My Garmin Edge 1040 Speedreview: EVERYTHING(-ish) it is advisable know in about 5 minutes

On this submit, my considerably fast evaluation of the Garmin Edge 1040 bike pc.


The Edge 1040 is a really refined prime finish bike pc.

Affix it to your handlebars or the out entrance mount and it’ll do all the pieces in need of coordinating the newest SpaceX rocket launch.

Which brings us onto the primary of ‘a quantity’ (to be decided) of issues I like concerning the Edge 1040.

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No problemo, Brian Eno (or Colin Bono). Right here it’s:

It’s The Do-It-All Bike Pc

Should you’re wanting to buy an Edge 1040, I’ve to imagine you could have a good deal with on what a motorbike GPS ought to do. Otherwise you don’t however you’re loaded.

Both method, consider a velo-puter operate. Obtained one? Sure, the 1040 can try this.

Wait, no, that’s filthy. For Mercx sake. Wash your thoughts out. It completely can’t try this.

However genuinely, the 1040 does all the pieces a critical, or ridiculous, performance-focused bike owner may need from a motorbike pc, in need of proposing a clarky cat micro-dosing routine that may evade the test-wallahs.

It has each trip recording, navigation, security or coaching function my tiny homo velo-rectus mind can comprehend.

It tracks my health as I practice, calculates how lengthy I must relaxation and suggests what session sort I ought to full subsequent.

Importing and following a course is useless straightforward. Route calculation is tremendous quick.

Principally, in the event you purchase an Edge 1040, you’re assured to win your subsequent recreation of motorcycle GPS prime trumps down the pub.

Which I do know all of us play.

A Transient Interlude On ClimbPro

Certain, this actually matches within the earlier part. However I very like the brand new 1040 model of ClimbPro, so it will get it’s personal second of reality (couple of paragraphs).

ClimbPro has been round some time. It’s the climb(clearly)-specific display that pops up while you’re using a piece of street that Garmin identifies as a climb. It’s excellent for a rider with a weak psychological resolve (let’s name him, er … ‘Montey’) that should know the way a lot of a climb stays and the way steep it’s gonna get.

The place the earlier model relied on you following a pre-calculated route, ClimbPro on the 1040 (and on the 540 and 840) now identifies climbs in real-time, wherever you’re using, and flashes up the important thing stats: gradient, size, time till I go out.

All with a pleasant vibrant gradient chart, and a piece of map display displaying the climb.

You may also use ClimbPro on the 1040 to look the realm round you for climbs. Climb Discover is among the pull down fast entry screens, and lists close by ascents and all their key climbstats, which you’ll be able to filter and kind to your (over-stoked) coronary heart’s content material.

The Hammerhead Karoo 2 and the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT and ROAM even have related climb-specific options, and each at the moment are ‘always-on’ climb identifiers.

So the brand new Garmin ClimbPro model isn’t distinctive. Nevertheless it’s good and I’m discovering it very helpful, so it’s a powerful tick within the positives column for the Edge 1040.

The New Garmin Consumer Interface On The Edge 1040

Earlier Edge generations relied on a warren of menus and sub-menus.

The consumer interface on the 1040 is a little bit nearer to that of a smartphone. Not fairly Hammerhead Karoo shut, however getting there.

The house display has extra usable and informative widgets, the pull down fast entry menus are very helpful. The precise important menu thingy is less complicated to navigate.

Garmin has efficiently retained the huge variety of options, together with refined coaching wizardry, while concurrently making the system a bit simpler to consumer for the non-Garmin skilled.

Certain, there’s a sub-menu or two nonetheless lurking. However the entire vibe is ‘touchscreen first’ and it’s a giant step ahead.

And speaking of the display….

Its Obtained a Good Large One (Display)

The 1040 has a 3.5” show. Mini by smartphone requirements, however as huge because it will get within the bike GPS realm.

It presents greater than sufficient display actual property to show a really usable map, or a mix of the colorful ClimbPro gradient chart and a variety of different important information attributes.

And, pleasure of joys, Garmin now really makes use of the house with greater font sizes and fewer white house. A gripe of mine and plenty of on older units.

Battery Life Is Wonderful

I imply, it’s extreme actually. Even with out the photo voltaic choice and based mostly on ‘demanding’ use, Garmin claims 35 hours.

There’s no 35-hour battery check accessible in these legs, however I can affirm it goes numerous rides between expenses.

Principally, if you’d like the bike pc with the longest battery life, and undergo not one iota of vary nervousness on probably the most mahoosive of rides, then the 1040 is that pc.

And when the event does come to cost it, you’ll be able to lastly accomplish that with a USB-C cable. So it sucks up leccy quicker than ye olde micro USB bike GPSs that your grandpa informed you about.

It’s a Bit Bling

Or if bling’s not your factor, I’ll rephrase it: the construct high quality is great. Sure components tending in the direction of luxurious moderately than being strictly essential.

The 1040 has a luvverly machined steel cleat sort factor on the again. The plastics used really feel prime notch. Even the charging port cowl has a pleasant gun-metal gray sheen.

And simply in case you concern dropping and damaging it, the 1040 is the one bike pc I’ve purchased that comes with a protecting rubber sheath within the field.

So, like me, it’s a horny piece.


However within the curiosity of political stability, right here are some things to contemplate earlier than taking out a second mortgage and buying and selling within the contents of your nutsack.

That Display (Once more)

While giant, comparatively, the show on the 1040 is just not as lovely as a few of its rivals.

I’ve already talked about the Karoo 2. That display is a wor-stunner. The BOLT V2 is equally vibrant, crisp and contrasty.

The 1040 is much less vibrant and fewer ‘excessive def’.

However then it’s a commerce off. You don’t get this many highly effective options and the wonderful battery life, with out accepting a display that sucks much less atomic juice.

As we physicists name it.

(Shh, Whisper It) Photo voltaic Charging May Be a Gimmick

Helpful maybe within the tour de French sunshine. Much less compelling within the gloomy English summertime.

I’m unsure it’s price paying the additional to get it, notably when the non-solar 1040 goes longer than your grandpa, him once more, on uppers.

In fact, being a bovine double dangler, I purchased the photo voltaic model.



All informed, the Edge 1040 is an exceptional bike pc. I loves it.

Don’t get me improper. I received’t use half the options regularly.

The coaching components are overkill for no matter it’s that I do on a motorbike (which actually isn’t following a structured and disclipined coaching routine).

The photo voltaic charging is certainly within the ‘considerably good to have’ moderately than ‘will need to have’ bracket.

And it’s not a small funding. For the price of a 1040, you would purchase two bike computer systems. Or a motorbike pc, radar and a 9 McNugget meal.

However then I didn’t take up street biking to make small investments. Go huge or go dwelling, as my mum says.

And on this case, by spending fairly huge, you bought a tippity prime bike pc.

(By the best way, learn this submit if you wish to evaluate the Edge 1040 with the 840.)

Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic street bike owner with solely reasonable expertise. He began Sportive Bike owner in 2013 to file the journey to his first 100 mile trip, the RideLondon 100. Over time the weblog has expanded to incorporate coaching recommendation, gear opinions and street biking tales, all from the attitude of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Because you’re right here, Monty would additionally such as you to take a look at his YouTube channel. Additionally, Monty actually must cease referring to himself within the third particular person.