the Phoenix Five isthat it's got this built in heart rate monitor,so that just sits on your wristand reads your heart rate,great for using it as a sort of fitness tracker,I know lots of people use things like Apple Watches,thing like that, to keep an eye on your stepsbut also for exercising, it's great tokeep check on your heart rate,for most riding I actually stick a,an external, you know, a chest strap onthat communicates straight to my watch,just cause it's a more accurate way of doing itand just like other fitness trackers,this is really a multi-sport watchso you can use it for all sorts of runningon the treadmill, running outside,mountain biking of course, road cycling,it has all different profiles on this,even e-bikes, golf, rowing,pretty much anything you can think of,this thing will track it,of course you can do that with a computer,I've done it in the past with all the computerswhere you just rather than have it on your baryou chuck it in your pocket and go for a run,but it's just not quite as, you know,up to the job as a watch with this on your wristall the time, also this is a smart watchso it's gonna talk to your phones,you can get notifications,you can get the weather on your phone,it can control your music, you can evendownload Spotify and get tunesonto your watch so it's definitely a bit more ofa lifestyle thing compared to the computerswhere you probably only use that for riding your bike,this is much more all-round smartwatch.
The good thing about these watchesis that they're super customizable as well,I can download all sorts of different widgetsfrom different watch faces,the one that I really like is the specialized e-bike thing,so it's like another little app inside the watchand I can get it going when I'm riding the bikeand it'll show me how far I've been,how much battery I've got left,also I can scroll through the power modesso I can't wait to try that one out,the cons of the watch compared to theother systems you might use,while they can be bulky but it obviously it does dependon your wrist size and the size of the watch you go for,I wouldn't wanna ride in a watch with metal straps guysbut leather or rubber, absolutely fine,pretty comfortable especially if you're wearing gloves,navigation is probably not gonna be quite clearas having a computer,especially on your bar as wellso you got a heads-up displayand you can check that out all the timeobviously the screen's a bit smaller on your watch,you can get watch mounts to put them on the barbut to be honest I don't think I'd do that,I think that's when I would start lookingfor something a bit more bike specificand going for a bike computer.
(gentle music)Right so let's start off with a computer,I'd call it a compact one, this is the Edge 130,comparable to other sort of inch level,smaller computers that are on the market,so why would you choose a computerover a let's say,using your phone in your pocket to record ride,well you will know it's, well something like Strava,if you look at a shorter segment there can bewild differences in your time if you compare itto a proper GPS computer, it just causethese are more accurate, they've got GPSand then Russian version, that's called GLONASS,much more accurate than using your phone,it's also the cheapest way of doing it,it's about a 150 Pounds one of these Edgesand the smaller ones and that cheaperthan having your phone let's say on the barbecause if you smash your phoneyou can be in trouble so it's justthe most accurate, cheapest way of doing it.
So it's compact, it's also super simple navigationso you can stick this up on your barwith different mounts, you've got nice,new mounter by Mounts they create for short stems,it can sit on your bar and it comes backjust above your stem or you got thatwhich goes on the bar as well,all these original ones that can go along the stems,just loads of options to have that exactlywhere you want to see it follow,some really simple navigation but also if you get lost,it'll take you back to where you were,it's the cheapest, easiest way of navigating,it's also gonna give you loads more informationabout your rides with data like how far you've been,how many you've climbed, the time of the day,all sorts of things, you can connect these to sensorslike a heart rate monitor and power as wellso you can see all that information up on screen,completely customizableit's also go LiveTrack as well,so great for emergency situations,you wanna let somebody know exactly where you are,when you're riding, and if you're not back in time,they can look on their phoneor on their computer and see where you are.
Cons, well it's a small screenalso it's not going to have as much detailand quite as nice a screen as the larger computers,so let's move on to what I call the midsize,this is Edge 520.
(gentle music)So both the smaller computersactually work with other products as well,so the Garmin Lights these talk to them,they've got a radar, you can put themon the back of the bike,if you're riding on the road,to warn you about any cars that are coming up.
Also moving on to the 520 Plus,you can actually do rider to rider mastings.
So if you're riding in a group,it can or might be a bit more of a row thingwhere you might be a bit spread outand you can chat should you need to,but there are loads more options on the 520that make it work really well for my own bike as well.
So you've got a bigger color screenso for navigation it's just that next level up,much more detailed, easier to read,it's got really good turn by turn navigationon one of these things.
