A few weeks ago I purchased the Garmin Edge 705. Since then I’ve been using it on my mountain bike. I haven’t set it up on my road bike but neither have I ridden my road bike the last few weeks.
The Edge 705 comes in 3 different bundles. The Edge 705 basic bundle includes GPS and heart rate. The next Edge 705 bundle adds cadence and wheel sensor. The deluxe Edge 705 bundle also comes with street maps.
I got the Edge 705 package that includes the cadence and speed sensor but without the street maps. The street maps that come in the bundle are on the microSD card. I decided to get the MapSource DVD version of the City Navigator so I can also use it on my computer. In addition I got the detailed 24k topo maps for Colorado and Utah on a microSD card.
So far I’ve used it mainly as a bike computer and heart rate monitor. Not having a separate heart rate monitor is very nice. The GPS adds nice functionality to the cyclocomputer such as not needing to figure out the wheel size. Also the barometric altimeter adjusts itself automatically. I’ve had a altimeter cycle computer since 2002 and I was always trying to figure out the elevation before riding when I was traveling.
The only thing I’ve done so far with the GPS is download my tracks. Having the route is cool but I think some of the other GPS features will be even cooler. The Edge 705 lets you set a waypoint and use the GPS map and the 705′s turn-by-turn directions to find your way back. You can save any ride in your history file and compete with yourself later by calling it up from the history file. You can show up to a group ride with a route and share it wirelessly with other Garmin units.
Look for a more detailed Garmin Edge 705 review in a month or two when I’ve had more time to explore it’s features. I’ll also be trying it with some of the available GPS software and websites. So far I’ve just barely used the Garmin Training Center and TopoFusion. Here’s a list of GPS sites that I’ll potentially try out.
With my limited use of the Edge 705, here are some of my likes and dislikes.
Garmin Edge 705 Likes
- It can display up to 8 pieces of information at once. I’m currently displaying ride time, speed, distance, time of day, elevation, heart rate, total ascent and cadence. Even with that much information, I can see it easily.
- The Edge 705 was very easy to install and start using. The heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor need to be paired but that’s done at the factory if you buy them in a bundle. The GPS unit detected mine within a couple seconds of turning it on.
- The heart rate monitor strap is more comfortable than the Polar T61 strap I’m used to. My guess from wearing it on my first ride was that the Garmin one was narrower. I compared the 2 and the Garmin strap is actually slightly wider in spots. The difference is it’s much more flexible and softer than the Polar one.
- The heart rate has picked up reliably without any wild fluctuations.
Garmin Edge 705 Dislikes
- I have the auto-pause feature turned on and it thinks I’m stopped when I’m not. At first I thought maybe the wheel sensor wasn’t close enough but I adjusted it and that doesn’t seem to be the problem. It seems the Edge tries anticipating my stops. When I brake hard coming into a corner or before going over a drop, it seems to decide I’m going to stop. It’s not a big deal because it resumes immediately but the beep it makes gets annoying.
- The Garmin Trainer Center isn’t included on the disk in the box. The only thing on it is documentation. I would like to see software shipped in the box and then have easy update functionality for it.
- The Edge requires USB drivers to be installed. The documentation says the drivers are on the disk but I couldn’t find them. The drivers do get installed with Training Center but I first tried using it with TopoFusion. The Garmin USB drivers can also be downloaded from the Garmin website.
- When I’m riding technical sections, I worry I’ll crash and destroy the Edge 705. I think I need a rollbar cage over it to give me peace of mind.
Related Link: Garmin Edge 705 Tip – Save Last Ride and Reset
|Physical & Performance:|
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||2″ x 4.3″ x 1″ (5.1 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||1.37″ x 1.71″ (3.48 x 4.36 cm); 2.2″ diag (5.6 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH:||176 x 220 pixels|
|Weight:||3.7 oz (104.9 g)|
|Battery life:||15 hours, typical|
|Water resistant:||yes (IPX7)|
|RoHS version available:||yes|
|Maps & Memory:|
|Ability to add maps:||yes||Accepts data cards:||microSD™ card (not included)|
|Lap history:||1000 laps|
|Routes:||Limited by memory space available|
|Heart rate monitor:||yes|
|Bike speed/cadence sensor:||yes (some versions)|
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer
|Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data):||yes|
|Garmin Training Center® software compatible:||yes|
|Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person):||yes|
|Courses (compete against previous workouts):||yes|
|Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed):||yes|
|Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap):||yes|
|Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout):||no|
|Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button):||no|
|Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts):||yes|
|Simple workouts (input time, distance and calorie goals):||yes|
|Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace):||yes|
|Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal):||yes|
|Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals):||yes|
|Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units):||yes|
|Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters):||yes|
|Additional: Operating temperature:||-15°C to +50°C|