Garmin is just barbequing their competition in the high performance market and some new developments with smaller head units are making some iPhone based units that Wahoo is about to release viable options as well.
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Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) February 23, 2013
The 5 best bike computers for 2013 have been announced by the professional testing staff at the Heart Rate Watch Company.
"Garmin is just barbequing their competition in the high performance market and some new developments with smaller head units are making some iPhone based units that Wahoo is about to release viable options as well," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company and himself a former nationally ranked cyclist and international competitor.
#1 Garmin Edge 810
With its touch screen, Bluetooth Smart real-time data upload, incredible resolution and turn-by-turn directions anywhere in the civilized world, the Garmin Edge 810 is still the king of bike computers, "I used the Edge 800, its predecessor for 2 years and there is nothing else like it," says Squire.
Up to 7 metrics per screen, tack sharp resolution, pacing features, all major power metrics and more make this the iPhone of bike computers as it is infinitely customizable. The new Garmin out front bike mount really increases rider safety while viewing metrics.
#2 Garmin Edge 510
For serious racers perhaps no other bike computer has set the bar so high as the new Garmin Edge 510 and it's already all over the bikes at the pro tour level. "Edge 510 was the benefactor of touch screen navigation, a new barometric altimeter, live weather reporting, instant upload of data to Facebook and Garmin Connect via Smartphones with Bluetooth Smart and a vastly superior bike mount make this the best Edge ever."
#3 Wahoo RFLKT
Even though it won't be available until April 1st, the new Wahoo RFLKT iPhone enabled bike computer promises to be a ground breaking product if the app developers can catch up to Garmin a bit more. "The display quality isn't the same, it lacks a barometric altimeter and is 100% reliant upon the iPhone 4s or 5 being juiced, but given that it is several hundred dollars below the Edge 510 it will be a popular option," says Squire.
#4 Magellan Switch Up
The Magellan Switch Up is our absolute favorite cycling watch. "If you snap the body of this unit off the watch band and snap it into the stem mount it rivals the best top end bike computers with barometric altimeter, ANT+ power output, customizable screens, excellent screen resolution and size, plus enormous amounts of heart rate data then this is your pick," says Squire. He adds, "Plus, it is useful off the bike." This watch has not sold particularly well according to Squire but as he explains, "We rate it highly because of its function, not its sales volume."
#5 Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0
This is a nice little attempt at an Edge 500 knock off that failed so the price dropped and at under $250 its a pretty good deal considering what it does. "We didn't like the old Timex cadence sensor so thank goodness they are coming out with a new, more Garmin-like model, this year."
With the exception of the Wahoo RFLKT all the other units are on sale at the Heart Rate Watch Company.