The Garmin Edge 520 is a powerful GPS enable cycle computer packed with performance enhancing features. With the 520 you can analyse every part of your ride performance to spot strengths and weaknesses in your fitness and skills.
Contained are some impressive new features that current Edge models don’t feature. Integration with Strava live allows you to receive segments sent directly from Strava to your display. Compete for a King of the Mountain, beat a personal best or thrash your mates.
Pair the Garmin Edge 520 with a power meter and heart rate monitor and the computer will report your VO2 max and recovery time data. Pair with Garmin Vector pedals and you can see the comparative power through each pedal.
One of the best new features is the ability to pair the Garmin Edge 520 with an ANT+ turbo trainer. On those long winter months you can train with your computer synched up to the turbo to control the resistance or select specific workouts based on your training needs. The turbo will automatically make the adjustments as you ride.
These features along with a long 15 hour battery life, optimised high res colour display and large range of data points make the Garmin Edge 520 the all purpose cycle computer.
Garmin Edge 520 GPS key features:
Offers in-ride challenges through Strava live segments
Reports cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time when used with power and heart rate
Pairs with compatible ANT+® indoor trainers for data display and control
Tracks Functional Threshold Power (FTP), watts/kg and cycling dynamics when used with Vector™ or Vector 2 power meters
Connected features¹: automatic uploads, live tracking, smart notifications, send/receive courses, social media sharing, weather
Strava live segments integration
The Garmin Edge 520 is the first bike computer compatible with Strava live segments
3-month trail of Strava Premium
Starred Strava segments automatically sync with the 520 for live feedback during your ride
You get alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings once you complete the segment
Turbo trainer connectivity
Pair your 520 with a compatible ANT+ indoor turbo trainer for a suite of training capabilities
Set training targets and start pedalling, the trainer will automatically adjust to keep you at your target while the 520 shows your stats
Challenge yourself to a course that you or another rider has created and the trainer will adjust resistance to match the elevation profile
Power meter features
FTP and watts/kg tracking lets you compare yourself to others as well as cycling dynamics
A built in FTP test helps you establish your baseline either on the road or on your trainer
Add heart rate data and the 520 can derive your VO2 max estimate and post-ride recovery time, which indicates how long before you should attempt another hard effort
2.3 inch high resolution display
Screen clarity in all lighting conditions
The Edge 520 is compatible with ANT+ sensors including:
Varia™ bike radar and lights
Speed, cadence and heart rate
Edge + VIRB remotes and compatible weight scales
The Edge also integrates with Shimano DI2 to display your current gear on the screen. The Edge 520 is also compatible with ANT+ power meters including Vector series.
When paired with your compatible phone and the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app, Edge 520 offers live tracking, smartphone alerts, social media sharing, weather and wireless uploads.
Once your ride is complete, the data can be automatically sent to Garmin Connect™ where you can save, plan and share your rides.
Battery + GPS
15hr battery life
Compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites
In the box
Mounts (standard and extended out-front)
The Garmin 520 sits strongly and attractively on its mount at the head of my bike. It gives you all the info you need, and I'd stress the point you need a power meter and heart rate monitor/cadence sensor to make it really worth using as a training tool. One negative is how tricky it is to set up strava live segments, because you need to do some real research into how to set it up - there are no clear instructions that come with the Unit. That said, once you have it working, its very motivational and definitely gets you out on the bike a lot more!
The Garmin 520 sits strongly and attractively on its mount at the head of my bike. It gives you all the info you need, and I'd stress the point you need a power meter and heart rate monitor/cadence sensor to make it really worth using as a training tool. One negative is how tricky it is to set up strava live segments, because you need to do some real research into how to set it up - there are no clear instructions that come with the Unit. That said, once you have it working, its very motivational and definitely gets you out on the bike a lot more!Close review
This is the 1st Garmin i have owned, been on a few rides and has reset once on a 3 hour ride but apart from that its very useful to see all the data and even a map. Like the strava segments as it helps push you that little bit more if you're a few seconds off a PB
This is the 1st Garmin i have owned, been on a few rides and has reset once on a 3 hour ride but apart from that its very useful to see all the data and even a map. Like the strava segments as it helps push you that little bit more if you're a few seconds off a PBClose review
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