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MEGA GPS REVIEWS

Introduced earlier this year, the Mega GPS devices continue to make waves as a new benchmark for performance, features and value. See what well-known cycling publications are saying after a few months of testing the new computers:

 

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

  • With battery life that the Duracell bunny (Energizer bunny if you’re in the US) would admire, Lezyne has done an impressive job with offering these fully-featured computers at the price it does. -David Rome of Cyclingtips
  • I will say that nothing I’ve used comes close to matching the Mega XL quantity and quality of features for its price. It’s what I’ll be recommending to people.” -James Raison of La Velocita
  • “Lezyne have made a killer unit in the Mega C. It’s stacked with features, and priced at or well below its competition. To date, it’s the most complete GPS for its price that I’ve tested. Why buy a Lezyne Mega C? A better question might be; why buy anything else? -James Raison of La Velocita
  • “When durability, pricing and battery life are high on the priority list, the Lezyne GPS computers are hard to beat…At just under $200, this is our favorite GPS computer available today.” -Gravelstoke.com
  • The Mega C offers a color screen and the value we’ve come to expect from Lezyne’s GPS units.” -Molly Hurford of Bicycling
  • I didn’t have to charge the Mega GPS XL once in over a month of testing, using it once or twice a week for up to two hours at a time. This battery life really does blow every other GPS computer out of the water. -Kevin Eddy of Bicycling Australia

 

CYCLINGTIPS

Lezyne Mega C and Mega XL gps computers

Claimed run time on the Mega C is an impressive 32 hours, but the black-and-white display on the Mega XL stretches that out to a whopping 48 hours. Both of those trounce the 15-hour claimed battery life on the Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Bolt and Garmin Edge 520 Plus. Lezyne claims these figures were measured with a phone and sensor paired. While I wasn’t able to confirm such figures myself, I have no reason to question them given that I didn’t charge them during my testing, playing, or fiddling…

Whenever I test a new computer, I intentionally don’t look at the instructions so I can gauge how intuitive the unit is to operate. The Lezyne Mega computers fare well here, and I was able to connect an Apple iPhone 7 with Lezyne’s GPS Ally V2.0 app (free), a Stages power meter, and other ANT+ wireless sensors with relative ease… Lezyne offers its associated app to ease the set up of data fields and key settings, and I only needed to consult an online manual for using the mapping functions and updating the firmware…

With battery life that the Duracell bunny (Energizer bunny if you’re in the US) would admire, Lezyne has done an impressive job with offering these fully-featured computers at the price it does.” -David Rome of Cyclingtips

 

ROAD.CC

The Lezyne Mega XL might be just the ticket for you if you’re into long rides and you want to follow a route from your handlebar. You’ll not find a GPS computer with mapping that gives you a better run-time than this one, and overall the routing works pretty well.

Lezyne’s mount is a one-eighth turn, so you offer up the computer at 45° and twist it into place. You need to apply a fair bit of downward pressure to get it to twist and lock, but the upshot is that it feels very secure once it’s in. It’s definitely better than the Garmin quarter-turn, which doesn’t have anywhere near as positive an action and doesn’t feel as secure.

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The Mega XL can have up to five pages of data, with up to 10 data fields on each… If you’ve paired your phone to the GPS you can change the displays through the app, which is about a thousand times quicker than trying to do it on the on-screen menus. It has the additional benefit that you can see all the data screens on one page, so it’s much easier to remember what you’ve put on them all. You can also change the general settings on the device – screen settings, navigation, personal data, and so on – so you rarely need to dive into the menus on the device itself.

Once you’ve started your ride it’s likely your legs will give out before the battery does. Lezyne claims a battery life of up to 48 hours for this unit…which means it might get you to the end of a 600km audax on one charge, or a week of fairly extensive riding on a cycling holiday. That’s untouchable [] from a unit with mapping right now, so if long battery life is top of your list, so should this be. Most people who ride long distances have a charging strategy that’ll involve a battery pack or a dynamo or both; the Mega XL is happy to charge from Micro USB as it’s being used, and you can get a fair amount of charge into it at a cafe stop too if you prefer to do that. But you won’t need to spend as much time worrying about it, and it’s not going to suck up as much of your backup battery, leaving more for your phone.

