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The new Bryton Rider 750 that I had the chance to test recently is one of the best performing performance bikes I have seen at this price point. This praise is accompanied by a "But ..."
Let's start with a quick review of the Rider 750, then I'll cover the New Bryton features below in more detail .... for new features we are talking about voice navigation, virtual rides and Garmin Varia Radar support at 249.95 euros, more than 100 euros less than the touch screen Garmin Edge 830 can sell for.
Bryton Rider 750 review
- Price - 75%
- Apparent accuracy - 85%
- Build quality and design - 75%
- Features including the app - 90%
- Openness and compatibility - 85%
The Bryton Rider 750 is a performance bikenav. Better than that, it has unique and innovative features. Better than THAT, I even like these features. No it is wrong. I WANT these features, especially voice navigation.
The problem is, I want these features on my Garmin or my Wahoo or my Karoo. Garmin Edge, Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM and Hammerhead Karoo 2 are usually a bit more expensive, but I'll pay that premium for a richer and more refined overall platform offering than what Bryton offers. If instead, YOU want a bike computer that does the job for a reasonable price, read on.
Bryton ACES THE LIST OF FEATURES but it lacks on the front of the interface and experience. Make no mistake, Bryton's app and bike computer work quite well. They are just a little awkward. The Rider 420 from a year ago is also a superstar and at just over 100 euros it was a no-brainer for my best bike computer 2020 winner of the performance-COMMUTER category. Bryton makes a really good kit at a good price.
The Rider 750 has a good cost per feature and I can see why Bryton chose an MSRP of $ 249.95. In my opinion, it will not sell in volume at this price.
- Free, preloaded and updatable maps with outlines
- Follow the trail with POIs
- Upcoming elevation
- FE-C drive control, compatible with power meters
- Many data metrics
- Voice routing with Google
- Compatible with Varia Radar
- Compatible with Shimano STEPS
- Take a virtual class indoors - with a real CARD !!!
- Training plan, structured training support via Bryton App or TP
- The color touchscreen is okay, but the "touch" and "color" could be improved.
- Like Garmin, connected features require your phone to be paired and present.
Bryton Rider 750 Review - What's Included? What changed?
Other than the Pilot 860, all Bryton bike computers are mono-LCD. The Rider 750 is a mid-size unit and corresponds in size to the Wahoo Elemnt and so it's a little bigger than the Garmin Edge 530/830 Plus models. You can compare Bryton models in more detail on this pdf (link). Here are the main differences:
Comparisons Bryton Rider 860 vs. Bryton Rider 750
- 750 has voice navigation - voice search of the destination
- 750 has virtual lessons
- 750 supports Varia radar.
- 860 is the only Bryton model to omit the automatic sensor display (ASD - data fields appear when applicable and flash when battery is low)
- 750 does not support BLE sensors
- 750 is the only Bryton model that supports ANT + FE-C and Shimano Steps (electric bike)
- 750 adds firmware update /A-GPS via the app. Both have this via WiFi.
- 750 introduced an FTP test.
- 750 has a 20 hour battery (up from 16)
There are other insignificant differences and I see no reason to buy the 860 over the 750.
Bryton Rider 750 vs Bryton rider 420
the Bryton rider 420 is a super cheap best device in its class. The 750 is well over double the RRP. The features are quite similar but you get more with the 750? Is the 750 worth twice the price for a slightly larger color touchscreen format?
- 750 has voice navigation - voice search of the destination
- 750 has virtual lessons
- 750 backers Garmin Varia Radar.
- 750 is color TFT touchscreen, 420 is mono-LCD
- 750 has a larger screen size: 2.3 ″ vs 2.8 ″ and is heavier at 93g compared to 67g
- 450 would have more than 80 functions, 750 would have more than 99 functions
- 750 has a workout summary screen
- 750 has 3 bike profiles (vs 2), 8 pages per profile (vs 9 of 420) and 12 metrics per page (vs 8 of 420)
- 750 has WiFi
- 420 supports HR / Spd / Cad for BLE sensors
- 750 supports Di2 / eTap / EPS and Shimano Steps and ANT + FE-C
- 750 has integrated OSM boards with contours
- The 750 has tracking routes on the device (offline navigation) while the 420 does it through the connected app on your smartphone
- 750 has address search and voice address search
- 750 supports structured workouts with FE-C
It's a LOT of flexibility and features to play with. Almost certainly more than you or I need.
