Garmin Edge 1040 (with Solar) In-Depth Review-NEWS SNEAKERS

With ’s introduction of the Edge 1040 Collection they’ve turn into the primary bike laptop to not solely add photo voltaic panels to it, but in addition add multiband GNSS, dramatically rising the accuracy of the GPS tracks – particularly in more durable situations. Past that the corporate has added a slate of long-asked for upgrades, together with issues like USB-C assist, metallic mounting again/tabs, and dramatically quicker route calculation and vacation spot looking out.

Nevertheless, past which might be the slate of recent options we see anytime provides a brand new gadget. These embrace their new Energy Information perform that creates race/coaching day plans/targets particular to a given course, whereas additionally including in options that assist determine your biking means and the way that matches as much as a given course’s calls for. All whereas additionally laying the groundwork for extra cycling-specific dynamic coaching plans that we noticed launched and hinted at on the Forerunner 255/955 final week.

I’ve been utilizing the Edge 1040 Photo voltaic for some time now, placing it by its paces on every little thing from on a regular basis rides to epic rides, indoor coaching to commutes. All of which finally culminates on this evaluation based mostly on real-world utilization  and never studying a specs sheet).

As regular, this unit is a media loaner, and it’ll return to Garmin shortly. This evaluation just isn’t sponsored (nor does any firm get to preview my evaluation), moreover I don’t take any advertiser cash from any corporations I evaluation. And as common readers know, if one thing is crap, I’m gonna inform it brutally like it’s – regardless of the model (as Garmin noticed just some weeks in the past). As soon as this unit goes again, I’ll exit and get my very own for any future testing wants. If you happen to discovered this evaluation helpful, you should utilize the hyperlinks on the backside, or take into account turning into a DCR Supporter which makes the positioning ad-free, whereas additionally gaining access to a principally weekly video collection behind the scenes of the DCR Cave. And naturally, it makes you superior.

What’s New:

The Edge 1040 is basically an evolutionary improve quite than a revolutionary one. Nonetheless, due to an entire re-design of the consumer interface, it successfully represents a break from the previous. A dividing line if you’ll, and as such we see a slate of recent options profiting from that UI redesign, in addition to a handful of options being killed off.

I’ve gone by aspect by aspect of each models (1040 vs 1030 Plus), and tried to seek out each nuanced characteristic that’s completely different. A few of them are substantial (Energy Information or Multiband GNSS), and a few of them much less substantial (including WiFi sync-all button). In any case, go forth:

– Added Photo voltaic ($749) and non-Photo voltaic mannequin ($599)
– Added Energy Glass particularly for Photo voltaic mannequin solely
– Elevated storage from 32GB to 64GB for Photo voltaic mannequin solely
– Added pre-loaded North America, EMEA, AU/NZ Maps for Photo voltaic mannequin solely (base mannequin has area of buy maps)
– Added Multi-band/Twin Frequency GNSS/GPS
– Added USB-C connection
– Modified the again mount to be metallic
– Fully revamped the consumer interface everyw.
– Modified lanyard attachment to not thread by the charging door
– Added Join IQ Widget Glances to Homepage/Dashboard
– Added Energy Information for per-course coaching/racing steerage
– Added Up Forward for distance to waypoints
– Added Biking Skill to categorise bike owner strengths/weaknesses
– Added Course Calls for to match course options to trip wants
– Added Actual-Time Stamina to point out power/distance/period left throughout exercise
– Added Location Search Widget
– Added ‘Latest Finds’ from navigation panel (so belongings you not too long ago looked for).
– Added new ‘Bike Outlets’ & “Water Stops” classes for navigation search (and fully re-did different classes to principally do away with auto stuff)
– Added Submit-Experience ClimbPro Splits on gadget
– Added re-scheduling of main exercises
– Added assist race/occasion pushed Every day Prompt Exercises (subset of what was launched on FR255/955 final week)
– Added paired sensor .rmation to abstract web page (even for non-Garmin sensors)
– Added assist for Shimano STEPS sensor kind (eBike part)
– Added new consolidated post-ride Highlights display with PR’s
– Added estimated battery remaining when toggling Battery Saver mode
– Added handbook WiFi sync all button (a ‘do it now’ possibility, however eliminated single-ride add possibility)
– Added phone-based config of knowledge fields/information pages
– Added Garmin Join IQ App Retailer on-device market
– Modified close by POI/Issues search to be quick AF now. Holy crap.
– Far quicker route calculation instances
– Elevated ClimbPro coloring to point out extra gradient definition
– Now robotically modifications map recognition kind to match exercise (I.e. Street vs MTB)
– Eliminated horrifically unreliable duplicate Bluetooth pairing course of for telephones
– Eliminated Varia Imaginative and prescient sensor assist
– Eliminated gadget switch (sharing between models)
– Similar display decision as earlier than
– Similar touchscreen as earlier than
– Elevated weight slight from 126g to 133g
– Almost Doubled battery life from 24 hours as much as 45 hours (in Multi-Band GPS mode with Photo voltaic)

As regular, it’s frequent to ask whether or not any of those options can be added to any current Edge models, and sadly this time the reply isn’t any. Whereas Garmin has added an insane variety of options to the Edge 1030 since its launch (together with nearly the entire Edge 1030 Plus options), in addition to a large variety of options to the Edge 530/830/1030 Plus since their releases, this time across the new options aren’t being added downstream.

