Garmin has refreshed its cycling line with three new products that the US. company announced Wednesday in conjunction with the 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Among the new releases are two new Edge GPS cycling computers – the budget-minded Edge 130 and the more performance-oriented Edge 520 Plus – as well as an update to its rearview radar unit for cycling, the Varia RTL510.

EDGE 130

The Edge 130 is a compact and lightweight GPS bike computer with easy-to-use navigation and unique “cycling awareness features.” The 1.8-inch display provides a crisp view of the screen while the five-button design provides ease of use on any terrain. Downloadable routes and turn-by-turn prompts provide easy-to-follow navigation when exploring new routes, while the LiveTrack function allows friends and family to keep track of a rider’s location in real time. In addition, the Assistance feature can quickly send a cyclist’s location directly from the Edge 130 to emergency contacts in case they run into difficulty.

The Edge 130 offers up to 15 hours of battery life and is compatible with Garmin’s Varia line of cycling accessories. It supports Bluetooth and ANT+ for additional sensor capabilities, including the Edge remote control — ideal for mountain bikers looking to start and stop the timer, change the page or mark a lap without taking their hands off the bars. Riders can also race against Garmin and Strava Live Segments in real time, allowing them to see a second-by-second comparison of how their performance measures up against their competitors.

The Edge 130’s smart connectivity features allow text messages to appear on-screen so cyclists can view them at a glance and keep on riding. A new weather page will display current and forecasted conditions, and weather alerts can help keep users from getting stuck in a downpour. When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Edge 130 automatically uploads rides to the Garmin Connect online fitness community and is customizable by downloading configurable data fields from the Connect IQ store.

The Edge 130 has a suggested retail price of US$200. A bundle option, which includes wireless speed and cadence sensors, has a suggested retail price of US$250. A mountain bike bundle, which includes a mountain bike mount, Edge remote control, and silicone case, also has a suggested retail price of US$250.


The Edge 520 Plus uses the same tidy form factor as the current Edge 520, but packs additional features into the compact case.

For riders that want more advanced navigation functions, the Edge 520 Plus now includes Garmin Cycle Maps, which provides turn-by-turn directions that work either on marked city streets or on the trail. In addition, GroupTrack helps you keep tabs on your other Garmin-using riding buddies, and you can even now send messages to them, too. For riders looking for advanced performance monitoring features, the Edge 520 Plus is compatible with ANT+ power meters like the Vector 3 to track FTP and pedaling mechanics, while built-in Incident Detection can send alerts to designated recipients if the unit has determined you’ve been in a crash.

“The Edge 520 is one of our best-selling cycling computers, so we wanted to take something our customers know and love and improve upon it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Therefore, some of the navigational and safety features once available only on our higher-end models — like the Garmin Cycle Map, rider-to-rider messaging, Incident Detection and more — are now integrated into the Edge 520 Plus.”

Before heading out, riders can plan and download their routes on the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect. Once only offered on the top-end Edge 1030, the new Edge 520 also includes the company’s Trendline feature, which automatically selects the most popular road, mountain, or gravel routes based on information from other Garmin users.

Once underway, preloaded Garmin Cycle Map software includes turn-by-turn navigation and new alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. It will also guide cyclists back to the route — or back to the start — if they stray away or decide to head home early.

Built-in Incident Detection will automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts if they run into trouble, while GroupTrack and LiveTrack let friends, family, and other cyclists keep track of a rider’s location in real time.

The Edge 520 Plus is compatible with ANT+ sensors — including speed, cadence, and heart rate — as well as ANT+ power meters. While using a heart rate strap, cyclists can see even more physiological data, such as VO2 Max and recovery time, to help users keep track of how their body is performing from ride to ride. Mountain bike enthusiasts can connect the Edge remote control with their Edge 520 Plus to easily start and stop the timer, change the page, or mark a lap without taking their hands off the bars.

