The Magellan Cyclo 105 GPS Bicycle Computer

The Magellan Cyclo 105 is a versatile GPS cycling computer recently released to the market. However Magellan is not a brand name often associated with cycling, so who are Magellan? They are one of the oldest GPS navigation companies in the world, being founded in 1986. In 1989 they released the world’s first consumer handheld GPS receiver, the Magellan Nav 1000.

Based in Santa Clara California, Magellan has been at the forefront of GPS receiver innovation and development for over 25 years.

Backed by such a successful history in GPS it comes as no surprise that the Cyclo 105 is an excellent product. It is designed by a company that understands GPS and this is evident by the Cyclo being packed with all the standard features we’ve come to expect of a modern bike computer, such as:

  • Anti-glare 1.8 Inch screen, with a 128x128px display resolution.
  • 14-18 Hour Battery Life
  • SIRFstar III High Sensitivity GPS
  • Waterproof to IPX-7 Standard
  • ANT+ Sensor
  • Barometric Altimeter and Electronic Compass
  • Customisable Dashboard Screen
  • The computer records your time, speed, distance, height, calorie consumption and your tracks with the built-in GPS.
  • Portrait and Landscape Mode
  • Personal workout partner
  • Magellan Desktop Software

But the Magellan also comes with a few additional features that are worth looking at if you’re in the market for a new computer.

  • Portrait/Landscape mode allows you to quickly change the display which is great when viewing some of the display screens.
  • Trackback Navigation is a breadcrumb-like graphical feature that allows you to track where you have ridden, allowing you re-trace your route back to your starting point.
  • The GPS Info screen displays all the satellites the computer is receiving signals from, along with their relative position and their signal strength.
  • Graphical compass display which uses the built-in electronic compass so you can navigate by bearing should you desire.
  • History allows you to display your previous rides including all the data, it even displays graphs of speed, heart rate etc.

If you are familiar with the market dominant Garmin Edge range then you will find the Cyclo easy to use. The Cyclo unit is very similar to the shape and size of the Garmin 500 and the button layout and function are almost identical. I normally use a Garmin 500 so I found the initial configuration and setup of the Magellan straight forward.

 The Magellan is very similar to the Garmin Edge 500 in size and shape

Installing the device on your bike is simple; you zip tie the rubber mount to your bars or stem and then twist the computer into the mount to lock it in position. Further, the Magellan’s quarter turn mount is compatible with SRAM and Garmin so you can use your existing mounts with the Cyclo. This is especially useful if you already have an out-front mount. While the 105 does not come with any peripheral sensors such as a heart rate monitor, it is ANT+ certified meaning it can be used with any ANT+ device such as a heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensor and power meters. In fact I tested the Magellan with my Garmin speed and cadence sensors and they connected seamlessly and operated without issue.

The Magellan Cyclo also comes with its own PC based software (named Magellan Desktop PC Tool) that allows you to upload to you PC and analyse and graph your ride data, even if you are not connected to the internet. And of course you are able to upload your data to all popular online apps such Stava, MapMyRide, Training Peaks etc.

Performance 8/10
Quality 8/10
Value 9/10
Overall 8/10


– Lachlan Mackay

This article was originally published on TBSM

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