Yesterday, Garmin introduced the Edge 1040, its new flagship bike computer that, like the Garmin Forerunner 955, comes with both solar and non-solar charging options.
That’s not the only change: Garmin reports the Edge 1040 will offer recommended power targets to help you better navigate courses, putting more effort where it counts, a real-time “effort level” metric, GPS tracking improved multiband and of course a USB-C cable instead of the old fashioned micro-USB.
The new flagship looks, by all accounts, to be a phenomenal full-featured bike computer. If you want a bike computer with a battery that will last for months, with the latest technology and accurate GPS, this is the computer for you.
However, for most of us it’s too similar to the Garmin Edge 1030 series to be a must buy right now.
While the new improvements are good, the Garmin Edge 1030 series, especially the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus, is still an almost overwhelmingly feature-rich device, and crucially, now that the replacement is over, the cost has already started to drop. we are already seeing Discounts of $200 and some on sites like Wiggle (opens in new tab).
While the 1030 needs charging more often (it still offers a full 24 hours of use compared to the 1040’s 30 hours) and uses the inferior micro-USB cable, there are too many similarities to overlook. The screen is identical, the older unit is just a few mm smaller, both are IPX7 waterproof, and the security and tracking features are identical.
The Edge 1040 has twice the internal memory, but if 32GB isn’t enough for your routes, data, rides, riding history and metrics, you’re probably the power user, who would always get the 1040 anyway.
Moving away from the build, the training planning and analysis capabilities are also virtually identical, at least according to the spec checklists on the Garmin website. In addition to the changes mentioned above, both computers offer custom screens, advanced workouts, interval training plans, estimated VO2 max, recovery advice, a virtual riding partner… the list goes on.
The 1040 looks like an amazing device. But just like the new Garmin Forerunner 955 and 255, if you’re not a power user, it’s worth waiting for the Amazon Prime Day offerings to catch up with the older model, as the changes are an incremental step forward.