The Edge 520 Plus comes with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, providing cyclists with even more competition and segments. Cyclists can star their favorite Strava segments, and while riding, will receive an upcoming segment alert as they approach a start. Riders will then receive second-by-second, real-time comparisons of their performance against their most relevant competitor and will race against their actual speeds – not just their average.

Preloaded with the Strava Routes Connect IQ app, starred routes can now be wirelessly synced to the Edge 520 Plus so cyclists can navigate and compete on their favorite Strava segments at the same time. For cyclists interested in hitting the trails, the Trailforks app, which can be downloaded from the Connect IQ store, lets users send selected routes to their device and head out for a ride. Featuring trails from more than 80 countries, Trailforks can also use a cyclist’s riding preferences to recommend nearby routes.

Featuring up to 15 hours of battery life, the Edge 520 Plus has a suggested retail price of US$280. A bundle option, which includes a heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a suggested retail price of US$380. The mountain bike bundle option, which includes a mountain bike mount, Edge remote control, and silicone case, has a suggested retail price of US$330.


The Varia RTL510 rearview radar is an updated radar unit with a sleek new design and enhanced safety features. When paired with a dedicated radar display unit or compatible Garmin device, including the new Edge 130 and Edge 520 Plus, cyclists will receive both visible and audible alerts for vehicles approaching from behind, up to 140 meters away.

Unlike the original Varia’s horizontal design, the new Varia RTL510 has a vertical design that better integrates with the seatpost for improved aeesthetics and better leg clearance. Garmin says the tail light is visible in daylight up to 1.6km away in both solid and flashing modes, and is visible within a 220-degree field of view.

“The Varia RTL510 rearview radar is just one of many products in the Garmin ecosystem that’s aimed at increasing cycling awareness,” Bartel said. “There’s a lot that riders have to worry about when on the road, and one of the most important things is their safety. Whether riding during the day or at night, this radar is like having eyes in the back of their helmet, helping to ease some of that anxiety by acting like an early warning system.”

When paired with a compatible head unit, the new Varia will provide a visual display of approaching traffic.

The Varia RTL510 rearview radar features up to 15 hours of battery life in day flash mode, and six hours in night flash or solid mode.

We’re huge fans of Wahoo’s offerings, and echo many cyclist’ opinion that Garmin has gotten lazy with their cycling computer market monopoly. The new budget friendly unit is a similar size to the much-loved Bolt, with comparable features. We estimate the 520 Plus will be a best seller, due to the improved navigational features and GroupTrack.

International pricing for all of the new Garmin devices are to be confirmed.


Check out the full blurb below:  

  • Features advanced navigation, including new rider alerts and the preloaded Garmin Cycle Map with turn-by-turn directions for on and off road courses
  • Preloaded Strava Live Segments let you compete second by second with your previous best or another rider’s PR; see real-time results right on your screen
  • Stay connected with your compatible smartphone using LiveTrack and GroupTrack, smart notifications, rider-to-rider messaging and built-in Incident Detection.
  • Monitors cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time when used with power and heart rate
  • Tracks Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and cycling dynamics when used with Vector™ power meters
  • Battery life: up to 15 hours

With Edge 520 Plus, you can train smarter and discover new routes. This cycling computer features advanced navigation and challenges built right in, not to mention a bright color screen, preloaded Strava Live Segments and the Garmin Cycle Map with turn-by-turn directions. Whether you’re exploring new routes or pushing your limits at race time, Edge 520 Plus has exactly what you need.

Advanced Navigation with Garmin Cycle Map

Edge 520 Plus is preloaded with the Garmin Cycle Map and includes turn-by-turn navigation and navigation alerts that notify you of upcoming turns. And, of course, it’s smart enough to guide you back to the route — or back to start — if you deviate from it or decide to head home early.

