Garmin is finally embracing e-bikes, as an update to its Garmin Edge 1040 series of cycling computers offers “full e-bike support” – including new metrics.
If you own a bike capable of connecting to the Edge 1040 with ANT or ANT+ wireless connectivity, as many of the best e-bikes can do, you will be able to view custom data unique to e-bikes. For example, when you upload a course to Garmin Connect for viewing on the Edge, the cycling computer not only shows your planned route of travel – as it would on a conventional bike if you’re using a connected e-bike – but the Edge does too. will tell you if your bike has enough battery to accompany you along the way.
Being able to view your bike’s remaining battery life means you can plan to get to a charging port in advance, whether that’s shortening the route before heading out or turning around and heading home in the middle of an end ride. overly ambitious weekend. It’s a really useful tool, marking an excellent start for Garmin’s e-bike integration.
You will also be able to adjust assistance levels using the Edge 1040 computer, rather than manually on your bike.
Other features of the update not specific to e-bikes include music controls (finally!) best Garmin watch and show your training status on the Edge.
The update is completely free for existing Edge 1040 users and you can download it by activating your device’s automatic updates or using Garmin Express, just like your recent watch update.
Analysis: A sign of things to come
It’s no secret that we at love our e-bikes. A mix of economical, healthy hobby and powerful electric vehicle transport, e-bikes allow you to go further for longer with less effort.
Much of Garmin’s fitness technology has been in the form of triathlon-adjacent endurance exercises like running and cycling, but people tend to forget that Garmin GPS works in cars and other motorized vehicles as well. The e-bike mount, a perfect marriage of Garmin’s areas of fitness and transportation expertise, feels long overdue, and we can’t help but wonder what comes next.
Earlier this year, we briefly wrote about the Edge 1040 Solar, at the time saying that the computer wasn’t worth the splurge when the Edge 1030 was so similar from a specs point of view. But, if you’re an e-bike user, this is a great chance to improve your e-bike experience and be an early adopter of some new Garmin technology. Although the Edge 1040 is an expensive unit, we wholeheartedly recommend e-bike fans to at least look at its new features.
Based on the way Garmin likes to operate, other e-bike features might not be far behind Garmin’s flagship cycling computer.