Magellan launch Australian Cycling Computer – Cyclo 500 Series

In the world of GPS cycling computers, Garmin have dominated the market. According to Magellan brand manager, Paris Basson, with the launch of the new Cyclo 500 Series today in Sydney, this will change.

Overlooking the Opera House, Magellan launched the Cyclo 500 series for cyclists which includes three versions: the Cyclo 500, Cyclo 505 (with ANT+), and Cyclo 505HC (with heart rate monitor and cadence and speed sensor). As you would expect from a modern cycle computer, you get a full colour touch screen device with cycle computer and GPS functionality and the ability to save and share ride data, for example with Strava.

While these are the essentials in creating product to compete with the Garmin Edge, in the effort to differentiate and even lead, a standout feature of the Cyclo 500 series is localised Australian cycling maps. On top of Australian street map information, the Cyclo 500 series has bike map information from Bicycling Australia (Where to Ride series) as well as cycle route and cycling path data from governments which will provide cyclists with better routes and mapping. With this cyclist friendly mapping, Magellan aim to open up their audience beyond performance orientated cyclists to also appeal to mountain bikers and recreational cyclists and touring cyclists who can benefit from having this relevant mapping and routing ability.

Magellan Cyclo 500 5050 505hc GPS Cycle Computer

Additional features include Wifi Sync so that map data can be automatically uploaded at the touch of a button; the ride data can be automatically shared with preferred services. Rides can also be shared with riding buddies by shaking the device; when your riding partner shakes their Cyclo 500 device the units can ‘pair’ and map data shared. Basson was also quick to point out forward compatibility with the integration of BLE – Blue Tooth Low Energy which, as the name suggests, allows for low energy data transfer.

The GPS cycle computers will be available in November 2013 and priced at $379 for the Cyclo 500, $399 for the Cyclo 505 (with ANT+) and the Cyclo 505HC with heart rate monitor and cadence/speed sensor kit for $479. Further details will be available on www.magellangps.com.au

A new runners product called the Echo was also released and, at first glance, is less suited to cycling. The Echo is a watch like device worn on the wrist that is basically a receiver for smart phone apps. There are a number of apps that can be easily paired and will send customised data to the watch.

While a wrist watch device would generally not appeal to a cyclist who is after a handlebar or stem mounted cycling computer, many cyclists carry a smart phone anyway so the Echo provides functionality that would be very useful for cyclists – imagine the potential of using your favorite GPS and training app on the smart phone and sending the crucial data to a simple and compact handlebar mounted display; the smart phone does the hard work. I would love to see this as a entry level type GPS cycle computer for runners. The wrist watch Echo is priced at $140 (or $199 for the BLE HRM version).



Christopher Jones
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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a professional design business, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.

6 Responses to “Magellan launch Australian Cycling Computer – Cyclo 500 Series”

  1. RickH says:

    Further explanation of this wonderful device can be viewed here:

    http://youtu.be/l6LBU2kxFAw

    This is the European version called the MIO. Aussie version is Magellan which is the parent company.

    Also of note is maps are included and upgraded free of charge.

  2. antigee says:

    If the promo on the mapping is correct then that would be fantastic – would be nice to be able to able to view a sample section of map to see how useful the mapping really is to cyclists looking for alternatives to highways
    the other big question is battery life – would like to think a given can get a full days ride but would like confirmation

  3. RickH says:

    @antigee,
    The maps are from Openstreetmap. I have a version in my Garmin and you can view maps that have overlaid bike lanes on them.
    This version of Magellan will have 2 maps installed which collectively will give you information about the road/bike networks along with information relating to services such as bike shops, atm’s, shops etc.
    What it doesn’t have is the super fine details for the serious training athletes.
    Battery life is 12-14 hours depending on what functions are switched on, brightness of screen etc.
    Functionality is far easier than Garmin.

  4. Dave Neilsen says:

    I just bought one yesterday, it is a dud, when powered up the screen shows it searching for computer connection, cannot get menu or any function, spent hours trying to sort it, also worth noting that although Magellan advertise it as MAC compatible but it is not, you can only upload ride data (if it would work) but can not download PC Tool for updates/trouble shooting,map updates etc. As a iMac & Macbook owner I had to borrow a friends Windows laptop to try and fix it, Magellan call centre no help and basically stated I had a brand new GPS with a fault. Not happy, will take it back to Store tomorrow for credit, originally picked Cyclo because of its off road/cycle path maps and ‘Surprise Me’ functions but will re-look at Garmins, I have running watches that have never given trouble!

  5. If it is not starting up properly, return it. It is the nature of the beast that in mass production there is a small percentage of defect units.

    The Cyclo 505 is mac compatible. You need to follow the steps and download the browser plugins which unfortunately only work for Safari. Once installed you then register the unit in “Magellan Cyclo”. And, the unit itself needs to be granted WiFi access.

    Once that is done then no cables are needed, you log into “Magellan Cyclo” and can automatically sync – wirelessly.

    There is a firmware update due out shortly. Yes, connection takes a little time to setup the first time.

    A faulty product out of the box is a bother, but don’t fret – get it replaced and follow the steps to setup and you will be set.

    This is my writeup of the Cyclo 505: http://www.bicycles.net.au/2014/04/challenge-accepted-magellan-cyclo-505-gps-computer/

  6. Andrew says:

    Yeah I would not worry about a dud unit. Sure its a pain but the shop will take it back and replace it. After all most electronic stuff fails within first 3 months if its going to fail OR just outside of warranty, then that would suck!
    My biggest gripe is the inability to change the maps and until I can travel over to Europe with it I will remain a trusty client of Garmin

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