Timex Announces Road Trainer GPS–New Cycling Computer

This morning Timex announced their latest ANT+ enabled GPS cycling device – the Road Trainer GPS/Road Trainer 3 (the exact name is being finalized).

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The RT3 is a full featured GPS based cycling computer that can track your ride track, provide real-time information and then upload it to Training Peaks afterwards.  Like the triathlon focused Timex Global Trainer, this unit features ANT+ data support which allows you to connect to speed/cadence sensors, heart rate straps and power meters (including SRM ANT+ enabled power meters).

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Like the Global Trainer, the unit will offer all of the same hands-free features includes Auto Start, Auto Split, Auto Stop and Auto Resume.  The goal of these primarily center around automatically engaging or disengaging the unit when you start travelling – feeing you from remembering to hit the pause/start button each time.  Auto Lap will create laps/splits on a predetermined time/distance basis (i.e., every mile).

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New to RT3 is a barometric altimeter, allowing for more accurate grade and elevation data while riding.  Most non-cycling specific GPS units usually offer GPS based altimeters, which while accurate in many scenarios – isn’t as good for giving grade specific information – hence the benefit of a barometric altimeter.  In conjunction with that, a temperature sensor has been added – to be able to finally proclaim that you really did that 8*F ride…and lasted more than 3 minutes.

The unit features 5 customizable screens/pages, each with up to 6 pieces of information displayed.  Data fields can be customized with speed, distance, grade, heart rate – as well as the usual lap and avg variants of those stats.  In general, if a feature or function is available on the Timex Global Trainer, you’ll see it on the Road Trainer (obvious exception being running support). You can see below the display in a 6-data field scenario:

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The RT3 is IPX7 waterproofed, which means it can withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter deep (3ft) for up to 30 minutes.  For cycling, this is more than sufficient – as I’d expect that if you or your bike is 3ft underwater for 30 minutes straight…you probably have other issues on your hands.

The unit has an 18-hour battery life and is rechargeable via mini-USB, where the port is located on the rear of the unit.

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The unit also includes a backlight using the Timex standard INDIGLO – for night riding (seen above in photo turned on).  From a size perspective the unit is virtually identical to that of the Edge 500 or latest Joule (2011 version).

The Timex Road Trainer will be available in February 2012 for $250 – including an ANT+ heart rate strap.

Since Timex just announced it about an hour ago, so I haven’t had a chance yet to take it out on the road yet – but if you’ve got questions, I’ve got access to the engineers here – so feel free to drop them below.  More details to come!

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14 Comments

  1. Ihsan

    Interesting product from Timex, and with that price point, they could swipe quite a hit on the Edge 500 sales.

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  2. Will it be able to show TSS, NP, IF in real time?

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  3. Weight? Sampling interval? GPS acquisition time? How many options for display (Garmin has 3 “pages”, for example)?

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  4. Anonymous

    looks like a Chinese knockoff of the edge to me

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  5. Roy

    Yes, will this have proper cycling metrics? IF, NPwr, TSS. If so how are the power zones calculated, Coggan? Battery life?

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  6. Anonymous

    Data collection frequency? Memory?

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  7. Is Timex going to be start selling Timex-branded HRMs and Speed/Cadence sensors that look oddly similar to those from Wahoo and now 4iii?
    Thanks for the review, Ray. Keep up the good work!

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  8. I would really like for you to give it a spin on your bike when you come back. At this price point, I’m really keen to lap this up.

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  9. Tom

    Is it any easier to hit the lap button on this thing?

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  10. looks 99.9% like the globalsat GB-580B

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  11. Anonymous

    Is there any Debian linux O/S support, and is there a method to get firmware updates using Linux.

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  12. What I want to know is, does this Timex RT3 have course function like Edge 500? This is the function I want with Edge 500, but unfortunately many problems with Edge 500 come from using this function.

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  13. Anonymous

    Any updates Ray?? Saw you tweeted a pic of it from a ride this morning–would love to see more on that!

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  14. Anonymous

    I agree with Bottle, comment 12, The Garmin Edge 500 course feature has been ruined by Garmin after the firmware update 2.60 in December 2010, Garmin should have fixed this 4 firmware “fixes” ago. Regarding ‘Courses” The Garmin Edge 500 does not do what Garmin claims it can do.

    If the Timex Road Trainer RT3 GPS Bike Computer can display a simple course line reliably I will buy one and return my new Edge 500 as not fit for purpose.

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