New Bryton Rider 310 and Rider 100 GPS Cycle Computers in Review

Bryton Rider 310 100 Review

When it comes to cycle computers, there are plenty of contenders on the market who can do the same job for less if you are prepared look beyond Garmin. Bryton is one of these brands and they have a competitive range for cyclists and runners who want data without too many extras. The Taiwanese brand started in 2010 and have since built a healthy distribution in Australia, now boasting 200 Australian bike shops as Bryton dealers.

But the brand had a rocky start, in Australia they switched distributers early on and in 2011 Garmin took them to court for copyright infringement, the result was that the case was settled “favourably” for Bryton (whatever that means) and Bryton stopped selling in the USA for a few years.

In December 2015, Bryton released two new models, the Rider 310 and Rider 100 GPS Cycle Computers which promise to improve the user experience by simplifying everything, keeping the computers competitively priced and adding ‘workouts’ (training programs).

The smartly packaged cycle computers each come in a number of packages from just the cycle computer or with additional sensors; a cadence sensor, a heart rate monitor, or both the heart rate monitor and cadence sensor. As the computers use ANT+, you can connect your own sensors and opt for just the computer. For this review I received the Rider 310 T and Rider 100 T which each have the cadence sensor and heart rate monitor (HRM).

The two units appear to differ solely in overall size and screen size though a closer look at the specs reveals that the larger unit, the Rider 310 has additional temperature, altitude and power data functionality. The Rider 310 has a 1.8” screen while the smaller Rider 100 shaves 1/3 off and has a 1.6” screen.

bryton rider GPS Computer Comparison
The Rider 310 (right) is slightly larger and has a few more features

 

The configurations and regular retail pricing (AUD) are as follows:

$109 Rider 100 E
$149 Rider 100 C (Cadence Sensor)
$229 Rider 100 T (Cadence Sensor & HRM)

$149 Rider 310 E
$189 Rider 310 C (Cadence Sensor)
$269 Rider 310 T (Cadence Sensor & HRM)

 

Rider Out of the Box

The setup and operation of the two models is mostly identical. To get started, fire up the cycle computer by pressing the orange button and then choose language and select from metric or imperial measurements. During setup on the Rider 310 you are also asked for personal data including gender, height, weight and age which the computer uses for some of the calculations (such as calories).

Bryton Rider profile
Personal details can be changed in the settings

 

I was asked for my LTHR, a value I don’t know and assume that many cyclists either won’t know their LTHR or what Lactate Threshold Heart Rate means and how they can get this value. As a reference, Joel Friel provides a simple overview how to determine your LTHR.

The bike computer comes with a mount that fits directly onto the stem or handlebar with O-Rings. There is an out-front style mount which can be purchased separately (or as a bundle). The Bryton mount is individual so can’t be used with Garmin compatible mounts.

Bryton Rider Bike Mount
Bryton O-Ring mount allow it to fit the stem or handlebars

Bryton Rider 100 Bike Computer
The Rider 100 is compact and easy to use

 

Setting up the cadence sensor is straight forward – there are two parts, the receiver is mounted with the supplied cable ties onto the chain-stay while a magnet is mounted onto the crank and aligned to the receiver. A small green LED light blinks when the sensor is moved past the receiver unit. It is important to ensure the receiver is orientated in the correct direction – so take extra care with this before tightening the cable-ties as you can get it wrong. While I was setting up I noticed that one of the cable-ties was faulty and though I have a stash of spares, I always appreciate it when a few extra’s are provided.

Bryton Pair Sensor

Bryton Cadence Sensor
Alignment of the cadence sensor on the chain-stay

 

The heart rate monitor has an elastic strap and detachable HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) unit. Finding the right length and fit for the strap is about making sure that it isn’t too tight or loose, and also overcoming that feeling that it will slip down when you breath out and your rib cage contracts. Connecting the computer to the sensors was automatic, the HRM was already paired and the cadence sensor appeared and registered quickly.

The Heart Rate Monitor and the Cadence Sensor both use a CR 2032 battery which are supplied. The Cadence Sensor has a plastic insert which needs to be removed first.

