August 29, 2007

Garmin Edge 605 and 705 - Maps, Wireless Sharing


Garmin has announced the Garmin Edge 605 and 705, two new cutting edge bike computers that have some amazing features built in.

First let me say, “Thank you” to Garmin for rolling in mapping features into the Edge 605 and 705, this is fantastic. One has to hope that we will see a Forerunner 605 and 705 soon that have mapping capability too. Mapping is the one feature that I was hoping for way back in February when Garmin originally talked about new fitness models. I have also hoped for ways to share data wirelessly for handheld units; and that’s in the new Edge 605/705 (Can I get this technology in my eTrex? Please?).

The Edge 605 and 705 will feature a basemap and mapping capabilities (Detailed Maps available too), while the Edge 705 will add ANT+Sport wireless sharing capability that will allow you to swap workout, route, waypoint, etc. data with other Edge 705 users. The units of course have all that (boring in comparison to wireless technology) stuff like heartrate cadence, etc capability. One thing that I would like more information on is the claim that the Edge 705 measures torque and cadence for each leg.

Anyway, the products sound amazing, and definitely targeted at high end bicyclists. The units should arrive just in time for the holidays, and will be list priced at $499 for the Edge 605 and $549 for the Edge 705 (no wireless), and $649 for the Edge 705 with wireless. Too bad if you’re the only one in your group to go for the wireless feature……. Sounds cool.

More after the jump....

Garmin introduced the Edge 705 and Edge 605 -- the latest innovations in the popular line of integrated personal training systems for recreational and advanced cyclists. The Edge 705 and Edge 605 provide mapping capabilities, street navigation and a 2.2" color display in addition to tracking vertical profiles, climb and descent, altitude, speed, distance, and time.
The Edge 705 represents several breakthroughs in cycling technology, including power compatibility and wireless unit-to-unit connectivity. Through collaborative efforts with SRM, Quarq and other experts in mobile power diagnostics for bicycles, Garmin for the first time gives cyclists the opportunity to monitor GPS position, power, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude and gradient on the same display. And Edge 705 users will be able to share their information -- including saved rides, waypoints and workouts -- with each other through ANT+Sport(TM) wireless technology.
"The Edge 705 gives cyclists the most effective tools they need to train efficiently and share data easily," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales, "and these new products are further proof of how innovative technology can enrich people's lives and help them better enjoy their exercise and recreational activities."
ANT+Sport technology allows the Edge to interface wirelessly with other fitness devices such as a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor or other Edge units. Cyclists can share courses, workout data and saved rides. When paired with an optional power meter from SRM or Quarq or another third party's ANT+Sport-enabled device, the Edge 705 measures power -- torque and cadence for each leg at the pedals -- which is often cited as a true indicator of an efficient ride.
The mapping capabilities on the Edge 705 and Edge 605 allow cyclists to truly get lost in their ride without losing their way. Routes can be adapted to revisit previous rides, personalized shortcuts or new destinations. Both units come with built-in basemaps, and optional detailed street or topo maps are available on preloaded data cards.

Altitude is recorded using a barometric altimeter for the Edge 705. This accurate altitude data makes it much easier for cyclists to match their altitude profile with their speed, cadence and heart rate during post-ride analysis. The Edge 605 measures altitude through GPS positioning.
Whether you need to know where you've been, where you're going, how long it's taking or how high you're climbing, the Edge 705 and Edge 605 offer answers. Cyclists can display their customizable data fields on large color screens, and the addition of a click stick helps users navigate through the various options. Sleek, waterproof and durable, the Edge uses a high- sensitivity GPS receiver to sustain reception in the most challenging conditions, such as heavy tree cover or "urban canyons" created by skyscrapers. It attaches to either the stem or handlebars of the bicycle, and is designed for easy removal at the end of the workout.

The Edge 705 heart rate monitor uses a robust wireless technology that eliminates cross-talk and interference and delivers real-time heart rate data exclusively to the user's device. This data is stored with each track point for post-workout analysis. The Edge 705 with speed/cadence sensor incorporates a self-calibrating, wireless speed/cadence sensor that mounts to the rear chain stay of the bicycle.

Customizing the Edge is achieved using several innovative features:

  • Workouts: Design workouts with multiple steps based on time, distance,
    calories or heart rate. Establishes workout targets based on speed,
    calories, cadence, heart rate and power (heart rate is standard on
    Edge 705, speed/cadence sensor is optional and power requires an
    ANT+Sport-enabled third-party meter).
  • Virtual Partner®: Team up with a virtual training partner that
    provides continuous feedback. Depicts a digital cyclist (desired speed)
    in relation to the user's real-time speed and notifies if ahead or
    behind desired target.
  • Courses: Cyclists can race against a recorded course and match
    previously set speeds at every point of the way. Combine the Courses
    and Virtual Partner features and race an opponent that varies speed
    while climbing hills and navigating tricky turns.
  • Navigation: Ride to a specified location by following turn-by-turn
    prompts, or try out brand new routes by downloading GPX files and
    leaving your paper directions at home.
  • Bike Computer: Customizable bike computer screen shows up to eight
    different data fields. The user may customize the display for the size
    and placement of the data.
  • Auto Pause®: Pauses the timer when the user's speed drops below a
    preset threshold.
  • Alerts: Program alerts to sound if the user strays outside the range
    of speed, heart rate or cadence values. Alerts can also indicate when a
    set amount of time or distance has passed.

    When used with Garmin Connect(TM) -- Garmin's new and improved online training site at -- the Edge's benefits continue long after the workout. By pairing the Edge 705 or Edge 605 with Garmin Connect, users can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts and log their workouts, track their totals, share workouts and participate in an online community.
    The Edge 705 with Heart Rate Monitor is expected to be available in December 2007 and have an estimated retail price of $499.99. This device includes an ANT+Sport heart rate monitor, AC charger, USB PC interface cable, bike mounts, owner's manual on disk and quick-reference guide.

    The Edge 705 with Heart Rate Monitor and Speed/Cadence Sensor is expected to be available in December 2007 and have an estimated retail price of $549.99. This device includes an ANT+Sport heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, AC charger, USB PC interface cable, bike mounts, owner's manual on disk and quick-reference guide.

    The Edge 705 bundle is expected to be available in December 2007 and have an estimated retail price of $649.99. This device includes an ANT+Sport heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, microSD card with City Nav NT maps, AC charger, USB PC interface cable, bike mounts, owner's manual on disk and quick-reference guide.

    The Edge 605 is expected to be available in December 2007 and has an estimated retail price of $399.99. It includes bike mounts, USB PC interface cable, AC charger, owner's manual on disk and quick-reference guide.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at August 29, 2007 8:16 AM
  • Recent Comments

    Can someone clarify the topic of maps? for instance, these products include a basemap but the website or various forums fail to clarify what that really means. Posters normally state that the basemaps are old or fairly useless and that additional maps are required. Some sites include a City map but again, I do not understand the various maps differations. If they were align with geographic locations, then the question would be answered but it appears that this vague approach by the manufacturer is a method to suck you in requiring additional investment if the included maps fail to support your needs. I wish to ride in various locations around Illinois (city, suburb and country). Can someone offer objective advice?

    Posted by: Jeff at February 25, 2008 2:47 PM
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