Garmin have just released the exciting new Garmin Edge 840 & Edge 540 GPS cycling computers and they are packed with new and improved features. In this blog, we will start with by looking at some of the differences between the Edge 540 & Edge 840 and then we will have a look at some of the compelling shared features of these new models.
See the models here
- Garmin Edge 540
- Garmin Edge 540 Solar
- Garmin Edge 540 Bundle
- Garmin Edge 840
- Garmin Edge 840 Solar
- Garmin Edge 840 Bundle
The Garmin Edge 540 & 840 share a lot of the same features as listed below but the main differences are:-
· Garmin Edge 840 comes with touchscreen for simple, in-ride navigation
· Edge 540 comes with 16GB of internal memory and the Edge 840 comes with 32GB
· Edge 840 has address search and on-device course creation.
· Both available with Solar charging options
· Multi Band GNSS
· Targeted adaptive coaching (power meter required)
· Real Time Stamina (power meter required)
· Safety Features
Both the Garmin Edge 540 and 840 are available as a solar version which can increase the battery life by up to 18 hours in battery save mode. Perfect for a many different types of cyclists such as:-
- People who take their touring bikes on long, multi-day cycles with no access to charging facilities.
- Endurance athletes who like to see a lot of metrics (requiring more battery) on their distance cycles.
- Commuters who don’t want the hassle of charging their device all the time.
- Mountain bikers and want to squeeze in an extra couple of loops.
Multi band GNSS
Giving enhanced GPS positioning accuracy and better performance in cities and dense tree cover when on road bikes, commuter bikes and mountain bikes (all types of bikes really).
We love this feature. If you are following a course on your Garmin Edge 540 or 840, it will show you the climbs on the course. When you are on the climb, Garmin Edge will show how far you have of the climb left and you will also see the current gradient and the gradients for the rest of the climb. Ideal for pacing your efforts on the hardest part of any course.
Garmin have improved the mapping for the Edge 540 & 840 which now offers suggestions for popular cycling routes on road or even on the trails. Turn by turn navigation to help avoid getting lost and even if you take a wrong turn, Garmin will map you back to your course.
Targeted Adaptive Coaching (requires a compatible power meter)
This is impressive. It is like having a personal coach with you on your rides. For those improving cyclists, this suggests workouts based on training load, recovery, and rides that you have coming up.
Real Time Stamina (requires a compatible power meter)
This tells you how much distance and time you have before exhaustion. An excellent tool for pacing longer rides as this effectively shows you how much you have left in the tank. Along with this, Garmin gives you ‘potential stamina’ which can tell you how close to your best you are, how well you are recovering and how long you need to recover after training. Requires a power meter.
Incident detection – Garmin can sense impact and can alert nominated contact giving your location in case of accident.
Livetrack – nominated contacts can follow your progress on your rides.
Garmin have long been producing excellent cycling computers which are the perfect companion for all types of cycling. Most of the features above were reserved for the more expensive models but now you can have the same great features at a lower price.