Who Would Want the Garmin Edge 510?
The Garmin Edge 510 Odometer has been specifically designed and created for cyclists who compete that want detailed tracking for their workouts and races. This unique device supplies cyclists with comprehensive and accurate ride data so they can see what aspects of their ride were good and what aspects need to be worked on.
The Technical Details
Every box contains: Edge 510 odometer, mounts, premium heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, USB cable, AC charger, tether, manual.
- Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.9 x 2 inches
- Batteries: 1 lithium ion battery required (included)
- Display size: 2.2 inches
- Display resolution: 176 x 220
- Battery life: 15 hours
- Price: $Just under 400 dollars
The Edge 510 allows you to connect with your smartphone (Apple or Android) and avail of such interactions like live tracking, weather forecasts and social media sharing. Share and analyze your ride data using the Garmin Connect Mobile app. This means you can access you readings whilst not using the battery of the odometer as the Edge 510 sends the data to your phone via Bluetooth. You can also see other people’s ride data and share your own with the cycling community.
In terms of the weather, the Edge 510 is compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites which results in improved signal location and overall satellite acquisition. This makes it perfect for any type of weather front. When paired with your mobile device, the Edge 510 supplies you with up to date weather shifts and changes thus ensuring you know what is coming your way. This is a very handy feature for long cycles.
The 510 Odometer accurately records such measurements as your distance, speed metrics, ascent/descent, grade and much more. It also calculates your heart rate, speed/cadence and power via the built in ANT+ compatible sensors.
This odometer features an activity profile which allows complete control over data fields and devices settings. You can simply switch profiles with a swipe of your finger via the touchscreen. When you have finished a ride, the 510 automatically informs you if you have broken any previous personal records.
The Live Tracking Feature
Available on a Garmin Connect tracking page, this feature also your family and friends the opportunity to keep track of your race progress as it happens. All it takes is for them to accept your email invite and they can experience the ride with you.
Other Key Features of the 510
The wireless data transfer features means that you instantly store, share and analyze any detail of your cycling ventures. These race details can either be manually or automatically chosen to be uploaded to Garmin Connect from where people in your cycling circle can see them.
The Edge 510 is completely water proof and the touchscreen is extremely friendly user – can be used with a glove on, even if wet.
Customer 510 Reviews Researched – Don’t Skip This!
Ok man are you going to thank me for this section. I did a ton of reading on what bike owners are saying about this. Wow, it’s all over the freaking place. Some people like it and some people are straight up pissed off about buying it. Amazon had some great reviews on it that shed a lot of light about the product.
So, first of all skip the 2013 product reviews there. The unit firmware was upgraded in 2014 which now has a lot of the other functions the better models do. With that update the comments are all good and bad. The storage seemed too small to store rides. The pairing sucked for some, then you would read further and it worked perfectly. It’s now 2015 so I would high seek out if their has yet been another upgrade to the firmware to fix the problems.
The 2015 reviews from February and March were still have complains about it. So that is not promising. The glare will be an issue if you wear polarized glasses as the 510 has a polarized screen. You will see complaints about the readability and font sizes. So, you won’t want to use your riding glasses for this one. On top of that people just complain about the readability of the screen in general
Battery life last about 3 rides. You will have to remember to charge it where the 500 would last a lot longer.
The processor is super slow as well. People were not happy about how long it took to operate the device.
The accuracy when compared to the 500 was not as good even with the added GLONASS system which is supposed to be way more accurate.
Look at the 1st and 2nd page of the amazon reviews for the 510 to where you can see these type of comments. It’s no b.s. 🙂
So, guys and gals I would not feel comfortable recommending this gps odometer at all at this point without calling garmin and specifically asking them about any updates they made to the model in 2015 or actually figuring out where you could use a friends to demo it or something like that. If you do buy it I would recommend turning off the weather feature and bluetooth feature on your rides to save battery.
There are definitely more options out there and honestly, the edge 500 model we did a review on would work perfectly for you without the customer complaints I found with this model. I would love comments from anyone with an updated purchase of this model and their experience if you have any. Leave a comment for us below and please share this article with other biker friends who might be thinking about purchasing this model to save them money. You can view our garmin gps bike computer review for more ideas as well.