Garmin’s no stranger to the cycling world, which can be attested to by the release of the Edge 500 and 800. However, both of those options are pricey, costing $250 and 450 respectively. So the budget minded cyclist, the one that simply can’t justify spending a few thousand on a bike, probably has already negated the aforementioned units since they’re probably the equivalent price of a new frame or all together new bicycle.
So we’re not too surprised to see Garmin introduce a budget minded version, the Edge 200. When it goes on sale in the next few weeks it will cost just $149.99. Course, you won’t get a color touchscreen or ANT+ tech that connects it to a heart rate monitor or cadence sensor. But we feel as though that’s a worthy sacrifice seeing as it still boasts the same ruggedness as the higher end version, enabling riders to expose it to even some of the most harshest of elements, including rain and probably some colder weather. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix satellite prediction should translate into very little wait time to find your location and the ability to track distance, calories burned and distance completed.
Much like most, if not all of Garmin’s products, riders will be able to share their data on Garmin Connects website (they’ve got a massive 70 million users), allowing them to face off against a virtual partner, track their workouts and find new routes no matter where they are in the world. They just need to plug it into a computer and upload their data.