By Rick Schultz
- 2 Great options Rider 530 / Aero 60
- Different models to choose from to match your needs – all with GPS functionality.
- Easy setup
- 78+ functions
- LONG battery life
- 1-second recording puts this on par with the Garmin’s.
- Tracks and Navigation mode.
- Can log into your network and sync data to your PC.
- Pre-loaded training workouts and on-screen analysis
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Source: Provided by Bryton for review.
Best Features: Builds on the already great functionality of the Rider 310.
Summary: Both ROCK-SOLID units!
I started “consulting” Bryton when they first introduced their Rider 310 GPS computer. I was impressed that this was their first real GPS head-unit, and it was already on par with its competitor, the Garmin 500/510. The major difference was that the Bryton was and is much more reliable. As a bike fitter and coach, I hear all of my client’s stories as to what stuff works, what stuff doesn’t and what their frustrations are, and much of it revolves around Garmin bicycle products. This feedback helped Bryton come out with a rock-solid GPS head unit for under $100.
Fast forward a year, and after many Skype calls and emails with Bryton, a new pre-production Rider 530 showed up in the mail. After a couple of weeks of testing, the on/off button failed. I contacted Bryton immediately, and they said to stand by as they discussed a fix. The next day they asked that I send the unit back and that they would replace it after a fix. Two weeks went by and a new 530 showed up. Bryton added a steel shim underneath the on/off switch. With 3 years of almost daily use, I am still using it and it is still functioning perfectly. It’s great to work with a manufacturer who listens to their testers, not only for issues, but which functions and features to add.
Over the past 3 years, friends and clients have cycled through numerous broken Garmin Edge computers, but my Bryton Rider 530 is still running strong. I believe it’s a true Garmin Edge 8xx head unit equivalent, for a fraction of the cost of a Garmin.
Last year, I attended the CABDA show in San Diego. Bryton was there and asked my opinion on their new (at the time) Aero 60. They told me that I couldn’t show it or write about it until it was released. I did one better, and put it through about 9 months of testing first!
I believe that the only way to see how a product performs is after long term testing. I have seen so many testers who work for major magazines ride a bicycle one around a parking lot and then write up a 3-page review as to how great the bike is. I’ve also seen testers copy and paste the data from a manufacturers website without even turning a unit on just so they could be first to publish a review. Again, I believe in the long-term testing to really see how a product performs.
Aero 60 Best Features
Ease of Programming – One of the best features is that you can define and program the screens via the Bryton App. Just sync the Aero 60 to your smart phone and an EXACT duplicate of the Aero 60 is displayed on your phone. Now, it’s easy-peasy to program the screens of your Aero 60.
OSM – Comes preloaded with Open Street Map which allows you to ride turn-by-turn tracks.
ESS Support – Not only does it support Di2 but now SRAM eTap and Campagnolo EPS gear information and battery life.
Both ANT+ and BLE Sensor Support
GPS Support – GNSS; Galileo, QZSS, GPS, Glonass, BDS
Auto Sync – Strava, Training Peaks and Selfloops.
Rider 530 – comes in 4 flavors; 530 E, 530 C, 530 H and 530 T and ranges from $179.95 to $259.95
Aero 60 – comes in 3 flavors; Aero60 E, Aero60 C, Aero60 T and ranges from $229.95 to $309.95
So far, I have been very happy with my 530 and Aero 60. They are rock solid, and the best value in cycling GPS head units.
Oh, almost forgot, both units can display power. In fact, 26+ power meter data options including Average, Power Balance, Normalized Power, IF, TSS, Power Zone just to name a few.
Both units earn a true 5 out of 5 star rating.
Coach Rick Schultz is an avid cyclist who trains, races and coaches in Southern California. Rick is an engineer by trade, and in addition to being a coach, he's a bike fitter and prolific product reviewer. He's the author of Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist and Bike Fit 101: Your Toolset for a Great Bike Fit in the RBR eBookstore. Check his product reviews website, www.biketestreviews.com, and his coaching site, www.bikefitnesscoaching.com. Click to read Rick's full bio.