Bryton Heart Rate Monitor
The HRM unit easily detaches so that the strap can be washed separately

 

For the handlebar mount, both a thin and a thick rubber wedge are provided to allow for some height adjustment as well as plenty of o-rings. The mount is reliable and solid, though I will explain later why I prefer an out-front style mount. Overall, the Bryton cycle computers appear to be well made. You will also notice the subtle integration of the speech-bubble design on the front face which has become a bit of a trademark design seen throughout the Bryton range.

The units are IPX7 rated so there should not be any concerns riding in pouring rain. That said, prior to publishing, the waterproof flap covering the mini USB port on the Rider 100 unit came out unnoticed. These moving parts can be to be susceptible and as it couldn’t easily be replaced, I now need to seek advice from Bryton.

Bryton Rider 100 Waterproof Cover
The waterproof flap on the Rider 100 was suddenly off

 

KISS – Keep It Simple Silly

Bryton CEO, Samuel Wang announced during the launch of these new cycle computers, “Technology itself does not revolutionize the cycling computer market; the great and relevant user experience innovations on top of technologies will.”

From this comment I assume that the units should be intuitive – in practice they are fairly intuitive but it requires learning by doing as the three buttons at the base of the unit have different functionality depending on what you are doing… are you riding or adjusting the settings? It isn’t complicated – however as an instruction manual for operating the computers is not supplied, you will probably make a few mistakes along the way. As an example, while riding I didn’t notice that I clicked onto the next display screen which shows average speed and average heart rate and I wondered, while slogging up a hill, why my heart rate was so consistent.

Bryton Rider Settings Options
Both the Rider 310 and Rider 100 feature the same button layout

 

Let’s take a look at the operation of the buttons – the orange button in the middle is flanked by a grey button left and right, all fairly accessible and it is best to separate the functionality while riding (and recording) and the functionality for selecting settings and options.

You guessed it, the orange button turns the cycle computer on and another click starts the recording of a new trip – however this button doesn’t stop the recording. If you click the orange button while it is recording, it creates a new lap which is useful to gather averages from a specific segments of your ride.

The left button pauses the recording – to then continue recording (after wiping the milk moustache from your lips and mounting our bike), press the orange button. However if you wish to stop recording entirely, you click the left button a second time and are presented with an alert – do you REALLY want to stop? Toggle with the right button from NO to YES and then confirm by clicking the orange button. Got it?

The right buttom is the toggle/page button and changes the between three screens available which display ride data.

When the computer is not recording, the left button is clicked to access the settings/options. Inside the menu system, the left button is used to return to the previous (parent) menu. The orange button is pressed to confirm any changes while the right button is used to scroll through pages or options.

This sounds pretty easy, though expect a small learning curve as you become familiar with operating the unit.

Bryton Rider menu
The settings and option menu

 

You are now ready to go – this is all you need to know to get out there and start using the main functions. If you are signed up to STRAVA, after your ride you can connect the supplied micro USB cable to your computer and can then drag the .fit file (which is dated and located in the main director) across to Strava. As a trip, rather than clicking the upload button and trying to search for the file, drag the file from the Bryton unit (which is mounted and appears on your desktop) directly onto the upload file button. TCX or GPX files are not recorded and are also not necessary.

Update: Blutooth paired uploading can also be used to transfer files.

GPS computer mini USB
Micro USB port and mounting tab

Bryton Strava
Uploading the .fit files to Strava is straight-forward

 

Let’s Get Physical

The Rider 310 has a workout section inside the settings which lets you tailor training programs which Bryton names Workouts. This is may be useful for competitive cyclists and will take some patience to setup. I started to trial this and training guidance and information is delivered via on-screen visual alerts. This format may appeal to some riders, though it just doesn’t provide me with the excitement or motivation I want. For the majority of cyclists (myself included), this feature will likely be ignored.

Bryton Rider Workout Training Plan
The Workout menu

 

The Bryton Update Tool software for your computer appears to provide a better interface for uploading, downloading and editing Workouts. After downloading it onto my mac, I was prevented from opening the application installer. A security alert said the software was from an “unidentified developer”. While there are ways to bypass this, I prefer software to at least appear legitimate so my lack of patience got the better of me and I conceded.

