PROS / The Cyclo 505 has excellent sensor compatibility.
CONS / Its 12-hour battery life is well below industry standard.
VERDICT / Although the Cyclo 505's design doesn't quite match that of the top three bike GPS units, it is a versatile and powerful bike computer with exceptional functionality.
The Magellan Cyclo 505 bike GPS has excellent functionality, including maps, turn-by-turn navigation, phone notifications and automatic route finding. It's also compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors. The Cyclo 505 can connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth to enable music playback and phone notifications, and it has Wi-Fi for automatic ride uploads.
During your ride, the Cyclo 505 will display your speed, time and distance data, as well as information gathered from your heart rate, cadence and power meters. The Cyclo 505 can connect to sensors that use ANT+ wireless technology and sensors that use the new Bluetooth Smart technology. This means that practically every sensor on the market will work with the Cyclo 505.
The Cyclo 505 has a feature rarely seen in cycling computers: automatic route finding. You can determine a distance or time you want to ride, and the Cyclo 505 will offer three suggestions for a route. The Cyclo 505 also has maps navigation. These two features make the Cyclo 505 an excellent bike computer choice for riding in unfamiliar territory.
Because it has Wi-Fi, the Cyclo 505 can automatically upload your route to Magellan's online training software when you're in range of a signal. This means you won't have to plug the unit into a computer to upload ride data. One of the best features of the Magellan website is its automatic data transfer to Strava, a popular online cycling community.
The Cyclo 505 is rather large, which could be a problem if you're particularly conscious of weight and drag. Its 12-hour battery life is lower than other high-end bike computers, so you may have trouble keeping the unit powered through all-day rides. Additionally, there's no live GPS tracking, which would allow your friends to monitor your ride online.
Magellan features phone and email support and an excellent YouTube support channel. The interface is simple to figure out, and though it doesn't have a touchscreen, the buttons are large and easy to push, even with gloved hands.
This cycle computer is powerful enough for even the most demanding cyclist, but the weak battery is an Achilles heel. The route-finding feature will be useful if you enjoy traveling, and the automatic ride upload and Strava integration make the Magellan Cyclo 505 quite user-friendly.