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New Garmin Edge 520 with live Strava sectors

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You've probably come here looking for the most comprehensive information for the Garmin Edge 520. The full review is now complete, so if you're interested in all the details, I recommend reading the full review by clicking here.

After last week's presentation of the Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25The first of these is the Garmin Edge 520, whose most important new feature (among many others, especially because of the long list of features) is the integration with the Strava segments. Garmin has also made official two new devices called Variaof which I am preparing the article with all the information.

All new Garmin Edge 520

Before going into analysis, it is best to go over the list of features and innovations that the Edge 520 brings under the arm.

  • Integration with Strava segments
  • Recovery status information
  • VO2Max estimation for cycling
  • Cycling Dynamics Metrics
  • 15-hour autonomy
  • GPS and GLONASS compatibility
  • Integration with Shimano Di2
  • Control of the new Garmin Varia: rear lighting and radar system
  • VIRB camera control
  • Training unit control with ANT+ FE-C standard
  • Mobile and LiveTrack Notifications
  • Bluetooth activity synchronization with Garmin Connect (and automatic export to Strava)
  • Navigation with maps (own and external)

The Garmin Edge 520 has a 2.3″ colour display. It is non-touch and there are a total of seven buttons around the device. The docking system remains the Garmin classic, so it is compatible with all current Garmin and non-Garmin mounts.

Garmin Edge 520

The autonomy reaches 15 hours of uninterrupted use of GPS. If we use GPS + GLONASS the total duration will be affected, usually a decrease of 10%.

Of course it is ANT+ compatible, and it also has compatibility with the new Shimano Di2 electronic gearboxes. This is the ANT+ compatibility list:

  • Pulse sensors
  • Speed and/or cadence sensor
  • Power meters
  • Garmin Varia
  • Garmin VIRB
  • FE-C training rollers

After the full deployment of features, let's take a closer look at the main functions.

Integration with Strava

Garmin Edge 520

The Garmin Edge 520 is the first cycling computer to integrate support with Strava, but it won't be the only one, as it will also arrive via software updates throughout the year (estimated during Q3) to the Edge 510, Edge 810 and Edge 1000.

Esta nueva opción permite descargar segmentos de Strava directamente en la unidad y se actualizarán una vez completados (si llevas un teléfono conectado por Bluetooth durante tu entrenamiento). Los segmentos que tendrás disponibles son los que hayas marcado como favoritos, cualquier segmento para los que tengas un objetivo y otros que Strava estime que puedan ser de tu interés y estén localizados en tu zona de «influencia» (es decir, que si vives en Madrid, no te descargará segmentos de Barcelona, sino de tus posibles zonas de entrenamiento).

These segments update your information at each connection with Garmin Connect (either wired or wireless) and will include a multitude of information, such as segment distance, leader list, map, or elevation.

The segments will start automatically and will alert you in advance so that if you want to do it, you are ready. It will indicate the remaining distance and time ahead or behind your goal or to get to be the leader of that segment.

It's certainly an important step in making your workouts much more social. If you have a lot of friends at Strava, there's no doubt it will be a continuous buzz among all of you. That's for sure, head nibbles, please.

Map navigation

The Garmin Edge 520 comes with a basic map for point-to-point navigation. It's very simple and barely provides any information, but fortunately the unit is compatible with OpenStreetMap's external map service, developed by the community and with more detail. About 50MB is available for storage on the unit, so you can't go crazy and download the entire map of Europe either, just select the area you're going to be in.

Eso si, la navegación no se realizará como si se tratara de un GPS de automóvil. Simplemente se crea una ruta que podrás seguir, pero sin indicaciones de cuándo girar y qué distancia queda para ese giro. Es un mapa de referencia, similar a las rutas que podemos encontrar en relojes GPS. Evidentemente tampoco tenemos «puntos de interés», por lo que no podrás programar el Edge 520 para que navegue a la pizzería más cercana.

It is therefore a simple navigation, a map on which you can see yourself as a reference and know where you should go to your destination.

Control of training units

The Garmin Edge 520 will allow you to control intelligent training rollers (such as the Tacx Bushido Smart, for example). This control allows you to vary the resistance of the roller in the same way as the smartphone applications present so far.

Gracias a este control inteligente podrás, desde la «comodidad» de tu casa, seguir un recorrido descargado (por ejemplo, de alguna carrera o la simulación de una etapa del Tour de Francia), volver a realizar un entrenamiento antiguo o completar un entrenamiento que crees desde Garmin Connect. Y por supuesto, controlar de forma manual la resistencia del rodillo de forma directa.

Garmin Edge 520, availability and pricing

Garmin Edge 520

The Garmin Edge 520 will be available throughout this year at a price of £299 in the normal version, and £379 if you want the pack version, with heart rate, cadence and speed sensors. If you don't have these sensors it's a good option, as buying it separately would be more expensive. It will be available from mid-August.

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    1. My guess is that, beyond the fact that in 510 it worked better or worse, it was to reduce price and also to leave something to highlight in the future 820.

      1. Highlight? For me it loses a functionality. A 510/810 without touch and with 7 buttons to operate it more than novelty seems to me a delay. The price is not reduced, it will be the cost of manufacture, as both have a pvp of 299. What surprises me (and I am glad) is that these new software (not hardware) apply to previous families, so I still see it less justifiable, a new team with almost identical features. The range 510/810, basically added a bluetooth chip, but is that the capabilities and functionality that adds this option of interconnection are huge ...

  1. THE FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR 510/810 ALSO INTEGRATES THE OTHER METRICS

    Recovery status information
    VO2Max estimation for cycling
    Cycling Dynamics Metrics
    Integration with Shimano Di2
    OR JUST THE INTEGRATION OF THE STRAVA SEGMENTS?

    1. At this time, Garmin has only confirmed integration with Strava in its current models. It remains to be seen if the update adds more options, but there is no confirmation yet

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