Garmin has launched its latest GSP computer called the Edge Explore 2, which features preloaded, high-contrast maps so riders can view popular roads and trails, high-traffic areas and searchable points of interest from a 3-inch touchscreen, alongside a new power mount aptly dubbed the Edge Explore Mount that can provide up to 16 hours of battery life in demanding use and up to 24 hours in battery saver mode.
“Whether you’re a casual bike rider, eBike rider or anything in between, the Edge Explore 2 series is ready for wherever the journey takes you,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Simple to set up and ready to use right out of the box, these GPS cycling navigators boast high-contrast maps and new eBike features, making them the perfect companion for your next escape.”
eBike riders using their compatible eBike and Edge Explore 2 will see a dedicated eBike status screen showing battery life and also receive navigation guidance and alerts based on battery status, assist level and the preplanned course. Plus, the new Edge Power Mount – included with the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle – lets riders constantly charge their cycling computer with their compatible bike so they can stay focused on their adventure (eBikes require a separate cable).
Maps, routes and more
No matter where the next adventure leads, the Edge Explore 2 series will help keep riders on track.
Safety and tracking
Featuring innovative safety and tracking features, the Edge Explore 2 series will help give riders extra peace of mind while they’re out exploring. When paired with a compatible smartphone, GroupTrack and group messaging let cyclists and their riding companions – who are also using compatible Garmin devices – keep an eye on each other and stay in touch, even when they fall out of sight. What’s more, if an incident is detected during a ride, the Edge Explore 2 series will automatically send a message with the cyclist’s location to preselected emergency contacts. For added confidence while riding, the Edge Explore 2 series is compatible with the Varia line of cycling awareness devices, including the new Varia RCT715 rearview radar with camera and tail light (sold separately), so cyclists can see, be seen and continuously capture video footage during their ride. If a cyclist stops to grab a bite to eat or take in the view, the PIN-protected bike alarm will notify them on their paired smartphone if their bike has been moved.
Additionally, when paired with a smartphone, text messages and alerts will appear right on the Edge. Following a ride, the Edge Explore 2 series automatically syncs activities to the Garmin Connect app, making it easy for cyclists to view all of their stats in one place. Cyclists can even customize their device by downloading free data fields, apps and widgets from the Connect IQ store.
Available now, the Edge Explore 2 has a suggested retail price of $299.99. The Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle, with included Edge Power Mount, has a suggested retail price of $399.99. The Edge Power Mount can also be purchased separately for $129.99.
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