The 10 Best Bike Computers from Budget to Premium (2022)

Best Bike Computers: Lezyne Super Pro, Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2, Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM, Garmin Edge 1030 Plus, Garmin Edge 1040 in my hands

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These are the best bike computers you can buy.

I tested some in-depth, and I’ve been using some of them for months or even years. The other ones that made it to this selection are popular among riders worldwide.

They offer all the basic features you may need and are compatible with cadence and speed sensors, HR monitors, power meters, and other devices.

If you are new to cycling computers, I will guide you through features you should consider and help you orient yourself in the bike computers market.

Let’s dive in!


What Are the Best Bike Computers?

Choosing the best bike computer for you depends on your use case. Some riders need a larger screen for easier readability of the map when using navigation. Some riders just need to display a few data fields.

Therefore, I recommend considering mainly the screen size, type, readability, battery life, navigation features, connectivity, and user-friendliness.

Read the buyer’s guide section if you want to learn more before choosing a bike computer suitable for you.

Garmin Edge 130 Plus on a blue background
Garmin Edge 130 Plus

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, and wiggle.co.uk

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Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt v2 on a blue background
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, and wiggle.co.uk

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Garmin Edge 1040 Solar on a blue background
Garmin Edge 1040 (Solar)

Also available at performancebike.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com

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Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2 (Best Bike Computer Overall)

Sleek, compact, and easy-to-use…

Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt v2 on a blue background
Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt v2

Main Features

  • Easy-to-read display (64 colors)
  • Aero and stem mounts included
  • Customizable via a smartphone app
  • LED strip for showing your power, speed, or HR
  • Reliable connectivity
  • USB-C charging port

World Tour Teams

  • AG2R Citröen Team
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • EF Education-Nippo
  • Team DSM
  • Trek–Segafredo

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.2in (240×320px)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 15 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: No
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

ELEMNT BOLT v2 is the latest bike computer from Wahoo. It was introduced in 2021 and it replaced the original BOLT (v1).

The screen has received the biggest upgrade. It’s colored (64 colors) now and still easy-to-read in direct sunlight. It can change the background of certain data fields based on your zones (e.g., power, HR).

BOLT v2 features full on-device navigation. This means it can retrace the route, take you to a selected point on a map, provide you with turn-by-turn directions, etc. BOLT v1 didn’t offer these features.

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2 review: Me holding ELEMNT BOLT v2
In-depth Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2 review coming soon

Wahoo cycling computers are also known for their ease of use. This is the feature I enjoy because I can set them using my smartphone (via the ELEMNT Companion app). It’s easy, fast, and effective.

The buttons also got an upgrade and are now easier to click than on BOLT v1 or ROAM.

You will also enjoy features like Strava live segments, and seamless upload of your rides to Strava and other 3rd party apps.

The downsides include the non-touchscreen display (unlike Garmin Edge 830) and sometimes inaccurate GPS.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com


Garmin Edge 130 Plus (Best Budget Bike Computer)

The ideal choice for riders who like small form-factor…

Garmin Edge 130 Plus on a blue background
Garmin Edge 130 Plus

Main Features

  • Small form factor
  • Affordable
  • Downloadable data fields (Connect IQ)
  • Packed with many features (even for MTB)

World Tour Teams

  • None (pro riders usually use Edge 530, 830, or 1030 Plus)

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 1.8in (303×230px)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: No
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: No
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth

The Garmin Edge 130 Plus is the upgraded version of the older Edge 130. It has tons of new features, such as ClimbPro, structured workout support, crash detection, MTB metrics (flow, jump, and grit details), etc. All this for around 200 USD (∼160 GBP, 260 CAD, 290 AUD).

In other words, if you are looking for a bike computer that is compact and you don’t need sophisticated navigation features or a large screen, Edge 130 Plus should catch your attention.

Edge 130 Plus is also suitable for riders who plan to do structured training or climbers, thanks to the structured workout support and ClimbPro.

