Lezyne's Super GPS HRSC Loaded Bike Computer combines three different pieces of cycling technology into one package. These include the Heart Rate Flow Sensor, the Speed Cadence Flow Sensor, and a Super GPS head unit in order to collect and display data from both. The Super GPS's utility doesn't end there, though, as its GPS/Glonass connectivity, ANT+ capabilities, and a new smartphone app all conspire to make the "Which computer should I get?" choice super simple.
Like its predecessor, the new Super GPS still backs up its GPS/Glonass connection with some local readings from a built-in accelerometer and a barometer. The included heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor give away the Super GPS's returning Bluetooth compatibility, but it's also worth noting that the Super GPS still connects with ANT+ meters and monitors, too.
Lezyne has made some big changes for the new model year, though, with the biggest being the addition of Lezyne's Ally app—a move that 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.
If you're into just free roaming, then a bread crumb feature maps your ride out to guide you back. On days when you've got the itch for competition, Lezyne Ally also lets the Super GPS display live segment updates. 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.
In addition to Strava, Lezyne Ally autosyncs with popular third party sites like TrainingPeaks. It can also provide text and call notifications—but we'd 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 follow the link from 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 supplemented with the above-mentioned 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.
- A cycling computer with a suite of included sensors
- Adds biometric and ride data to GPS/Glonass connectivity
- Free smartphone app provides navigation and segment tracking
- Connects to most ancillary devices for full biometric display
- Syncs with third party training apps
- Weather-resistant body stands up to precipitation
- Includes USB recharging cord and handlebar mount
- Displays battery life for device and auxiliaries
Nice Unit; Excellent Value
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my first GPS / power meter, and I couldn't get myself to spring the extra for the Garmin units. I'm very satisfied with it after 6 weeks of 4-5X weekly use in some nasty winter conditions. Set-up was fairly easy, though you need to actually ride your bike to get the speed and cadence to pair. The battery lasts forever, the GPS locks in right away, and it's very weather resistant. You can line up a lot of data with the multiple pages and data lines. It's great for customizing pages for various types of workouts you might do. There are a lot of functions I haven't had a chance to exploit yet like the Navigation, so I can't comment on these.
I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars as I had one bug: I left it in "pause" for about 20 minutes once, and it lost contact with all the sensors - I had to re-pair everything. That shouldn't happen. Also, some of the data lines aren't well thought out. Example: %FTP. The unit just estimates this off your personal data; there's no easy way to enter your actual FTP as a basis. I queried Lezyne on this, and they sent me this absurdly complicated process to do it. That's just dumb in these days of FTP-based training.
A number of reviews out there claim you need Strava Premium to upload Lezyne files to Strava. Wrong. Just select the "Garmin" tab, and select "upload files directly". That is also part of my "4 stars, not 5" review, as the Lezyne link on Strava is in fact unnecessarily complex, but there's an easy work-around. There may in fact be issues with active syncing with Strava - can't comment on that as I have no plan to use it.
All in all, I think this is a fantastic value so far.