Bryton Mac Error

Instead of having the Workout feature, I would have preferred to have options to customise the display of on-screen data. Currently I am limited to toggling between three pre-defined screens on both the Rider 310 and Rider 100. Although the display automatically adapts to display data from added sensors (such as the HRM or Cadence Sensor), I have no further control. There appears to be some customisation options if you set training goals though this doesn’t help me when I just want to ride.

Bryton Rider 310 Bike Computer Display
Screen 1 display without any sensors detected

Bryton Rider 310 Cadence HRM
Screen 1 display with HRM and Cadence Sensor data

 

The Altitude feature of the Rider 310 feature is nice, particularly for the hilly part of Sydney where I ride. Strava however pinpointed a discrepancy in the elevation data supplied by the unit so this required a closer look. As manual is not provide in the box which is a plus (things should be intuitive and simply work), I turned to the online user guides which is available in many languages. The English Rider 310 User Guide s fairly good, though for the description of the Altitude it was a bit like lost in translation.

Bryton Rider Altitude
I think I understand how the Altitude setup works

 

In short, I need to know the altitude in the location I am in and can then create series of presets or defaults if I wish to ‘calibrate’ to other locations. A handy online website whatismyelevation.com was useful for acquiring elevation and I used this information to create a default – 88 metres.

On the flipside, if altitude data is not required while you ride and you opt for the smaller unit, the Rider 100, you can still view altitude data after uploading your rides to Strava.

 

Do you or Don’t You?

Before providing any recommendations, let’s briefly discuss the mounts. As already noted, the included mounts work well however the reason I prefer an out-front mount is because I find it easier and faster to take in ride data. The 10 centimetres difference between a stem mounted cycle computer and out-front mounted computer is enough to make a small different, particularly when the Bryton starts cramming in all of the sensor data onto the screen and the display becomes crowded.

Overall, the computers are very competitively priced and provide the standard requirements and good connectivity with sensors. Except for the flap coming off on the Rider 100, I didn’t face problems during the short time frame though will report back after spending more time with the computers.

My biggest grip is not being able to customise the data on the display to suit my preferences as the overcrowding of the screen, as more sensors and data is added, makes it harder to read at a glance. And although the Altitude user guide was a little ambiguous, this is still a feature which would sway me towards the Rider 310. Similarly the ability to connect a power meter and record this data.

I can save $40 and opt instead for the compact and simpler Rider 100. While extra data from the cadence and heart rate monitor are ‘nice to have’, if you are on a tight budget, try and stretch it to get at least the cadence sensor.

Stay tuned for long-term reports on the Rider 100 and Rider 310. For more information visit the Bryton Website.

The review was organised by Cycling Express who are promoting (at the time of publishing) discount pricing on the Bryton Rider 100 and Bryton Rider 310.

 

Become a Bryton Tester

Bryton are offering 10 readers of Bicycles Network Australia and the Australian Cycling Forums the chance to get their own Rider 100 or Rider 310 to review and to keep. For your chance to qualify, in the comments in 25 words or less explain why you should be selected.

Test candidates will be required to write a review and include photos to be published either in the Australian Cycling Forums (registration is free) or on their own personal website or blog. You need to submit your response by midday Jan 29. 2016 for a chance of qualifying.



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About The Author

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.

47 responses to “New Bryton Rider 310 and Rider 100 GPS Cycle Computers in Review”

  1. Richard says:

    I’d like to test the Rider 310 to see how it improves on my near 5 year old Rider 50.

  2. Simon Hookham says:

    I’ll test 5+ days a week side-by-side with my Edge 1000 for a fair comparison in Sydney peak hour traffic while commuting in all weather. Video and photos for the review are a given to provide a comprehensive review.

  3. Ben says:

    I’d give a social riders perspective, will put it up against my Garmin 500 HRM/Cadence (on road & trainer). Quality images will accompany the review.

  4. Mark says:

    I currently ride with a Garmin GPS watch but would be interested in comparing to the experience of a bar mounted GPS unit.