The downside of the Edge 130 Plus is the small screen and the lack of full on-device navigation. For example, it can’t reroute you or take you to a selected point on a map.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com


Garmin Edge 1040 & 1040 Solar (Best High-End Bike Computer)

A bike computer that takes it to another level…

Garmin Edge 1040 Solar on a blue background
Garmin Edge 1040 Solar

Main Features

  • Available in ‘Solar’ option that can recharge itself while riding
  • Highly accurate GPS thanks to GNSS
  • Large form factor with a touchscreen display
  • Packed with tons of features (Real-Time Stamina, Power Guide, and many more)
  • Customizable via a smartphone app
  • Downloadable data fields (Connect IQ)
  • Excellent navigation – improved
  • Costly

World Tour Teams

  • This cycling computer was introduced only recently. I don’t know of any team that uses it yet.

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 3.5in (282×470px)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Battery life:
    • 35 hours
    • 45 hours (Solar)
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: Yes
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

I only recently got my hands on the brand new Edge 1040, but I can already tell this is a huge step forward compared to its predecessor, Edge 1030 Plus.

There are multiple significant improvements over the 1030 Plus. The battery life increased from 24 to 35 and 45 hours (Solar), respectively.

The Solar option can even recharge itself while riding. Garmin claims it can add up to 42 minutes per hour of riding in battery saver mode in ideal conditions. However, unbiased testing still needs to be done.

Garmin Edge 1040 review: Edge 1040 in my hand
In-depth Garmin Edge 1040 review coming soon – you can read my Edge 1040 first impressions in the meantime

Other improvements include a fully redesigned user interface, which is now more intuitive, clearer, and easy to use.

The Edge 1040 includes almost all features of 1030 Plus except the support of some older sensors and adds new features like Real-Time Stamina, Power Guide, etc.

Garmin seems to be working hard to use training data better and provide helpful recommendations for improving your performance.

You can now customize it via the Garmin Connect smartphone app, and the GPS is so accurate that it can nail what side of the road you ride on.

The price is the biggest disadvantage of the Edge 1040 and Edge 1040 Solar. It’s higher than when the Edge 1030 Plus was released. But, I believe that thanks to its improvements, it’s worth the upgrade from 1030 Plus.

Read my Edge 1040 first impressions for more info.


Garmin Edge 1030 Plus

3.5″ touchscreen beast packed with features…

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus on a blue background
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus

Main Features

  • Large form factor with a touchscreen display
  • Downloadable data fields (Connect IQ)
  • Packed with tons of features (including MTB metrics)
  • Excellent navigation
  • Costly

World Tour Teams

  • Astana Qazaqstan Team
  • Bahrain – Victorious
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar Team
  • Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 3.5in (282×470px)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Battery life: 24 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: Yes
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Well, where do I even start? Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is packed with so many features that I would need to write a separate article (spoiler alert: I am already working on it!).

I want to highlight its large touchscreen display, perfect for navigation purposes. It’s so big it reminds me of the first smartphones, mainly the original iPhone, which also had a 3.5″ display.

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Review: Turned-on 1030 Plus with a blurred flowering pink tree
Read my Garmin Edge 1030 Plus review for more info

The Edge 1030 Plus is an improved version of the Edge 1030, and the predecessor of the Edge 1040.

It comes with longer battery life (20 vs. 24 hrs.), larger internal storage (16 GB + memory card slot vs. 32 GB), more processing power (e.g., it’s faster), and new features (like workout suggestions).

Of course, it includes all other features known to Garmin owners – MTB metrics, ClimbPro, Heat/Altitude Acclimation, etc.

You will probably not need or use all the features Edge 1030 Plus offers. And honestly, Edge 830 and Edge 530 offer most of them too. But you get a large display that is suitable for browsing maps and has good readability.

So, if you want the 2nd most advanced cycling computer on the market, right after the Edge 1040 (Solar), Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is the one to buy. Thanks to the introduction of the Edge 1040, you can often find the 1030 Plus discounted.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.co.uk


Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

A bike computer with the largest screen in the ELEMNT lineup…

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM on a blue background
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

Main Features

  • 2 LED strips for showing your power, speed, or HR
  • Easy-to-use
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Aero and stem mounts included
  • Customizable via a smartphone app
  • Reliable connectivity

World Tour Teams

  • AG2R Citröen Team
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • EF Education-Nippo
  • Team DSM
  • Trek–Segafredo

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.7in (240×400px)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 17 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: No
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

I’ve been using Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM for about 2 years now, and I love it (except for a few details, more on them later).