(gentle music)Another cool feature of these computersis called Strava Live Segment so,if you ever fancy racing yourselfor racing on of your friends,get that up on your screenand you can actually see live results,to see how you've got on,that could make you pretty competitive.
Bigger computer, bigger screen,but it's got about the same battery hours,so that's about 15 hours with this thing,which is impressive because you've got that color screen,all that extra information.
So the more money spent, basically the more software,and the more intelligent that thing is.
So this works with Shimano Di2,it gives you the information on that.
It's got more training software as well,so you can do FTP tracking, V02 max,it's got a display for turbo training,also big one for mountain bikingis it works with the Trailforks app.
So Trailforks, you can download the routes offline,it'll give you all the information about the trail,the condition it's in and basicallyhow to find the best mountain bike trailsusing that heat map,so really important for mountain bikers.
The cons to a bigger computer,well more software and things like thatis gonna cost you more money,it's gonna weight a little bit more,potentially less, it's more gnarly ridingif you wanna put it up on your bar or your stem.
Maybe you fall off, it's a bit more likely to get damagedthan a watch or that smaller computer up on the bar.
(upbeat music)Right let's go with the big boy, the full size computer,this is the EDGE 1030.
(upbeat music)Start with obviously the pros,well it's got all of the same stuff as these havebut way more than that.
It's the size really does help for proper navigation,so if you're riding big rides, lot's of different turns,you're gonna use that big screento get all that super detailed stuff.
Three and a half inch screen,they're all completely waterproof,I should say well this is a touch screen version as well.
You got 20 hours battery life on this,but also you can use the Garmin extra power pack,so when you're riding you can click that onfor an extra 40 hours of battery on this thing.
The big computers are really all about navigation,it comes preloaded maps, it's got a big touch screenthat you can use with gloves and in the rain,it's all about giving you the most informationyou can really use on the ride and in front of you as well.
The good thing about these two computers,these two high rank computers,it's got that incident detection as well.
So should you fall off,it's using that accelerometer and information in there,and basically it'll give you a certain amount of timeand you can turn it on or offbut it'll give you certain amount of time,if it thinks you've fallen off, to respond using your phoneand if you don't respond, then it's gonna send help,it's gonna notify one of your friends, familyto come out and find youexactly where you are, with this computer.
This computer also features Trendline Popularity Routing,basically using loads of data to show youwhere other people are riding, on and off road so,great if you don't know the area,you can find the most popular trailsjust using the computer.
So the cons of going for one of the bigger computers,of course size and weight that is now quite a large thingif you're riding off road, I think it's more suitedto cross-country and epic rideswhere you're less likely to fall off.
But where you need loads and loads of informationand loads of connectivity with your power meters,with you know heart rate monitors,your DO2 whatever it is,that's gonna give you all the informationand do everything you need it to.
Don't forget, it's the most expensive.
Because there's a range of different Garmin products,again this does sort of go across different brands,those different features, you'll find on the brands as well.
All these will connect to your different sensors,so things like heart rate monitor,I used one of those quite a lot,I use a power meter occasionally,all of these will connect to those things.
Also you can connect them wirelessly to your phoneor to your computer desktop just to customize them,change any settings and do the initial set up as well.
But it doesn't necessarily mean the more money you spend,the better that product is for the type of riding you do.
Of course the big 1030 will work really wellfor maybe cross-country ridingor if you do a bit of road riding as welland you do some epic rides,you wanna navigate and you need all those features.
But actually some these like the Edge 130,I know the cube in Jerible Seres teamused these small computers for riding or racing in fact,so they can keep an eye on the simple datalike how far they've been, keep an eye on that,they're on the right track but also you know,how far it is to the next stage, if they've got time,and they just don't want anything big on their bars,and we keep it nice and light, keep it nice and simple.
Obviously a watch is great for recording everything you dofrom running to riding, it's a good bit of rival technologybut it's probably not as good for navigation,so I'm less likely to put that on the baror use turn by turn navigationthat all the other things do.
(gentle music)Right, thanks to Garmin for hooking us up at GNBN,I love using their stuff and can't waitto show you some more video featuring these things.
Actually myself and Blake are going out to South America,in just a few weeks.
I'll be racing down the Pacificwith one of these things on,and you'll be able to see just how many timesI hit my max heart rate and how long the trails are,and things like that.
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