Garmin recently released an update to its flagship Garmin Edge 1000 bike computer, the Garmin Edge 1030. This is quite a nice upgrade, and I have written a detailed analysis of the changes in my Garmin Edge 1030 vs 1000 post here. However, as we all know, when a new model comes out, the price of the old model instantly goes down. With the result that there has never been a better time to buy a Garmin Edge 1000 than right now! I present a range of buying options at the end of this post.
Great Deal on the Garmin Edge 1000 Right Now
Although the Edge 1000 usually costs around $600, right now it can be yours for $365, and the entire Edge 1000 BUNDLE is selling for just $439. Check out the current prices just below. Compared to previous prices, this is like getting a great deal on the unit, plus getting the heart rate monitor, the speed sensor and the cadence sensor for free! These are by far the cheapest prices I have ever seen on the Edge 1000 and the 1000 bundle, so if you don’t need the new features on the 1030, one of these would be a great choice. Note: if you buy through one of these links, it costs you nothing, but Amazon shares a small commission with me for my detective work!
Similarities between the Garmin Edge 1030 vs 1000
The 1030 is an upgrade, not a new product. As such, both the 1030 and the 1000 are premium bike computers that will provide you with almost any data you can think of. The two bike computers share the following key features:
- High-end training metrics and data
- High-end maps and navigation, including turn-by-turn notifications
- Customizable screens
- Connectivity via ANT+ with multiple devices and sensors, such as heart rate monitors and power meters
- Smart notifications, phone call and text message alerts, real-time weather
- Large, touch-screen color screen
- Access to both GPS and Glonass satellite systems, so they acquire a GPS signal with lightning speed
- Will record your bike rides and wirelessly transfer your data to Garmin Connect (and Strava, which you can read about here).
- Strava segments
- Live tracking – which means your partner (or other designated person) can track where you are.
- Incident detection to alert your significant other if you have an accident.
- Group Track (keep track of the rest of your team).
As for the differences – the chart below sums them up, so you can decide if you can live without the upgrades – and therefore get our premium bike computer at a much lower price!
I prepared this handy little chart that summarizes the new Edge 1030 features, and my predictions as to how long these features will remain unique to the 1030.
|Improved Battery Life – 44 hours instead of 15 hours||No, it is a hardware change|
|Improved touch screen that works well in rain||No, it appears to be hardware related|
|Ships preloaded with the new Garmin Connect app TrainingPeaks||You can download this app from the app store to other Garmin units right now!|
|The start/stop buttons moved to the bottom of the device (facing you)||No, it is hardware|
|Additional connectivity via BlueTooth Smart||No, it appears to be hardware related|
|Improved Strava Connectivity – you can download routes automatically, plus it alerts you to nearby segments and updates you in real time||Yes, most likely in the very next software updates|
|New feature: Uses Trendline Popularity Routing for mapping. So it focuses on the routes most popular with cyclists, drawing from Garmin Connect's database||Probably not any time soon, as it is a unique selling point. But some time in the future, it will have to be shared|
|Notifies you of upcoming sharp turns when navigating||Perhaps, but it’s hardly a deal breaker either way|
|Rider to Rider Messaging with canned messages||Probably not any time soon, as it is a unique selling point. But some time in the future, it will have to be shared - for messaging to succeed, a mass user baser is required!|
|Dashboard of the new Garmin Edge 1030 is much improved||Unlikely|
|New controls area||Yes, most likely in the next software update|
|Improved, more aerodynamic out front mount||Yes, definitely. Of course, you will have to actually buy it ...|
Bottom Line on the Garmin Edge 1030 vs 1000
If the Edge 1030 has some new features you feel you cannot live without, then by all means, spend the extra money. For example, if you are just about to cycle around the world, and need a bike computer with a battery that can keep up with you! Personally, if I was in the market for a premium training and navigation bike computer right now, I would get the Garmin Edge 1000, and most likely the entire Garmin Edge 1000 bundle. These used to cost an arm and a leg, but right now their prices are slashed. If you don’t need the new features, this is an excellent time to set yourself up in style for close to half what you would have paid a few months ago. Once you make your choice, please consider clicking through from one of my affiliate links to buy it. It is the only way I can earn an income from writing these posts … and it costs you nothing at all. So you get the best bike computer for your needs, and I get to keep on blogging (rather than having Maggie insist I get a “real” job) – a win/win situation!
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 1000 Bundle
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 1030 Bundle
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