Garmin didn’t make clear why, although, I think it’s largely tied to the brand new consumer interface on the Edge 1040. Bringing these options all the way down to older models would have required both updating the UI on these older models, or, altering the code on the newer options to work within the older UI (which in flip has extra developer time related to it). In fact, that doesn’t change the fact that the Edge 1030 Plus particularly, in addition to older models, are largely absolutely succesful technically-speaking of receiving future firmware updates, they only gained’t from a enterprise standpoint.

In the meantime, we’ve seen each Wahoo & Hammerhead proceed so as to add options updates to older models. Albeit even in these circumstances, that continuation for the oldest units has considerably pale. For Hammerhead, the bulk however not the entire new options are each Karoo variations (in fact, Hammerhead is releasing so many new options each two weeks it’s insane), w.as in Wahoo’s circumstances, their new characteristic prepare has principally died.

Measurement Comparisons:

To start, .’s a take a look at how the brand new Edge 1030 Plus (left) compares to the Edge 1040 (proper):

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Then, .’s a lineup in opposition to some widespread models lately (Edge 830, Wahoo ROAM, Phases L200, Hammerhead Karoo 2, Garmin Edge 1030 Plus, Garmin Edge 1040 Photo voltaic):

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And eventually, .’s a weigh-in of all of them:

Acquired all that? Good, let’s begin utilizing it.

The Fundamentals:

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This part will begin off with some fundamental points of utilizing a Garmin Edge collection gadget, however will cowl newness within the Edge 1040 as I’m going alongside, getting deeper and deeper. Observe that I’ve separated out the Photo voltaic, Mapping/Navigation, and new Coaching Load kind options into separate sections after this. Every thing in each part besides the Photo voltaic unit, applies to each fashions.

Beginning with the consumer interface, the Edge 1040 is a touchscreen interface, but in addition has three bodily buttons for sure options. The buttons are used for beginning/stopping an exercise, in addition to making a lap. And powering on/off the unit. In different phrases, issues that you simply typically do hardly ever or very purposefully. That means that whereas the touchscreen is fairly good, like several touchscreen, accidents can occur.

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The touchscreen appears to work fairly nicely in both sunny or wet situations, and with or with out gloves. Even all-out dumping rain with standing water on the display, and it nonetheless works simply wonderful. The show decision and touchscreen are the identical as earlier than, although the readability will look higher due to the brand new fonts (and inversely, additionally just like the slightest bit darker on the Photo voltaic version).

Subsequent, and maybe most significantly, Garmin switched to USB-C for the Edge 1040. Given they’ve been working their method by including USB-C to different units this 12 months, this possible comes as no shock. And is solidly on the “Flippin’ lastly!” realm.

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In addition they modified the mount on the again to be aluminum, in addition to modified the placement of the lanyard string to not be by the charging port door (a lot cleaner). The mount nonetheless helps Garmin’s Prolonged Battery Pack, within the occasion 100 hours of battery life by itself nonetheless isn’t sufficient for you.

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Once you first unbox the Edge 1040 you’ll possible pair it up with Garmin Join Cell in your smartphone. If you happen to accomplish that, and you probably have an current Garmin Edge gadget, it’ll switch over your sport profiles/information pages/settings, in addition to all of your paired sensors. In my case, attributable to a now-fixed bug, it didn’t switch my sport profiles over, however did switch over all my sensor profiles.

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Most notably as a part of that pairing course of is that they’ve performed away with the irritating dual-Bluetooth pairing they used to do, which paired each a legacy Bluetooth connection and a more moderen Bluetooth Good connection, which was susceptible to connection points. That’s gone now.

As soon as turned on, you’ll discover the newly revamped interface on the Edge 1040. The principle shift . is in the direction of a homepage/dashboard that roughly matches the Widget Glances performance that’s been on their wearables a couple of years. The concept being you’ll be able to customise this, obtain widgets to it for varied issues, and tweak it to nevertheless you prefer it.

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Up on the high you’ve obtained your exercise/trip profiles. You would possibly create one for highway biking, one for mountain, one for commuting, and so forth. Every of those can have vastly completely different settings, from map/navigation settings, to information pages and information fields, ClimbPro settings, timers/alerts, GPS configurations, and so forth…

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information pages for instance, you’ve obtained a slate of predefined pages (together with issues like Strava Stay Segments), after which you’ll be able to create just about as many customized pages as you need. Customized pages can have as much as 10 information fields per web page, and t.’s possible a whole lot of various information fields you’ll be able to select from. And that ignores all of the Garmin Join IQ information fields from third events you’ll be able to add (without cost).

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Notably, now you can handle and edit all information fields/pages/settings out of your telephone – similar to not too long ago seen on the Fenix 7, Forerunner 255/955, and Intuition 2 collection.

Going again to the widget glances for a second, you’ll discover them customizable and overlaying every little thing from fast entry to navigation, to your trip historical past, in addition to your coaching plan (if one is created). If related to your telephone by way of Bluetooth, you’ll get climate information and any smartphone notifications.

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Subsequent, t.’s sensor pairing. That’s positioned inside the sensors menu, and allows you to pair up any ANT+ or Bluetooth Good sensor:

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The Edge 1040 Collection helps the next sensor sorts:

Coronary heart Price (ANT+ & Bluetooth Good), Pace/Cadence (ANT+ & Bluetooth Good), Garmin VIRB (ANT+), Biking Lights (ANT+), Biking Radar (ANT+), Biking Energy (ANT+ & Bluetooth Good), Garmin inReach (ANT+), Garmin Edge Distant (ANT+), Shimano STEPS (Proprietary Shimano ANT), eBike (ANT+), Gear Shifting (ANT+), Shimano Di2 (Proprietary Shimano ANT), Good Coach (ANT+)

Notably, this provides Shimano STEPS sensors, that are eBike sensors, whereas concurrently eradicating Garmin Varia Imaginative and prescient sensor assist. Talking of removals, in addition they eliminated gadget transfers between models, which was beforehand used for sharing programs and such. Whereas it sucks that they eliminated it, the characteristic hardly labored nicely to start with. So I’m unsure it’s an enormous loss.