Thanks to the 2 LED strips that change color based on your power, speed, or HR, it’s unique. The top strip also shows you directions (flashing from left to right or from right to left) if you have navigation turned on.

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM Review: Turned-on ROAM with a blurred flowering pink tree
Read my Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM review for more info

I like the ease of use of ROAM, the large, easy-to-read display, and the possibility to set it up via the smartphone. I find this way more effective than setting it directly on the device using a few buttons.

ROAM offers most features you may need, such as structured workouts support, Strava live segments, full on-device navigation, etc.

The only thing I dislike is the buttons that are hard to press. Especially the bottom three are poorly designed.

I expect Wahoo will introduce ROAM v2 in 2022 or 2023 because the v1 was introduced already in 2019 and would deserve an upgrade.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com


Garmin Edge 830

More affordable version of the 1030 Plus, just with a smaller screen…

Garmin Edge 830 on a blue background
Garmin Edge 830

Main Features

  • Touchscreen display
  • Downloadable data fields (Connect IQ)
  • Packed with tons of features
  • Compact and sleek design

World Tour Teams

  • Astana Qazaqstan Team
  • Bahrain – Victorious
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar Team
  • Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.6in (246×322px)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Battery life: 20 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: Yes
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Garmin Edge 830 is a smaller bike computer than the Edge 1030 Plus but offers the most of its features. So, if you are not a fan of the large 3.5″ screen, I recommend the Edge 830.

It’s more compact and suitable for day-to-day riding. It also comes with a touchscreen display, so you will not be deprived of it either.

Garmin Edge 830 is by many considered the best cycling computer out there. However, I decided to give this title to Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2 because of its user-friendliness.

But frankly, Garmin Edge 830 was my second choice. It offers more features and longer battery life. So, if you are already in the Garmin ecosystem, Edge 830 is one of the perfect choices.

If you are on a tighter budget, check out the Edge 530. It doesn’t have a touchscreen display and lacks some features (address-specific navigation) but is more affordable.

The main disadvantage I see with Garmin Edge units is the lack of ability to adjust the data field (or other settings) via smartphone.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com


Lezyne Super Pro GPS

Battery life champ for an affordable price…

Lezyne Super Pro GPS on a grey background
Lezyne Super Pro GPS

Main Features

  • Long battery life
  • Possibility to use it in a horizontal or vertical position
  • Affordable

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.6in (n/a)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 28 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: No
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: No
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth

If you are looking for a bike computer that offers basic features and some advanced ones thanks to a smartphone app, Lezyne Super Pro GPS could be the right choice. It’s one of the best bike computers for under 200 USD (∼160 GBP, 260 CAD, 290 AUD).

Its major benefits are the affordable price and long battery life. It can last up to 28 hours. So depending on how much you ride, it will last 2-4 weeks without recharging.

Lezyne Super Pro GPS review: Super Pro GPS in my hand
In-depth Lezyne Super Pro GPS review coming soon

Thanks to Lezyne’s GPS Ally app, you unlock advanced navigation features. But remember, your phone needs to be connected to the head unit.

Surprisingly, Super Pro GPS features Strava live segments, so if Strava is something you are into, points for Lezyne.

The things I don’t like about the Lezyne Super Pro GPS are the design and display. They remind me of a calculator from the last century.

Also, don’t expect as smooth a user experience as Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers. Some activities, like downloading routes using the GPS Ally app, take more time. Using the buttons also takes some time to get used to.

Also available at trekbikes.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com


Garmin Edge 530

A better version of the iconic Edge 520…

Garmin Edge 530 on a blue background
Garmin Edge 530

Main Features

  • Downloadable data fields (Connect IQ)
  • Packed with many features
  • Compact and sleek design

World Tour Teams

  • Astana Qazaqstan Team
  • Bahrain – Victorious
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar Team
  • Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.6in (246×322px)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 20 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: Yes
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Garmin Edge 530 is a successor of the iconic Garmin Edge 520 (Plus). Except for a few features and touchscreen display, it’s almost like the Edge 830. But it’s cheaper.

