Garmin launch Edge Explore 2 – an easy riding, e-bike ready GPS

Garmin Edge Explore
(Image credit: Garmin)

Garmin are the benchmark when it comes to the best GPS computers but and their new Edge Explore 2 devices add e-bike charging wins to an intuitive, ready to ride system.

Hardware

The Edge Explore 2 head unit uses a full color, high contrast 3in touchscreen similar to their other systems. It’ll last up to 16 hours in busy use and 24 hours in battery save mode if running standalone. The Edge Power Mount lets you recharge directly from Cannondale SmartSense bikes and with an extra cord on Bosch and Shimano STEPS powered bikes.

Garmin Edge Explore 2

Edge Explore 2 gets a 3in touchscreen with pre-loaded mapping (Image credit: Garmin)

What they say

According to Garmin, “e-bike riders using their compatible eBike2 and Edge Explore 2 will see a dedicated eBike status screen showing battery life and also receive navigation guidance and alerts based on battery status, assist level and the pre-planned course.”  Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales also said “Whether you’re a casual bike rider, e-bike rider or anything in between, the Edge Explore 2 series is ready for wherever the journey takes you.

“Simple to set up and ready to use right out of the box, these GPS cycling navigators boast high-contrast maps and new e-bike features, making them the perfect companion for your next escape.” So far we’ve only had an email about them from Garmin, not actually had a prod about with them or tried to use them so we’ll just have to take Dan’s word on that.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 Power Mount

(Image credit: GuyKesTV)

What we know

What we do know is that highlights include high-contrast, ride-type-specific maps that use Trendline popularity routing based on billions of miles of ride data that other users have uploaded to Garmin Connect. That let's riders view popular roads and trails, high-traffic areas to avoid and searchable points of interest right on their Edge so they can “Ride like a local”. These are backed up with Strava and Komoot syncing through the Garmin Connect app and turn-by-turn navigation alerts. It’ll let you pause the routing and meander off on random adventures for as long as you want before picking up the route again too. Climb Pro lets you concentrate on the climbs and descents that are coming up next, and lets you isolate that data on post ride autopsies. 

The Connect Smart Phone syncing smarts let you get messages and alerts to your screen and direct messaging to other Garmin Connected riders in your group. It can be set up to automatically send SOS messages and it’s compatible with Garmin’s Varia ‘cycling awareness devices’ including rear facing radar. It’ll even look after your bike when you’re not on it by sending a phone alert if it gets moved.

What it costs

It’s relatively reasonably priced too at £249.99 for just the Edge Explore 2 or the Power Mount Bundle at £339.99. If you decide to power up later the Edge Power Mount can also be purchased separately for £109.99. US pricing TBC.

Keep checking back for a full review as soon as we’ve spent time on the new system, but if you’re convinced already, then the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is on sale now.

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He spent a few years working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg