GARMIN EDGE 1030 Plus Review // The Best Cycle Computer in 2020?

Get ready to ride without the fuss with prepopulated custom ride profiles based on your previous Edge® computer, your ride types or your sensors
Receive on-device ride and workout recommendations based on your current training load and VO2 max (when paired with compatible sensors – sold separately)
0:00 Start
0:16 Visual differences from Garmin 1030 GPS
0:40 Internal memory upgrade
1:00 New speaker and tones
1:38 Daily workouts update
2:04 Free global maps (via Garmin Express)
2:30 Garmin Livetrack new course sharing
3:10 Saved sensors firmware update
3:44 New navigation / course rerouting options
4:57 New MTB features
5:48 Improved battery life
6:40 Touch screen upgrades
7:34 New powerful processor
8:32 New weight!!!
8:39 Climbs on course ahead
9:25 Overview

Order the 1030 Plus on Wiggle here

Manage your efforts on long climbs with the ClimbPro feature, which shows remaining ascent and grade when you’re climbing while following a route or course
Get training guidance by syncing structured indoor or outdoor workouts to your device from the Garmin Connect™ app or other apps, including TrainingPeaks® and TrainerRoad
Track jump count, jump distance and hang time with mountain bike (MTB) dynamics
Cycling awareness features gives loved one’s peace of mind; get inReach® satellite communicator compatibility, incident detection and assistance – both of which send your real-time location to emergency contacts (when compared to compatible smartphones)
Explore more with the ability to pause off-course notifications, then get directions back to the route when you’re ready to resume
Power your longest rides with up to 24 hours battery life

The ultimate cycling computer, the Garmin Edge® 1030 Plus GPS Cycle Computer comes with an advanced 3.5” colour touchscreen display which combines navigation, performance, cycling awareness and smart connectivity.
Find a workout that suits you in seconds with on-device ride and workout recommendations based on your current training load and VO2 max.

Make climbing easier with ClimbPro which helps you manage your efforts on a long climb. It shows you the remaining ascent and grade when you are following a route or a course.

Great whether you’re on or off road the Edge® 1030 Plus delivers great advantages for mountain bike riders. The computer can track your jump count, jump distance, and hang time with MTB dynamics. Also included is the GRIT system which rates the difficulty of a ride. Meanwhile, the Flow feature measures how smoothly you descend a trail, so you have a score to beat next time.

Cycling Awareness
Stay safe with Garmin’s most advance safety features. You can easily give loved one’s peace of mind with inReach satellite communicator compatibility, incident detection and assistance – which sends your real-time location to emergency contacts. The computer is also compatible with the Garmin Varia light systems which offer even further protection (not included – sold separately).

Stay routed wherever you are with easy to read mapping, turn-by-turn directions and the breadcrumb trail option. Meanwhile, when you want to explore, and take things off course you can pause notifications, then simply get directions back to the route when you’re ready to resume.

Outlasting even your longest rides, the Edge® 1030 Plus features a long-lasting battery that can keep the computer charged for up to 24 hours. For extending this even further the device is also compatible with the Garmin Charge power pack (not included – sold separately).

Physical Dimensions: 58mm x 114mm x 19mm
Colour Display
Display Size: 3.5’’ (88.9mm) diagonal
Display Resolution: 282 x 470 pixels
Weight: 124g
Battery Type: Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life: 24 hours
Battery Save Mode
In-Ride Power Compatible (Garmin Charge Battery Pack)
Water Rating: IPX7

Maps and Memory
Ability to Add Maps
Storage and Power Capacity: 32GB internal memory
Waypoints/Favourites/Locations: 200
Routes: 100 courses
History: Up to 200 hours

Barometric Altimeter
Ambient Light Sensor

Daily Smart Features
Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+
Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
Smart Notifications
Text Response/Reject Phone Call with Text (Android only)
VIRB Camera Remote
Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone, Android

Safety and Tracking Features
Group LiveTrack
Rider-to-Rider Messaging
Incident Detection
Bike Alarm
Weather Alerts

Activity Tracking Features
Calories Burned

Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customisable Screen(s)
Auto Pause
Interval Training
Advanced Workouts
Downloadable Training Plans
Daily Workout Suggestions
Auto Lap
VO2 Max
Training Effect (Aerobic)
Recovery Advisor
Virtual Partner
Race an Activity


  1. Wasupwitdat1 Mofiki on April 28, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    When water/sweat gets on my 830 screen it can actually change screens which pisses me off.

  2. fendermon on April 28, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Really well done- subbed 🙂

  3. Gabriel Mejias on April 29, 2021 at 12:03 am

    What are the key differences between 830 and 1030 plus other than size?

  4. Alejandro Leal on April 29, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Which one do you think is better: 830 or 1030 plus? Tnx

  5. In S on April 29, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Micro USB ?????????????????

  6. Alasdair Graham on April 29, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Do the UK / Europe units not have the WiFi that the USA units have? It is not clear from Garmin or retailers, as none of the UK / Europe retailers have WiFi listed. Can anyone confirm that it does have WiFi?

  7. Charlotte MORELLE on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Hey ?
    More Eedge 830 or 1030 Plus ? 🙂

  8. david king on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Do you need to be able to hook these units up to a computer to use all their features or would a iPad be sufficient? Thanks…

  9. Barts on April 29, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Very good review. Thank you. I missed 1 aspect and that is the question if the Garmin 1030 plus is worth it, considering the heavy price tag. I own a 1030 and I really like it. I don’t see much need to upgrade to the 1030 plus. I think that the 1030 plus will the last unit in this design. I hope for a thinner unit with a bigger screen at a smaller size for the new flagship model in the future. People that own the edge 1000 or older model could take the leap. The 1030 plus will be a great upgrade in battery life and overall performance/features.

  10. peter ioann on April 29, 2021 at 12:27 am

    £500 ? That’s more than I paid for my bike, for a gadget. Fitted my phone to my bike and downloaded a five quid app with the same outcome. Seems like an overpriced toy to me.

  11. Jakob Heeß on April 29, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Usb c?

  12. GoGo YoYo on April 29, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for the review….

  13. Nathan Brown on April 29, 2021 at 12:32 am

    What happens when the battery dies (like ALL batteries do in a year or two)? Just toss it in the bin?

  14. Wiggle on April 29, 2021 at 12:33 am

    What GPS unit are you using at the moment?

  15. KWC on April 29, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I have the old Edge 1000. Can I transfer all my settings (bikes, sensors, Activity Profiles, etc.) from the 1000 to the new 1030 plus ?

  16. Mindaugas Burda on April 29, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Lol it lags.

  17. Leo_inter_Hyaenaem on April 29, 2021 at 12:37 am

    The best Garmin (to date), no question. The best overall? Not at all.

  18. oz Petale on April 29, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Dodgy English weather ..🤔..Try scottish weather ..

  19. victor centeno on April 29, 2021 at 12:39 am

    how do you get the heart rate symbol on the gamin unit, is that something that i can change or you came with the icon already?

  20. georgert on April 29, 2021 at 12:39 am

    It would still be nice if Garmin allowed you to reverse direction of loop courses instead of having to edit and redownload them.

  21. BoostKing on April 29, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Great review!

  22. Niels van der Schoor on April 29, 2021 at 12:51 am

    If u want to monitor ur heartrate on the 1030, do u need to be an extra device?

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