While it was a close test we gave a slight edge to the Garmin Edge 500 because it works with the new Vector power pedals that display left/right power balance.
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Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
The Heart Rate Watch Company blog testing staff recently tested the Garmin Edge 500 bike computer side-by-side with the new Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0.
"These are two great GPS bike computers that get all the main metrics competitive cyclists want to improve their training," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "While it was a close test we gave a slight edge to the Garmin Edge 500 because it works with the new Vector power pedals that display left/right power balance, it also has a better control button feel and a few other subtleties."
While Garmin is far more dominant in the pro cycling ranks there is some real merit to the new Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0 as it has almost all the same features at a price nearly $70 below the Edge 500 when a cadence sensor is added to it.
Both bike computers do real-time speed, distance, mapping, cadence, power with ANT+ compatible power meters, barometric altimeters, use soft fabric straps, do location, elevation and temperature data. Garmin comes with a free Garmin Connect software but many of the testers who ride for Team Rockford also use Strava. The Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0 can use either the free or paid XO version of Training Peaks software.
"One of the things we really like about the Edge 500 is that it comes with a wall plug to USB charger and includes foreign power adapters so it charges really fast," says Squire. He continues, "The Timex only comes with a micro-USB to USB cable and it took longer to fully charge on a computer USB." These are subtle but important little nuances that can make a real difference.
While Timex has been building GPS watches for several years like the Timex Run Trainer this is the first foray Timex has made into pure bike computers and it was a very good first attempt.The Timex mounting hardware was very secure and unlike the Garmin quarter turn bike mount it impressed the testers with its ability to stay on securely in the roughest of terrain while mountain biking.
If you would like to read the complete comparison review then just visit the Heart Rate Watch Company Blog where you can read this and other reviews done by real world-class athletes.