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New entry-level GPS computer costing £150 packs OpenStreetMaps and Surprise Me features

Mio Cyclo has launched its new 200 GPS navigation cycle computer, which retails for £149.99 and comes with OpenStreetMaps pre-installed and a host of other features that should ensure it appeals to new cyclists wanting a simply and easy-to-use GPS computer.

road.cc has tested previous Mio Cyclo GPS computer and been impressed, finding them easy to use with a host of unique but useful features. The GPS cycle computer market is growing all the time and prices are starting to come down quite a lot, making them a more realistic investment for many more cyclists than before.

Mio Cyclo 505 HC GPS computer

“The Cyclo 200 is the ideal companion for those who enjoy cycling and want a quality navigation device at value for money,” says Harold Cobben, Sales Director B2C at MiTAC Europe.

“Many cyclists don’t need a fully featured, connected bike computer; they just want to trust a navigation device to get them home on a route of interest that is customised to their bicycle type. The Cyclo 200 meets these demands and is the perfect companion for cyclists using an e-bike, or couples cycling on a warm summer day.”

The new Mio Cyclo 200 brings some of that functionality and ease of use to a much lower price point. Featuring a 3.5in screen with an interface designed with simplicity in mind there are six large buttons intended to make it easy to get to the feature you want to use.

The device is water resistant (IPX5 rating) with a battery that is claimed to last 10-hours. It comes pre-installed with OpenStreetMaps software which is a free editable map created in much the same style as Wikipedia, and avoids the usual high costs associated with maps. The mapping software has cycling-specific points of interest such as bike shops, cafes and emergency contacts already loaded up.

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It’s packing the latest Cyclo software which includes the Surprise Me feature. What’s that you ask? It offers a choice of three routes based on time or distance. To help you choose it also provides detailed elevation data and a difficulty level. It’s the sort of feature that would be ideal if you’re riding somewhere new, such as if you go on holiday.

If you prefer you plan your own route, GPX files can be downloaded to the Cyclo 200 using a computer software application provided by Mio. The Mio Cyclo 200 will then provide turn-by-turn instructions with both visual and audio alerts.

Here are the key features of the new Mio Cyclo 200 at a glance:

  • Easy and user friendly navigation – large control buttons and simple menu structure
  • OpenStreetMaps pre-installed – ready to go right out of the box
  • Surprise Me™ feature – just choose time or distance and the Mio Cyclo™ will offer three surprise routes to choose from
  • Turn-by-turn instructions – clear guidance with a sound alert to indicate every instruction
  • Where am I – displays the user’s exact location. In case of emergency, this function shows current address, along with longitude and latitude
  • Desktop application – one tool to easily manage the device, download new routes and share experiences
  • Long-life rechargeable batteries – up to 10 hours performance
  • Water resistant (IPX5) – find your way in every weather

More at http://eu.mio.com/en_gb/mio-cyclo.htm

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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DaveE128 [970 posts] 2 years ago
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A few questions:

- I'm a great fan of OSM maps, but as they are improving all the time, can you update the maps on the device? If not, this is worse than a Garmin, which you can load OSM maps on to yourself (admittedly it isn't always entirely hassle free).

_ How good are the routes it creates? Do they choose suitable types of road/paths for road/mtb rides?

- Is the online site any good now? Previous reviews I've seen of Mio units suggest the online site that it automatically uploads to was not much good and in some cases stopped working altogether. Is there another way to get recorded rides off the unit in a usable format?

- Strava compatibility?

- Assume no ANT+ as it isn't mentioned?

- Is the touch screen resistive or capacitive, and if the latter, how well does it cope with rain?

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muddydwarf [24 posts] 2 years ago
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I use a 505 HC unit & the Mioshare website has a link-up facility that allows automatic downloads to Strava, Endomondo & some other sports websites.
The maps update around 4 times a year, whenever you plug your unit into the PC & open the application it automatically searches for upgrades - I have to remember to do this periodically as my unit uses WiFi to sync recorded tracks and created routes.