Bryton Rider 750 Review - What's New?
The Rider 750 sees these 3 features for the first time on any Bryton bike computer, I think voice search might even be a first for any bike computer!
- ANT + Radar support is added - this means it supports Garmin Varia Radar products (which are excellent)
- Multilingual online voice search for destinations (requires internet connection, usually your smartphone)
- Virtual Ride - follow a previous route on a map on your home trainer.
Color touch screen
The touchscreen is working and I'd say it's pretty much OK. However, the colors are NOT as good as in the marketing literature, they are duller and more washed out than in this image.
Voice search of the destination
Bryton uses Google's voice search functionality, which is separate from Google Assistant and is manually activated by pressing the Bryton touchscreen. I am using the Google Assistant on my ios phone, so I'm not sure Bryton taps into this app or if the app has learned to recognize my voice. Either way, the little story is that speech recognition is really good. That said:
- It's not so good to recognize my test attempts to navigate to French sites. Maybe it's my accent or the language needs to be changed to French?
- You have to tap the screen to start a voice search, which is great. However, a tap is also needed when you stop talking which gets a bit annoying.
Virtual training tour
Here, you can re-travel a real route in the open air but inside; The Rider 750 does a little math and adjusts the resistance of the trainer to match the elevation profile stored in the FIT file you loaded for the route.
In addition to the elevation, Bryton also shows your virtual progress on the actual route map. This feature is available on Wahoo ELEMNT and elsewhere and it's great that Bryton implemented this, however, I would add these 2 caveats.
- It's not Best Compatible Split Bike (Source: Bryton) - I don't think this will be a problem for 99.9% of people who buy the Bryton
- Taking previous classes often encounters problems and this can manifest as resistance levels fluctuating abnormally indoors or looking weird. ClimbPro fails outside with a Garmin Edge. I never really got to the bottom of this, but I have a feeling you'll run into these issues a lot because you are following the full original FIT file with all of its uncorrected position and note records. Even if you smooth the slope based on the lookup tables for the elevation, you can still do it for an incorrect GPS position. so my feeling is that you need to follow a course that was manually created or that has been 'hooked' to the roads AND then applied the correct elevation profile. I think STRAVA does that. But even then, STRAVA may miss the valid micro-elevation changes that occur, for example, if you are crossing a 100m long arch bridge.
Note: I didn't get this feature in time to test it
One of the best security features that you can enable is to purchase the Garmin Varia RTL510 or RTL515, it's a great way to alert cars to your presence and to be more aware of what is approaching you from behind. I have used Varia with EVERY bike computer that supports it and the implementations are all pretty similar and Bryton's implementation is fine. You have a vertical bar on the right side of the screen with approaching cars pulling the bar up towards you. The bar changes color depending on the danger level and there are also audible alerts from the Bryton when a new car is detected. It does the job.
Structured training on the Rider 750
It's a nice addition and I have the option to download my preprogrammed structured workouts FROM Training Peaks so I can follow them on the 750 with FE-C. I could also create my own structured workout and store both types in the Bryton workout library. You can do the same with the cheaper 420. Unlike the 750, the 420 does not control the resistance of the trainer.
I did just under 200 miles with the Rider 750, mostly outdoors. Superficially, the GPS tracks are very good on the Bryton app. There is certainly nothing unusual to report. The track seems to draw a dot every second and play dot to dot. Fortunately, the dots seem to be in the right places. Corners are almost always drawn correctly, the only exception seems to be higher speed turns like a roundabout / circle where the entry and exit corners are smoothed out. Very rarely, the recorded track is parallel to the real track by a few meters.
Everything looks good.
If you want the features AND want to save the money over a Garmin, then the Rider 750 might be for you. The experience you get from interacting with the 750 can be improved. However, if you can work with it, you'll be happy to have good access to some advanced performance and navigation features for a decent price.
Bryton Rider 750 Price, availability and discounts
The minimalist and sturdy exterior support is very nice and the bundle also includes a chest strap and speed / cadence sensors similar to Garmin's.
|Basic: Rider 750 E (device and support)||Set of sensors: (device and assembly and SPD / CAD / HR sensors)|
|United States||$ 269.95||$ 349.95|
|UK||EUR 219.95||EUR 289.95|
|Australia||AUD 429.95||AUD 549.95|
|EU||EUR € 249.95||EUR € 319.95|
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