Top10 Cycling GPS computer

Disclaimer: Our selection order of presentation does not reflect the fact that we prefer the first one over the second one, and so on.

1. CatEye – Quick CC-RS100W

What it does: tracks distance, speed, elevation, pace indicator and time
Price: See below
Review score: 10/10
Pros: Well set up and easy to read screen; simple to use; visually attractive.
Cons: No ability to record data externally; limited functionality.
Tested alongside a Garmin Edge 530 and it mirrored the more powerful unit digit for digit in terms of speed and distance accuracy. Not bad for such a simple and relatively cheap unit. It’s also easy to read at speed and the out-front position puts it neatly in the field of view. And as with all of Cateye’s simple computers, the battery life is going to be measured in years rather than hours.

If you are looking for a neat and simple cycling computer and don’t need connected features, the Cateye Quick is accurate, reliable, and best of all looks really cool.

  • CATEYE - Quick CC-RS100W Wireless Cycling Computer (Quick Bike Computer)
    Nail every ride: Measures your current speed, average speed, total distance, trip distance, and moving time; Your daily commute just got an edge Sleek design: Integrated Out-Front Bracket and inverted LCD screen make it easy to glance and go; detachable head unit lets you remove and attach the computer easily Functional and easy: Super accessible mode selection button; Easy-to-use menu screen to change settings; Battery indicator lets you know when you're low (after about 1 year or 6,250 miles) Programmable odometer: Never lose your miles again; Simply input them after a battery change; Automatically starts and stops when you do All in one kit: Includes everything you need to hit the road; Bracket, speed sensor, wheel magnet, and CR1616 and CR2032 computer and sensor batteries
    59.95 $

2. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

  • What it does: Integrates with smartphone app for turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth communication for text/call alerts, speed/distance/time/elevation, plus aerodynamic claims
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 10/10
  • Pros: aerodynamic; good battery life; comes with maps
  • Cons: requires smartphone; lights don’t show in daylight

We are big fans of Wahoo’s devices for their ease of setup and bombproof software. According to Wahoo, the Elemnt Bolt’s sculpted case and out in front mount cut through the air with 50-percent less resistance than other headunits, an added bonus if marginal gains are your thing.

The data screens are all set up via a Smartphone, so if you’re still using a Nokia brick phone, this is no the computer for you. Happily, the app is very good and we found it to be really user friendly.

The readability of the mapping left a little to be desired due to the black and white screen. If the mapping function is more your thing, then the Wahoo Elemnt Roam might be more up your street.

  • Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt V2 GPS Cycling/Bike Computer
    $30 CASHBACK via gift card when purchased in May. Contact manufacturer for redemption. ON-DEVICE TURN BY TURN NAVIGATION - The ELEMNT BOLT will automatically generate turn-by-turn prompts for routes and file types; including GPX files, TCX files, and routes imported from Strava, Ride With GPS, and Komoot. Top LEDs and audible cues let you know, at-a-glance, what your next turn is or if you've gotten off-course. TAKE ME TO (ON-DEMAND ROUTE GENERATION) - Includes global maps. Take Me To allows you to create a route with turn-by-turn directions by simply selecting a location directly on the ELEMNT BOLT map page, using its pan and zoom, or by selecting from one of your saved locations. In the ELEMNT Companion App, enter a destination, address, or point of interest and generate a route with turn-by-turn directions and sync it to the ELEMNT BOLT via Bluetooth. ANT+ RADAR INTEGRATION - Pair your ANT+ Rearview radar to your ELEMNT BOLT to get the real-time proximity of vehicles approaching you from behind. When paired with the BOLT you will see the vehicles represented directly on the computer’s screen and LED indications to alert you of cars approaching or if the channel is clear. TRAIN WITH PURPOSE - ELEMNT BOLT is fully integrated with TrainerRoad, TrainingPeaks, and Today’s Plan. Quickly find training plans and execute structured workouts that you can ride outdoors or indoors on any Wahoo Smart Trainer. Your workout data is always automatically sent back to the apps, making it easy to set, track and achieve your performance goals. AUTOMATIC ROUTE DOWNLOADS & WORKOUT UPLOADS - When synced with compatible accounts (Strava, Ride With GPS, Best Bike Split, Komoot, MTB Project, SingleTracks), your saved routes will be automatically & wirelessly downloaded to the ELEMNT BOLT. Completed rides will automatically upload to all authorized third-party accounts. SMART NOTIFICATIONS & LIVE TRACKING - Provides on-screen pop-up alerts and LED indications to notify you of calls, texts, emails, WhatsApp, Signal, Line, Telegram, and WeChat on iOS and Android. Only available if you are riding with your smartphone and can be easily turned off with Do Not Disturb mode. Share a LiveTrack link, via the ELEMNT Companion App, for that day or indefinitely when riding with your smartphone. STRAVA LIVE SEGMENTS - Become the Local Legend in your favorite riding spots. When Strava is authenticated in the ELEMNT Companion App, ELEMNT BOLT will alert you when your saved Strava Segments are approaching on your route to give you real-time progress and you race for the KOM/QOM. CUSTOM ALERTS - When you're focused on your ride, forgetting to stay fueled or hydrated is the last thing you need. Custom Alerts allow you to configure your ELEMNT BOLT to display reminders and motivational messages based on either workout time, distance, or calories burned intervals through the ELEMNT Companion App. Create virtual Points of Interest by setting distance-based reminders to alert you about particular locations on your route. HARDWARE FEATURES - Aerodynamic & Integrated front mount, Integrated Mount Locking Screw, Gorilla Glass Lens, Ambient Light Sensor, 64 Color 2.2" Diagonal Screen, Convex buttons, USB-C Rechargeable Battery, Customizable quicklook LED indicators, Perfect View Zoom Buttons. BONUS FEATURE - Register your ELEMNT BOLT in the Companion App, you'll receive these awesome offers from our partners: 60 Day FREE trial of Strava Summit for new users; 1 Free Region Bundle on Komoot; 30 Day FREE Trial of Best Bike Split for new users; 30 Day FREE Trial of Ride with GPS for new Ride With GPS Premium users; 30 Day FREE Trial and a personalized Training Plan from Today's Plan; 30 Day FREE Trial and a 2 week Training Plan from TrainingPeaks
    299.99 $

3. Lezyne Super GPS

  • What it does: GPS. Tracks distance, speed, elevation and time, Strava live segments, ANT+ heart rate, cadence and power sensors, mapping and turbo by turn navigation, works with electronic drivetrains
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 8/10
  • Pros: Value for money; good accompanying app
  • Cons: No mount included; navigation tough to use

The Lezyne Super GPS stands out because of its astonishing value for money. For a fraction of the cost of a Garmin, you get all the same connectivity and most of the training features.

The savings are made in the design, but the Lezyne Super GPS is perfectly functional and the black-and-white screen and buttons just serve to boost battery life. It’s not as slick as Wahoo’s but the Lezyne device can also be set up via its companion app.

  • LEZYNE Super Pro Performance GPS Bicycle Computer, 28H Runtime, USB Rechargeable, ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart, Mountain & Road Bikes
    28 Hour Runtime USB Rechareable Smart Connect Compatible ANT + Bluetooth Store 400 Hours of Ride Data
    149.89 $

4. Bryton Rider 420 E

  • What it does: GPS with speed/distance/ time etc, navigation, smart notifications, structured training
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 8/10
  • Pros: Great value; easy to set up and use; looks good; battery life is impressive
  • Cons: Button placement

Bryton’s Rider 420 is the computer you’ll find mounted on the handlebars of the Israel Start-Up Nation team, and it’s one of the brand’s more budget-friendly options. The fully-featured head unit supports every sensor under the sun and provides advanced data metrics like normalized power and TSS.

While it doesn’t have a colour screen, it can offer turn-by-turn directions, though without a base map you are just following a black line on a blank screen. Device setup can be done on the device itself, or through the companion app, which isn’t totally intuitive but still works pretty well. Best of all, with a 35-hour battery life, it will outlast just about every other computer on the market.

