The updated Lezyne Super GPS bike computer was announced as part of the expanded Lezyne Year 10 Collection last August and it’s packed full of features including dual Bluetooth Smart / ANT+, smart notifications, mapping, Strava Live segments and live tracking. There’s also an updated app, the Lezyne GPS Ally V2.
I got hold of a Lezyne Super GPS last year and reviewed it against a Garmin Edge 820, and a Wahoo Elemnt. Here’s our review, you can click any of these links below to go to a particular section.
The Lezyne Super GPS and Lezyne forward bar mount arrived well packaged and without damage, the computer was packaged in a sturdy box then packed inside a tough plastic bag, the out front mount similarly on a cardboard slide then inside a bag.
Unpacking the contents you find the computer plus a stem mount and securing bands, a charging cable and instructions.
The forward mount is pretty self explanatory, it’s made of GPS plastic and sits the computer out in front of the bars instead of above the stem.
The Lezyne Super GPS bike computer weighs in at 64 grams, while the Lezyne forward mount weighs 22 grams.
In terms of size or form factor the height and width of the Lezyne Super GPS definitely put it in the small size bike computers, you can see that in the comparison below against a new Bryton Rider 330 (upcoming review), Garmin Edge 820, Wahoo Elemnt, Mio 505 and Polar V650.
The depth of the unit and mount let the Super GPS down, a bit more on that below.
Starting with the hardware and mounting first, and these next few items are basically the only things I would mark the Lezyne down for. The stem mount is outrageously tall and looks like a really quick afterthought that really should have had a bit more thought and user feedback put into it. The computer by itself with the quarter turn mount is deep enough by itself so more thought and innovation needed to be put into the lock mechanism and mount.
The mount itself requires the computer to be pushed down with quite a lot of force, and then turned an 1/8th of a turn to click into place. On a stem mount the amount of force required is not an issue, but on the out front mount it’s a bit different.
The forward mount solves most of the height issue with the device, the stack height removed at least 10-12mm out of the overall height of mount and computer. The forward mount itself is well made in that it mostly puts the device in the right place, that being forward of the bars instead of above it like some other manufacturers. If you’re running a slightly wider than normal stem like the one pictured, you will find the computer is slightly offset to the right.
The only issue with the forward mount is the lock mechanism, like the stem mount it requires a lot of force to depress the mechanism before twisting. To put some context on that, with a Wahoo or Garmin on a front mount you would use one hand to twist and lock the computer into the mount, and let’s say on a scale of 1 to 10 the force required for those two would be a 1 or 2 out of 10, not much force at all.
With the Lezyne I actually had to hold my spare hand under the mount while pressing the computer into the mount, if I didn’t I would imagine I would have snapped the mount, or twisted it around the bars. Force required, 10/10.
The Lezyne Super GPS bike computer doesn’t come bundled with an HR strap or cadence sensor but they do sell those items separately, or the Lezyne will pair with any existing HR, cadence, speed and power meter and that’s covered in the next section.
Setting up the Lezyne Super GPS is straight forward and user friendly. There’s four buttons on the device that are used to select set up menus, start and stop, back screen and lap buttons and turning on and off. Each button is labeled with the function.
Long pressing the menu button will take you into the device settings menu where you can pair power meters, cadence and speed sensors, alerts and phone settings, bike details, data pages and many other settings.
There’s an iOS and Android version of the Lezyne GPS Ally V2 app and setup was straight forward, after selecting your phone OS in the device menu the LEzyne will show in the apps screen to pair, then simply enter the code to pair. From there you can create an account to utilise some of the extra functions like backup, mapping, live track and navigation. You can also link your Strava account from the app and enter rider details.
The Lezyne did everything it’s advertised to do, and did it well. The functionality and flawless performance experienced with the Lezyne is only usually found in much more expensive bike computers, remember this Lezyne computer is under a third of the price of some of its direct rivals.
GPS mapping was accurate, phone notifications worked every time, I only had one power meter paired but it was recording identical readings to either the Garmin or Wahoo, startup time and GPS acquisition was normally pretty quick at 10-15 seconds.
The display is easy to read with clear numbers and letters and are easily visible in bright summer sunlight and the backlight really lights the device up in low light or darkness.
The display is limited to four data fields per screen. For most riders that will be enough unless you do a lot of indoor trainer riding where you may want a lot more data on one screen.
Mapping There’s an update coming adding to the current basic mapping adding custom routes and other functions so I will come back and update this section once that is released.
The Lezyne Super GPS did everything expected of it, set up was quick and easy, accuracy was perfect and the computer was very user friendly. Lezyne have it the mark here with the amount of features packed into a small computer, at a very reasonable price.
The Lezyne Super GPS is priced at USD $150, that compares to a Garmin Edge 520 at USD $300 and a Wahoo Elemnt at USD $329. The Lezyne has mostly the same functions as those two computers at half the price. Is the Lezyne the equal of those two computers? No, but I would compare the Lezyne up to that level computer rather than comparing it down to other low cost computers like Cateye, Mio, Polar and others.
The Lezyne Super GPS will pair with any existing Bluetooth Smart or ANT+ sensors and power meters making the change over from any existing device straight forward.
About the only things I didn’t like about the Lezyne was to do with the mount, they really need to bring out a version two of the stem and forward mount that doesn’t require as much force, or have such a high stack height.
Overall I would highly recommend the Lezyne, it’s a bargain!