Lezyne offers free tracking functionality, so you can share your location with friends or family. It’s not a gimmick: Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven de Jonghe quite possibly owes his life to the Strava equivalent after an accident left him unconscious in a ravine on a training ride. Lezyne’s tracking works well: you can turn it on and off, and add contacts who can see you. It works from the phone app rather than specifically from the GPS; when you start a ride your contacts will automatically be emailed to give them a tracking link. You get a lot more data than you do just by sharing your location on Google Maps, for example, so it’s easier to see if someone’s actually moving and how their ride is progressing…

Verdict: Huge battery life and usable routing make the Mega XL a very good choice if you’re going long.” -Dave Atkinson of Road.cc

 

LA VELOCITA

 The portrait orinetation can show a lot of data fields but still bea easy to read

I read Lezyne’s media release for the Mega XL and Mega C computers with a raised eyebrow. The specs were impressive and comprehensive. Its price was low. On paper it satisfied my shopping list of requirements for a cycling GPS. A few weeks later a package arrived from Monza Imports (Lezyne’s Australian distributor) with a Mega XL and Mega C for me to test. I cracked open the Mega XL first, drawn by its big ‘ole screen. Does it meet expectations? It does indeed. In a few areas it exceeds them.

[On the Mega XL] You can choose to display your data in portrait or landscape mode. I tried both but settled on landscape as the best way to display plenty of data without a cluttered screen. It’s impressive that a simple screen rotation lets you fit in more and it feels like less. You can fit up to 10 data fields on the screen, and can play around with a few combinations of rows and columns to make some data more prominent or smaller. 

It’s an exceptionally good display. Data and numbers are easy to read, even when you stuff it full of data fields. It’s the brightest display I’ve seen on a GPS without the backlight. It completely outclasses every other GPS unit I put it next to from a vividness perspective. I had to keep checking that the backlight was turned off because of how bright the screen is. It’s visible from all angles too, without any dead zones or phase shifting if the unit is off centre. I had no problems with reflection or glare either.

Navigating through the menus, changing settings, and making adjustments is very easy. It’s one of the best cycling GPS menu structures I’ve used. Everything is placed logically with descriptive menu items and none of those “why the hell is that setting under that menu?!” facepalms.

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Lezyne’s GPS Ally V2 app is excellent too. It lets you completely control the unit, including setting up data pages and fields, with the convenience of your touch screen phone. It’s brilliant. You can change everything through the app and don’t need the unit in your hands at all. Lezyne have done an excellent job with their app, and slightly edge out Wahoo’s phone app for ease and intuitiveness. Smartphone app integration is a deal breaker for me in 2018 when choosing a cycling GPS. I’ve wasted too many years mashing Garmin buttons.

Lezyne’s launch material talked briefly about mapping functionality but didn’t go into much detail. This had me skeptical that it could be a bit half-cooked. I was wrong. They’ve packed tons of map and route features into their platform. It’s unprecedentedly good for a unit at this price.

…Navigating with the Lezyne was a very pleasant surprise. It does everything very well….

Lezyne’s GPS will integrate with Strava, Training Peaks and Today’s Plan. 

The latter two can have activities directly exported to them from Lezyne’s platform, and the Mega XL can be used to display their structured workouts on the road…Scheduled workouts for the day created with Today’s Plan appear on the phone app and will be sent to your device. Then the Mega XL will run through the structured program, leading you through your workout. It has a dedicated screen that can display speed/heart rate against your targets, a countdown for your current targets, and which phase of the workout you’re in. It’s a very effective system to run through structured workouts…

…I’m satisfied that this is the longest lasting GPS I’ve used. Far better than any Garmin I’ve used and better than the previous standard bearing Giant NeosTrack.

