The Rider 30E is Bryton’s smaller, cheaper GPS unit, foregoing mapping functionality in favour of a compact device that concentrates on cycle computer functions and data logging. This is also the niche targeted by the Garmin Edge 500, and the user interfaces of the two devices are similar.
The Bryton uses well laid out and positive-acting rubber-covered buttons, and the mount ﬁxes to bars or stems using rubber O-rings, the unit attaching via a simple 90-degree twist. The 30E allows customisable data screens, making it easy to tailor the amount of information displayed and which items are shown where.
Usage is straightforward and intuitive, with a clear and structured menu system. The device proved simple and reliable in our tests, reporting and recording data correctly. It uses exactly the same Bryton Bridge upload software and website as the Rider 50E, with the same mixed bag of advanced but unpolished, inconsistent functionality.
Interestingly, as the newer of the two Bryton units, the 30E seems to interface slightly better with the site, automatically setting the activity type to cycling and identifying which device recorded each track.
ANT+ heart rate, cadence and power sensors are all enabled in theory but Bryton’s current unit software only supports ANT+ heart rate and speed/cadence sensors – which can be purchased for the Rider 30E and Rider 50E, for £49.99 and £34.99 respectively. Bundled with the units they’re an extra £70.