  5. Simon says:

    Looking for a simple GPS bike computer and the Bryton appears to meet all my criteria. I commute 35km 5 days plus a hills ride Sunday and would lover to test and review.

  6. Wen says:

    I’d love to test a unit for the weightweenies blog. I’ve done comprehensive reviews of the Sigma ROX 10.0 and Magellan cyclo 105.

    http://www.starbike.com/weightweenies/blog/?p=140
    http://www.starbike.com/weightweenies/blog/?p=90

  7. LDRcycles says:

    I would love to know if they have overcome the earlier problems and can win me back from Garmin!

  8. Tristan says:

    I have owned a Bryton Rider 30 for several years, they are solid units and stable. They are great value for money. The biggest downside is the lack of Bluetooth or WiFi for auto uploading, so having to connect via cable to a computer and manually upload is a hassle.

  9. Mathias says:

    Hi Chris,
    I currently use a Magellan Switch for both GPS and HR measurements, commuting, MTB and road cycling. I upload into Strava and TrainingPeaks. Given it’s Magellan’s entry level unit, would be good to compare with the Bryton Rider and see how it stacks up. Could publish a review on Instagram (orbis_fitness_mtb), facebook (facebook.com/orbisfitness) or blog (www.orbisfit.com.au/blog). Cheers!

  10. Patrick says:

    I am a bike computer novice and my review would give a novice’s perspective to the set up and use of the Bryton Rider.

  11. Brendan says:

    I’m a product tester & photographer for La Velocita, & more than happy to get the good word out for Bryton:
    http://www.lavelocita.cc/la-velocita-reviews/polar-m450

  12. Mark says:

    I have a Garmin 800, five years old and am thinking about another GPS that would be cheaper with similar functionality. As a 65 year old pensioner with a still burning passion for cycling, another computer would be useful. I could also write a review comparing the 2 devices.

  13. Michael Walker says:

    All sorts of weather, all sorts of distances and an honest appraisal. I’m your man.

  14. Saywot says:

    I’m not convinced that a computer would improve either my on-bike performance or add anything to my riding experience.

    I don’t need to know within a meter my distance nor the height of the hills I cross.

    But hell ! – everyone seems to get something from carrying one and I’m open-minded enough to give it a crack.

  15. Stan says:

    I’d love to test and review.I don’t have a computer but cycle about 280Klm each week and can compare my figures to Brytons.

  16. Marty says:

    I would love to see the difference between these and my 520, and how well it tracks with the tacx satori smart trainer.

  17. Karl says:

    I’d be keen to compare to my Garmin Edge 510 and Fenix 3 for both road and MTB use.

  18. Derek Real says:

    I am 68 and have been riding since 12. I have had both knees replaced and find that cycling is the only thing I can do. Currently back up to 100Kl /wk. I would love to test the new computer.

  19. Mark Szutta says:

    As a road roving, muddy mountain meanderer and terra-firma touring cyclist who also ride data dissects I would make a brilliant Bryton reviewer.

  20. Mark Tatarinoff says:

    My 9 year old daughter needs a computer to track her progress as we approach the U11 State Track Championships. Top Speed and cadence needed.

  21. Jake(Aus) says:

    As a dedicated bikecomputer user, I am interested in seeing how the competition stacks up, so that my next purchase is an informed one…

  22. Gerard says:

    I’m not Australian but it’d be awesome to be a lone Kiwi cyclist trialing the Bryton and see what someone across the Tasman thinks!

  23. Recumbenteer says:

    I would be interested in appraising this item from a recumbent perspective on both my trike & velomobile.

  24. Eugene Geldenhuys says:

    I would like to test the Bryton in a off-road MTB environment to see how tough it is.

  25. Tom says:

    I am an avid cyclist who is now on to my third cycling computer. This places me in a position of knowing what works. Riding 6 days a week also means any bike computer is going to be rigorously tested.

  26. Sonya says:

    I would love to try the new Bryton to compare it with my old Rider 40 and see how compatible it is with my Mac.

  27. I’d like to test this product on the world’s longest historic stock route – The Canning Stock Route. I’ll create the definitive GPS log!

  28. Luke says:

    I would love to test the new bryton in a recreational MTB setting and compare it to my current garmin.