The [free] Lezyne GPS Root website has an impressive array of analytical tools. There’s a detailed graph of all your data that you can isolate and inspect. All of your laps are isolated for analysis too, and it’ll even colourise your ride map to show where each lap starts and ends. It’s nothing new, or groundbreaking in the glut of cycling analysis tools but it’s a nice free inclusion…I’d describe it as a more comprehensive version of Garmin Connect. The GPS Ally app is solid too, but again is unlikely to draw people from the big services.

I will say that nothing I’ve used comes close to matching the Mega XL quantity and quality of features for its price. It’s what I’ll be recommending to people.

 

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The Mega C does display glorious colour []. I’ve used colour units before and find they don’t add much but the colours on the Mega C are used well. They give different data fields their own coloured borders and icons around the black numbers so you can easily see data at a glance. For example; heart rate is red, speed is green, time is black, power is orange, and climbing info is brown. Routes use the colours too with the breadcrumb arrows green, and the course behind you appearing in blue.

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Lezyne’s GPS Root website has an excellent system of selecting and exporting maps for the Mega C to use. You drag a box over an OpenStreetMap display that can range from quite small to hundreds of square kilometers. I could easily capture everywhere I ride in SA – outside of exceptional circumstances or intentionally riding far from home. It then exports a file that you drag and drop into your device.

There’s an always-on map screen with the Mega C that shows your current location and a blue line to show where you’ve been. That screen will show green breadcrumb arrows to indicate the route ahead. It’s a clear and easy display. It even shows busy roads in orange so you aren’t surprised by ending up in a lot of cars.

Lezyne’s navigation system is outstanding. It’s simple, flexible, and gives you everything you need.

It’s worth giving some context to how good this unit is for $299. The Mega C is peerless from a feature/quality per dollar perspective. It’s the new benchmark in its segment. 

Lezyne have made a killer unit in the Mega C. It’s stacked with features, and priced at or well below its competition. To date, it’s the most complete GPS for its price that I’ve tested. Why buy a Lezyne Mega C? A better question might be; why buy anything else? ” -James Raison of La Velocita

 

GRAVELSTOKE

 Lezyne Mega XL GPS

When durability, pricing and battery life are high on the priority list, the Lezyne GPS computers are hard to beat. The latest from Lezyne on the GPS front is the Mega XL, and we think it’s easily their best unit yet. Improvements include a sleeker design, a 2.7in 240×400 high-resolution display, option for horizontal viewing, off-line maps and a whopping 48 hours of battery life. Of course, the unit can also pair with just about every meter, monitor, phone and sensor imaginable.

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For gravel adventures we’ve loved the easy ability to upload .gpx or .tcx files via their GPS Root website and run turn-by-turn navigation when paired with the GPS Ally phone app. At just under $200, this is our favorite GPS computer available today.” -Gravelstoke.com

 

BICYCLING

 

The Mega C offers a color screen and the value we’ve come to expect from Lezyne’s GPS units. The Mega C lives up to its name with a large 56mm diagonal display, an long feature list, including great battery life (up to 32 hours), and enough memory to store 800 hours of rides. The Mega C also offers smartphone alerts, navigation with turn by turn directions, compatibility with ANT + and Bluetooth Sensors, ANT+ FE-C trainer control, coaching prompts from Today’s Plan or TrainingPeaks training prorams, and friend tracking.” -Molly Hurford of Bicycling

 

BICYCLING AUSTRALIA

We’ve been riding with the Mega GPS XL since September, and it’s a solid GPS unit that does everything you need a GPS computer to do in today’s synced-up wireless world. I tested the unit with a variety of sensors from different suppliers and experienced no dropouts or connection issues.

The large, high contrast screen on the Mega GPS XL is a vast improvement on the previous Lezyne computers. It’s much easier to read and its sheer size – 240×400 pixels) means that the text is easily readable (even for older eyes) even with five or six data fields on the screen.

…I have to mention the battery life. It really does seem like it lasts forever. I didn’t have to charge the Mega GPS XL once in over a month of testing, using it once or twice a week for up to two hours at a time. This battery life really does blow every other GPS computer out of the water: so, if you’re a bikepacker, ultra-endurance rider or just someone who hates having to regularly charge electronic items, this could be just the GPS computer you’re looking for.” -Kevin Eddy of Bicycling Australia