Best GPS devices for cycling

Updated: the best units for riding, training, touring and navigation

GPS-equipped cycle computers are as popular now for use with social media apps like Strava as they are for navigation and training purposes.

Garmin dominates the market, with units from the diminutive Edge 20 to the smartphone-sized Edge 1000, but competing brands like Wahoo, Lezyne, Polar and others are making headway with a wide range of options in features and price. 

Here we present the best GPS bike computers on the market, based on our testing in England, Colorado and Australia.

This article was last updated on 15 March 2017.

Best GPS devices, the full list:

  • Garmin Edge 520
  • Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
  • Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS
  • Garmin Edge 1000
  • Mio Cyclo505HC
  • Garmin Edge 25
  • CatEye Stealth 10
  • And 14 more you may want to consider

Best for performance-minded riders: Garmin Edge 520

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Garmin Edge 520 is the best GPS computer for performance-minded cyclists
The Garmin Edge 520 is the best GPS computer for performance-minded cyclists

  • Price: £239 / $299 / AU$449

The Garmin Edge 520 targets competitive riders with features like Strava Live Segments, FTP testing, Di2 integration, a VO2 Max calculation and recommended recovery time.

The compact unit covers all the standard variations of metrics like distance, speed, elevation and — with the use of a heart-rate strap and a power meter — heart rate and power. The  520 has seven buttons, not a touchscreen like the outgoing 510 it replaces or the new Edge 820.

A Bluetooth connection to your smartphone can provide automatic wireless uploads to Garmin Connect, Strava, TrainingPeaks and more, plus on-screen notifications of incoming texts and calls. While the 520 has turn-by-turn directions and colour maps, its real strength is as a full-feature training tool in a compact size.

  • Navigation: Good, with turn-by-turn directions, colour mapping and back-to-start feature
  • Training data: Speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for electronic drivetrains), distance, time, temperature, sunset time, workout counters and more
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth
  • Compatibility: ANT+, Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap
  • Size: 49mm x 73mm 
  • Screen: 35mm x 47mm, 200 x 265 pixels, colour

Best for the smartphone generation: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt is a streamlined version of the original Elemnt. Love your smartphone? You'll probably like the Bolt
The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt is a streamlined version of the original Elemnt. Love your smartphone? You'll probably like the Bolt

  • Price: £199 / $249 / AU$399

While Wahoo claims its new Elemnt Bolt GPS computer and sculpted mount are aerodynamically superior to the comparably sized Garmin Edge 520 and 820 with their respective mounts, the real selling points are the Bolt's easy-but-robust functionality, compact size, killer battery life (triple the Edge computers when using navigation) and decent price.

The Bolt has all the normal metrics plus turn-by-turn navigation, Strava Live Segments, Live Track and a feature called ‘take me anywhere’ where you use your phone and Google's search power to find a destination, then the Elemnt Bolt guides you there.

The Elemnt Bolt is easily configured with a smartphone app (iPhone or Android), and six buttons drive daily use, while LEDs can be configured for navigation or training alerts.

  • Navigation: Good, with turn-by-turn directions and 'take me anywhere' feature you can use on the fly
  • Training data: Speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for electronic drivetrains), distance, time, temperature, sunset time, workout counters and more
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Compatibility: ANT+, Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap, EPS, Moxy, Best Bike Split
  • Size: 48mm x 74.5mm 
  • Screen: 33.5mm x 44.6mm, 240 x 320 pixels, black/white

Best mid-range Garmin alternative: Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS

BikeRadar score4/5

The Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS computer offers good functionality at a great price
The Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS computer offers good functionality at a great price

  • Price: £130 / $150 / AU$220

The Enhanced Super GPS looks a little clunky compared to Lezyne's ultra-sleek tools and pumps, but it generally works well. The 45-degree X-Lock mount is more secure than Garmin’s, and the wealth of data on offer is impressive.

