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New unit from Taiwanese startup goes up against the Garmin Edge 705

Fresh in the office from this morning is this neat little GPS unit, the Rider 50 from Bryton. Not heard of them? Neither had we until very recently, but they've sent us one of their computers for a go so we thought we'd introduce you.

Bryton are a Taiwanese company and the Rider 50 is their first product, although there are more in development including a Rider 30 unit that'll be going up against the Garmin Edge 500. The Rider 50 is a handheld/bike mounted GPS unit that's pretty much a direct competitor to the Garmin Edge 705. It's a similar beast, built around a colour TFT screen with a backlight, and there's a good smattering of waterproof buttons, two on each side and two on the front either side of a joystick-style selector. The RRP, at £179, is about £100 than the Garmin unit, although with the new Garmin Edge 800 hitting the stores now you can pick up a 705 at a fair discount right now. Other similar features to the 705 include weight (108g) and battery life (claimed 15hrs).

When you're out and about there's three main screens to keep your attention. The first is a map screen, and out unit came bundled with UK mapping that's based on the OpenStreetMap project. In our experience this mapping is pretty much spot on when it comes to roads but not always on the money where bridleways and paths are concerned; OS mapping is better for your rights of way. However, the GPS is quick to acquire a signal and the mapping is nice and clear on the TFT screen, especially when it's backlit; you can adjust the backlight time in the settings and knocking the joystick turns it back on.

The next screen is a data display with five segments that you can customise to display whatever metrics you like to look at. It comes set up with a compass in the circular central section but we ditched that for a slope indicator to make us feel better about struggling on the climbs. There's a massive array of data to choose from, and because the Rider 50 is ANT+ equipped you can add an HRM strap and cadence sensor too. Bryton do a HRM/cadence bundle for £249 with mapping included.

The other option is a training screen where you can choose to race either against MyBuddy, a virtual partner, or yourself based on lap data from another ride. There's a step counter too for use when you're walking or running. You can share any stored information wirelessly with another Rider 50 unit by using the Knock Knock function.

If you want to follow a route it's possible to upload routes, including turn-by-turn instructions, via the Bryton Bridge application that comes bundled with the unit. We haven't given that a proper go yet but we'll report back when we do. One thing to note is while the Rider 50 claims it's Mac compatible it isn't in any meaningful sense, as the bridge software on our unit is PC only.

We'll be putting the Rider 50 through its paces in the coming weeks and report back with our conculsions. For more info on Bryton, go to http://corp.brytonsport.com
 

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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G-bitch [322 posts] 5 years ago
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I wish either company would give us the option of using AA batteries in a bike specific GPS - the internal rechargeable means it's far less useful for touring or longer audax rides. Pain really, I'm looking to get an Oregon but it'd nice to be able to ditch the bike computer and HRM at the same time.

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ribena [179 posts] 5 years ago
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You could just use something like this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Battery-Pack-Takes-Batteries/dp/B002PHC1XU
to charge it up?

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jamesfifield [108 posts] 5 years ago
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Is it not possible to use one of the third party battery packs for cell phones? I know that the cable for my Edge 500 is the same as for my room mates Blackberry.

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 5 years ago
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I bought one of these to take with me for back up charge for my iPhone, and it's already got me out of a fix a couple of times.

https://powertraveller.com/iwantsome/primatepower/000239/

You'd obviously need to check compatibility and recharging while riding would be a no-no so you'd have to factor in a tea stop, but might be a solution?

Cheaper if you Google around a bit, too  3

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 5 years ago
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G-Bitch - how about a dynamo hub and a Tout Terrain USB plug? okay, i know it's a bit more expensive than stopping at the garage for four duracell  1

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G-bitch [322 posts] 5 years ago
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Good point on the dynamo USB thing - I've got the dynamo on the audax bike which I guess could be employed in daylight hours so I'd just need one for the tourer then. It just complicates things a bit much - I'd rather just be able to carry a spare pair of duracells!

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gbzpto [93 posts] 5 years ago
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does it come with mapping for other countries ?

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 5 years ago
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@gbzphoto - Ours says western europe on the box but actually the only detailed maps so far as i can see are of the UK and part of Northern France. i'll check

@G-bitch indeed, but like ribena says you can get an AA USB charger these days which should do the trick so long as you keep it out of the rain  1

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philsheehan [2 posts] 5 years ago
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You haven't mentioned whether it's powermeter compatible. It can only be held up against the Garmin if it is.

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 5 years ago
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indeed i haven't. and the current answer is no, not out of the box, but power compatibility is planned for and will be added in firmware upgrades.