Garmin can never sit still. A month after the US -based brand announced its Edge 1040 cycling computer, it is back with another release, the reliable Garmin Edge Explore 2, a cycling computer aimed at casual riders and especially those ebike users who avoid hardcore training features and focus on user experience and convenience.
The Edge Explore 2 – especially the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle – seems to be the best bike computer option for electric bikes and is expected to be more useful than the Garmin Varia RCT715. In fact, we’re sure it looks like the Edge Explore 2 is cheaper than top-of-the-line Garmin GPS units and makes it easier for even new riders to understand what’s going on on the screen.
Speaking of the RCT715: the Edge Explore 2 is compatible with Varia devices, including the new Varia RCT715. The new bike computer has up to 16 hours of battery life (24 hours in battery saver mode) and comes with preloaded Garmin cycle maps so “riders can see famous roads and trails. , places with a lot of traffic and places of interest ”, Garmin explained. .
But back to the ebike. Ebike riders using their compatible ebike and Edge Explore 2 will see a dedicated ebike status screen that displays battery life and will also receive navigation guidance and alerts based on battery status, assist level and the preplanned course. In addition, the new Edge Power Mount – included in the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle – allows riders to regularly charge their cycling computer using their compatible bike.
Even though the Garmin Edge Explore 2 removes some of the most difficult training features found in the flagship models, it has plenty of features to keep riders happy. These include preloaded ride profiles (road, off-road and indoor), Trendline popularity maps, turn-by-turn navigation and alerts and ClimbPro (which allows riders to see the remaining ride and grade of each ride if following the a course).
When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Edge Explore 2 allows cyclists and their fellow riders – who also use compatible Garmin devices – to keep an eye on each other and stay in touch, even if they get lost in the pan view through GroupTrack and group messaging features. In addition, if an incident is detected on a ride, the Edge Explore 2 series will automatically send a message with the cyclist’s location to selected emergency contacts.
The Edge Explore 2 has a suggested retail price of $ 299.99/£ 249.99/AU $ 499 and is now available in the US, UK and AU.
The Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle, along with the Edge Power Mount, has a suggested retail price of $ 399.99/£ 339.99. The Edge Power Mount can also be purchased separately for £ 109.99. The Power Mount bundle is estimated to be available in the US in 5-8 weeks. The presence of AU in TBC.
Visit the Garmin US (Opens in new tab) / Garmin UK (Opens in new tab) / Garmin AU (Opens in new tab) for more information.