Best GPS Bike Computers of 2017

LISTING ORDER >> The best & most popular products are listed first. Products in this category come in two styles, dedicated bike computer (handlebar mounted) and multisport GPS watch (wrist worn)

Dedicated Bike Computer

If you want a dedicated stem/handlebar mounted GPS bike computer then I'd recommend something from the Garmin Edge range or Polar. Polar have raised their game with the brilliant Polar M460 (with LIVE Strava segments). Garmin just don't want to stop developing. They have recently added the Garmin Edge 20 / 25 and the superb Edge 520 & the Edge 820 (brilliant performance monitoring PLUS navigation!).  If you are interested in monitoring your power output we have reviewed some of the best power meters here

Wrist Worn with Cycling functionality

I have included several watches here that feature a dedicated CYCLING sports profile As well as supporting heart rate, all the wrist worn watches here also support pedal cadence . For the recreational cyclist I'd recommend the Polar M400 or Garmin Vivoactive HR. For the more competitive cyclist it would be the Forerunner 735XT or the Polar V800

Or just download an APP like Strava.

If you normally ride carrying your smartphone then you could consider one of many Bluetooth HRM sensors that will transmit your heart rate data to your phone. The Polar H7Wahoo Tickr and BlueLeza HR sensor are compatible with hundreds of Android, iOs and Windows phones. A very popular combination for cyclists is an Android/iPhone running the Strava APP paired with the Polar H7 (available here) HRM belt. This will give you pace, distance and heart rate data for each run.


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Bike Computers reviewed by CardioCritic

 
  • Polar M460

    NEW - 2017 - NEW

    TOP 4 for CYCLISTS

    CardioCritic is a great fan of the predecessor the Polar 450. If you have been thinking of getting a new Garmin Edge or similar then it's time you had a look at Polar's GPS bike computers. The Polar M460 is everything the M450 was, plus it now has the inclusion of LIVE Strava Segments to help you get back your favourite KOM !

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  • Polar V800

    TOP 4 for TRIATHLON

    The Polar V800 for professional athletes & demanding amateurs, as used by World ITU champion Javier Gomez. The V800 combines your workout training load with your regular daily activities, giving you a true picture of your required recovery. The dual transmission Polar H7 HRM belt providing heart rate feedback while swimming. Optionally measures heart rate, cadence and power ....

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  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    TOP 4 for TRIATHLON

    The Garmin Forerunner 735XT utilises their Elevate off the wrist heart rate sensors. The Forerunner 735XT is aimed at TRIATHLETES who want some level of freedom from their heart rate monitor chest strap. This strapless heart rate model features all the performance metrics of the 920XT like Running Dynamics, VO2 predictor and optional Power monitoring ....

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  • Garmin Edge 25 / Edge 20

    TOP 4 for CYCLISTS

    The Garmin Edge 25 & 20 GPS units replace the entry level Edge 200. Big clear display and easy to press large external buttons. The Edge 25 is certainly a GPS bike computer we highly recommend. Supporting ANT+ accessories (Heart Rate & Cadence) and also features Smart Connectivity to your phone for data upload ...

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  • Garmin Edge 520

    TOP 4 for CYCLISTS

    Garmin's best selling performance GPS bike computer. The Garmin Edge 520 has the processing power of a super computer. It does everything you could possibly expect other than full on navigation (for that get the Edge 820). The Edge 520 monitors more performance metrics than Team Sky would know what to do with, Heart Rate, Cadence, Power, Ascent, Descent and more ....

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  • Garmin Edge 820

    TOP 4 FOR CYCLISTS

    Everything from pre-loaded maps to emergency incident reporting and Garmin Connect IQ applications. The Edge 820 takes all the best features of the Edge 520 like Strava Segments and adds the navigational functionality of the Edge 1000. With the Edge 820 you can plan a new route on the device while out on the road or ride a ROUND TRIP route ....

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  • Suunto Spartan Sport

    The Suunto Spartan Sport replaces the Ambit3 Sport. Water resistant to 100 meters and featuring a tough high colour touch screen with great visibility in direct sunlight. The Spartan Sport is aimed at multisport GPS adventure racers and triathletes (up to Olympic distance). Those undertaking FULL Ironman Distance should consider the Suunto Spartan Ultra with 18 hours battery life. Note > new Spartan Sport HR with wrist based heart rate available now ...

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  • Garmin Vivoactive HR

    TOP 3 ALL ROUNDER

    Garmin's intelligent smartwatch with an emphasis on fitness. Key features are a built-in GPS & heart rate sensor (no need for chest strap). Smartphone notifications and alerts from compatible iOs and Android devices. If you like smartphone technology, partake in one or more sports and you also want to increase your daily activity then the Vivoactive HR could be for you ....

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  • Polar M400

    Assuming you are happy to use heart rate chest sensor then this is a highly recommended heart rate monitor. The M400 is especially suited for runners and cyclists looking for a wrist worn solution. The Polar M400 combines the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology using Bluetooth Smart. If you want strapless heart rate, consider the Polar M430 .... 