  29. Scott Banister-Jones says:

    I have anorexia nervosa. I love cycling and in the last 4 months I have put on 7kgs. This is the first time in years. The main motivation. To get faster on my bike so I can join my friends who cycle. Being able to really track my improvements would be such great motivation.
    Thanks

  30. Travis says:

    After riding 10000+km last year, completing many rides and raising funds for children suffering illness in Australia I can give the BR310 the best test.

  31. Ant says:

    You need me to test this as a 60 year old with the brain slowing up, eye sight diminishing and often technology challenged, if I find the new Bryton works for me you’ll sell them by the truck load.

  32. Shaun says:

    Recently stopped using basic cycle computers and have been trying cycling apps paired with pebble watch. Unhappy with apps, would like compare to decent computer.

  33. Mark says:

    As a 57 year old daily commuter without a computer I’d be a perfect candidate! 🙂

  34. Glenn says:

    After running a Garmin 305, 800 and 520, it would be nice to check out the competition for my 50th birthday!

  35. Ken says:

    I can offer test situations that might be different to others. I’m an over 60 recreational rider who uses Strava to keep track of my distances and I ride a recumbent trike which will test mounting flexibility.

  36. Trevor says:

    I was going to say that as an oldie I would be a perfect test pilot, but looking at your other canditates responses, I may be older but I think I could write a funnier review

  37. Lusiana says:

    I have been doing some research on this device including talking to their support and downloading the manual. With particular requirements I have in mind, I will be able to give it a good review.

  38. Paul G says:

    Took my bike computer off the bike 12 months ago, a great experience. Ready to reenter the technological age! Like trying ‘underdog’ brands, pick me! 🙂

  39. freisianpug says:

    Fatbike, touring bike, penny farthing… With a wide range of velocipedes to choose from and beguiling verbiage to describe them, I submit myself for consideration.

  40. Jonathkn says:

    I love checking out new tech and use an array of Garmin products, so I’d be able to compare, contrast and be objective in my review! I’m across a range of tech and would have a blast!

  41. I’m keen to test it out and write a review. I commute on my bike every day, I do longer rides on the weekends, and obsess over my stats on Strava. Not only that, but as a software engineer with a strong emphasis on usability, I’m in a good position to comment on its user interface.

    Searching for something to 1-up Garmin for years now, I’ve always considered them to be the Nokia of the cycling computer industry – a lumbering, antiquated behemoth waiting for an iPhone to come along and innovate them into the history books. So, can the new Bryton do it?

  42. Utedeej says:

    I’d love to check out and use this new technology on my retro steel rides. There’s been far too much restoring and playing with bikes and not enough riding – and you can see it in my waistline. It’d be great to see how a Bryton might encourage me to ride more regularly, harder and farther.

  43. Nick Green says:

    I’d like my kids to test the Rider 100 as they would all like a new computer on their bikes and I have been looking for something that is reasonable simple for them to use and has the cadence function to get them into good pedalling techniques early on

  44. Thank you for all of the entries to review (and keep) one of the new Bryton Rider Cycle Computers.

    The reviewers selected are:
    Richard, Simon Hookham, Mathias, Patrick, Michael Walker, Tom, Peter gargano, Travis, Ken and Jonathkn.

    I will be in contact shortly with details.

  45. Paul G says:

    “For your chance to qualify, in the comments in 25 words or less explain why you should be selected.”

    So that wasn’t actually a criterion?

    Bit frustrating when a person spends some tiem considering how best to use their 25 words, and then its clearly disregarded when selecting a winner…

    Congratulations to the winners, look forward to reading the reviews… 🙂

  46. Gareth says:

    200 Distributors in Australia ? Not a single hit for Bryton +310 +.au that yields a place to buy them in OZ using google, even wiggle doesn’t support them, whats going on ? Half the shops listed in Brisbane don’t exist or have changed names.

    G

  47. Gareth Hall says:

    Ok, 7 stores in Brisbane that are still open and listed on the Bryton website as selling their product do not, are they just a big con ?

    Has anyone physically purchased one from a bricks and mortar store in Australia.

    G