One cool factor that they added within the sensor realm is that on the finish of the trip, it’ll truly present you not solely which sensors have been paired within the abstract display, however the battery standing for these sensors (together with non-Garmin sensors when broadcast):

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Subsequent, t.’s the brand new multiband/dual-frequency GNSS/GPS. That is thought-about the holy-grail of GPS accuracy. You possibly can rapidly look on the high settings to see which GPS mode it’s in, because it’ll present a small “+” when in multiband. You possibly can change this on a per-activity profile foundation:

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Multiband GPS can produce astonishing ends in more durable situations like timber, mountains, buildings – as I’ve proven in my Fenix 7/Epix/Forerunner 955/Forerunner 255 opinions. On the identical time, t.’s additionally a big battery hit (roughly halves your battery). And for many on-road rides, you merely don’t want multiband GPS. So you’ll be able to return to ‘All Methods’ and even ‘Base’ GPS, and nonetheless get outcomes equal to or higher something you had in your current Garmin Edge 1030/1030 Plus (and thus, double your battery). Extra on that within the accuracy part. Right here’s Garmin’s official battery specs:

Demanding use (Multi-Band GPS)
– 35 hours / as much as 45 hours with photo voltaic charging
– Photo voltaic charging provides as much as 20 minutes per hour throughout daytime driving
– Demanding particularly means: Multiband GPS, 4 sensors related, Stay Observe enabled, an on the map web page with a course loaded

Battery Saver mode:
– 70 hours / as much as 100 hours with photo voltaic charging
– Photo voltaic charging provides as much as 42 minutes per hour throughout daytime driving

So at this level, with every little thing set, we’ll simply begin a easy trip. It’ll often discover GPS inside a pair seconds, and discover sensors as soon as activated inside a couple of seconds as nicely. You’ll selected your exercise profile after which press begin. At which level you’ll see real-time information on the screens, and it’ll be recording within the background:

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As you’ll be able to see, all of that is just about like some other bike laptop. The fonts are a bit completely different in fact than earlier than with the brand new consumer interface, however by and enormous, it’s just about same-same. And, like earlier than, all of it works nicely.

Submit-ride, t.’s a slew of modifications nevertheless, beginning with a brand new achievements abstract web page that outlines any PR’s for the trip, in addition to the coaching impression/load/restoration time, after which if on the photo voltaic mannequin – the photo voltaic associated bits.

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After that you simply’ve obtained a second extra detailed post-ride web page that will get into crazy-town on the detailed stats, damaged out into completely different sections which might be simpler to digest. Right here’s a galley of all that:

As regular, all this will get despatched as much as Garmin Join by way of Bluetooth/WiFi (and even USB), after which is seen on Garmin Join Cell or the desktop web site. And naturally, in the event you’ve obtained any linked accounts like Strava, TrainingPeaks, At present’s Plan, Closing Surge, and so forth… it’ll immediately ship the information to them as nicely.

Lastly, for lack of anyw. else to place it, the Edge 1040 does have WiFi connectivity. That’s for syncing rides, programs, firmware, and every little thing besides maps. Maps by way of WiFi could be logical, however I’ll rant about that later on this publish. Nevertheless, what’s cool is that Garmin added a brand new Sync Now button. I do know this sounds trivial, however beforehand this didn’t exist. You would sorta faux it by going deep right into a single historic exercise and triggering it t. for a given trip, however this new button makes WiFi sync straightforward:

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I discover that typically talking, WiFi sync simply works extra reliably than telephone sync, particularly for programs or such – or, if I’ve obtained different Garmin units already doing syncs (like a watch or such). However maybe that’s simply me.

Garmin has additionally added in a brand new Join IQ app retailer for the Edge 1040, that’s on-deice itself. That is prominently displayed within the decrease proper nook of the unit, and takes you to an inventory of really helpful apps. Of which, t. are principally only a couple (actually, three).

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As I criticized final week in my Forerunner 255 & Forerunner 955 evaluation, having simply 2-6 particular Beneficial Apps . (that don’t change) is solely ineffective and defeats the purpose of this idea. I ought to see weekly suggestions of cool new apps, ideally from a mix of huge and smaller builders. T.’s numerous new CIQ apps obtainable, and displaying me the identical drained big-name apps that each one of us have ignored for years isn’t prone to get me to extend my utilization of these apps. Both I have already got them, or I didn’t need them years in the past. Displaying me the identical apps endlessly isn’t going to alter that.

With that, let’s dive into Photo voltaic options subsequent earlier than circling again on navigation/routing and different coaching load options.

Photo voltaic Options:

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This part is targeted solely on the photo voltaic version of the Edge 1040, which incorporates the photo voltaic panel know-how. This photo voltaic panel (clearly) gives solar energy for the unit, which will increase the battery life each when you’re driving, and in addition (in idea) whereas simply chillin’ on a desk within the solar non-riding.

Beginning with the Photo voltaic panel itself, it’s divided into principally two sorts. The primary is the obvious portion of the panel on the high/backside of the display (the reddish parts above). That is the seen portion, and has a photovoltaic stage of 100%. In essentially the most simplified rationalization, 100% of the solar’s goodness that hits this portion of the panel will get transformed to additional juice (t.’s plenty of technical nuances to that, however once more, simplicity .).

