First Look: Magellan enters the US market with the Cyclo 505 and Cyclo 315

A familiar name in GPS brings bike specific Di2-compatible computers to market

Gear Interbike

Magellan Cyclo 505

Magellan is one of the oldest names in the GPS category of products and they are bringing their Cyclo 505 and Cyclo 315 bike computers to the American market. Currently, the U.S. market is dominated by a giant in the industry, but Magellan remains undaunted.

We talked to Sam Muscariello, Magellan’s Outdoor Product Marketing Director and he explained, “The UI (User Interface) on our unit is super, super simple to use. It is intuitively obvious on what you need to do to start using our computer. Most people can get started within minutes without reading the manual.”

The Cyclo 505 and 315 hold multiple profiles, so that a single rider can create up to 6 different profiles that allows him to move the unit from their road bike to their mountain bike to their commuter and so forth. Besides the extensive GPS information the unit provides, there is also a bundle option with a heart rate monitors strap, speed sensor and cadence sensor (the HRM strap and speed/cadence sensors are an additional $70 over the base $429 price). The 505 is also power trainer compatible.

Besides ease of use, how does Magellan hope to compete against Garmin? Magellan preloads its products with maps – Teleatlas and OSM (Open Street Map) network at no extra charge or licensing fee. It comes ready to ride straight out of the box.

Another cool feature is that both the Cyclo 505 and 315 integrate with Shimano’s Di2 drivetrains (including XTR Di2) and will show gear selection on its display as well as battery levels and a host of other configurable types of data.

Magellan Cyclo + Shimano Di2

The interface is also customizable so the user can select only the types of data that they are interested in monitoring real time, including GPS functions. If you like having your gear indicator, speed, HRM and elevation available to you at a glance, then you can select just those fields and leave other fields off your main screen.

For the Cyclo 505 you get very cool, integrated phone features like being able to see who is calling you before you pick up (providing they are in your contacts list), text messages show on the Cyclo screen and you can also control your music selections. Of course, like most computers, there are a multitude of recording options. And yes, it auto uploads to Strava. Automatic uploads to Edomondo, Training Peaks and MapMyRide are coming very soon (within weeks).

The last feature to highlight is called “Surprise Me” and is a type of auto-routing. Muscariello explains, “I like to go to places I’ve never been to before and ride. Just ride…just to see the local sights and hear the sounds. I can tell my Cyclo either time or distance…I want to ride for 4 hours or for 45 miles and it will give me up to 3 options for a cycling route. It will calculate a route based on the parameters I input (type of bike, my age, etc.) The little mountain icons that show up give me a gauge as to how difficult that particular route will be. You can also preview the ride on the computer screen. Once you find one you like, just hit “go” and you’re off. Full turn-by-turn instructions with visual and audio alerts (the audible beeps can be turned off for a more serene ride).”

The Cyclo 505 is the top of the line GPS computer that is compatible with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+ and works on either Android or iOS platforms (unlike the competition). The Cyclo 505 has a base MSRP of $429. The Cyclo 315 has less connectivity options (no Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or ANT+) than the 505 and also has no power meter compatibility, text and phone call alerts or music controls. But it also carries a lower MSRP of $379. Both are available now from your local Magellan dealer. Interested bike shop dealers can find Magellan products distributed by QBP or Shimano.

For more information visit www.magellangps.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Scott E says:

    As a owner of a Cyclo 505 it is clear that U.S. Support is lacking from Magellan on this product. While the hardware appears sound, there are on going issues with uploads and sync of data to the Magellancyclo.com and Strava. On top of that there is a major distance bug that doubles the tracking distance when using speed and cadence sensors. Mac support is non-existant for updating software or backup/restoring, and the Mac Safari browser plug-in is bug ridden to the point of being in-useable.

    The user interface is clean, yet too has several nits that are annoying. For example, there is a choice on distance between imperial or metric, but it forces temperature to either F or C respectively; no ability to reset the mileage for a specific bike; or easily configure the dashboard.

    There is a lot of potential for the Cyclo 505 depending on how long it takes to get the software Eco system stable and useable.

  • sam says:

    Hey Scott!

    The Mac compatibility is a non issue now that we have released the latest Cyclo Agent web. You’ll see both on the magellancyclo.com page for download. The bug for Fahrenheit vs. Celsius is also addressed in the latest software available on the site. We also now support all browsers. And we have a ton of new features and improvements in the software. Download the latest if you haven’t already and enjoy. We are listening to our loyal users, and we are driving improvements to the product every week due to your excellent feedback and suggestions. Thanks!

    • Scott E says:

      Sam,

      The 4.1 version release in the U.S. was greatly appreciated. However, there was at least a three month gap between when the rest of the world received the release and when the loyal U.S. users had access to same – partially living with a broken product for roughly a half year. Now the next release is rumored to be about four or more months out from the last, and am wondering if the U.S. release will be delayed on top of that.

      Key point is that loyalty won’t last with six (6) month release cycles.

  • CK says:

    Why in the world would Magellan make a $379 cycling GPS unit without powermeter compatibility?

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