First Look at Magene’s New C606 GPS Bike Computer, L308 Intelligent Bike Lights


Eurobike kicked off today with plenty of new products, and Magene was at the show announcing a number of new sports tech items, including a new bike computer, new smart lights, and an entire ‘connected bike’ light system that can even vibrate their optical heart rate arm band when their bike radar detects an approaching car.

As usual with ‘First Look’ style posts, this is just a quick look at things from the show floor. Any sort of full review would come later down the line once the products are actually shipping and available.

The Magene C606 Bike GPS Computer:


So, diving right into it is the new C606 GPS bike computer, which is roughly the same size as something like a Garmin Edge 540/840, maybe a touch bit heftier (I didn’t have a 540/840 with me to compare).  The touch-screen-enabled C606 is aiming to compete with those units, by having full routing/navigation and maps, full ANT+ & Bluetooth sensor connectivity, and WiFi for uploads of workouts (and downloads of maps):


You can customize up to 10 data pages, with up to 10 items per page. In playing with the unit a bit at the show, the backlight certainly goes pretty darn bright, but it’s unclear what that higher backlight setting might do to the battery life claim, which is 20-25 hours (still being finalized).


The GPS on it isn’t dual-frequency/multiband, but I don’t really expect that to be a big deal. It tends to be more important in running/trail scenarios, than road cycling applications (certainly, it’s more useful in MTB forest-type scenarios).

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The unit features a standard Garmin quarter-turn mount on the bike, and USB-C charging on the lower portion between the two bottom buttons. Thus, like their competitors, they can use either buttons or touchscreen for interacting with the unit.


Maps can be downloaded via WiFi for your country/region, for free, via the Magene platform. You’ll be able to pull in routes from files, as well as 3rd party services including Strava Routes & Komoot Routes. As for features like showing upcoming climb profiles (ala ClimbPro/etc), that’s a bit more fuzzy. They said they do show the upcoming profiles, but how exactly that’s being implemented is being lost in translation a bit.

Now, as usual, the Magene angle here is price. They’re aiming to be “very competitive” when they start sales in October (2023). When asked about price, they said “definitely below $300”, but got sly when I asked if that meant $200 or $250ish price buckets. Again, just re-iterating that they felt their position in the marketplace was to offer very competitively priced products (which, has been true).

And to that end, we’ll have to see what other features it has with it software-wise in October. One of the things to keep in mind is that even at a $250 price point, it’ll still actually have to compete with more full-featured units from Garmin/Wahoo/Hammerhead that might be older/previous generation. After all, while a ‘model year 2023’ is a nice-to-have, well implemented features generally beat newness (at least, in my technical brain). So again, those are key things I’ll be looking at in a review down the road.

Magene Connected System:


This next bit is less ‘product’, and more ‘software feature’. Essentially, Magene is starting to create an ecosystem out of their various products. And the first example they showed off was using a bike computer combined with their OnelapFit App, their radar, their front light, and then their optical heart rate band.


The most notable example they gave was using their cycling radar for an approaching (overtaking) vehicle. The bike computer paired with the bike radar would detect the vehicle, and then tell the optical HR band to vibrate, alerting the rider. They’ve had the optical HR band out for a few years, but this is effectively repurposing it for notifications.


Beyond that, they’re also doing more common-place things like automatically turning on the bike lights when you start pedaling and reach a given speed (e.g. 2KPH). But that’s already somewhat common in the bike smart light industry today.

L308 Intelligent Bike Lights:

Finally, we’ve got these little bike lights. This rear light can be used as both a bike light with 15 light modes, but also with custom emoji, animated GIFs, and more. Obviously, this isn’t quite at the intersection of high-performance cycling, but it was still somewhat entertaining. I’d love to be able to send a poop emoji to the rider behind me. Kinda like Zwift Power-Ups, but real-world.


Using their app, you can just use your finger to draw what you want to show up on the bike light. Or, you can import files to render. And finally, you can create multiple-frame sequences (thus creating an animation).


These lights are controllable using their smartphone app, though don’t appear to be ANT+ light compatible – so that’d limit accessibility by other brands.

Today, the lights and app are already available in China, and the remaining piece for Magene is getting the light control app ported to English, which they said will happen later this year. The goal is for a single light to sell for about $35, though the exact price might vary slightly.

But again, I’m here for sending poop emoji.

