Updated: GPS bike computer to launch at sub-£70

i-gotU computer offers sensor-free ride info that you can download to your PC

by Mat Brett   March 4, 2013  

i-gotU

We’ve just been sent details of a new GPS bike computer called the i-gotU (yes, the i-gotU) GT-820 that seems to offer a whole lot for just £69.99.

Essentially, for any latecomers, you have yer GPS computers that offer mapping, similar to a car satnav, such as the new Garmin Edge 810. And then you have yer GPS computers that don’t provide mapping but measure your speed, distance travelled and so on via satellite technology, such as Cateye’s soon-to-be-released Stealth 10. The i-gotU GT-820 falls into the latter category.

So, here’s what you get…

• Speed
• Distance
• Time
• Pace
• Calorie consumption
• Slope meter (gradient)

The Pro version comes with a digital compass, barometric altimeter for £89.99 while the GT-820Pro HRM – with a heart rate monitor – is £109.99. The GT-820Pro-Deluxe comes with the HRM strap and a cadence sensor (prices include VAT). These use Bluetooth LE to communicate with the head unit.

The GT-820 measures 65 x 42 x 17.3mm and the screen is 1.4in. We’re told that it’s waterproof enough to handle being submerged a metre down for 30mins. It uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery, the manufacturer saying that the battery life is 24hrs with the backlight on, or 40hrs with it off.

You can download all your ride info via the USB port on your PC. That allows you to log your numbers and check everything out via the i-GotU software that comes as part of the package. This shows you where you have ridden and allows you to chart your performance.

The manufacturer tells us that the data can be exported as GPX and TCX files through their software although there's no Strava integration within the software itself.

The GT-820 will be available soon via the manufacturer’s website or through Maplin in the UK. 

We’ve not got our hands on one of these yet but we’ll try to get one in for review on road.cc.

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If it does Strava will there be a limited USADA / Lance version called "I-gotU bag-to-rights"? Big Grin

posted by Towpath Ranger [4 posts]
4th March 2013 - 16:06

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Bluetooth? Will that mean the battery life stinks?

posted by mattheww385 [45 posts]
4th March 2013 - 16:06

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That pic makes it hard to figure out if the screen is tiny or the entire unit enormous

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posted by mr-andrew [293 posts]
4th March 2013 - 16:07

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Picked up a Bryton Rider 35t a couple of weeks back for £90 w/ HRM & cadence sensor... seems better value than this! having a couple of teething problems with their site, but the unit seems great thus far Big Grin

posted by robinmccavert [2 posts]
4th March 2013 - 16:30

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Alibaba is full of this sort of thing. Personally I'd like one where I could easily hack the firmware but that's just my inner geek coming out...

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posted by Doctor Fegg [120 posts]
4th March 2013 - 17:02

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DOES IT WORK WITH STRAVA?

posted by russyparkin [550 posts]
4th March 2013 - 17:07

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...or maybe one that steers the bike as well
(AI)-gotU

(takes coat off rack)

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posted by mingmong [177 posts]
4th March 2013 - 18:48

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Seems like they could've made the display twice it's current size.

posted by bike_food [86 posts]
4th March 2013 - 19:17

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picked up one of these the other day...
http://www.expansys.com/globalsat-gb-580p-cycling-computer-230468/ £63.99....

works pretty well.

posted by iammarcmason [47 posts]
4th March 2013 - 19:25

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It's bluetooth LE so should hardly affect battery life. It doesn't seem to make any noticeable difference to my iPhone's battery using a Wahoo Bluetooth HRM and speed and cadence monitor.

posted by musicalmarc [49 posts]
4th March 2013 - 20:25

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Windows only fail. Next please. Unless that's just their software which no doubt is shocking given it's not cross platform and will therefore be under developed.

Still looking to quit Strava on the iPhone and not looking to spend £300 on something that only does one thing (ie track me the same as my phone can for free).

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posted by daysofspeed [10 posts]
4th March 2013 - 20:53

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"Windows 7 or above, Vista or XP"

So that would be Windows XP or above... shurly?

posted by Birdoman [4 posts]
4th March 2013 - 22:00

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I know it's a dirty word, but if you after summat like this , then Halfords often have deals on Garmin 200s. with 4% cashback though quidco I got mine for about £90.

Trick is to order online & collect in store as the web prices are often a good few quid cheaper.

posted by gazza_d [132 posts]
4th March 2013 - 22:22

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Garmin 500's aren't that much more expensive these days..