  • Bryton Rider 420E GPS Bike/Cycling Bike Computer. 35hrs Long Battery Life, Bread-Crumb Trail with Turn-by Turn Follow Track. 5 Satellites Systems Support for Extreme Accuracy.
    Crisp 2.3” B/W optically bonded display. Crystal-clear viewing in sunlight and night riding. Advanced follow track with Turn-by-Turn navigation and POI/Peak information. Supports 3rd party GPX/FIT routes and Route-Sync from STRAVA / Komoot / RideWithGPS 35 hours battery life. 77+ functions & 5 satellite systems support for faster and stronger signal. ANT+ / BLE heartrate, speed and cadence sensor compatibility. Supports ANT+ Power Meter and power meter pedals with calibration. Compatible with Bryton Active App, including auto sync to STRAVA / TrainingPeaks / Selfloops. Plan routes on Bryton Active, view workout results and modify device settings / data pages.
    159.95 $

5. Wahoo Elemnt Roam

  • What it does: Integrates with smartphone app for turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth communication for text/call alerts, speed/distance/time/elevation, structured training
  • Pros: Cheaper than its rival (Edge 830); stylish and easy to use; route-planning is intuitive.
  • Cons: Can be tricky to reroute on longer routes; battery life shorter than rivals
  • Price: See below

The Wahoo Element Roam brings what we know and love from the Bolt, with a slash of colour. Rather than turn the saturation up to 11, Wahoo has only used color where needed to bring attention or create contrast between specific things on scree; it’s particularly well used on the mapping and workout screens. Speaking of mapping, Wahoo has upgraded the base maps which now allow for automatic rerouting.

Like its less expensive stablemate the Roam is set up using the Wahoo app, and sees a similar sculpted profile that flows seamlessly into the mount — initially, Wahoo had a faulty set of mounts that went out with the early Roams, this has since been rectified.

  • Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS Cycling/Bike Computer
    ON-DEVICE TURN BY TURN NAVIGATION - The ELEMNT ROAM will automatically generate turn-by-turn prompts for routes and file types; including GPX files, TCX files, and routes imported from Strava, Ride With GPS, and Komoot. Top LEDs and audible cues let you know, at-a-glance, what your next turn is or if you've gotten off-course. AUTOMATIC ROUTE DOWNLOADS & WORKOUT UPLOADS - When synced with compatible accounts (Strava, Ride With GPS, Best Bike Split, Komoot, MTB Project, SingleTracks), your saved routes will be automatically & wirelessly downloaded to the ELEMNT ROAM. Completed rides will automatically upload to all authorized third-party accounts. TAKE ME TO ON-DEMAND ROUTE GENERATION - Allows you to create a route with turn-by-turn directions by selecting a location directly on the ELEMNT ROAM map page, using its pan and zoom, or by selecting from one of your saved locations. In the ELEMNT Companion App, enter a destination, address, or point of interest and generate a route with turn-by-turn directions; sync it to the ELEMNT ROAM via Bluetooth. SMART NOTIFICATIONS & LIVE TRACKING - Provides on-screen pop-up alerts and LED indications to notify you of calls, texts, emails, WhatsApp, Signal, Line, Telegram, and WeChat on iOS and Android. Only available if you are riding with your smartphone and can be easily turned off with Do Not Disturb mode. Share a LiveTrack link, via the ELEMNT Companion App, for that day or indefinitely when riding with your smartphone. ANT+ RADAR INTEGRATION - Pair your ANT+ Rearview radar to your ELEMNT ROAM to get the real-time proximity of vehicles approaching you from behind. When paired with the ROAM you will see the vehicles represented directly on the computer’s screen and LED indications to alert you of cars approaching or if the channel is clear. TRAIN WITH PURPOSE - ELEMNT ROAM is fully integrated with TrainerRoad, TrainingPeaks, and Today’s Plan. Quickly find training plans and execute structured workouts that you can ride outdoors or indoors on any Wahoo Smart Trainer. Your workout data is always automatically sent back to the apps, making it easy to set, track and achieve your performance goals. STRAVA LIVE SEGMENTS - Become the Local Legend in your favorite riding spots. When Strava is authenticated in the ELEMNT Companion App, ELEMNT ROAM will alert you when your saved Strava Segments are approaching on your route to give you real-time progress and you race for the KOM/QOM. CUSTOM ALERTS - When you're focused on your ride, forgetting to stay fueled or hydrated is the last thing you need. Custom Alerts allow you to configure your ELEMNT ROAM to display reminders and motivational messages based on either workout time, distance, or calories burned intervals through the ELEMNT Companion App. Create virtual Points of Interest by setting distance-based reminders to alert you about particular locations on your route. HARDWARE FEATURES – Specialized ANGi Sensor Integration for Crash detection, Aerodynamic & Integrated front mount, Integrated Mount Locking Screw, Gorilla Glass Lens, Ambient Light Sensor, 2.7" Gorilla Glass Screen, Convex buttons, USB Rechargeable Battery, Customizable quicklook LED indicators, Perfect View Zoom Buttons. BONUS FEATURE - Register your ELEMNT ROAM in the Companion App, you'll receive these awesome offers from our partners: 60 Day FREE trial of Strava Summit for new users; 1 Free Region Bundle on Komoot; 30 Day FREE Trial of Best Bike Split for new users; 30 Day FREE Trial of Ride with GPS for new Ride With GPS Premium users; 30 Day FREE Trial and a personalized Training Plan from Today's Plan; 30 Day FREE Trial and a 2 week Training Plan from TrainingPeaks
    379.99 $

