Garmin’s latest entry in the GPS/GLONASS bike computer field is a minimalistic one. We’re used to the Kansas-based manufacturer’s GPS units overflowing with so many interactive features and modes that even we get overwhelmed. The Edge 25 Bundle Bike Computer takes the company’s legacy in a different direction, one that favors minimalist functionality over flashy, overly complicated interfaces. The Edge 25 Bundle is a story of less — less price, less weight, less fuss — with one key addition: a Garmin cadence sensor. As precise as GPS has become, it still can’t accurately measure pedal stroke RPM, a gap that the zip tie-free sensor fills while the Edge 25 directs you to new horizons of fitness. The Edge 25 tracks cadence, speed, and trip information on a simple, monochromatic, 2. 3cm2 display, forgoing the colorful pomp of the brightly colored screens on Garmin’s large models in favor of only the most important metrics and training data laid-out in the simplest, most accessible manner possible. It doesn’t track the proximity of cupcake food trucks or plan petting zoo detours during training rides, but it does display a simple map with notifications directing the user through a preplanned workout or documenting the course of wandering base miles. It’s focused on improvement and meeting personal training goals, not meeting baristas during a cycling tour of a city’s coffee shops. The Edge 25’s GPS capabilities also let it count the laps of an interval circuit, alert the rider of distance or time goals during out-and-back workouts, and compete against a virtual opponent — all of which are designed to improve a cyclist’s training instead of distracting them with superfluous data and features. Connecting the Edge 25 to a computer allows access to Garmin Connect, where you can upload, store, parse, and compare data across Garmin’s online social training network. The Edge 25 does feature ANT+ connectivity — something the less expensive Edge 20 lacks. The addition of AN..
- Altimeter: no
- Heart Rate Monitor: yes, with monitor (not included)
- Speedometer Functions: current, average
- Sensor: GPS, GLONASS
- Wireless: yes, ANT+, Bluetooth