PROS / It has premium smartphone integration.
CONS / The device is almost as large and as pricey as the phone you'll pair it with.
VERDICT / The Garmin Edge 1000 has more functionality than any other bike GPS, making it one of the very best GPS units for avid cyclists.
The Garmin Edge 1000 has practically every feature invented for bike GPS units, and some that are unique to this model. It computes speed, time and distance data from your ride and displays it on a bright, colored screen. You can use the Edge 1000's touch interface to scroll through and access more ride data, including data gathered from paired ANT+ sensors. The Edge 1000 even has the ability to pair with your smartphone, opening up a host of features such as live GPS tracking, text notifications and automatic data upload. For its unmatched functionality, the Garmin Edge 1000 is our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner.
As with other GPS-enabled cycle computers, the Edge 1000 provides basic in-ride information such as current speed, trip distance and distance traveled. After the trip, you can upload your ride information to Garmin Connect, Garmin's online cycling social media community. On Garmin Connect, you can share ride information with others and view maps and information about their rides.
The Edge 1000 displays and records the temperature during your ride, so you can tell if you're sweating because of the workout or because of the weather. Altitude is also displayed on the Edge 1000, and it is calculated via a barometric sensor for better accuracy than a pure GPS-based altimeter.
You can connect the Edge 1000 to ANT+ heart rate, pedal cadence and pedal power sensors. These provide data that will help you train at an optimum level. You can purchase these sensors in a bundle with the Edge 1000 or buy them separately.
At 4 ounces and just over 4 inches tall, the Edge 1000 is smaller than a typical smartphone, but larger than most bike computers. It has a bright, vivid display that, while not on par with a smartphone display, is miles ahead of most competing bike GPS models.
Like the new wave of bicycle computers, the Edge 1000 has a touchscreen interface. The Edge 1000's touchscreen is pressure based, so it'll work in any weather condition, and even if you have gloves on. An expected downside to a pressure based touch screen is that it is not quite as responsive as tablet and smartphone touchscreens.
The Edge 1000 comes with a small remote that you can attach to your handlebars next to the head unit. The remote has three buttons. One for scrolling back and forth between data pages, one for setting laps, and one that you can customize to control a third function.
The Edge 1000's battery is rated to about 15 hours. This is a disappointing number, as lower-functioning models have up to 20 hours of battery life. However, the lower battery life is understandable give the power-hungry functions this unit houses. Regardless, a 15-hour battery should be enough to get you through most all-day rides.
The Edge 1000 has a well-designed operating system, but, because it has so many features, it can be overwhelming to navigate. Garmin combats this by replacing a menu-driven interface with an icon-laden home screen. This makes the Edge 1000 feel more like a smartphone, and the result is a short learning curve.
The Edge 1000 comes with turn-by-turn navigation, a rarity in the bike GPS industry. The navigation uses Garmin Cycle Map software and gives you on-road and off-road navigation. This means you can use the Edge 1000's navigation feature on your road bike and your mountain bike.
For access to several of the more exciting features, you'll need to pair the Edge 1000 with your smartphone via Bluetooth. This allows the Edge to receive data from your smartphone and display it on its screen. One smartphone-enabled feature is the ability to see a three-hour weather forecast, so you can see if you should head home for the day.
Another smartphone-enabled feature is Live Track, which gives your friends the ability to see your location online as a dot moving over a map. This feature lets people track you online during your ride, so they can be sure of your safety or cheer you on during a race.
A third feature is Segments. Segments are short distances, usually a half-mile to 10 miles, timed for every cyclist who participates in riding a specific route. Your time uploads to Garmin Connect through your smartphone. While you're riding a segment, the Edge 1000 tells you how far off the average pace you are, indicates how much distance to go, and displays a map of the segment. This feature is especially enjoyable if you are competitive and want to see how you measure up against other cyclists riding the same segment. You can also specify that the segment competition is between you and your friends on Garmin Connect.
A fourth smartphone-enabled feature, and one Garmin has marketed heavily, is the ability to see incoming text messages and calls on the Edge 1000. The calls or texts are pinged from your smartphone to your Edge 1000. This feature is limited to seeing who is trying to contact you; you cannot return the text or phone call or see the contents of a text message.
A new feature on the Garmin Edge 1000 that will appeal to the serious cyclist is its ability to communicate with the Shimano Di2 gear platform. This means that if you use Di2 gearing, the Edge 1000 will store gearing data from your rides so you can review it later.
Help & Support
One of the best things about buying a Garmin product is the company's customer support program. On the Edge 1000's online product page, you'll find a downloadable manual, a FAQs section, a warranty section and more. You can also email Garmin's support team. Additionally, Garmin provides a toll-free number you can call for support. We were especially impressed when talking to Garmin customer service representatives on the phone, as they were friendly and knowledgeable.
The Garmin Edge 1000 comes with a one-year warranty. One of the best endorsements of Garmin products is their saturation of the bike GPS market, with tens of thousands of cyclists using Garmin products every year.
The Garmin Edge 1000 is perfect for a serious cyclist who wants the ultimate in functionality in a bike GPS unit. You can attach an array of sensors to it, connect it via Bluetooth to your smartphone and use it in ways cyclists only dreamed of using their bike computers five years ago. It is a bit clunky if you're extremely weight or drag conscious, but if you decide to make the investment in this advanced unit, you'll have all the features you could want in a bike GPS.