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There are more options than ever if you’re shopping for a GPS head unit. Lezyne is one of the relative newcomers to the market. Its Super GPS might not win awards for aesthetics, but it is refreshingly affordable, offers lots of functions, and has impressive battery life.
Next to other head units, the Super GPS has a blocky appearance, and it sits a bit tall on its mount. Lezyne says that is due to a longer-lasting battery, which is claimed to have 24 hours of life on a full charge. Although we didn’t go on any 24-hour rides, we noticed that this device lasted longer than most before it needed to be plugged in.
The GPS has a straightforward system for data pages. Best of all, you can use Lezyne’s smartphone app to customize those pages. The days of endlessly smashing little buttons to fine-tune your display are over — thank goodness.
The Super GPS has all of the conventional fields you’d expect. The display is monochrome and looks a bit like an old-school cyclometer, but we found it was perfectly readable. It easily synched up with Ant+ power meters and electronic shifting, such as Shimano Di2 and SRAM eTap. The device’s home screen conveniently displays all of those devices along with their battery charge levels. It does the same with your phone if you connect via Bluetooth using Lezyne’s app.
That app serves to upload ride data once you’ve finished. If you like, those rides can sync directly with your Strava and TrainingPeaks accounts.
As is the case with other notable GPS apps, Lezyne’s will send text message and other smartphone notifications directly to the head unit. Or not, if you need some alone time. The app is really the hub of this GPS’s many functions. It is also the source for Strava live segments. Once they’re set up (which takes a few steps), the head unit provides a rudimentary display so you can chase KOMs. It isn’t the best interface we’ve seen, but it works.
You also rely on the app for navigation. If you have a route planned, you upload it to Lezyne’s GPS Root website, which connects to your app — you must be logged in at both places. From there, your head unit provides turn-by-turn directions via Bluetooth from your phone. Or, if you need to get somewhere, pick a spot on the map, using the smartphone app, and the navigation will begin on the head unit. This navigation system gives you street names during turn-by-turn navigation, which is very helpful. However, the GPS doesn’t have base maps to provide context for the route.
If you’re keen on structured workouts, the Super GPS may fall short of your needs. Lezyne doesn’t yet have a system to program in intervals.
Fortunately, Lezyne just updated its app so you can sync data with a TrainingPeaks account. For other sites, such as Today’s Plan, you need to save the files off the GPS Root website and upload manually — a few extra steps compared to the auto-upload.
For the majority of cyclists, Lezyne’s Super GPS is a great way to track rides, navigate, and save a little money. If you’re serious about training, it might not be the right head unit. And anyway, you probably have a favorite GPS device already.