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Lezyne Super GPS Enhanced Review

Lezyne Super GPS Enhanced
Price:  $150 List | $149.95 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Affordable, GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, lightweight, compact, navigation
Cons:  Fewer data metrics than Garmin, no color screen, no maps
Bottom line:  Great GPS enabled cycling computer with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensor compatibility.
Editors' Rating:   
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GPS enabled?:  Yes, GPS/Glonass
Cadence Sensor?:  Yes, any ANT+ or Bluetooth SMART
Heart Rate Monitor?:  Yes, any ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart
Manufacturer:   Lezyne

Our Verdict

The Lezyne Super GPS Enhanced is a versatile GPS enabled cycling computer at an unbeatable price. Awesome smartphone integration with turn-by-turn navigation give the Super GPS an unrivaled price-to-feature ratio. It is also compatible with both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ sensors, offering great versatility. The computer housing is much less streamlined than some of its competitors and it does not have maps, but it is a great training tool, with plenty of data screen options for even the most particular cyclist.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Curtis Smith

Last Updated:
Monday
December 26, 2016

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Lezyne has stormed the cycling computer market with a range of great products. The Super GPS Enhanced is one of five computers released as part of the Year 10 product launch. The old version of the Super GPS was our also the winner of our Best Buy Award and the new Enhanced version retains the same low price with huge improvements in functionality and connectivity. The inclusion of turn-by-turn navigation is at the top of the list of features that set the Super GPS apart from other computers in this price range. If you are on a budget and need a GPS enabled cycling computer with amazing sensor compatibility and smartphone integration, look no further.

Performance Comparison


Lezyne  Super GPS
Lezyne Super GPS

Ease of Use


The Super GPS Enhanced is one of the more user-friendly cycling computers we tested. It scores a 7, putting it in the upper end of the ranking. Great smartphone integration via the Lezyne Ally application gave the score a significant bump up. Four tactile buttons control all functions and are used for navigation between screens. Two buttons are located on each side of the housing and are substantial enough to be felt with gloves on. Each button has multiple functions, depending on the screen you are currently on. The Garmin Edge 520 also uses tactile buttons to perform all functions, but it has seven separate buttons.

Each button on the Garmin Edge 520 has a dedicated function. We found the multifunction buttons of the Super GPS to be a bit less intuitive than the Garmin Edge 520 design. Pushing the wrong button or not getting the desired result was a more frequent occurrence with the Super GPS. In addition, the lap button on the Super GPS is on the left side — both the Garmin Egde 520 and Garmin Edge 820 position the lap button on the lower edge of the housing, making them easier to access, particularly at the end of a hard interval. Despite these gripes, the Super GPS button layout is functional and gets the job done.

Screen navigation is relatively simple. Once powered on, the home screen shows GPS signal status, battery status, smartphone battery status, and sensor status. Tapping the menu button will take you to your data screens, which display ride data. Pressing and holding the menu button accesses the main menu where device set up occurs and ride records are accessed. Once inside the main menu the menu and lap buttons are used to scroll through options. The enter button is used to access options in the main menu or to turn on the backlight. Compared to the labyrinth of menus on the Garmin Edge 820, the Super GPS is pretty basic, and it only took us a few minutes of trial and error to figure out.

What makes the Garmin Edge 820 navigation process superior is the touch screen, which prevents you from having to back scroll through options. Imagine that your iPhone only had four buttons to perform all of its functions…it would take forever just to scroll through your applications. This is not a perfect analogy but it helps to illustrate the advantages of a touch screen over buttons. The Garmin Edge 520 is also easier to navigate, but for different reasons. Dedicated scroll buttons, back button, and enter button make navigation easier on the Garmin Edge 520. It is of note however, that both the Garmin Edge 520 and Garmin Edge 820 have far more menu options, and more screens to navigate through as a result of having more available features and options.

Data Transfers and smartphone integration are a definite strong point for the Super GPS. The Lezyne Ally smartphone application is simple, intuitive and easy to use. We found the Bluetooth connection to be reliable for providing text, call, and email notifications. Data transfers are also fast and reliable. The Ally application gives you the option to back up ride files on your phone, and will auto load your ride files to both Strava and the Lezyne GPS Root website. Data transfers can also be performed via the micro USB cable to the GPS Root Website and Strava.

While we tested cable data downloads, we quickly found it to be unnecessary. In addition, you can quickly send navigation instructions to the Super GPS from your phone using the Ally application. We also like that you can view Strava Segments within the Ally application on your phone. The Garmin Connect application does not allow you to see what segments are loaded to your device without being redirected to the Strava website or application.

