Garmin Edge Explore 1000 joins bike computer range

Cycling-specific maps and incident detection capabilities added to Garmin’s top-of-the-range cycling computer

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The flurry of new Garmin models continued today with the Edge Explore 1000 – billed as an easy-to-use GPS bike computer ideal for touring and adventure.

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It comes with a preloaded Garmin Cycle Map as standard, featuring routable road and bike paths, elevation data, points of interest and address search. This will be a nice bonus for previous Edge owners frustrated by the need to buy extra maps to augment the base maps which came as standard.

Similar to the Edge Touring Plus which has been out for a while, users can discover new routes by creating courses on the device, inputting a distance and starting direction and choosing from up to three cycling-friendly courses. 

The Edge Explore 1000 is also the first Garmin device to offer incident detection capabilities, thanks to an in-built accelerometer, and will manually or automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts should the worst occur. It’s also compatible with the Varia line of smart cycling devices which include a first-of-its-kind rearview bike radar and smart bike lights.

Data heads needn’t worry – you can still connect power meters, heart rate monitors, and speed and cadence sensors via ANT+. When paired with a compatible Bluetooth device and the Garmin Connect Mobile app, it also offers live tracking, incoming call and text alerts, social media sharing, weather, wireless uploads and more.

Expected battery life is a commendable to 15hrs, and it’s compatible with both GPS and GLONASS satellites for fast, accurate detection of your bike-based exploits. The Edge Explore 1000 is expected to begin shipping this autumn for £349.

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The flurry of new Garmin models continued today with the Edge Explore 1000 – billed as an easy-to-use GPS bike computer ideal for touring and adventure.

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It comes with a preloaded Garmin Cycle Map as standard, featuring routable road and bike paths, elevation data, points of interest and address search. This will be a nice bonus for previous Edge owners frustrated by the need to buy extra maps to augment the base maps which came as standard.

Similar to the Edge Touring Plus which has been out for a while, users can discover new routes by creating courses on the device, inputting a distance and starting direction and choosing from up to three cycling-friendly courses. 

Garmin Edge Explore 1000

The Edge Explore 1000 is also the first Garmin device to offer incident detection capabilities, thanks to an in-built accelerometer, and will manually or automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts should the worst occur. It’s also compatible with the Varia line of smart cycling devices which include a first-of-its-kind rearview bike radar and smart bike lights.

Data heads needn’t worry – you can still connect power meters, heart rate monitors, and speed and cadence sensors via ANT+. When paired with a compatible Bluetooth device and the Garmin Connect Mobile app, it also offers live tracking, incoming call and text alerts, social media sharing, weather, wireless uploads and more.

Expected battery life is a commendable 15hrs, and it’s compatible with both GPS and GLONASS satellites for fast, accurate detection of your bike-based exploits. The Edge Explore 1000 is expected to begin shipping this autumn for £349.

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For lots more triathlon kit news, advice and reviews, head to our Gear section