This is my third Garmin Edge and the best one yet. The navigation features are basically the same as my Garmin Edge 800 and 810. However, the Garmin Edge 1030 offered enhanced training and safety features over the previous models. For example, this model has incident detection. The sensors within the device, along with any other paired sensors such as a speed or cadence sensor, are used to determine if there has been an impact. If an impact is detected, my Garmin will use my mobile phone to send a message within 30 seconds to my emergency contact with my last known location.
In addition, the Garmin Edge 1030 also allows me to set an alarm at the completion of set number of miles and time. I use this mileage alarm as a reminder to take a drink and the timer alarm to remind me to eat while Im riding.
This bicycle computer is much more than a device used for navigation and to gather useful ride statistics.
Normally I wait a while after adopting a new bike computer but I really wanted the bigger screen and longer battery live because I do ultra distance rides and want navigation visible at a glance and no need to add a battery so I took the plunge and haven't had any issues. Its running software version 3.70. Haven't had any glitches with anything - it will run my virb camera, varia lights, my Elite Drivo trainer, all with zero problems, and the touch screen works perfectly even in the rain. It's big so the Garmin mount is really needed for it to fit on a bike and get to the buttons easily. The K-edge XL does also but puts it very close to the bars, so close it makes the lap and stop bottons a little hard to access, not impossible. The screen colors are a bit dull, but it's very readable. Garmin really did a good job with this one, it's a home run in my book. I also have 510 and 820, and had a 500 before that - this one is a very nice improvement over all of those. Pricey but it's worth it to me.
I have had a Garmin Edge 520 for three years. I liked it a lot and still use it on my gravel bike. However, on longer rides, particularly when I used navigation it was always a race to see which would end first, the battery in the 520 or the ride. That is no longer a problem. I redid a ride last weekend that had left my 520 gasping by the end with barely anything left as I rode into my driveway. The 1030 had more than 70% of the battery left at the end of this. Beyond the battery, though, the screen is wonderful. All of the data fields are easily read. When text messages come in I can actually read them on the screen. Like my 520, it paired with my various ANT devices and my ETap gear combo. I had some minor issues getting to to talk to my iMac, but that was resolved with a direct connection to the computer, rather than through a hub. I can say, sincerely, that I have not had a moment of regret. It really is a superb computer. The navigation screen is really nice, a big improvement, both literally and figuratively over the 520's. Having the option to add a extended battery, though it doesn't seem that I will ever need one, is a nice touch as well.
If you learn and use all the options, this Garmin is well worth the $$. Just using the data fields alone, not to mention the weather data, the averages for your heart, speed, laps and more. Then down loading the data to your computer-wirelessly, thats info to browse while you recover andor watch tv. Being able to review your power usage over the course of your ride lets you evaluate your laps for speed and cadence. This info is useful for pedal strength and efficiency. I also have my Varia Radar linked which I use on every ride. My wingman has the 1030 too, so we use the Group Track to meet up on a ride. The Garmin 1030 has enhanced my riding all around. Glad I bought it, I think youll be glad too. Ride safe.
OK, Garmins flagship unit lives up to the hype as long as you leave the WiFi off in my experience. (And the forums out there talk about issues with the the WiFi an dBT not playing well together) Sets up like a Garmin (I have owned a few and the menu sense is pretty logical. You can have a bunch of sensors for your different bikes, and the unit figures out which one you are using. Unless, you are using WiFi and maybe stages PM, but.. then the unit will lose connection and not update. Liveterack goes wonky... and wont disconnect - as long as the WiFi is on. Notices from my phone didnt work while WiFi was turned on. Turn wifi off and bingo, all seems well. On BT it uploads like a high speed router (well, cuz the files are small) compared to the LeZyne I had before. Garmin may come out with a firmware fix, but til then, I can live with the BT connection to my phone. The other features are very nice - and work as advertised. 3 stars because they have a useless hardware feature (at this point)
Garmin continues to improve the cycle computer, and totally dominates the market for highly functional devices. The Garmin 1030 is a nice improvement over the 1000, although the 1000 was quite good. The 1030 screen is easier to read, which is a big deal for me since my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. I have to wear magnifiers to read a tablet or phone, but I can read the 1030 screen ok without glasses, even with 8 different parameters displayed on the screen.
I like the new routing algorithm which uses Strava heat maps to pick the best route. I've definitely noticed that it picks better roads.
I am now using this computer with the Garmin Vector 3 pedals on one of my bikes, and there is a lot more information available. While I don't follow a rigorous training program, the added information is helpful and inspires me to push myself a little harder.