The Super GPS has class-leading battery life, with a 24-hour run time. A lithium polymer battery is enclosed within the unit and is charged using the micro USB cable, and this contender saves battery power by shutting the GPS sensor down when you are not moving, and then quickly restarting it when the built-in accelerometer detects movement. Lots of short periods of inactivity add up over the course of a week. The Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520 both average about 15 hours of run time. Charging times for all units from a completely depleted state is around two hours.

Setting the notification range for Strava segments  on the Lezyne Super GPS.
Setting the notification range for Strava segments, on the Lezyne Super GPS.

Setup



Physical Attachment
Set up of the Super GPS is quick and easy. The physical setup is as simple as mounting the X-Lock mount to your stem or handle bars using the included rubber bands. The Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520 come with a similar mounting system, but Garmin also includes an out-front mount as standard equipment. We prefer out-front mounts for optimal positioning, but they do put the computer in a more vulnerable position in the event of a crash. The X-Lock mount is slightly more difficult to use than Garmin quarter-turn mounts. Engaging and disengaging the computer from the mount requires more downward pressure than the Garmin design.

Lezyne Super GPS X-Lock mount.
Lezyne Super GPS X-Lock mount.

Programming
Pairing the Super GPS with ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart accessories is a simple process. The type of sensor is selected in Menu-Sensors, and then the Super GPS will search for the sensor and pair following a series of confirmation prompts to ensure the correct sensor is paired. Once a sensor is paired it will automatically sync with the sensor ID each time the unit is turned on.

The Super GPS does not have activity profiles like the Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520. You only get one set of pre-defined data pages. Both of the Garmin devices we tested allow you to set up multiple activity profiles such as training, race, and indoor, and then specify unique data screen layouts for each activity type. With only one set of data pages on the Super GPS, setup is very quick, and is done on the device in the main menu.

Features


The Super GPS Enhanced has a range of different features. We break down each feature below with comparison to other devices we tested. It has fewer available features than the Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520, and scores lower than both products. When compared to products such as the Cateye Strada Slim, the Super GPS has many more features and scores much higher.

GPS and Mapping
Lezyne Super GPS displays turn by turn directions using the navigation feature.
Lezyne Super GPS displays turn by turn directions using the navigation feature.
This contender uses both GPS and GLONASS satellite data. Acquisition of satellites is quick, and on par with the Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520. We never lost satellite signal during testing even in heavy tree canopy cover and when used during storms with lots of cloud cover. It does not have a base map or the ability to load detailed maps, but will show you a breadcrumb tracing of your route, which honestly is a fairly useless feature. The Garmin Edge 520 has the ability to load detailed maps, but will not give directions. The Garmin Edge 820 comes loaded with detailed base maps that show street names and is capable of providing stand alone routable directions, meaning it is not dependent on a smartphone for mapping or directions.

The Super GPS has a unique mapping feature not found on any other device we tested. Using the Lezyne Ally application, a destination can be selected and the application will give you routing options from your location. The application will provide you with 1-3 options that you can select by tapping the route on your smartphone screen. Once a route is selected, it will send the route to the Super GPS. As you ride, turn-by-turn directions are displayed on the screen.

Advantages of this system over Garmin Edge 820 mapping are that it is much easier to enter an address or destination on a smartphone than using the small screen on the Edge 820. There are, however, many disadvantages. First, you must have cell service to get the routing data, versus the Garmin system which does not require a cell signal. Once the directions are sent to the Super GPS, a cell signal is not needed for the remainder of the navigation process. However, the Super GPS will not automatically re-route if you make a wrong turn. It will give you a warning, but is not capable of altering the directions mid-route.

When using the Garmin Edge 820, if you veer off course the unit will automatically re calculate a route. With the Edge 820 you can also load pre-determined routes that are user creatable or routes from Strava or other third party sites. None of these options are available for the Super GPS.

The Garmin Edge 820 is the clear winner when it comes to mapping and directions, but the Super GPS is using some innovative features and leveraging smartphone connectivity to provide navigation features not found on other devices. For now, the navigation options on the Super GPS are best suited to commuters or touring cyclists, as you can't purposefully create a loop.

Various routing options are given in the navigation mode when searching for directions. Lezyne Super GPS
Various routing options are given in the navigation mode when searching for directions. Lezyne Super GPS

Editors Note:
Lezyne is in process of developing a custom route builder. Details are slim, but we assume is will allow the user to create, or import a route and then send the data to the Super GPS. When this becomes available it will greatly enhance the functionality of the Super GPS navigation.

