152 responses

  1. Dan Combs
    March 19, 2014

    I’m a review junkie before I buy anything. This was one of the best reviews I’ve come across. Very thorough hitting all aspects of the device. Thank you for taking the time to write up this review.

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  2. Patrick
    March 23, 2014

    A very comprehensive review, as usual.

    Just bought the Garmin Edge 200 unit and loving the simplicity, even if it doesn’t do everything. Much better than using a standard bike computer and tells you alot more.

    Display is clear and easy to see all the relevant metrics at a glance.

    Setup is incredibly simple.

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  3. David
    April 25, 2014

    Thank you for this very thorough review. I have been using the Garmin Edge 200 for about three weeks now, and am very happy with it, except that I am getting divergent elevation change readings on identical rides — the same route can vary by up to 200 feet (from, say, 700 to 900). I have the elevation change correction enabled. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

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  4. domddom
    April 26, 2014

    Not that taken with the product. .. Was looking for something more mapping to stop getting last the whole time. .. But great kudos for a great review job well done!

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  5. Sascha
    April 27, 2014

    Thanks for the review, I really enjoyed reading it and it was even useful 😉

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    • David
      July 28, 2015

      I agree.

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  6. Geoff
    May 3, 2014

    I set my edge 200 to read in Kilometers per hour witch in did while I was out riding but when I downloaded
    all my info onto the computer it was all in MPH can I change this ?

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    • Rainmaker
      May 3, 2014

      Yup, simply go into the Garmin Connect settings options and change your Garmin Connect profile to show Metric instead.

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  7. Tom
    May 12, 2014

    Is the body identical to the Edge 500 body? I’m seeing the four dots on the back (which in 500 have holes for pressure measurement probably, but have no holes and no function in Edge 200) which makes me think that they are identical.
    Asking, because I’m In a need to find a new lower body piece for my 2010 Edge 500 – the wings holding the Edge in the mount broke of a few months ago – and looking for the cheapest possible option.

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    • Rainmaker
      May 12, 2014

      The body is identical, though, the holes would be different (for the barometric altimeter as noted).

      That said, wouldn’t it cost less to just use Garmin warranty support? The most I’ve ever heard it be was $80 for a replacement unit (for out of warranty).

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    • Tom
      May 13, 2014

      Unfortunately, Garmin Poland charges almost as much as a new Edge 500 costs in a shop.

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  8. Mick
    August 25, 2014

    Hi, I already have a garmin 200 , i use it with strava and i find the timings on segments to be very erratic especially on the mountain bike , do you think the 200 is good enough for accurate timings on strava? I am thinking of getting one for my strava mad son but i worry it will be no better than his I phone 5s. I did read that it only reads signals at 10 second intervals? is this correct? if so what would recommend ? Thanks

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    • Ray Maker
      August 25, 2014

      Hmm, in mountain biking it might be tough to be honest, due to the smart recording – which is probably what you’re seeing.

      Typically smart recording drops a point every 3-7 seconds. But it can be longer – such as 10 or even 15 seconds, or it can be every second. In theory it’s smart enough to do so based on changes in routes. But in reality…it varies. :-/

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    • David
      July 28, 2015

      Is there not an option to drop a point every couple seconds no matter what?

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  9. Mick
    August 25, 2014

    thanks for your reply,is there a device you would recommend,as i said his phone seems worse.I dont understand that i can have several attempts at a segment and on some it can seem accurate and others at walking pace ! they are never faster ? sometimes when you look at the leaderboards ,they are a joke , impossibly fast times. The worst was done at 168 mph!

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    • Ray Maker
      August 25, 2014

      That’s the challenge with some Strava segments, they have bad data. If you see ones like that, just click to flag it, it’s easy and only takes a second.

      As for accuracy with devices, in general devices that record 1-second will record more accurately than most phones.

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  10. Frank Martinez
    August 25, 2014

    I use my cycle computers also as odometers for my bikes (3). How many bikes does this unit supports? How about the 500?

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    • Ray Maker
      August 25, 2014

      I’m travelling at the moment and don’t have a unit with me – but I’m 99.99% sure it only supports one bike profile.

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    • Ray Maker
      August 25, 2014

      Oh, and for the Edge 500, I believe it’s 5 profiles.

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  11. John Bergquist
    October 2, 2014

    Ray: wanted to let you know that I used the Clever Training link and discount today to get an Edge 200. Debated on the 500, but I just don’t need the sensor support. Your reviews always make tech decisions easy. :)

    Thanks!

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 2, 2014

      Thanks for the support John, I appreciate it! Enjoy the 200!

