Best bike computer to pair with 2023 Giant Reign E+2?

Jurassic

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Looking for recommendations for which bike computer works best with the Giant Reign e+.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
I paired my Garmin Edge 130plus successfully using Ebike Field (available on Connect IQ store). It worked well enough, giving me battery percentage and selected power level however my Edge 130plus stopped connecting to satellites a few months ago so has now become useless as a GPS so I'd hesitate to recommend it. The font used for the ebike data fields was quite small as well (and not adjustable AFAIK) which is a bit of a pain if you need reading glasses (possibly not an issue for you).
I think most of the other Garmins can be set up to provide the same data as well though.
 

Sophie777

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Successful Garmin Edge 530 user here on a 2021 Stance.
Were I to do it again I'd go for the touch screen for easier setup and on the fly route planning.
Apologize for my ignorance.
Garmins allow for on the fly route planning? I thought it was necessary to import a route into a Garmin, from a phone or a laptop?
 

DaveMatthews

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Apologize for my ignorance.
Garmins allow for on the fly route planning? I thought it was necessary to import a route into a Garmin, from a phone or a laptop?
If you are out on a ride you can use the map to find a place you want to go to, make that your destination and the Garmin will guide you there.
It's a PITA without a touchscreen with pinch to zoom and touching the point on the map.
 

Expidia

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I upgraded two months ago to using the 830 (touch screen) and swap it back and forth between my Trek and a Giant. I like the bigger screen over the 530. I found it for $250 on Facebook Marketplace in like new condition. For cold weather riding, I also just picked up some winter biking gloves with a touch screen thumb and finger tip for zooming without taking gloves off.

Another nice feature the 830 offers (especially since I ride alone) is *incident protection. If you turn this feature on . . . if you crash and are injured or unconscious it auomatically calls your emergency contact. I don't know if their lower models offer this. I've read some users have complained about it sending false alarms, but I'd rather be safe than sorry (I can turn that feature off if I find too many false alarms). My wife can always just call me on my cell to verify an incident.

* (Garmin) When an incident is detected by your Edge ® device with GPS enabled, the Garmin Connect app can send an automated text message and email with your name and GPS location to your emergency contacts. A message appears on your device and paired smartphone indicating your contacts will be informed after 30 seconds have elapsed.
 

brooko

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Looking for recommendations for which bike computer works best with the Giant Reign e+.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Hi Wally, what are you planning to do with the computer. The Giant app has rudimentary functions and tuning for the bike via Bluetooth (assuming its similar to my Trance E+ 2). Nothing compares to a GreyP but wondered what functions you're after?? A
 

Wallybean

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I would like it to track my bike details as well as be able to run Trailforks or similar maps. I normally just use my smart phone but have now destroyed one on an over the bars moment and don't want to repeat. I would love to be able to track power output over the ride but that isn't something I need or have done in the past.

Thanks again for all the replies!

PS, the Giant app is pretty poor and I don't use it except for battery status.
 

JeepingNet

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Another vote for Garmin 530 -- I thought I'd want the touch screen and initially I did because the touch screen would be easier to set up but now that I've had it almost a year I find I'd never need the touchscreen. I do wish the GPS was a bit more exact I feel like my Garmin watch sets a better track then my 530.

If I really need to navigate/look up a big map detail I do find myself pulling out my phone.
 

cappuccino34

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It's worth looking at the TwoNav/Ordnance Survey Trail-2 Bike.
It displays and records ride routes, HR, Cadence, Power etc etc.
It can store loads of routes, and you can send routes to it from a phone app. It can be set to automatically upload your rides to Strava etc if you want as well.
You can send a beacon of your location and there's an emergency function too if you get in bother.

It's also WAY better value than the equivalent Garmin, and if you're in the UK or Europe the map detail is far, far better than Garmin. I'm not sure how good it would be in the US or Aus though.
 

Sherman

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It's worth looking at the TwoNav/Ordnance Survey Trail-2 Bike.
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It's also WAY better value than the equivalent Garmin, and if you're in the UK or Europe the map detail is far, far better than Garmin.
You can download or convert pretty much any Openstreetmap based map to Garmin Edge navigators. That's the main reason I use Garmin instead of Wahoo. Never heard of TwoNav Trail-2 bike, sounds interesting , I'll take a look.
 
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cappuccino34

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You can download or convert pretty much any Openstreetmap based map to Garmin Edge navigators. That's the main reason I use Garmin instead of Wahoo. Never hear of TwoNav Trail-2 bike, sounds interesting , I'll take a look.
You can put OS maps on one too, but just that upgrade alone costs as much as the whole Nav.

Plus, to get a readable size of screen for navigation, you need to get the big Garmin, 1030 is it or something?

By the time you have a comparable product from Garmin, it's the best part of a grand. I looked at all sorts for a good length of time before deciding on which one to buy. My choice wasn't dictated by just cost either, the features and screen size were also factors because my eyesight isn't perfect.
 

Jurassic

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I went for the 130 because I knew I'd have to stop and put my reading glasses on to see the mapping on the bigger Garmins. I figured that if I had to stop anyway, I may as well just use my phone for mapping. To be fair the 130 worked well enough for navigation when I was bikepacking even with no base map. It tells you which way to turn at junctions and that's usually enough but if I wasn't sure I'd stop and check the OS map on my phone.
 

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