Smart Phone Integration, Live Track, and Strava Segments
The Lezyne Ally application shows which Strava segments are loaded on the Lezyne Super GPS.
The Lezyne Ally application shows which Strava segments are loaded on the Lezyne Super GPS.

Lezyne uses Smartphone integration to provide navigation functions on the Super GPS, as discussed above. In addition to navigation, the Super GPS also displays text messages, email, and call notifications on the screen. This feature is also found on the Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520. This is a great feature if you can't afford to miss a call, or just want to stay connected while riding. The Super GPS can also sync ride data to the Ally application and to Strava using your smartphone. One slick feature found only on the Super GPS is a phone battery life indicator. We love this feature, as it allows us to monitor our phone battery while riding.

Lezyne also has a Live Track feature that is set up in the Ally application and will send preselected contacts an email with a link that allows them to track your progress on a ride. Garmin offers a similar feature, and Strava now has a feature called Beacon for premium members that does the same thing when using their application or a Garmin device. Live Track is a nice feature that provides a measure of safety, and allows contacts to see the data from any sensors you have paired as well.

Strava segments can be seen in the Lezyne Ally application, and can be enabled or disabled depending on user preference. The segments work in the same manner with both Garmin and Lezyne devices, but Lezyne gives you more control over segments, where Garmin loads your starred segments as well as Strava selected segments based on location. We prefer the Lezyne format as it allows more user control.

ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart
The Lezyne Super GPS is the only computer we tested that is capable of pairing with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors. Garmin computers are only ANT+ enabled. Another cool feature is the ability to use both sensor types simultaneously. So if you have an ANT+ power meter and a Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor, no problem. We love the dual sensor compatibility and wish Garmin would adopt the same standard.

The Lezyne Super GPS can be configured to auto sync to Strava.
The Lezyne Super GPS can be configured to auto sync to Strava.

Versatility


This contender is a versatile cycling computer and scores a 7 in this rating metric. It scores lower than the Garmin Edge 520 due to a lack of activity profile options, and its lack of detailed maps. The Edge 820 outscores the Super GPS as well, for the same reasons as the Edge 520, and due to its more robust navigation features. The Super GPS is a great computer and can be used effectively for training and racing duties. It is small and compact and will be equally at home on a road, mountain or cyclocross bike. It also received a bump in its versatility score for being compatible with both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ sensors.

It does not look as sleek as the Garmin Edge series computers but the Lezyne Super GPS  is rugged and it gets the job done.
It does not look as sleek as the Garmin Edge series computers but the Lezyne Super GPS, is rugged and it gets the job done.

Water Resistance


This bike computer has a high degree of water resistance. It is dependent on the user properly closing the rubber plug on the charging port. Closing the charging port is more difficult on the Super GPS than the Garmin Edge series computers. Garmin computers are certified to the IPX 7 rating. Lezyne does not meet the IPX standard, but we found them to be equally water resistant and had no problems during testing.

Micro USB port on the Lezyne Super GPS.
Micro USB port on the Lezyne Super GPS.

Best Applications


The Super GPS is well suited to a range of cycling activities. It is a great training tool and keeps track of all pertinent data for measuring performance. It is also particularly well suited for commuting with its awesome smartphone integration and navigation features. For touring or riding in new areas we prefer the Garmin Edge 820 with its detailed maps. If you have multiple bikes and plan to move your computer back and forth, the Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge 520 have multiple activity profiles that make it easier to customize data screens for a specific type of riding or training.

Value


The Super GPS is the winner of our Best Buy Award and represents an amazing value. It is loaded with features and the price is unbeatable at $150.

Conclusion


The Lezyne Super GPS is a great training tool.
The Lezyne Super GPS is a great training tool.

This bike computer is an awesome GPS enabled cycling computer with innovative smartphone integration. A compact and rugged design makes it well suited to use on a variety of bikes. The price is phenomenal and it changes our expectations of cycling computers in this price range. Navigation at this price range was unheard of before the release of the Super GPS. With every new product cycle we are more and more impressed with Lezyne; we can't wait to see what comes next. Garmin beware, a new player has arrived.

Other Versions and Accessories

  • The Super GPS Enhanced is offered as a stand-alone unit (as tested) as well as with the following options:
  • Super GPS HR Loaded Box $189.99 (includes HR monitor and out-front mount)
  • Super GPS HR/SC Loaded Box $229.99 (includes HR monitor, Speed Cadence, and-out front mount)
Curtis Smith

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