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

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.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Osprey [19 posts] 3 years ago
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but will it strava?

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 3 years ago
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we don't know yet. but we'll find out

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Al__S [1018 posts] 3 years ago
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Most importantly, does it output the GPS data in an open format that can be analysed by the multitude of services that take open file formats?

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ALIHISGREAT [119 posts] 3 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

Most importantly, does it output the GPS data in an open format that can be analysed by the multitude of services that take open file formats?

but will it strava?

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Mat Brett [618 posts] 3 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

Most importantly, does it output the GPS data in an open format that can be analysed by the multitude of services that take open file formats?

You Strava monkeys are obsessed. We're not sure yet. We only just got the details through and they've long since knocked off for the day in Taiwan – which is where this product is from – so you'll have to wait until tomorrow for an answer.

We're on the case, though.

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Frecro [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Is there going to be a womens edition called the 'I-gotU Babe'?

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 3 years ago
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or an implant called the "I-gotUundermyskin".

I'm looking at GPS units at the moment and had pretty much settled on the Garmin 500 as it will do speed, cadence and will take downloads of routes. If this unit can do similar then I'll have to reconsider...

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Towpath Ranger [5 posts] 3 years ago
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If it does Strava will there be a limited USADA / Lance version called "I-gotU bag-to-rights"?  4

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mattheww385 [46 posts] 3 years ago
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Bluetooth? Will that mean the battery life stinks?

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 3 years ago
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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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robinmccavert [3 posts] 3 years ago
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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  4

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Doctor Fegg [143 posts] 3 years ago
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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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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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DOES IT WORK WITH STRAVA?

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mingmong [258 posts] 3 years ago
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...or maybe one that steers the bike as well
(AI)-gotU

(takes coat off rack)

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bike_food [168 posts] 3 years ago
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Seems like they could've made the display twice it's current size.

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iammarcmason [47 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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musicalmarc [101 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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daysofspeed [13 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Birdoman [4 posts] 3 years ago
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"Windows 7 or above, Vista or XP"

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

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gazza_d [459 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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the_mikey [158 posts] 3 years ago
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Garmin 500's aren't that much more expensive these days..

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issacforce [211 posts] 3 years ago
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who really cares if it does strava or not

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Forester [115 posts] 3 years ago
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 39 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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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 3 years ago
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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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phax71 [287 posts] 3 years ago
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What's Strava??

Just kidding ....  1

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abudhabiChris [692 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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musicalmarc [101 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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roly [41 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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Ash_mistry [13 posts] 3 years ago
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davebinks [149 posts] 3 years ago
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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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