This mid-range bike computer is a good choice for those who don’t want to spend much on high-end units.

It offers every important feature you may need and plenty of extra features – as usual with Garmin.

Edge 530 doesn’t offer point-of-interest navigation, address-specific navigation, and a few other features present in Edge 830. But do you even need them? If not, you can save a few dozens of bucks.

Climbers will surely appreciate Garmin’s unique ClimbPro feature that shows you every important detail about the upcoming climb.

Mountain bikers will appreciate the data fields for grit, flow, or jumps metrics.

The downsides of the Edge 530 are honestly hard to find. However, there are some. The buttons are not intuitive, and the map interface takes some time to get used to (it’s difficult to navigate using buttons).

Also available at trekbikes.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com


Stages Dash M200

The impressive result of Giant & Stages collaboration…

Stages Dash M200 on a blue background
Stages Dash M200

Main Features

  • Can display up to 14 data fields at once
  • Possibility to use it in a horizontal or vertical position
  • Easy-to-read screen
  • Easy-to-press buttons
  • Mounts compatible with Garmin mounts

World Tour Teams

  • Team BikeExchange – Jayco

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.2in (240×320px)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 18 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: No
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

The Dash M200 is a result of the collaboration between Giant and Stages. They introduced M200 and L200 in early 2022. The only difference between them is the display size (2.2″ vs. 2.7″). These two head units are the successors of M50 and L50.

The M200 form factor is like Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM (mainly thanks to the bottom buttons). However, that’s where the similarities end.

It’s packed with so many features that you probably won’t use them all. What’s great about Dash M200 is that it can automatically build data fields, depending on the sensors you connect.

The screen of the M200 is brighter than on Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2, for example. So, naturally, it drains the battery a lot. However, Stages claims it can last up to 10 hours with the turned-on navigation and up to 18 hours of normal use.

Like Lezyne Super Pro GPS, you can use M200 in a vertical or horizontal position based on your preference.

Some advanced features (turn-by-turn navigation, compatibility with electronic shifting, etc.) were not available when writing this article. However, they are planned for future firmware updates.


Bryton Rider 750

Bryton’s one of the most popular head units…

Bryton Rider 750 on a green background
Bryton Rider 750

Main Features

  • You can activate navigation using your voice
  • Affordable
  • Customizable via a smartphone app

World Tour Teams

  • Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux

Technical Specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 2.8in (240×400px)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Battery life: 20 hours
  • Turn by turn navigation: Yes
  • Full on-device navigation: No
  • Strava live segments: No
  • Crash/incident detection: Yes
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Rider 750 was Bryton’s flagship until the release of the S800. It’s available as a solo unit (750E) or a bundle (750T).

Its data fields are like on Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers, customizable via a smartphone app for easy setup.

Bryton Rider 750 offers smooth compatibility with apps like Strava for the effortless sync of your rides.

You can also use your voice for navigation. Say the name of the destination, and it will plan the route within a few seconds. Just remember, like the Lezyne Super Pro GPS, you have to have your phone connected.

One of the main selling points of Rider 750 is the price. It offers pretty much the same features as high-end units but in a more affordable package.

Unfortunately, the user experience of the Bryton Rider 750 is not as pleasant as with Garmin or Wahoo bike computers. For example, it doesn’t show the battery percentage.

I also don’t like the unnecessary long (probably due to the logo and device name or internal components) and thick form factor.


Honorable Mentions

The following bike computers didn’t make it to the list above but deserve to be also mentioned.

  • Hammerhead Karoo 2 has the ambition to disrupt the market. I like the idea and the features it offers. However, based on many reviews online, it’s still relatively buggy and not reliable. Nevertheless, I plan to buy it and make my opinion.
  • Sigma Sport Rox 2.0 is highly affordable and offers turn-by-turn navigation but misses full on-device navigation, Strava live segments, etc. It’s also more suitable for e-bikes because of its compatibility with them.