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  • Garmin Forerunner 920XT

    The Forerunner 920XT is a true multisport GPS sports watch designed specifically for triathlon. When in the water measure distance, pace, stroke type/count and pool lengths. Drill logging and SWOLF score to measure swimming efficiency. Now with HRM-tri and HRM-swim belts for heart rate while swimming. On the bike you can monitor predicted VO2 max (with HRM strap and Vector pedals). Finishing with the run, you have access to advanced running dynamics, even a metronome to guide your running cadence, If you want HR from the wrist consider the Forerunner 935 or 735XT ...

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  • Wahoo BlueSc

    The Wahoo Fitness Blue SC is a bike speed and distance sensor compatible with iPhones from 4s onwards. Simply cable tie the main unit to your chainstay and pop the magnets on the crank and spoke. The Blue  SC is compatible with most popular APPS like Strava, Cyclemeter, MapMyRide, Runtastic Road Bike, Wahoo Fitness and many more ....

     

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  • Garmin Fenix 3 HR

    Top 3 Outdoor Adventure

    The Fenix range have the perfect balance of fitness, navigation and tech / connected functionality to satisfy most outdoor racers, explorers and performance athletes. The Fenix 3 Sapphire HR is a stylish, yet exceptional robust, GPS sports watch that can withstand harsh environments being water rated down to 100m. Featuring Garmin Elevate off the wrist heart rate, no need for a chest strap ....

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  • Garmin Edge 1000

    Like the Edge Touring, the Garmin Edge 1000 comes with preloaded maps and points of interest, including parks and trails, to help cyclists find their way. The Edge 1000’s display is fully customisable with different displays for different types of riding, such as road, mountain or touring. If you're less interested in navigation and more performance focused consider the Edge 520 ....

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  • Garmin Edge Touring

    The Garmin Edge Touring and works like a GPS navigator for a car, packed with bike-specific features and preloaded maps and POIs to help cyclists to find their way. They provide both on-road and off-road navigation and can provide round-trip ride options based on a set distance. Cyclists simply enter an address or search for POIs and Edge Touring will do the rest ....

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  • Polar V650

    The Polar V650 features a large clean full colour display that can be seen in any light conditions from any angle. The V650 now supports FREE Open Source mapping. You simply select a 450km square area and it downloads the WHOLE MAP.... FREE. It also features all the essential performance metrics including heart rate, power, cadence etc ....

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  • Wahoo Fitness RFLKT

    The Wahoo Fitness RFLKT is a bike computer that takes it data from your iPhone / Android device. It took us a moment to work out what the RFLKT actually is (the clue is in it's name RFLKT > Reflect, like a mirror) It works by taking the LIVE GPS data from your phone which is safely tucked away in your back pocket. The data being collected by the APP running on your phone is reflected, via Bluetooth, to the RFLKT's screen ....

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  • Polar M450

    REPLACED by - Polar A460

    Polar M450 GPS Bike Computer to rival the infamous Garmin Edge 25 and other pocket sized GPS cyclo-computers. It has everything from Polar Fitness tests, internal barometric pressure sensor (for accurate altitude data). The M450 supports third party Bluetooth power meters. Highly recommended, easy to use, alternative to the Garmin Edge range. Although replaced by the M460, it's still a GREAT bike computer if you don't want LIVE Strava segments ....

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  • Garmin Edge 200

    >> REPLACED by Edge 25.

    Whether you ride for fun or fitness, cyclists love seeing how far, and how fast they’ve rode. The Garmin Edge 200 stores up to 130 hours of ride data and sorts activities to quickly look up the fastest, longest or last ride. With a 14 hour battery life, Edge 200 features a USB interface for easy charging and data transfer. However, we'd strongly recommend the Garmin Edge 25 instead ....

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  • Garmin Edge 500

    >> REPLACED by  Edge 520

    Designed for performance cyclists, the GPS-enabled Edge 500 tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. For extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation. The Edge 500 was good in it's day (2012) but we'd recommend the Edge 520 or even the Edge 25 today ...

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  • Garmin Edge 510

    >> REPLACED by Edge 520

    Introducing Touchscreen technology with HRM, cadence & power supported. No mapping. Recently upgraded to include Shimano Di2 support plus addition of Garmin Segments (not Strava) as per Edge 1000. The Edge 510 was designed specifically for performance driven cyclists and is a light-weight (80g) compact option.  We'd recommend the Edge 520 with a better touchscreen display and Strava support ....

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  • Garmin Edge 810

    >> REPLACED by Edge 820

    Successor the Edge 800. Heart Rate, Cadence and Power support. Mapping options available. The touchscreen Edge 810 is designed for the cyclist who wants it all — navigation and advanced training capabilities in 1 device. Connected features through your smartphone include live tracking, social media sharing and weather. We'd recommend the Edge 820 ...

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