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posted by the_mikey [146 posts]
5th March 2013 - 1:02

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who really cares if it does strava or not

posted by issacforce [202 posts]
5th March 2013 - 3:05

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Thinking Strava has changed my cycling life, mainly for the better, so its abscence would be a deal breaker for me. I have a 200 and a 500 Garmin, the display is clearer on the 200 but I like the cadence monitor on the 500.I am probably mad, but the 200 seems faster, even with the same autopause on both.

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posted by Forester [72 posts]
5th March 2013 - 6:42

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The unit can export .gpx and .tcx files via the software for upload to strava, we're told, but there's no strava integration within the software itself

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7034 posts]
5th March 2013 - 8:45

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What's Strava??

Just kidding .... Smile

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [298 posts]
5th March 2013 - 9:56

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musicalmarc wrote:
It's bluetooth LE so should hardly affect battery life. It doesn't seem to make any noticeable difference to my iPhone's battery using a Wahoo Bluetooth HRM and speed and cadence monitor.

So what do you do, can I ask ? You have a bluetooth HRM and cadence sensor linked to your phone. Do you mount your phone on the bike ? And can you get a real-time speed display or is this just stuff you download afterwards.

My Garmin has gone haywire and I was thinking of just downloading the Strava iPhone app but my understanding is that it doesn't give you a live speed/cadence/HR, you just download it all afterwards.

Not sure if that's correct but if there's a way to get that data real-time on the phone then I would probably take that route.

Is it about a bicycle ?

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posted by abudhabiChris [469 posts]
5th March 2013 - 10:09

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The phone is mounted in a Topeak drybag on the bars. I use the Wahoo app to display current speed, cadence, HR, last mile speeed, average speed, time etc. At the end of each ride I save and choose export to Strava, it logs in and updates my account. I think you'll get around 4 hours out of the battery with the screen on. Topeak do a newer 5inch drybag which could probably take an iphone with an external battery case to double the battery time.

posted by musicalmarc [49 posts]
5th March 2013 - 13:39

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you can get a battery pack for an iphone for a similar price to this. you need to carry your phone with you anyway so it's just down to weight penalty. None if you're doing 4 hours or less as you won't need the battery pack. Maybe 100g if you're doing more, but with a myriad of different software options. the wahoo app is designed to work with their rflkt screen (google it). wahoo uploads direct to strava from the iphone. don't yell at me if you don't have an iphone please.

posted by roly [43 posts]
5th March 2013 - 18:17

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posted by Ash_mistry [12 posts]
5th March 2013 - 19:27

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"So, here’s what you get…

• Speed
• Distance
• Time
• Pace
• Calorie consumption
• Slope meter (gradient)"

That's what has been available on many cheaper computers for years (but perhaps not the slope meter).

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posted by davebinks [114 posts]
5th March 2013 - 19:30

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Does it make actually riding the bike any easier?

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posted by davebinks [114 posts]
5th March 2013 - 19:31

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I got my Garmin 500 on Ebay for £112 shipped free from Taiwan (buy it now). They're cheap since the 510 came out.

posted by drmatthewhardy [222 posts]
5th March 2013 - 22:31

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Looks like a bad copy cosmetically of a Garmin 200, reminds me of cheap Chinese copy products, rather than a quality Chinese one, but given who it's being sold by, that's not a surprise.

Being as you can pick up a 200 on promo every so often for £80ish, would hold out, and get one of them (I did this) rather than a bad imitation.

posted by jimc101 [55 posts]
6th March 2013 - 10:02

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Windows 7 "or above" is a nice way of saying it'll work with Windows 8, but doesn't have the necessary Microsoft certification.

posted by thelimopit [117 posts]
6th March 2013 - 10:23

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Garmin 200. at about £90.00 cannot fault it; and for the Strava guys - it's compatible!

posted by Mostyn [387 posts]
6th March 2013 - 10:53

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No Strava + no Mac compatibility = no sale.

Poor market research on account of the manufacturer. Fail.

posted by torquerulesok [9 posts]
7th March 2013 - 14:02

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Strava are missing a trick not getting involved in the market really.
They are most concerned with Garmin though, I use Strava and Garmin Connect. Strava having the social element whilst connect has better analysis features.
Planning to go to power next year and will probably use another service again to analyse that.

My advise is if you want to train seriously start using Strava or Garmin connect (strava if you're competitive!)
Dont bother with the cheap units, get the best, a garmin 800, it'll do everything you could possibly need (mapping, cadence, HRM, power etc etc) and you can get a good deal, particularly on ebay. Mine was £220 over a year ago but with the 810 out as someone has said you can get cheaper now.
Any issues or questions you have are easily resolved with a quick online search since so many have them.
Well worth the extra dosh IMO.

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8th March 2013 - 10:32

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