Garmin's beginner-friendly Edge Explore 2 bike computer will help you ride like a local

Garmin Edge Explore 2 cycling computer superimposed on a photo of two people cycling in the countryside
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Garmin has launched a new bike computer specifically designed for casual riders, which will find the best route to help you ride more confidently. The Garmin Edge Explore 2 comes pre-loaded with clear, high-contrast cycle maps, and can plot routes that stick to popular cycle trails and roads, or avoid high traffic areas if you prefer to ride away from traffic.

The maps use billions of miles of ride data uploaded by Garmin Connect users, and the Edge Explore 2 includes profiles for road, off-road, and indoor riding right out of the box. You can also create your own courses using Garmin Connect, Komoot, or Strava, then easily sync them with the device.

The Edge Explore 2 offers battery life of up to 16 hours in heavy use, or 24 hours in battery saver mode, making it a great choice for bikepacking adventures. If you ride a compatible e-bike, you'll be able to charge the computer continuously using the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount. The mount will also allow you to see your bike's battery charge and power assistance level on-screen, and even provide alerts based on its status.

Tackling hills

The computer also includes Garmin's ClimbPro tech, which helps you plan how to tackle hills by showing the remaining ascent and grade for each climb so you can tell whether you can afford to power up, or need to dial back the effort.

Like Garmin's best GPS watches, the Edge Explore 2 features Livetrack, which allows friends or family members to follow your location in real time. If the computer detects a crash, it can send an automatic SOS to an emergency contact including your position.

The Edge Explore 2 is available to buy now direct from Garmin for $299.99 / £249.99, or bundled with the Power Mount for $399.99 / £339.99. You can also buy the Power Mount separately for $129.99 / £109.99. 

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Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.