Bike ComputerBatter LifeScreen SizeTouchscreen*On-Device NavigationWeightBuy
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v215 hrs2.2inNoYes68gCheck Price
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Garmin Edge 13012 hrs1.8inNoNo33gCheck Price
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Garmin Edge 104035 hrs3.5inYesYes126gCheck Price
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Garmin Edge 1040 Solar45 hrs3.5inYesYes133gCheck Price (wiggle.co.uk)
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus24 hrs3.5inYesYes123gCheck Price
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Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM17 hrs2.7inNoYes83gCheck Price
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Garmin Edge 83020 hrs2.6inYesYes82gCheck Price
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Lezyne Super Pro GPS28 hrs2inNoNo60Check Price
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Garmin Edge 53020 hrs2.6inNoYes78gCheck Price
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Stages Dash M20018 hrs2.2inNoYes77gCheck Price
Bryton Rider 75020 hrs2.8inNoNo93gCheck Price
This table includes the best bike computers on the market, including their battery life, screen size, display type, navigation, etc.
*The full on-device navigation means that the bike computer can recalculate your route if you deviate from it, even if it's not connected to a smartphone. It also provides turn-by-turn navigation and similar features.

My Verdict

Based on my experience, testing, and in-depth research, I want to highlight the following three bike computers:

  1. The best bike computer overall is the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2 (also available at rei.com). It’s easy-to-use, has an easy-to-read display, and has full on-device navigation features.
  2. The best budget bike computer is the Garmin Edge 130 Plus (also available at rei.com). Its small form factor offers most features beginners may need for an affordable price.
  3. The best high-end bike computer is the Garmin Edge 1040 (also available at wiggle.co.uk). It offers long battery life, a 3.5″ touchscreen display, many features, and much more.
    Learn more about them above.

Read my buyer’s guide below if you are new to bike computers.


How to Choose the Best Bike Computer?

When choosing a bike computer, ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do you prefer a smaller (more compact form factor) or a larger screen (better for navigation)?
  • Do you prefer a touchscreen display or buttons?
  • Do you need full on-device navigation (e.g., the computer can recalculate your route if you deviate from the route)?
  • Do you prefer setting it up directly or via a mobile phone app?
  • Don’t you mind charging it more often?

You should consider the individual features I explain below based on your answers. This guide is a shortened version of my fully dedicated article on how to choose a bike computer.


Screen

The screen is one of the most important features of a bike computer. Consider its size, resolution, type, colors, and readability. Basically similar features to a smartphone.

Bike computer screen size varies from around 1.8″ to 3.5″. The higher the resolution, the sharper the displayed data.

The following chart shows the screen sizes of the selected bike computers.

Screen size of the best bike computers ranging from 2-inch to 3.5-inch
Screen size of the best bike computers

Larger screens like the Garmin Edge 1040 or Edge 1030 Plus are more suitable for navigation but less suitable for day-to-day riding. They are too big and not as sleek as smaller units.

The screen type means if it’s a touchscreen or not. Most bike computers have no touchscreen displays and use buttons for control. Some use a combination of the two.

Touchscreen displays are great if they are done right. If not, using them with sweaty hands, gloves, or in wet conditions is a pain. So, in the end, it boils down to your preference.

Lower-end bike computers have monochromatic screens, while mid-range and higher-end units have colored displays.

The colorized displays are more suitable for navigation. You find them on mid-range and high-end units.

Battery Life

The battery life of a bike computer determines how often you will need to recharge it. Larger units usually have larger batteries to provide enough power for the larger (eventually brighter and colored) displays.

Bike computers with many features, or simultaneous connections to other sensors, usually don’t last as long as low-end units that can record just a few basic metrics.

The following chart shows the claimed battery life of the best bike computers.

Battery life of the best bike computers
Battery life of the best bike computers

Battery life of 10-15 hours is suitable for most use cases because it will keep the computer up and running during the entire ride.

More high-end bike computers have a battery life that exceeds 20 hours. Most notably, Garmin Edge 1040 Solar.

Navigation

BIke computers offer:

  1. No navigation
  2. Limited navigation
  3. Full on-device navigation

The limited navigation means that the bike computer won’t be able to re-calculate your route if you deviate from the set route. They are more affordable but less suitable for those who rely on a bike computer as their primary navigation.