Nevertheless, over the whole show is one other photo voltaic panel that has a 15% photovoltaic stage (a notable enhance over the Fenix 7 & Forerunner 955 panels that are 7% photovoltaic ranges). This predominant panel is clearly far bigger than the higher/decrease panels, however harvests much less power because it’s simply 15% versus 100%. However, you’ll be able to see although it, so it’s primarily invisible to you. That’s what Garmin calls ‘Photo voltaic Glass’, as a result of it’s truly glass.

Out within the solar whereas driving you’ve obtained a brand new Photo voltaic information web page that exhibits you the precise solar energy you’ve gained (in minutes:seconds), the common photo voltaic depth for the trip, in addition to just a little graph displaying the photo voltaic depth all through the trip:

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Then post-ride you’ll see the identical in a couple of completely different locations, displaying your trip totals:

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That is additionally proven in Garmin Join w. you’ll see your abstract for the trip t. displayed:

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Garmin’s photo voltaic battery claims are based mostly on 75,000 lux situations (a measure of brightness), which is one other enhance over their earlier baseline claims of fifty,000 lux situations for his or her Fenix/Intuition/Forerunner models. That is truly a extra helpful change, as a result of 50,000 lux situations actually aren’t that prime. Even within the winter, on a sunny day within the Netherlands I can hit 70,000 lux. W.as in the summertime in a hotter locale, I can hit 125-150,000 lux. Garmin will harvest any additional lux it will get, so it’s not restricted to 75,000 lux.

To place in context what this all means, take a look at this 4hr Mont Ventoux trip from a couple of days in the past. This was a looped trip, and the majority of the primary climb was truly beneath cloudy/mild rain situations. Nevertheless, as we neared the summit it obtained sunny and the photo voltaic harvesting estimates have been leaping loopy excessive, I presume attributable to a mixture of summer-sun and excessive altitude means even larger lux situations.

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Finally, I ended the trip with 31 minutes gained. Which means that my battery run charges put me at an estimated 46 hours of battery life (with Multi-Band GPS, course/navigation enabled, ClimbPro enabled, Energy Information enabled, ANT+ Energy, Di2, Coronary heart Price, and Bluetooth LiveTrack to my telephone.) And once more, the primary half of the trip it was raining/overcast.

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One other shorter 2hr 21 minute trip the following day in very popular & sunny (however a bit hazy) situations within the south of France gained me 27 minutes and DesFit 33 minutes. Apparently, we determined to check whether or not the Edge 1040 would produce completely different battery estimates in several GPS modes. So he left his in multi-band configuration, and I put mine in ‘All Methods’ GPS configuration (the center possibility), which is equal to an Edge 1030 Plus accuracy-wise. This might in idea enhance my battery life in comparison with his, and thus, I’d get the next Photo voltaic acquire time. In actuality, it doesn’t seem that the time-gained Photo voltaic widget accounts to your GPS settings.

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And it doesn’t look like this had any significant impression on battery life both, since each of our models had near-identical battery burn charges, with battery life projections of almost 60 hours (and once more, all the identical issues enabled).

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In the meantime, when the solar goes away, so does the additional juice. Right here’s a night pre-sunset trip, w. we solely gained two minutes after 76 minutes of driving:

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Once you energy off the Edge 1040 Plus, it truly provides you this display which exhibits/explains to you the present photo voltaic depth stage, and the best way to place your unit on a floor for continued photo voltaic seize within the solar:

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These outcomes can truthfully be extra spectacular. Yesterday I simply positioned mine within the solar for about 2 hours, with 70,000 lux sometimes cloudy situations, and it gained 49 minutes of battery life. Relying in your home windows and solar, you possibly can actually simply depart your Edge 1040 Photo voltaic within the home windows and have it cost itself again up most days.

In fact, you’d additionally acquire that battery life in only a couple minutes plugged in. And whereas harvesting the solar is best for the surroundings, it’s not solely a zero sum recreation. Particularly when that privilege prices you an additional $150.

Mapping & Navigation:

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Whereas one could purchase the Edge 1040 attributable to its giant display, the probably motive you’d purchase such an costly beast is for its navigation options. T.’s no bike laptop in the marketplace that comes shut when it comes to navigation associated options, and the Edge 1040 extends that barely in a few up to date/new areas:

– Addition of “Up Forward” Waypoint planning/show
– Dramatically quicker calculation instances
– Revamped categorization of POI teams (together with including bike outlets & water stops)
– New location search & search historical past
– Energy Information on programs (extra in subsequent part)
– Included maps for extra areas in Photo voltaic bundle

In fact, that is along with all the prevailing core mapping & navigation features:

– Course routing (from information, Garmin Join, or third occasion websites)
– ClimbPro climb navigation/particulars
– Looking for factors of curiosity close by to navigate to
– Looking for particular addressees to navigate to
– Creating round-trip course on the fly based mostly on desired distance
– Constructed-in heatmap/recognition map information
– MTB-specific path information
– Routing to saved places

Which isn’t to say it’s all excellent, or essentially the chief in each a part of each class. In actual fact, the primary space that in all probability exhibits a few of these cracks is the map loading. On the Edge 1040 it’ll include the maps to your area you acquire it in, w.because the Edge 1040 Photo voltaic comes with maps for North America, EMEA (Europe/Center East/Africa), and Australia/New Zealand. It’s because the Edge 1040 base version has 32GB of storage, w.because the Edge 1040 Photo voltaic has 64GB of storage. Worry not although, you probably have an Edge 1040 base, you’ll be able to nonetheless load absolutely detailed Garmin maps (without cost), utilizing Garmin Specific on our laptop by way of USB cable:

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Nevertheless, this falls wanting what all their rivals have when it comes to WiFi map downloads (Hammerhead/Wahoo/Phases/Sigma), and even their very own wearables teams, which helps map downloads by way of WiFi on the Fenix 7/Epix/Tactix 7/Forerunner 955. I simply don’t perceive how/why this isn’t supported .. And this is only one of many clear disconnects between two teams inside the identical general division (Health, overlaying Forerunner & Edge units). Extra on these later.