You can have up to five pages of it with up to four fields on each, with seemingly every metric imaginable available. Turn-by-turn navigation, Strava Live Segments and incoming call/text notification? Check, check and check. Similar to the Elemnt Bolt, you can use Lezyne app to find a destination and use the computer to navigate to it.

  • Navigation: Good, with turn-by-turn directions and GPS Ally on-the-fly destination finding 
  • Training data: Speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for electronic drivetrains), distance, time, temperature, sunset time, workout counters and more
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth
  • Compatibility: ANT+, Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap
  • Size: 42.9mm x 67.8mm
  • Screen: 31.7mm x 40.1mm, black/white

Best for touring and training: Garmin Edge 1000

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Garmin Edge 1000 offers excellent navigation plus more performance features than you'll likely use
The Garmin Edge 1000 offers excellent navigation plus more performance features than you'll likely use

  • Price: £439 / $499 / AU$749

The Edge 1000 offers superb navigation with detailed mapping, plus a deep feature menu and modern connectivity. It combines the navigation features of the Touring model with the training capabilities of the Edge 520 to create the most robust GPS computer on the market.

However, the size and price are both substantial, so it's not the ideal choice for riders who just want to track their rides and don't need robust navigation. 

  • Navigation: Superb, with detailed mapping. GPX upload, Route Finder
  • Training data: Speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for electronic drivetrains), distance, time, temperature, sunset time, workout counters and more
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Compatibility: ANT+, Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap
  • Size: 58mm x 112mm 
  • Screen: 39mm x 65mm touchscreen, 240 x 400 pixels, touchscreen colour

Best full-featured Garmin alternative: Mio Cyclo505HC (Magellan Cyclo505HC in North America)

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Mio Cyclo505CH is known as Magellan Cyclo505CH in North America
Mio Cyclo505CH is known as Magellan Cyclo505CH in North America

  • Price: £399 / $429 / AU$479

The Cyclo505HC suits a broad range of road and off-road users. It offers enough power meter, heart rate and interval training features to be an effective training tool, yet its mapping functionality will also be appreciated by cyclists who like to explore. It has ANT+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility and can talk to your phone, home computer and even your gears.

  • Navigation: Easy to follow with an interesting 'surprise me' feature. Can direct to a destination or follow uploaded route
  • Training data: Speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for electronic drivetrains), distance, time, temperature, workout plans and more
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Compatibility: ANT+, Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap
  • Size: 61mm x 103mm
  • Screen: 240 x 400 pixels, touchscreen colour

Best for minimalists: Garmin Edge 25

BikeRadar score4/5

The Garmin Edge 25 is an excellent minimalist option
The Garmin Edge 25 is an excellent minimalist option

  • Price: £140 / $170 / AU$229

The new Edge 25 is the company's second cheapest bike computer, sitting one rung above the Edge 20 in the range. It's a spiritual successor to the Edge 200, but smaller, lighter and slightly more capable.

  • Navigation: Breadcrumb trail via Garmin Connect 
  • Training data: Speed, distance, time, calories, elevation, elevation, heart rate and cadence (but not power)
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Compatibility: ANT+
  • Size: 40mm x 42mm
  • Screen: 23mm x 23mm, 128 x 160 pixels, black/white

Best for budget MTB: CatEye Stealth 10 

BikeRadar score4/5

The Cateye Stealth 10 delivers basic GPS functionality at a good price
The Cateye Stealth 10 delivers basic GPS functionality at a good price

  • Price: £79 / $120 / AU$149

The CatEye Stealth 10’s weatherproof qualities and secure mounting system make it an ideal budget GPS unit for mountain bikers, although it's for training rather than navigation. It's basic, but offers a range of essential data, which you can upload directly to sites such as Strava and TrainingPeaks or CatEye Atlas.

  • Navigation: None
  • Training data: Time, distance, speed. Upload directly to Strava and Training Peaks
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Size: 70mm x 45mm
  • Screen: 37mm x 28mm, black/white

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