Magellan Brings Full Color, Full Feature Cyclo Series GPS Cycling Computers to North America

Magellan Cyclo Series 315 and 505 GPS cycling computersBack in 2012, Magellan introduced GPS sports watches for the multisport crowd. Then, last year, they launched the Cyclo Series 315 and 505 GPS cycling computers for the Australian and Europe under sister brand Mio. Now, finally, they’re hitting the states in late May under the Magellan brand.

At first glance, what sets them apart from competing high end GPS computers is the bright, full color touchscreens on both models. And they’re packing all the latest tech, including chit chatting with Shimano’s D-Fly Di2 wireless transmitter, as well as a killer Shake-N-Share feature that lets you wirelessly share a route with your riding buddies before you roll out.

Other shared features include ANT+ support for virtually any accessory already out there, preloaded U.S. street base map and OpenStreetMap, bar/stem and out front mounts included, Back Track to get you home and lots more. Find your way past the break for all the details…

Magellan Cyclo Series 315 and 505 GPS cycling computers

With a complete U.S. road network boosted by OSM crowd sourced trail data, there’s not many places the Magellan couldn’t take you. So, to avoid sending your featherweight racing road bike down a rutted out trail along the way, it lets you set up as many as six different bike profiles. Each profile is told what type of bike and what percentage of trail or gravel road that bike should see, and then it’ll route you accordingly, with turn by turn directions. No matter how rough any trail gets, the computer should be able to handle it – it’s rated to IPX-7 waterproof and ruggedness standards.

When routing, you can put in your own plans, or choose Surprise Me routing and let the device present three options based on your preferred distance or time. It’ll show you the difficulty and grade of each route and let you choose. Everything’s recorded with a high sensitivity SIRFstarIII GPS chip, capturing your position within 3-5m accuracy.

The D-Fly compatibility will show your Di2 drivetrain’s gear selection or ratio either as numbers or a chart, plus system battery status and other alerts.

Another shared feature is an indoor training profile, which turns GPS off and uses ANT+ sensors to measure speed, power, cadence, etc. While it doesn’t mention the Wahoo Kickr specifically, it does say you can control the grade, wind, resistance, etc., on ANT+ equipped trainers.

Magellan Cyclo Series 315 and 505 GPS cycling computers

Where the 505 steps above the 315 is with connectivity. It adds both Wifi and Bluetooth Smart, letting it sync your rides wirelessly upon returning home (or within range of any wireless network you want it to access). It’ll also pair with your compatible smartphone, putting call and text alerts on the Cyclo’s screen, letting you answer a call if you’re wearing a bluetooth headset and giving you control of your music – from skipping tracks to changing playlists.

Once it syncs, you can even set up your MagellanCyclo.com account to auto upload your ride to Strava, meaning you’ll rarely if ever need to connect it to your PC or Mac. And there’s an app coming soon.

The online component not only stores your rides, but lets you download tracks (routes) from Bicycle Australia (including their Top 100 Where To Ride database) and the rest of the Cyclo community.

Magellan Cyclo Series 315 and 505 GPS cycling computers

The 315 retails for $349.99 on its own, or $429.99 with an ANT+ heart rate and speed/cadence sensors. The 505 comes in at $429.99 for the base unit and $499.99 with the extra sensors.

Magellan.com

Comments

Bill Horger - 05/06/14 - 11:01am

How readable is the display in bright sunshine? This is certainly a problem for OLED and other color technologies.

FrenchPress - 05/06/14 - 11:19am

Watch out Garmin – this looks awesome!!

Alex - 05/06/14 - 11:34am

This is what I’ve been holding out for. Watch out Garmin is right.

Bob - 05/06/14 - 12:27pm

Hard to tell but the mount looks very similar to the failure prone POS Garmin mount. Hopefully the mount is better because it looks like a great unit.

Daan - 05/06/14 - 12:44pm

In Europe better known as MIO

Gunnstein - 05/06/14 - 1:55pm

Blatant Garmin ripoff – not that I mind, though. Some great improvements here. Looks like a good replacement for when my 800 finally kicks the bucket. (Seems I’ll be getting a Mio though. What’s up with this silly branding split?)

Main questions are: Is the screen at least as good as on the 800, and always-on? What phones can it show calls/texts for? Are they using a microUSB plug (same as most phones) rather than the antiquated miniUSB on the Garmins?

Eyal - 05/06/14 - 2:06pm

This is what Garmin should have done instead of releasing releasing over-sized overpriced devices!

Here is a good review of the Magellan http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/04/magellan-cyclo-505hc-review/

Dude - 05/06/14 - 3:38pm

“Surprise Me”??????

Gunnstein - 05/06/14 - 4:27pm

@Eyal Thanks. According to that the Mio/Magellan is unable to recalculate routes on the fly when you miss a turn. That could get old quickly on tour! The slow pairing and lack of extra/custom maps are other deal killers. (I put custom OSM maps on my Edge, from wherever I want, at no cost.) Too bad, but a lot could be fixed in software updates.

John - 05/06/14 - 4:43pm

Would it kill the bike computer/GPS manufacturers to make a *left* side mount, to leave room for the Di2 SW-R600 shifter on the right?

badbikemechanic - 05/07/14 - 9:10am

I am a a cartographer by trade. I can tell you from personal experience that magellan data is absolute garbage. Just look at the routing issues with apple maps that is based on Magellan. I am wondering if that’s the real reason they are going with open street map as an optional base map.

foo fighter - 05/07/14 - 12:09pm

It really stinks this is a Magellan product. I have had a few garmins and a few magellans. My magellans would seriously miss miles and miles of single track trail that my garmin would pick up. Not sure if it was a sat thing or what, but even my old garmins would pick up stuff and they didn’t use those glonass or whatever they are called sats.

jt - 05/08/14 - 7:49pm

Yup, watch it Garmin. This category is beyond ripe for products that actually work well. Oh how I loathe using my garmin 800.

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