After years of stagnation, the GPS cycling head unit category got interesting a few seasons ago with Garmin hegemony being challenged by numerous new players. Among the most interesting was Lezyne. The component and accessory manufacturer took a unique approach, while other brands got bigger and more expensive, Lezyne carved out a place by going smaller, lasting longer and costing less, yet providing a full featured unit.
With the huge success and enormous growth of its GPS cycling computer line, Lezyne has decided the time is right to offer larger units. If you want a big layout for easy navigation and more data fields, or maybe you happen to be a member of the 1.5 + reader crew – don’t worry, if you don’t know what that means it does not apply to you – and need just a few big data fields, the new Lezyne Mega GPS units will undoubtedly be worth a look.
Lezyne’s new Mega C is 50.5 x 77.2 x 26.9mm with a 240 x 320pixel color screen. You can expect 32hours of runtime and we actually believe this prediction from Lezyne. While other manufacturers consistently over estimate, in our experience Lezyne units typically provide more than advertised runtime. The Mega C’s color screen can display up to eight data fields with five pages to scroll through.
The Mega XL provides a ludicrous 48hour runtime. A rider could do the entire Tour de France and only charge it once. At 240×400 the screen is slightly larger than the Mega C, as is the overall device at 57.5 x 78.3 x 26.6mm. Only in the Lezyne world of GPS units is that Mega. It’s still smaller than comparable units from Garmin and Wahoo. Lezyne uses the extra screen real estate to provide space for up to ten data fields at one time across five different screens.
Of course, the units share many similarities with each other and the other members of the extended Lezyne GPS family. Both the Mega C and Mega XL can be mounted and display data in landscape or portrait mode (vertically or horizontally for the non-photo nerds out there). Like the rest of the family they use Lezyne’s Ally phone app for set up as well as connectivity. Lezyne has worked tirelessly updating its app as well as its unit’s firmware and both are much more streamlined and intuitive than when originally launched. You can get your call, text and email alerts, as well as integration with Training Peaks, Today’s Plan and of course, Strava with the all important Live Segments.
An update many riders that travel will appreciate is new the offline navigation option on the Mega GPS units. Now you can download maps of anywhere in the world to your Mega GPS using the Lezyne Ally app or Lezyne’s Root website. Forget about crazy data charges while riding overseas. You can search the maps and create routes all without using data.
There is one feature Lezyne did not change with these Mega units and it’s one of the most important – price. Both sell for $200, literally hundreds less than some competitors, yet the unit’s fit, finish and operation are anything but budget.
More info: Lezyne.com