6. Garmin Edge 530

  • What it does: GPS. Tracks distance, speed, time, elevation and heart rate and cadence with ANT+ sensors. Full navigation and smartphone connectivity, tracks FTP with power meter, compatible with Bluetooth and WiFi
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 9/10
  • Pros: Intuitive to use; access to as much data as you could ever need; customisable thanks to Connect IQ
  • Cons: Size/tactility of buttons; lack of in-depth navigational features

The Garmin 5 series has historically been the more basic of the Edge GPS computers for those after performance-orientated data, with the more powerful Edge 8 and 10 devices the popular choice among those seeking navigation at their handlebars. However, with the Edge 530, Garmin has upped its capabilities, bringing it closer to the range-topping models available.

In fact, the only difference between the new Edge 530 and 830 is the lack of touch screen, it may leave riders wondering if they’ll ever need anything more advanced at all.

  • Garmin Edge 530, Performance GPS Cycling/Bike Computer with Mapping, Dynamic Performance Monitoring and Popularity Routing
    Performance GPS cycling computer with mapping. Compatible with Vector (power meter). Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT Plus-enabled power meters) Dynamic performance monitoring provides insights on your VO2 max, recovery, training balance, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition, hydration and more when paired with compatible sensors Cycling safety features include new bike alarm, group messaging and tracking, assistance and compatibility with Variant rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen (when device is paired with your compatible smartphone) Includes routable Garmin Cycle Map with popularity routing — which helps you ride like a local — plus off-course recalculation and back to start; mountain biking model has integrated Trail forks data, including trail difficulty ratings Customize with free apps, widgets and data fields from the Connect IQ Store MTB dynamics track jump count, jump distance and hang time as well as Grit, a measure of the ride’s difficulty, and Flow, which tracks the smoothness of your descent so you have a score to beat next time Battery life: up to 20 hours with GPS; works with Garmin Charge power pack for up to 40 hours of additional battery life
    293.35 $

7. Garmin Edge 830

  • What it does: GPS. Tracks distance, speed, time, elevation and heart rate and cadence with ANT+ sensors. Full navigation and smartphone connectivity, tracks FTP with power meter, compatible with Bluetooth and WiFi
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 9/10
  • Pros: Touchscreen works well; good size; good screen
  • Cons: Software still isn’t faultless

We absolutely loved using the Garmin Edge 830 and were impressed by its design and excellent touchscreen. For those reasons, it landed itself a spot on our Editor’s Choice list for 2019.

Garmin is now coalescing around a distinctively ‘Garmin’ design. The two latest devices – the Edge 830 and 530 – look almost identical, with the same black edging and bezel as the smaller Garmin Edge 130. They also have the same crisp and easy-to-read screen and layout design that we rated so highly on the smaller device.

  • Garmin Edge 830, Performance GPS Cycling/Bike Computer with Mapping, Dynamic Performance Monitoring and Popularity Routing
    Performance GPS cycling computer with mapping and touchscreen Dynamic performance monitoring provides insights on your VO2 max, recovery, training load focus, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition, hydration and more when paired with compatible sensors Cycling safety features include bike alarm, group messaging and tracking, compatibility with Variant rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen (when paired with your compatible smartphone) Includes routable Garmin Cycle Map with popularity routing - helps you ride like a local - plus on-device route creation and off-course recalculation; mountain biking model has integrated Trail forks data Customize with free apps, widgets and data fields from the Connect IQ Store. Sensor compatibility - ANT Plus, BLE MTB dynamics track jump count, jump distance, hang time, and Grit, a measure of the ride?s difficulty, and Flow, which tracks the smoothness of your descent so you have a score to beat next time Battery life: up to 20 hours with GPS; works with Garmin Charge power pack for up to 40 hours of additional battery life
    399.99 $

