Garmin Edge 520 or Garmin 1000

mickyatkinson
mickyatkinson Posts: 5
edited July 2015 in Road buying advice
Hi all,

Before I get ripped a new one and told that I should just use a phone or you don't need one. I have used a phone for a good few years now and want to make the step up and use a dedicated cycle computer so I can track my heart rate, cadence and maybe more in future. I'm looking at some big rides next year and a cycle computer will really help with my training.

My question is a tough one based on the fact that the 520 is not out yet. Based on reviews etc. it seems as though the 520 will do the same thing as the 1000.

Does anyone have anything to add that may help in making a decision as I cannot see much of a difference.

Thank you in advance.

Mick

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  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    Hi all,

    Before I get ripped a new one and told that I should just use a phone or you don't need one. I have used a phone for a good few years now and want to make the step up and use a dedicated cycle computer so I can track my heart rate, cadence and maybe more in future. I'm looking at some big rides next year and a cycle computer will really help with my training.

    Too right, using a phone is madness, speaking as someone who does but in their back pocket. An iPhone 6 would look completely stupid on the stem and while it tracks HR and cadence in my back pocket I can't see it there!
    My question is a tough one based on the fact that the 520 is not out yet. Based on reviews etc. it seems as though the 520 will do the same thing as the 1000.

    Does anyone have anything to add that may help in making a decision as I cannot see much of a difference.

    Thank you in advance.

    Mick

    The 1000 has a bigger screen and DPI is higher so will be easier to see. The main difference is that it has in built mapping and the ability to give you routing on the device and allows you to plan on the device itself. Useful if you're riding unknown roads.

    The 520 can follow a route if planned in advance on the likes of Garmin Connect, it can't plan routes on the device itself. It being smaller means it's probably more suited to training rides where you know where you're going, rather than striking out into unknown countryside.

    There's also the touch screen, which I'm not bothered about really, while you're riding have a button to push is probably going to be better than trying to work a touch screen.

    Personally I'm getting the 520 as 98% of the time I know where I am and for the other 2% I have maps on my phone so stopping to check is no big deal. That and the 520 is quite a lot cheaper than the 1000. Only problem is the wait, there's indications it might be September :(
  • Thank you for the response.

    I do like the look of the 520 and even as a bundle it comes in at £299 which is very cheap compared to the nearly £400 of the 1000.

    I know that you can upload maps to it and install routes which for me is fine to be honest as the majority of the time I will be on planned routes. It is going to be very rare that I need to 'get lost' if you know what I mean.

    I heard it was 8th of August for release...
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614

    I heard it was 8th of August for release...

    I hope that's true. But some people in America got an email from Strava at the weekend saying it would be another 6 weeks.
  • redvision
    redvision Posts: 2,958

    I wouldn't get your hopes up on that date, PBK say September and even the Garmin site says several (5-8) weeks.
  • phills
    phills Posts: 68
    Edge 1000 bundle is 453 euro (£316) on bike-discount.de or 383 euro (£267) without the bundle so not much more than the 520 really. I bought mine from there and although in Germany it arrived in about 2 days with the free delivery option.
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614

    When I first ordered it said 5th July! I since got an email from them saying 1st August.
  • I just got my 1000 yesterday. Some kind sole on her pointed out that bikediscount are on Wiggles price match list so I got the latter to knock it down from £399 to £330. Given the savings that Canyon gave me on my on order SLX CF8 based on them dropping the price since advertising the 2016 models the whole thing cost me £3 ;-)

    First impression are pretty good. Screen is fab, it is a big device though.

    It was about 3 or 4 days from placing the order to having it in my hands.
  • I'm pretty sold on the 520.. Not a great deal of difference if you ask me.
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    it is a big device though..

    Indeed
    That and the battery life have been the main criticisms of it

    Garmin-Edge520-Comparison_thumb.jpg
  • phills
    phills Posts: 68
    Not running Garmin down or anything as I do love them, but their new products tend to take a while for them to get the firmware to do what it is meant to. I generally wait a while before buying anything from them to see what the general consensus is on the functionality.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    it is a big device though..

    Indeed
    That and the battery life have been the main criticisms of it

    Garmin-Edge520-Comparison_thumb.jpg

    Was concerned about size as was going from a 500, but it proved to be a complete non issue.
    The partial out front mount is great.

    My only gripe is that the display does not fill more of the screen.

    Have no regrets getting the 1000 over the 810.
    Have a 520 on order and am looking forward to seeing how they compare.
  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,885
    I've been really impressed with the 200, coming from a 705 I haven't really missed the mapping like I thought I might and as I've got no interest in cadence and rarely in heart rate (just turbo sessions in winter) it does everything I need. The breadcrumb mapping has proved much easier to follow than I suspected.
    [Castle Donington Ladies FC - going up in '22]
  • de_sisti
    de_sisti Posts: 1,283
    I've been really impressed with the 200, coming from a 705 I haven't really missed the mapping like I thought I might and as I've got no interest in cadence and rarely in heart rate (just turbo sessions in winter) it does everything I need. The breadcrumb mapping has proved much easier to follow than I suspected.
    +1.
    I have a Suunto T6c to log my heart rate.