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The other announcement by Garmin today is the Garmin Edge 130 Plus (they have also introduced the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus). Like it's bigger brother, it should have reached the market a few months ago, but Garmin chose to delay the announcement to better dates (thus avoiding the COVID-19 pandemic).
The Garmin Edge 130 Plus is a slight evolution over the original Edge 130, a model that did not seem to work very well commercially because it is in the shade of other models with a higher number of features (especially the Garmin Edge 530), but that I personally love for several reasons.
It's small, lightweight, covers the most basic functions and in this new version it includes features that will certainly be very well received by all users.
Aesthetically both are exactly the same. They share dimensions (41x63x16mm), weight (33 grams) and screen (1.8″ diagonal). Internally, there are not too many innovations beyond including now internal accelerometer for the incident detection feature, but the main innovations come within the software.
What's new on the Garmin Edge 130 Plus
Let's talk specifically about all the new features of the Edge 130 Plus. None of them are new to the Garmin range, everything comes from the rest of the models. So what Garmin does is “democratize functions” and allow the most economical model in the range (and especially smaller) to enjoy all those benefits.
- Includes ClimbPro. One of the flagship features of high-end Garmin devices comes to the little one in the Edge family.
- Advanced structured workouts, created from Garmin Connect or downloaded from TrainingPeaks .
- Incident detection
- Up to 12 hours of battery life
- MTB metrics: Grit, Flow and jump measurement.
- Sony GNSS chipset
- Compatible with smart trainers (not at launch, will be in the future via firmware update)
If you've never used the ClimbPro feature, it's definitely one of the most interesting features offered by this new model. This allows us to automatically see how much we have left on each climb, knowing what you have left to suffer ahead.
And not only the hill at that moment, you can also check how many climbs are left on your route and the details of each of them (length and average slope). You can see all the details of ClimbPro in the Edge 530 review, for example.
Another thing that inherits from that Edge range is MTB dynamics metrics. These are the ones that correspond to Grit (difficulty of the journey), Flow (how fluid you are during the route and if you make a lot of sudden speed changes) and jump measurements with distance and time in the air. And as in the previous function, if you want to know more details of what it offers I recommend you take a look at the review of one of the models that included it for the first time, for example the Garmin Edge 830
Garmin also wants the Edge 130 Plus to be a GPS bike computer that you can use to train, so it has made it compatible with advanced workouts. You can create a workout directly on Garmin Connect, or download it from TrainingPeaks if it's the platform you use (learn how to use TrainingPeaks in the podcast).
What do you get with that? Well, you can perform interval workouts in which the bike computer guides you through the different phases, not only in time or distance but also in the target of each interval (power range, heart rate, etc.).
The fact that Garmin wants the Edge 130 Plus to be also a good training bike computer can be seen in that they want it to be compatible with smart trainers through ANT+.
The previous Garmin Edge 130 already allowed us to receive cadence, speed and power data from the trainer (in short it is nothing more than information from external sensors), but what we can do now is to control the resistance of the trainer, provided it is smart.
But it is not only to control the resistance to increase or decrease the training difficulty, it is that when combined with said interval workouts you will be able to perform them and the Edge 130 Plus will “order” the trainer to change the resistance as we progress through the different phases of that workout.
The latest feature is the addition of the internal accelerometer, which allows it to have the incident alert. If your device detects a sharp deceleration, it will send a SOS message automatically and independently, as long as you carry your mobile phone with you.
These are the main features, but remember that the Edge 130 Plus still supports navigation routes, although no maps on the device.
Garmin Edge 130 Plus, availability and price
As with the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus, the Garmin Edge 130 Plus is available right now. It is normal considering that this bike computers should have been introduced a few months ago, so they have had more than enough time for manufacturing and distribution.
And likewise the price remains relative to the original Edge 130 (although the original is now cheaper as Garmin has lowered its price). It's €199 if you buy only the device, €249 if you do it with the HRM-Dual heart rate sensor (ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible) or €269 for the MTB pack.
Garmin Edge 130 Plus opinion
Today's both presentations are modest renovations of a product that was already present in the range. This is an upgrade to revalue a device without having to take too high costs.
However, this renewal has been better for Edge 130 Plus because Garmin has added useful features that are among the favorites of Garmin users.
On one hand we have ClimbPro, one of the best features that are available on Garmin devices when they we have days of accumulating positive meters. In fact, on many occasions I create a navigation route just because I have this extra screen, even if I perfectly know where I'm going and I don't need the Edge to let me know when to turn.
And on the other hand the possibility of performing interval workouts and smart trainer compatibility. Both options substantially expanded the possibilities of using the Edge 130, which were previously somewhat more limited for those who wanted to use the device for workouts. I have an Edge 130 that I use for competitions, but it is true that if one day I have to do an interval workout, not having the possibility to sync those workouts is something that limits me in a certain way.
Overall it is an interesting renovation for a device that usually goes quite unnoticed (and in my opinion, unfairly).
Thanks for reading!