With that – thanks for reading, and stay tuned for plenty more Eurobike news over the coming days!


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  1. spinnekopje

    Their seems to be missing something on the sentence:
    ‘Still, that’s not likely their’
    Interested to see what else is coming..

  2. dr_lha

    I own precisely one Magene product, a supposed speed/cadence sensor that could switch between both roles (it’s a hub or crank mounted). The thing never gave good results, failing between 100s or RPMs of 50mph speeds, until it finally just crapped out after about the time period I could return to Amazon.

    I would not buy a computer from this company, especially if it was priced similarly to a Garmin, Hammerhead or Wahoo.

    • Sean Parchem

      I purchased their radar and it is such a bad product I can’t believe it. It detects 50% of the cars behind me.

  3. liguangming1981

    I’m pretty happy with the Magene gear that I have – I’ve got their headlight, the heart rate arm band, and their crank spider power meter. All are well made and have provided me with reliable results. I’d have been interested in the computer if it had been available earlier this year when my Bryton bricked itself during a firmware update, but I replaced it with a Garmin Edge Explore 2 so I won’t be needing a new GPS any time soon. Still, good to see Magene continue to come out with new and more modern products.

  4. bikecomputer

    Still waiting for a Sigma Rox 12.1 Evo review…

  5. brent

    I have a magene C406 bike computer. Mono screen with a very good battery life and easy to read screen.
    It has 2 minor omissions witch i guess this new one will address. Namely it does not interact with a radar (disappointing) and does not do mapping (very minor).
    It has one major issue and that is the GPS speed tracking. Basically if you are near trees the speed will go completely out of sync. A bit worse than my vivoactive 3 and certainly worse than any bike computer i have ever used. Much worse than even my original gps unit the motorola motoactve with struggled with steep slopes but trees not so bad.
    I think the final gps track is so probably not so far off but the instantaneous speed tracking is really poor and it does not need to be a thick forest to send it off. Even trees on just one side can make it bad.
    I do like the unit and for 60$ aus it was a bargain but the gps is certainly worth testing. The waterproofing does not seem perfect either.

  6. RGB

    I WISH that Garmin would implement the same functionality alerting via watch vibration with the Varia and watches (or, if they have, make the document explaining how to configure it more easily found). There have been enough times that my Varia has alerted and ambient noise drowns out the alert tone

  7. inSyt

    I would buy those ultracool lights for everything, including my car and home, Pity it has no ANT+ support. The ability to control them using a connectIQ app would have made them perfect.

  8. johnny

    I have Magene Kickstarter PM and 2 HRM straps plus previously speed and cadence sensors.
    computer c406 is basic but works.
    Lets just say you have zero customer support if anything goes wrong and it probably will.

    also i think the likes of magene and Bryton are getting way too close to reputable brands prime example gamin radar versus megene/brytons offering.
    I would go for the former for piece of mind and 20 bucks more.

    • “also i think the likes of magene and Bryton are getting way too close to reputable brands prime example gamin radar versus megene/brytons offering. I would go for the former for piece of mind and 20 bucks more.”

      I think in general that’s the problem of most brands that start off as “Holy cow this is a great deal compared to Garmin/whomever!”, over time, they end up aspiring to be in the same price range as those devices, but forgot that they usually lack the brand/support/distribution/quality/depth/quality.

      Certainly, companies can make the jump – but it’s very very hard, and most try to do it far too early. I think Bryton’s pricing in non-US/EUR markets is far better and more compelling than in the US/EUR markets for things like radar and a few other tidbits. As you noted, it just isn’t worth the small savings for some products.

      We saw this same cycle happen with COROS actually, where COROS started off with the ‘Holy cow” Pace series, and then over time found themselves with the Vertix 2 at crazy prices compared to Garmin/etc. Or the APEX 2 Pro. They’ve had to reduce prices on both, since.

  9. JeffR

    Could you sync this to something like Training Peaks?

  10. Bello

    Wo findet man denn das front light. Ich finde das nicht mal bei Magene auf der Homepage.

  11. Paolo

    Has anyone tried out the Magene c606 cycling computer yet? I’m curious to how it is and if it has any of the climbpro type features. Reviews are difficult to find at this point in time.

  12. Michal Adam

    Good day, is there anyone here who uses Magene L308? I’m trying to find any rear light that has the same attachment as Garmin. So I could use the same holder as for Varia radar. Thanks.