The full on-device navigation bike computers can recalculate your route. They also offer features like “Take Me There” (you select a point on the map, and the computer will find the route).

Some higher-end units can also navigate you to a “Point of Interest.” These bike computers are more suitable for navigation purposes but are more expensive.

Connectivity

The vast majority of today’s bike computers feature ANT+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

These communication protocols allow you to pair the necessary sensors like power meters, cadence and speed sensors, HR monitors, etc.

You can also use these bike computers to control smart trainers, follow Strava live segments*, or transmit your ride data to 3rd party apps (for example, when training indoors).

*The bike computer has to offer this feature.

And last but not least, compatible bike computers can show you your gears (battery, etc.) if you use an electronic shifting like Shimano Di2 or SRAM eTap.

Brand

The bicycle computer world is dominated by two brands: Garmin and Wahoo. However, there are other, smaller players like Lezyne, Bryton, Sigma, and Hammerhead.

Garmin is known for its wide bicycle computers offer (except for many other product categories like smartwatches) packed with features and customizable thanks to the 3rd party apps.

Wahoo stands out thanks to the ease of use, easy-to-read displays, user-friendliness, customizability via a smartphone app, and reliable connectivity.

GarminWahoo
Garmin Edge 130 PlusWahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2
Garmin Edge 530
Garmin Edge 830Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
Garmin Edge 1040 (Solar)
This table shows current bike computers of Garmin and Wahoo sorted from the low-end to the high-end ones.

Lezyne, Bryton, and Sigma bike computers are more affordable alternatives to the two brands above while offering similar features.

And Hammerhead stirred the waters with their smartphone-like approach that changes the interaction between the rider and the bike computer.

If you don’t need fancy features, Cateye makes simple speedometers.

Other Features to Consider

Strava live segment is a feature not that not every bike computer offers. So if you want to hunt KOMs, make sure to buy a compatible head unit.

Water resistance is especially important if you live in a rainy area or are unlucky and get wet. Today, most bike computers have an IPX7 water resistance rating (protection against immersion for 30 minutes to a depth of 1 meter).

The weight of bike computers varies from around 60 to 130g. It may be important for weight weenies.

Weight of the best bike computers
Weight of the best bike computers

Crash/incident detection is unique to some Garmin Edge bike computers. It automatically sends a message (with your location) to your emergency contact if you fail to respond within a given time period (30 seconds) to a pop-up on the head unit.

Start-up time also varies greatly between bike computers. While some can be ready to record your ride within 15 seconds, some can take twice or three times as long.


Bike Computers FAQ

What Bike Computer Do Pro Cyclists Use?

Pro cyclists use mainly Garmin and Wahoo bike computers in races like Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, etc. in the 2022 season. However, there are a few other bike computer brands that some teams use.

TeamBike Computer Brand
AG2R Citroën TeamWahoo
Astana Qazaqstan TeamGarmin
Bahrain – VictoriousGarmin
BORA – hansgroheWahoo
CofidisWahoo
EF Education-EasyPostWahoo
Groupama – FDJGarmin
INEOS GrenadiersGarmin
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert MatériauxBryton
Israel - Premier TechHammerhead
Lotto SoudalGarmin
Movistar TeamGarmin
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl TeamGarmin
Team BikeExchange - JaycoGiant/Stages
Team DSMWahoo
Team Jumbo-VismaGarmin
Trek – SegafredoWahoo
UAE-Team EmiratesSRM
List of the bike computer brands of World Tour teams in the 2022 season.
Teams sponsored by Garmin use Edge 530, Edge 830, and Edge 1030 Plus.
Teams sponsored by Wahoo use ELEMNT BOLT v2 and ROAM.
Teams sponsored by Hammerhead use Karoo 2.
Teams sponsored by Bryton use Rider 750.
Teams sponsored by SRM use PC8.

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2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Bike Computers from Budget to Premium (2022)”

  1. Robinson Paulmony

    Thank you so much for your blog… I was looking for the best bike computer, after reading your blog I am really tension free… It is informative and the comparisons are really fantastic…

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