Also, customer service is excellent as they replaced my malfunctioning unit free of charge and even upgrading me to the full European mapping version.

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Jonny_Trousers [277 posts] 2 years ago
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Good! Garmin need decent competition.

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fukawitribe [2088 posts] 2 years ago
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DaveE128 wrote:

- Assume no ANT+ as it isn't mentioned?

No ANT/ANT+, no BTLE - no Surprise Me A-B either (just loop), despite the article perhaps sounding like it does - screen looks nice though, with a fair bit of acreage.

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JonD [493 posts] 2 years ago
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muddydwarf wrote:

I use a 505 HC unit & the Mioshare website has a link-up facility that allows automatic downloads to Strava, Endomondo & some other sports websites.
The maps update around 4 times a year, whenever you plug your unit into the PC & open the application it automatically searches for upgrades - I have to remember to do this periodically as my unit uses WiFi to sync recorded tracks and created routes.

Also, customer service is excellent as they replaced my malfunctioning unit free of charge and even upgrading me to the full European mapping version.

I guess 4updates a year is ok - must admit I'm still using 2yr old maps on my Etrex - but a pity not to be able to update separately, there's various OSM-based alternatives.

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rogermerriman [133 posts] 2 years ago
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Indeed looks like a Garmin Touring competitor, which i have.

about the same cost.

it does though have a fair bit lower battery life 10 vs 17hrs and a lower water resistances rating IPX5 vs IPX7. most outdooor tech is IPX7...

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fukawitribe [2088 posts] 2 years ago
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rogermerriman wrote:

Indeed looks like a Garmin Touring competitor, which i have.

about the same cost.

it does though have a fair bit lower battery life 10 vs 17hrs and a lower water resistances rating IPX5 vs IPX7. most outdooor tech is IPX7...

To be fair to Mio, the list price of the Garmin is third higher than the list price of this, although you can pick up a discounted one for roughly the same (I doubt the Mio will be only available at list for very long).

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rogermerriman [133 posts] 2 years ago
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fukawitribe wrote:
rogermerriman wrote:

Indeed looks like a Garmin Touring competitor, which i have.

about the same cost.

it does though have a fair bit lower battery life 10 vs 17hrs and a lower water resistances rating IPX5 vs IPX7. most outdooor tech is IPX7...

To be fair to Mio, the list price of the Garmin is third higher than the list price of this, although you can pick up a discounted one for roughly the same (I doubt the Mio will be only available at list for very long).

sure i'd guess down to garmin 20/25 prices soon, this said is still a fair bit of money, as someone who MTB over well mountains/hills in horrible weather IPX5 vs IPX7 would make me pause.

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melt [2 posts] 2 years ago
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I use the mio 305hc and have done without any problems for over 2yrs now, updates are great and route planning or uploading someone else's route is easy,
been out in some very wet/cold weather and its always worked fine.  16

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rogermerriman [133 posts] 2 years ago
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melt wrote:

I use the mio 305hc and have done without any problems for over 2yrs now, updates are great and route planning or uploading someone else's route is easy,
been out in some very wet/cold weather and its always worked fine.  16

Um the 305hc has IPX7 so certainly should cope, IPX5 is a fair bit lower test, it should be okay, but as before most active kit is IPX7 than IPX5.

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cycleman82 [2 posts] 2 years ago
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I think you are getting too hung up about the IPX rating, the key difference is that IPX5 is resistant to high pressure water jets ie. general rain and washing. IPX7 includes immersion up to 1m. If the gps on your stem is 1m underwater I think you will have bigger problems!
The new mio gps is aimed at the lower end of the market for everyday riders, if you need something that has all the bells and whistles, then look higher up the range.  16

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cycleman82 [2 posts] 2 years ago
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I think you are getting too hung up about the IPX rating, the key difference is that IPX5 is resistant to high pressure water jets ie. general rain and washing. IPX7 includes immersion up to 1m. If the gps on your stem is 1m underwater I think you will have bigger problems!
The new mio gps is aimed at the lower end of the market for everyday riders, if you need something that has all the bells and whistles, then look higher up the range.  16