8. Garmin Edge 1030

  • What it does: As per the older Garmin 1000, plus rider to rider messaging, preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps (and turn-by-turn navigation), battery pack option.
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 8/10
  • Pros: Lots of metrics; fitness tracking; good screen size
  • Cons: Basemap limited for navigation

You name it and the Edge 1030 can do it, offering everything from comprehensive mapping to data analysis, all the way through to the ability to see communicate with electronic groupsets and even other Garmin Edge 1030 devices.

While it does perform better than the Edge 820, it’s a shame to see the touchscreen (and some of the related software bugs) be carried over to the 1030. Ultimately, it’s probably suited best to those who race, and the rest of us are better served with a Wahoo or the Garmin Edge 130. Garmin has also just released a 1030 Plus, which sees an improved chipset and Trailforks integration.

  • TUSITA [2-PACK] Tempered Glass Screen Protector Bundle Compatible with Garmin Edge 1030, Edge 1030 Plus - HD Clarity Protective Film - Cycling Computer GPS Accessories
    【Wide Compatibility】Compatible with Garmin Edge 1030, Edge 1030 Plus Cycling Computer GPS 【Stronger Shatter Resistance】This tempered glass screen protector can withstand the impact of a falling 64g steel ball from the height of 3.3ft. On rare occasion, a high impact may crack the screen protector but the 4-Hour reinforced 9H hardness technology ensures the glass sticks together 【Crystal Clear Transparency】You can rest assured our premium screen protector glass will not decrease your display but will provide the excellent transparency that allows an optimal and safe viewing experience. Also at just under 0.33mm thickness, our Tempered Glass screen protector provides outstanding protection as well as maintaining your device touch sensitivity 【Bubble Free & Non-fingerprint】Our tempered glass screen protector can self-expel air bubble when automatically bonding with the screen. The oleophobic coating is thickened and has excellent abrasion performance, so fingerprints won't stay on the surface over long-term use 【Installation Kits Included】For the sake of convenience and efficiency, the package comes with worry-free installation kits, 2 wet wipes, 2 microfiber cloths, 8 stickers & detailed installation guide. The key to applying a screen protector without bubbles is following the included instructions closely, so, we highly recommend you read the detailed installation guide and make sure the screen is 100% clean before you apply it
    9.90 $

9. Gamin Edge 1030 Plus

  • What it does: The all-singing, all-dancing flagship model that’s best at everything
  • Price: See below
  • Review score: 8.5/10
  • Weight: 123g
  • Display size: 5.8 x 11.4 x 1.9 cm

The range-topping Edge 1030 Plus extend Garmin’s top model’s capability off-road. It’s the same size as the 1030, the biggest device Garmin makes, but with its black bezel and grey case it is in line appearance-wise with the rest of the Garmin range.

Increased mapping capability is the biggest update, with the US and UK region coming as standard. It features far-improved navigation which allows turn-by-turn even off-road, clearer mapping and a much improved touchscreen that allows you to pinch and zoom the map, just like on a mobile phone.

Unusually, set-up is one of the highlights and this update also takes its cues from mobile phone tech: via Intelligent Activity Profiles, the 1030 Plus ports across the activity data from your previous Edge 830 or 1030, so no more having to program data fields and no need to ride the bike to make sure it all works properly – it’s exactly like setting up a new iPhone, with the whole process taking less than three minutes rather than half an hour. If you didn’t have another Garmin unit, it will use data from Garmin Connect. We thought this was the best update from Garmin for quite a while.


10. Timex T5K615 GPS

  • Reads ANT+ sensors for speed, cadence, HRM and power
  • GPS speed, distance and mapping
  • Customizable display
  • Upload your workout to Training Peaks
  • 18 hour re-chargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Price: See below

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LEZYNE Mini GPS

  • LEZYNE Macro Easy GPS Bike Computer, Bluetooth Connect, USB Rechargeable, 28H Runtime, Bicycle GPS
    Micro USB Rechargeable Bluetooth Smart Connectivity 28 Hour Runtime Stores up to 100 hours of Ride Data Customizeable Fields and Page Count
    84.99 $

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