Regardless of, the maps you’ll get on the Garmin Edge collection are superb, and embrace the entire so-called ‘recognition’ information, which is principally heatmap information on them. Nevertheless, they gained’t present precise heatmaps just like the Hammerhead Karoo does, which is tremendously helpful when ad-hoc driving or altering a route, and need to simply glanceable take a look at the roads round you to see w. folks truly trip.

Nonetheless, in the event you do particularly route somew., then the underlying information is t., and arguably, Garmin’s underlying information is much extra full and detailed than Hammerhead’s (which is predicated on Suunto’s smaller information set).

In any case, for at present’s trip we’re gonna load a course. In my case, I created the course in Strava, and it synced over robotically. Nevertheless, it’s also possible to create the course on quite a few platforms that assist automated sync, or just manually create programs in Garmin Join.

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This course has a considerable climb in it, being Mont Ventoux, and as such, you’ll see the climbs listed inside ClimbPro.

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ClimbPro is by far my favourite Garmin characteristic, and allows you to see the precise particulars of the climb as you trip it, together with particulars on distance/ascent/grade remaining until the highest, in addition to your place on the climb. The Edge 1040 considerably will increase the ClimbPro coloring to point out extra element now, with completely different gradients extra clearly proven on the climbs.

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Now within the Garmin world, this nonetheless requires a course be loaded, w.as Hammerhead doesn’t require any course loading. That’s an enormous level for Hammerhead, however inversely, Garmin’s information is constantly extra correct. On Hammerhead I continuously get incorrect upcoming grade .rmation (massively incorrect), versus Garmin tends to clean it a bit extra and is finally truly correct. Nonetheless, I don’t see why Garmin can’t add in ClimbPro on-demand like Hammerhead (or inversely, why Hammerhead can’t do a greater job at smoothing out inaccuracies).

Whereas driving a route you’ll get flip by flip notifications every time a flip is required. It’ll show just a little mini-amp that features flip .rmation as you strategy every flip:

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If you happen to go off-course, it’ll offer you choices for getting again heading in the right direction (and in the event you ignore it, it’ll simply handle it for you). This occurred 3-4 weeks in the past after I bumped into some highway closures that dramatically modified my route, and it sorted issues out as I simply rode alongside. If you happen to’re driving to a vacation spot you’ve set on the Edge itself (versus a course), it gained’t even trouble you with re-route notifications, it simply does it immediately and silently – making up to your errors.

The re-calculation instances are nearly prompt .. Whether or not or not that’s as a result of they’ve modified how they show recalculations might be the higher query. Beforehand, Garmin would present you the gradual recalculation progress on the high, however in actuality, you possibly can at all times trip instantly. It was calculating the complete route – miles earlier than you ever obtained t.. Realistically, you didn’t have to know that. So whether or not it’s truly quicker, or they only hid the half you don’t have to know – I don’t know. However both method, it’s prompt gratification. For funsies: On the Edge 1030 Plus, the calculating route took 1 minute 58 seconds to finish a 55KM course, on the Edge 1040 it was prompt.

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Talking of prompt gratification, t.’s the brand new search perform, which lets you seek for just about something. It’s like Google on an Edge. Cities, cafe’s, mountains, and so forth… Simply search and it finds it – often in beneath 5 seconds, typically immediately. And, it saves your search historical past too, making it straightforward to seek out maybe overseas phrases that you simply painstakingly typed it slowly, solely to beforehand must kind once more.

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You may as well search inside focal point (POI) classes. This features a completely revamped class set, largely eliminating automotive classes. These issues are nonetheless t., however they only aren’t high of the record and outstanding anymore. As a substitute, first on the record is bike outlets, which even pulled open bike pumps and compressor places.

All of this stuff are routable on-demand. So you’ll be able to simply faucet them and path to it. And once more, all of them are nearly prompt to seek for and path to. Driving alongside this previous weekend I used to be trying to find all kinds of issues simply (on a closed bike path with zero folks round as a result of it was too silly scorching to be outdoors), with none delay. It was superb.

A brand new characteristic on the Edge 1040 is the addition of Up Forward waypoints. This lets you add waypoints in Garmin Join for gadgets, together with customized icons. The concept being you’ll be able to add potential café stops, dash traces, race-specific climbs, or regardless of the heck you need:

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Then, out on the highway t.’s a brand new Up Forward web page, that works in real-time to inform you how far (by way of route) that subsequent level is.

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That is tremendous useful once you simply need a glanceable take a look at how far that blueberry pie slice from Chalet Reynard is perhaps.

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The one draw back although, is that this characteristic doesn’t seem to make the most of both the identified course grade and even Energy Information to determine the estimated instances. Within the instance above, it exhibits the highest at solely 22 minutes away, regardless of being 9% and 9KM away. Clearly, that ain’t gonna occur. In speaking with Garmin, the characteristic at the moment makes use of your common velocity so far (on that exercise). Clearly, in case your route contains flats/descents beforehand, that’ll adversely impression it (because it did for us).