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  12. Mark W.
    October 24, 2014

    Wow, what a brilliant review. I’m bookmarking this link for when the device actually arrives. I currently use Mapmyride and or Endomondo on my iPhone and both of them are awful in the way that the autopause works. I have noticed that mapmyride will run for about 10 seconds before it auto pauses (but it sure starts up fast when you start to move). So, in a suburban environment with traffic lights, a half hour ride typically adds 2 minutes because of the auto pause function. I read your section on this and I get that you can set speeds for when it kicks on and off. Have you found Autopause to be more accurate than what I describe? Will mapmyride recognize this device the same way it would use my phone? I would rather gather my data there instead of in Garmin Connect. Thanks

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 26, 2014

      It’s generally quicker than 10 seconds. A couple of seconds typically at most.

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  13. Adrian
    October 28, 2014

    Great review and it’s gone along way to deciding which unit I need. Just one question, I can’t find a silicone case for the Edge 200, but as it’s basically the 500 unit will a case fit the 200?
    Kepp up the great work we really appreciate it all.

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  14. Brian A Mckarkiel-Powell
    December 4, 2014

    I’m thinking of purchasing the Garmin 200. Can you please tell me whether it has a clock feature.

    I look forward to your response.

    By the way, I like the information that you have provided.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      December 4, 2014

      Hi Brian-

      No, unfortunately not on the Edge 200. However, one thing to consider is that the Edge 500 is on sale right now for $149US, so basically $20 or so more. It’s a gazillion times more capable. Here’s the deals link: link to dcrainmaker.com

      Also, it does come in a black/grey color now (not shown in my review), in case you’re not a fan of the blue. Cheers.

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    • Daryl Odnert
      December 4, 2014

      Yes, the Garmin 200 does have a clock and the time is updated automatically via satellite. However, one annoying thing (to me) is that the clock is not visible while a ride is in progress. To see the clock, you have to press a button to get to the home screen. Although this does not interrupt tracking of the ride in progress, it is inconvenient. It would have been much better if the time-of-day was one of the statistics that is rotated on the display during a ride.

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  15. Dudley
    December 8, 2014

    Just by chance I found your site and I would like to say what a brilliant review. How I wish more people, ie journalists, could write and give such a detailed analyis.
    However I would like to point out one small spelling error, it is Statute Miles, yes you know I’m a Brit.
    Sorry to be so picky.

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  16. Mike collier
    January 2, 2015

    A really great review. Have bookmarked as I have now bought one! Many thanks.

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  17. Maurice McQuillan
    April 16, 2015

    Wow. What a comprehensive review

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  18. Jean-François
    May 17, 2015

    Thanks for your reviews. They are the best I’ve seen. It’s a pleasure to read them.

    A quick question : I’m looking for a gps for mountain biking and the Edge 200 fits the bills except for the fact that I cannot display the actual time on the first page. Do you know if Garmin ever plan on changing the firmware to accommodate such a tiny feature ?

    If not what other unit can I go to ? I’m simply looking for a GPS that records my route, my elevation, altitude and also one that displays on the “main” page, time of day, ride duration and distance. No other fancy gadget needed. (I have my phone with the Swiss topo maps for directions) So far I’ve looked at the Edge 200, Edge 500, Magellan Switch UP, Polar M400. Any recommandation or another product I might have overlooked ?

    Again thank you for your work and dedication.

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  19. Kevin from Trailsnet
    May 20, 2015

    Thanks for the review. Does this unit record GPX files or only .fit files.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      May 20, 2015

      It’ll record a .FIT file, but on Garmin Connect it’ll export a .GPX file.

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  20. David
    July 27, 2015

    Wow! I can’t wait to get this for my birthday! Just one question, how many routes does the GPS store?

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    • David
      July 27, 2015

      Also, does it have a built in compass? Just looking for NE, N, NW, etc.

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  21. David
    July 27, 2015

    Another question (I know), does it have the ability to record a route as you ride? And, does it show your current elevation as you ride?

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  22. Eban
    October 20, 2015

    Does anyone know of a protective case for the 200 that allows the USB cable to be plugged in without removing the case (has some kind of cut-out or port for the cable)?

    (The ones I find all cover the case.)

    Thanks!

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  23. Bob Wansink
    May 19, 2016

    I was given an edge 200 as a present. My one gripe is that it records data at random time intervals instead of every second which produces some bizarre results on short segments when you’re going for a KOM. For example I manually timed myself on a certain segment twice at 47sec but was given 51sec the first time and 39sec the second time, Oh for a 500!

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