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While we gladly admit to being tech geeks, the GPS head unit arms race has, admittedly, gotten out of hand, with options seemingly outnumbering the customers themselves. Lezyne de-escalates the situation, making the choice easy by embarrassing more expensive devices with the escalated functionality of its Super GPS Bike Computer.
The Super GPS still backs up the usual GPS/Glonass connection with some local readings and it still connects to Bluetooth and ANT+ meters and monitors; but, when paired with a smartphone and Lezyne's new Ally app, the Super GPS now also incorporates everything from live segment updates to navigational prompts. When paired with a smartphone, the only key difference between it and the (much) more expensive head units dominating the market is that it lacks a color touchscreen. If you're more into data and training than flash and shininess, that's a negligible sacrifice.
The biggest change for the new model year may well be the addition of Lezyne's Ally app, which addresses one of the only critiques we had of the previous Super GPS. By syncing with a smartphone via Ally, you're able to dial up pre-programmed routes or create your own. The Super GPS will then give turn-by-turn directions to keep you on track, letting you turn your brain off and just ride. No stem notes required. And if you're into just free roaming, then a bread crumb feature maps your ride out to guide you back.
Lezyne Ally also keeps tabs on Strava segments, displaying live updates on the Super GPS when you're on the hunt, and it autosyncs with Strava and other popular third party sites like TrainingPeaks. It can also provide text and call notifications—but we'd often just as soon avoid that particular feature while we're out on the bike. After we've returned and sifted through all of those unanswered texts, Lezyne's GPS Root makes for one of the easiest data-dump processes in the industry: just head to the company's homepage, plug the Super GPS in, and transfer the ride with the click of a mouse.
The heart of the Super is still its GPS/Glonass connectivity, which is reinforced with an internal barometer and accelerometer. The addition of these local measurement tools reduces the dead spots and wonky readings that occasionally result when a handheld device is communicating on a sub-meter scale with a positioning satellite some 12,550 miles removed from your terrestrial hammerfest. By cleaning up the data, the Super GPS provides more accuracy. In a sport where centimeters often make the difference, that clean data matters.
The Super GPS's construction is just as clean as its data. With a glossy, easy-to-read screen and signature meticulousness in machining the structural bits, this computer adds a touch of classy modern design to the cockpit. At 40.1 x 31.7mm, the screen is slightly larger than the previous Super GPS, making it that much easier to read at a glance or navigate data displays but still keeping it small enough that it doesn't overwhelm your bar space. The screen is also backlit for clear readability in varying light conditions, and the unit's four-button operation is intuitive and user-friendly for quick navigation on-the-go.
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