Finally, the primary modifications on the Edge 1040 on the subject of mapping and navigation are round dramatic velocity enhancements, and cleanliness of the consumer interface, in addition to rising particulars on issues like Climbs.  The ancillary main new characteristic I cowl within the subsequent part (Energy Information) will depend on programs, however isn’t actually navigation per se. Thus, factor of many of the 1040 modifications as incremental when it comes to new options, however massively quicker when it comes to means to make use of them

Energy Information & New Coaching Load Items:

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This part is a little bit of a combo-dish of recent options which have arrived on the Edge 1040 which might be largely centered on coaching load, racing, structured exercises, or categorization of you or your programs. In different phrases, this part is all in regards to the new Edge 1040 options which might be making an attempt to make you quicker.

On the core of issues are the next predominant new options:

– Energy Information: This creates an entire race or coaching plan for a given course
– Biking Skill: This identifies your biking power areas
– Actual-Time Stamina: This tells you the way far you’ll be able to trip at a given depth stage, and if that’s sustainable
– Course Calls for: This exhibits whether or not your biking means to deal with this course nicely (or not)

T. are extra coaching load and restoration options in fact from earlier than, however the above are the primary new ones. I’ll cowl these blended in . although as we plod alongside.

Let’s begin with what’s the most attention-grabbing of the group, which is Energy Information. Energy Information is akin to a race-plan for the facility targets you might want to hit, to realize a sure time. This requires an influence meter. In impact, it’s like a extremely detailed race plan (maybe a bit too extremely detailed). For these conversant in Finest Bike Cut up, or Garmin’s personal operating Tempo Professional, it’s sorta a mix between these two.

To start, Energy Information requires you could have a course/route deliberate. As soon as that’s performed, you’ll create your Energy Information program on both Garmin Join Cell (smartphone app), or Garmin Join internet (on-line). You’ll select the course, after which from t. you’ll specify the terrain kind (if not already listed), in addition to your weight, bike, and equipment weight (and may change your FTP):

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After that you simply’ve obtained a easy slider that goes from ‘Simpler’ to ‘More durable’, which is split up into 10 ranges. As you modify that slider, it will increase your energy ranges (and reduces your estimated accomplished time).

Down under, it’s subdivided the course into 1,000,000 chunks. Every chunk is predicated on the particular terrain, so for instance 4% vs 2% grade. The longer and extra various in terrain the course, the extra chunks you’ve obtained. For instance, evaluate this ~60KM route up Mont Ventoux and again down a special aspect with extra rolling terrain. Garmin says the minimal section (chunk) size is 200m. For Mont Ventoux and this trip I ended up with 40 segments.

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From t., you’ll ship this to the Edge 1040, w. you’ll be able to select to allow it on the course you trip. As soon as a plan is created, it’s also possible to tweak this on the Edge 1040 too:

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As soon as performed, you’ll see this new Energy Information display, which handily additionally features a built-in ClimbPro mini-screen you probably have climbs inside it.

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On the high of the display you’ve obtained the present part, which you’ll be able to kinda consider as a lap. Once more, relying on the terrain this could possibly be very quick or very lengthy. Then under that you simply’ve obtained your 3-second energy, information deliberate energy for this part, and your energy for this part.

Beneath that may be a terrain map with little blue dots indicating ups and downs within the energy. After which under that’s both a mini ClimbPro chart, or, on flatter sections, that is changed with a mini-map and a some abstract stats on the precise aspect. Beneath you see 21w for the Information Common. That was a bug that was fastened since my trip on Friday.

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What’s cool about this characteristic is that it’s not as naggy as having a ‘correct’ structured exercise loaded within the unit. Not like a structured exercise, this doesn’t chirp/beep the whole time at every goal change, or, in the event you’re out of zone. Plus, not like a structured exercise, you’ll be able to change your goal straightforward/hardness stage (1-10) mid-ride. That as helpful for me on Mont Ventoux after I could have set it a wee bit excessive, after which reigned it in barely as I obtained settled in on the climb.

Now whereas this characteristic works nice for solo rides/races/coaching, it gained’t work so nicely in group rides or races with any form of group/peloton. That’s as a result of your energy ranges will drop within the draft, which can confuse this. Additional, the ranges it provides are fairly massive – upwards of an hour.

Subsequent, t.’s the brand new Course Calls for characteristic. This lets you load up any course and see what kind of cardio and anaerobic capability you might want to excel on this course, with the little marks noting the course calls for relative to your capability in coloured sections:

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Virtually talking, I’m unsure this characteristic actually provides a lot in its present iteration. I can’t think about anybody this and going “Oh, this course wants extra cardio capability, I’ll skip it”. I get what Garmin goes for ., in demonstrating your potential shortcomings, however this kinda comes throughout as noise.

Barely extra attention-grabbing is the brand new Biking Skill widget, which exhibits you what kind of bike owner you might be. For me, it initially recognized me as a Flat Specialist, although later modified that to Endurance Specialist. You possibly can faucet to see an evaluation of that with a smidge extra element.

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A lot of this in fact ties in with the coaching load and cargo focus elements, which have been across the Garmin ecosystem beforehand. The Coaching Load piece exhibits your load during the last 7 days, and exhibits you whether or not that load is suitable to what your latest historical past (final 4 weeks). It’s just a little wonky that Garmin doesn’t match this with the revamped Acute Load launched final week on the Forerunner 255/955 and coming to the Fenix 7/Epix/FR945 LTE. It’s very comparable, however Acute load is best weighted, higher named, and has higher ‘tunnel’ steerage that will help you extra.

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In the meantime, your 4 week load exhibits up beneath Load Focus, which categorizes that coaching:

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Now it’s worthwhile nothing that post-ride you’ll get an estimated restoration time till your subsequent exhausting trip. If in case you have one other Garmin gadget (primarily, wearables), it will contribute by way of Physio True-Up into that, to permit for restoration planning. Nevertheless, by itself with out different Garmin wearables, the restoration time metric in all probability isn’t tremendous helpful, because it’s not going to account for issues like sleep or different sports activities.

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Now, we do have to circle again to Stamina. This characteristic provides you real-time pacing into how a lot time/distance you could have left until you die. Or, at the very least till you collapse. The speculation behind that is that it appears to be like at your present restoration time (from earlier exercise), in addition to your coronary heart price to energy ratios, and figures out how lengthy you’ll be able to maintain a given effort for. This was launched on the Fenix & Epix watches, after which carried by to the Garmin Forerunner 955 as nicely. This can be a real-time metric that doesn’t require having something loaded. Right here’s an instance of it on a trip as I simply cruised alongside:

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Now, as I kick up the facility ranges and coronary heart price, it immediately begins to scale back my viable distance/time. Principally, it’s telling me how lengthy/far I can go at that given depth. Definitely, you’ll be able to’t maintain a dash endlessly, and this illustrates that:

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When the little bar is inexperienced, meaning you’re recovering or in any other case good. If it’s purple, meaning you’re burning the candle quicker than you’ll be able to possible recuperate.

Up till this previous Friday, I’ve discovered Stamina extremely correct and on-point. Months of utilizing it on the Fenix 7/Epix, after which Forerunner 955, it’s surprisingly good at nailing rides and the way I really feel, and the way a lot power I’ve left. However this previous Mont Ventoux trip I lastly managed to kill Stamina on each the Edge 1040 and Forerunner 955. Or, it killed me.

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Going into it, my Restoration Time was excessive from not only a trip the night time prior, but in addition earlier exercises. Add to that, it was being impacted by poor/no sleep, journey, and every little thing else. Right here we’re, about 3hrs or so into the trip, you’ll be able to see, I’m lifeless. But, I nonetheless then pedaled on one other 15-20KM together with climbs.

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Now what’s attention-grabbing, is wanting on the information. One would possibly argue I managed to tempo this climb as completely as my means permits, as a result of I principally flat-lined simply after the height. In fact, the query then turns into – what’s the definition of 0% Stamina? Is it “You can’t pedal anymore” or is it “You possibly can uselessly proceed pedaling, however you’re shot”?

So on this case, I went again to Garmin (with none context on my query) and requested for the definition of Stamina and what occurs once you attain 0%. Herman Bonner, one in all Garmin’s FirstBeat leads defined:

“When your Stamina and Potential Stamina are each zeroing out collectively, anticipate your means to race in a significant strategy to be severely compromised.  It doesn’t imply that you’re unable to place one foot in entrance of the opposite, falling off your bike, or handed out on the bottom.

And equally: In case your Stamina is zeroing and you’ve got Potential Stamina remaining, anticipate your means to dash/climb exhausting to be severely compromised, however you’ll be able to in all probability drop your depth safely under your anaerobic threshold and maintain going.”

On this case, that’s just about precisely what occurred. I dropped under my threshold, and saved on chugging alongside slowly to get to the lodge w. recent French baguettes, recent French cheeses, and cookies awaited. However, on the identical time, I used to be shot. T. was nothing left within the tank on the descent, and it exhibits in my energy numbers.

And this finally matches the identical expertise in different instances w. I’ve managed to principally zero it out, together with one 7-hour trip earlier this 12 months on the Fenix 7, arriving again on the lodge with 1% remaining (and I used to be shot then too). So to that finish, this characteristic appears to be working fairly nicely for me

GPS Accuracy:

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T.’s possible no subject that stirs as a lot dialogue and keenness as GPS or coronary heart price accuracy.  A watch might disintegrate and offer you dire electrical shocks whereas doing so, but when it exhibits you on the incorrect aspect of the highway?  Oh hell no, convey on the fury of the web!

GPS accuracy could be checked out in a variety of other ways, however I favor to take a look at it utilizing a variety of units in real-world situations throughout an enormous variety of actions.  I take advantage of 2-6 different units directly, making an attempt to get a transparent image of how a given set of units handles situations on a sure day.  Situations embrace every little thing from tree/constructing cowl to climate.

In each one of these exams, the Edge 1040 Photo voltaic was within the default multiband configuration, the very best GPS accuracy. Although, I additionally did some in common GPS mode too, simply out of curiosity to see the way it’d do.

To spoil you bothering to learn this part, I’ll merely say upfront that t.’s no bike laptop anyw. close to the accuracy of the Edge 1040. Similar to what we’re seeing with Garmin’s different new multiband GPS-enabled models, the accuracy continues to get higher and higher. And that’s particularly the case in more difficult terrain/situations, w. it actually exhibits how spectacular it’s (see my latest Forerunner 955 evaluation for that).

Nonetheless, .’s a couple of samples, beginning off with a 50KM trip by the French countryside, together with some forested sections, but in addition some tiny villages w. we purposefully ‘explored’ the tight buildings. And on this case, I had my unit on common GPS, whereas Des had his 1040 on multi-band GPS. We rode aspect by aspect. Beginning off the excessive stage, issues look fairly regular.