Messages From Rider to Rider

There’s no need to reach for the phone or worry about your fellow riders when they pull ahead or fall behind. Rider-to-rider messaging (with a compatible smartphone) lets you send prewritten notes from your Edge 520 Plus bike computer to theirs. Let your friends know if you’ll catch up in a few minutes or if they should go on without you. If you have a flat tire or need assistance, you can send a message to your fellow riders who are paired with GroupTrack — so they can find you.

Advanced Performance Monitoring

Edge 520 Plus is compatible with ANT+® technology sensors, including speed, cadence and heart rate. For even more performance data, 520 Plus is also compatible with ANT+ power meters, including Vector 3(sold separately). Our unique pedal-based power meter measures total power, left/right balance and cadence. You can even record cycling dynamics to get a better look at your form, including where your power is being applied on the pedal and throughout the pedal stroke.

With the addition of a heart rate strap (sold separately), you gain access to a variety of physiological data. See your cycling-specific VO2 max along with a recovery advisor, which analyzes your data and tells you how long you should wait before attempting another hard ride. This connected system of sensors, accessories, cycling computer and post-ride analysis with our Garmin Connect™ online community allows you to keep track of how your body performs from ride to ride.

Customize Your Device

It’s easy to customize your Edge 520 Plus bike computer with the free apps, widgets and data fields you want from our Connect IQ™ store. Apps such as AccuWeather MinuteCast let you know when the rain will stop so you can find time for a ride. Get immediate feedback with the MPA and Power app from Xert so you can see if you’re exceeding your maximum power available. A variety of configurable data fields show your favorite stats on a single, easy-to-read screen.

Ride with Confidence and Ease

Edge 520 Plus is compatible with our Varia™ line of cycling awareness devices, including rearview radar and smart bike lights. By pairing these devices with your Edge, you can get alerts — right on your Edge display — to approaching cars and help drivers see you. Use LiveTrack to let your friends and family follow your real-time location, or use GroupTrack to keep tabs on up to 50 of your riding buddies — and let them keep tabs on you — if you get separated.

Strava Live Segments Help You Push to Perform

Garmin and Strava are bringing you even more ways to test your limits. You’ll still get alerts for segment starts and finishes and be able to virtually compete against your own PR and Strava friends with a redesigned second-by-second comparison that shows how you measure up. But now you’ll also be able to see how your current effort compares to your PR, your most recent efforts or the personal bests of your friends. And finally, with the preloaded Strava Routes Connect IQ app, starred routes can now be wirelessly sent to your Edge bike computer so you can navigate and compete on your favorite Strava segments at the same time.

With the purchase of an Edge 520 Plus, you get a free 60-day trial of Strava Premium, so you can sample the best tools to push yourself.

Personalized Race Day Power Plan From Best Bike Split

The preloaded Best Bike Split app allows you to see how changes in weight, power and drag can affect your goal race time, and it creates the perfect power plan for race day. With the Best Bike Split Race Sync app, your race day power plan will guide you to your best bike split ever. Simply link your Best Bike Split account with your Edge 520 Plus, and all of your current race plans will be available at your fingertips. Create a Best Bike Split account today.

From Plan to Performance with TrainingPeaks

With the TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app, bringing your planned workout with you for every ride is as easy as turning on your Edge 520 Plus bike computer. The preloaded app puts your daily workout right on the Edge device. It guides you through your workout in real time, complete with intensity targets and interval durations. After your workout, sync to TrainingPeaks for detailed analysis and to measure progress toward your goals. Create a free TrainingPeaks account, and get started with a free training plan.

Trailforks App

With the Trailforks app, you can download trails to use offline when you go for a ride. Featuring trails from more than 80 countries, Trailforks maps include topographic information, points of interest, heatmaps, trail conditions, photos, videos and much more. Wherever you ride, you’ll have access to the best, most up-to- date information so you can plan your ride, discover new trails and elevate your riding experience. Now with Garmin Edge integration you’ll have access to all the best Trailforks courses on your handlebar.