The battery life seems somewhat better than the 1000. I've done a couple century rides since getting it and there was still plenty of juice left over when I was done even though I'm not as fast as I used to be.
I grew tired and frustrated with my Edge 1000. Had two device replacements to fix connectivity issues, and problems with the device restarting unexpectedly, and corrupting routes persisted through device restores. Why did I buy an Edge 1030? Holding out for the promise of GroupTrack with a couple friends, and family.
Is it worth and upgrade? The 1030 was a great purchase and exceeded my expectations. Ill explain why it was to me.
Yes, the 1030 seems to have had issues with connectivity at launch. That seems to have been resolved given the drop in complaints in online forums. The walk through did not work for me, but did get it setup manually on the first attempt, and has worked well since.
As other reviews have mentioned, the screen is not as colorful as the Edge 1000 with the backlight on, but is easier to see with the backlight on, and the display under sunlight is outstanding. Crisp, colorful, and superior to the screen on the 1000. Great compromise, Garmin
I get 2-3 times the battery life out of the 1030. Id always worry doing a longer ride with the 1000, and took a 705 as a backup. The 1030 should be fine for most riders, including centuries. Could not do that with a 1000. And if you need more, they have a battery for that!
What other reviewers have not mentioned .
The personal fitness screen. What is that? It is a useful summary of personal fitness, FTP, VO2 Max, and stress. Seems to reflect my fitness well, and reminds me to take it easy the next time. Ive found this information helpful and well presented.
Reorganizing data fields is easier. You can select several data fields from one category, and selected fields show up on the category when selecting again. Best of all, you can can drag data fields to reorient on the screen.
The device also has templates to allow larger fields to be placed in the middle or bottom of the screen. Not completely customizable, but better.
The graphical representations of heart-rate, cadence, power, and elevation are very good. You can choose to view max, average, and current values, in to small data fields, along with a bar graph.
Map navigation and recalculations are much faster. Actually able to use them in real-world situations. Routing along heat map routes does work. Im in a challenging geographical area, and it seems to find the best options. Does not route along paved trails as much as expected, though.
The 1030 has a sensor refresh button. I typically forget to turn on the radar, flip my hear rate strap, or the power meter may time out. The refresh button is easy to get to, and does it for all sensors. No need to navigate into each sensor and fiddle with it to get it activated again.
Finally, the Strava live segments are something I want to use! Strava live segments on the 1000 seemed to crash my device. It was slow to refresh, and did not have much information. The new segment screen pops up as before, but automatically selects the most interesting information. KOM? Im not that fast, but it does bring up my PR, as well as my friends above and below me, that I know I can beat. Am I slowing down or speeding up relative to prior efforts? It changes the selection of friends to accommodate! The display shows the total distance on a bar graph, and the relative distance ahead of your friends.
Other Garmin units have these features, but have found them very useful on the 1030
The ability to use Shimano shifter buttons is wonderful. No longer do I need to do a screen tap, tap again, tap again, slide, or press nextprevious with various degrees of success in order to see different screens. The Garmin remote was fine, but was not very configurable. Now I do not need to take my hands off the hoods, and can tap six
I purchased this for the 2018 double century season. In the past, I've carried a spare battery and charged my Edge 1000 in my pocket during my ride. With the extra battery, this no longer is a hassle. The maps and guidance feel a lot better also. This is a must if you ever want a worse free long ride. We all know if it's not on Strava it didn't happen!
Purchased this mainly to take advantage of the long battery life. I have had other Garmin products and been happy with them. I recently rode Land Run, finished in a little over 8 hours, and only used %40 battery. A larger screen is nice but the basic features are not that much different from the 1000 version. If you are like me and need the long battery life ( I also have the battery adaptor but haven't used it yet), then this is for you.
Good screen visibility
Easier to program than the 510 or 520
Like the wifi connectibility
You have to download some basemaps
Doesn't work with fullfinger gloves
Matching sensors not always easy
the display is great! the promised functionality is very good. the problem is the inconsistent Bluetooth connection. when it works its great, when it doesn't its very frustrating. As it is, it's better than my Edge 810, but I'm hoping a software update will solve the connection issues.
I use the Edge mostly to capture information and for when I'm doing training rides, the screens are very easy to read and customize. The Strava integration and turn by turn maps are also pretty great, one to give that extra motivation to push in a climb, the other to try new routes without having to look at the phone all the time.
I'm waiting to get power meters and get the full extension of the product, but for now even connecting to the DI2 is pretty awesome. Definitely recommend