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As we go round round-abouts, it’s completely excellent tracks:

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However take a look at this part ., inside this tiny city with some ‘roads’ barely 2 meters extensive. You possibly can see simply how tight the 2 Edge 1040 tracks are, regardless of being blocked by 2-3 story buildings.

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So let’s step it up. Right here we’ve obtained a trip up Mont Ventoux, then again down a special measurement with extra twisty roads and sharper cliffs. Once more, at a excessive stage, issues look completely wonderful (that is in comparison with a Hammerhead Karoo 2, Forerunner 955, and Forerunner 255):

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However the separation is within the element. Take a look at this deep forested part and take a look at how excellent the Edge 1040 is – on the right aspect of this tiny mountain highway, w. the Karoo 2 is on the opposite aspect.

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Or . throughout quick descents, w. the Edge 1040 Photo voltaic accurately hugs the within line of the highway. The Karoo pulls a Lance Armstrong and cuts the nook, whereas the 2 watches are out in the midst of the highway. I do know that is trivial stuff, nevertheless it’s fascinating to see.

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Once you’re extra generic sections of roadway on the mountain, they give the impression of being nearer, however you’ll be able to nonetheless see the variations in observe stability in comparison with the Karoo 2 and the way that wobbles a bit.

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So far as elevation on this one, the Garmin 1040 and Forerunner 955 slowly drifted collectively, w.because the Karoo 2 and Forerunner 255 slowly drifted collectively. Which one was proper? Properly, the highest elevation of Mont Ventoux is listed as 1,909m, and the Edge 1040/955 combo was 1,892 (vs 1,843 for the Karoo 2/FR255 combo). So the 1040 was the closest ..

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Final up for now, we’ve obtained a trip together with some tunnels/bridges and different goodness out into the countryside:

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Take a look at this part over this bridge, w. it places me precisely on the sting of the bridge, inside bike path. Not off the bridge within the water, not in site visitors, however precisely on the bike path:

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About the one tiny blip I might discover was ., after I move beneath a set of railroad tracks in a tunnel, and in a single course it’s flawless, however within the different course w. I make a 90* flip proper earlier than the tunnel, as soon as it loses GPS it appears to try to proceed the flip angle for a couple of meters. However c’mon, that is actually nitpicking.

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Moreover, whereas I wasn’t in a position to get any mountain biking on this go round, my good friend DesFit did embrace a bunch in his video evaluation, which you’ll be able to evaluation ..

Finally, the entire information DesFit, GPLAMA, and Myself see throughout these models is astonishingly good, and inline with different multiband GPS efforts we’ve seen from Garmin, which lay down very spectacular tracks – particularly in more durable conditions.

(Observe: The entire charts in these accuracy parts have been created utilizing the DCR Analyzer device.  It permits you to evaluate energy meters/trainers, coronary heart price, cadence, velocity/tempo, operating energy, GPS tracks and lots extra. You should use it as nicely to your personal gadget comparisons, extra particulars ..)

Wrap-Up:

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It’s fairly straightforward to say the Edge 1040 Photo voltaic is essentially the most superior and correct bike GPS we’ve seen so far, from any firm. And I’m fairly positive it’s additionally the longest-lasting bike GPS too battery-wise, with the potential to go nicely past its revealed battery specs. As I’ve seen and proven with stats above, it simply virtually doubles their revealed official specs beneath essentially the most ‘demanding’ power-draw situations, regardless of simply half-hearted solar situations. And if we take a look at the brand new multi-band GPS and accuracy, it continues to prepared the ground, even barely edging out the latest Forerunner 955.

The brand new software program options like Energy Information can doubtlessly be tremendous helpful to the precise teams of individuals (specifically those who prepare or race individually). Personally, I discover the Up Forward characteristic extra helpful on longer rides to have the ability to determine how far I’ve untill sure waypoints/places at a fast look. The identical goes for Stamina, I discover that’s a very good proxy for after I’ll bonk, and maybe change my pacing technique to compensate for it.

Nonetheless, t. are some quirks that present the shortage of lockstep inside the Garmin realm – particularly in comparison with the higher-end Forerunner 955 that was launched simply final week. That features WiFi map downloads (the Edge 1040 doesn’t), and in addition has the newer coaching load/restoration terminology that the Edge 1040 lacks. Garmin says that the Edge 1040 will begin to incorporate these newer metrics in Q3 later this 12 months, however I simply really feel like this sort of stuff ought to be baseline matching for an organization like Garmin on flagship releases.

As I famous in my video, I bumped into a considerable variety of principally minor bugs throughout my testing interval. Nevertheless, the newest firmware replace yesterday appears to have checked off and stuck every subject I’ve had, which included quite a few sync points, circumstances of the unit having amnesia, and forgetting what I did the day earlier than (rides/PR’s/and so forth…), in addition to incorrect energy information information. At this level, solely time will inform although, not one of the points I might simply repeat on-demand final week are taking place now with this newest firmware. One subject I do need to revisit is gradual gradient modifications, for which I did see points final week, however have to double-check it on a hill later at present (I don’t have many/any appropriate hills close to me, in order that requires a little bit of journey). I’ll report again on that one. T.’s typically a steadiness t. between accuracy and responsiveness.

Finally although, in the event you’re on an older Edge unit, or, in search of arguably one of the best bike laptop out there, the Edge 1040 or Edge 1040 Photo voltaic gained’t disappoint. I’m unsure it’s worthwhile upgrading from an Edge 1030 Plus, however I feel in the event you’ve obtained absolutely anything else, it’ll really feel like a wholly new gadget – each in capabilities, but in addition accuracy, and battery life.

With that, thanks for studying!

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