Unfortunately for the Cyclo 105 it begs to be compared to the very popular and venerable Garmin Edge 500, so apologies upfront for the constant referral to that device.
By introduction to those that are not aware however, a GPS enabled bike computer provides details of a ride including location, speed, distance, altitude/gradient, temperature and times. In the case of the Cyclo105 this can also be coupled with a heart rate monitor (not provided) and any ANT+ device such as a cadence meter (also not supplied).
The basic pack does include two bike mounts, a power charger and a separate USB cable for charging and connectivity to a PC.
The Cyclo 105 physically is very similar to the Garmin measuring 67.5mm high 51.5mm wide with a height of 19.4mm. The monochrome screen is 45mm, around the same as the Garmin.
The one we had for review had a pleasant black and white colour scheme with the angled leading edge sloping back from the bottom, the opposite of the Garmin shape.
From there we are in reasonably familiar territory, the button layout is identical to the Edge 500, power/light/back enter/menu on the left, up/start/stop and down/lap/reset on the right.
The Magellan device takes a little longer to grab a GPS signal than my Garmin, but results will vary on this depending on your location. The Cyclo does have a handy screen tracking satellite pick-ups during this time.
Standard screens wise the Cyclo has five customisable data screens (up from three on the Edge 500) as well as a map screen (well, a black triangle with a trailing line at least) and a compass screen that can be toggled off if need be. I did, they are not much use.
The Cyclo 105 presents a menu screen, and needs to go into Dashboard, before enabling the Start button. Similarly one click of the Stop button on the Garmin will pause a ride, where two clicks are required on the Cyclo.
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Essentially the Cyclo 105 has more whistles and bells to offer, such as a full Workout set of options to plan your training, and the aforementioned compass and map screens, it is just a little more difficult to navigate, something that can be frustrating when riding at night, in the rain, wearing full fingered gloves.
The Magellan is a viable alternative to the Garmin range of products and could be improved with some firmware refining. Battery life is similar (10 to 14 hours), and there is not much else to keep the two apart except the obvious price. The Cyclo 105 has a RRP of AU$179, whilst the Edge 500 from Garmin is listed as AU$249.00.