Are you still using your computer and phone or any outdated cycling devices to map out and track your rides? It’s time to level up your cycling routine using these awesome devices by Magellan, Magellan Cyclo 315 and 505. But wait, why are we telling you two devices instead of one? in this article we want to compare between these two devices and see which one is better, or maybe both are on the same level in function, price, design and extra features? We’ll see.
Magellan Cyclo 315 Review
Starting with the predecessor, Magellan Cyclo 315. The main advantages of Magellan Cyclo 315 are: water resistant IPx-7 rating, 3 inch color touchscreen with large control buttons, glove friendly and comes with the complete USA road network that is personalized to show cycle lanes, tracks, and bike shop points of interest.
With Magellan Cyclo 315, you can go freely on your outdoor adventure since the device is very durable and can handle any terrain, biking in the rain will no longer be a danger for the device. The bug control buttons make it easy to navigate through the screen even while pedaling at high speed. Also, you don’t need to keep removing your gloves since the device works well with gloves.
Magellan Cyclo 315 can satisfy most users, no matter if you’re a beginner or an expert at cycling. For beginners, the device will help you cycling without getting lost while pedaling. It comes with preloaded maps that can give a detailed road map of the entire USA road network, there is no way you can get lost.
|Magellan Cyclo 315||Magellan Cyclo 505|
|Product Dimensions||7.7 x 5.4 x 2.6 inches||7.7 x 5.4 x 2.6 inches
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds||1.14 pounds|
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Thanks to the Open Street Maps crowdsource trail data that can display cycle lanes, cycle tracks, and the bike shop POIs, you can discover new cycle routes and bike trails. Every time you go cycling you can keep finding new routes to keep it interesting.
You can also give back to the community by sharing your experience on a new cycle routes that you found. Magellan Cyclo 315 is able to record and share your path. If you want more challenge, you can let the device surprise you by giving you a new and random route. See also: Wahoo Elemnt vs Garmin 1030.
Magellan Cyclo 315 has an awesome feature called Surprise Me that can make your life easier by choosing a new route for you. Now, you can see and experience lots of new locations, Surprise Me can create up to 3 routes for you to choose from.
All you need to do is input a distance or a time interval and Magellan Cyclo 315 will do the rest. The new routes are shown in detail, like the elevation gain and amount of unpaved road and difficulty. These details will help you to choose the best track for your riding style and equipment.
Last but not least, Magellan Cyclo 315 has ANT+ sensor support. You can wear some speed, cadence, or heart rate straps with Magellan Cyclo 315. With over 150 ANT+ sensors and monitor being supported, you can see the data that these sensors pick on the display.
Magellan Cyclo 505 Review
Now it’s time to review the successor, Magellan Cyclo 505. Magellan Cyclo 505 has a lot of features that are already featured in 315, plus a few new features that you can enjoy. Magellan Cyclo 505 is GPS enabled and has a lot of features that will satisfy both beginners and experts. The screen on Magellan Cyclo 505 looks sharper with better contrast. Navigating through the menu is now easier than before even while you’re pedaling.
Magellan Cyclo 505 has both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ sensor connectivity, and it’s Wi-Fi enabled for wireless data transfer without using your smartphone. You can finally be free of your smartphone while cycling.
Magellan Cyclo 505 was released in 2014 and is identical to the Mio 505. Magellan Cyclo 505 stands out more thanks to Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ sensor compatibility. The ANT+ sensor is better than ever and can compete with any top of the line products.
Magellan Cyclo 505 is probably the most convenient cycling device that you can get on the market today and it’s very affordable too at only $134. It’s a bit surprising that despite all the improvements from 315, Magellan Cyclo 505 is still very affordable.
Magellan Cyclo 505 uses a single button that turns the unit on and off, while other features can be accessed with the touchscreen. Magellan Cyclo 505 comes with a front-mount that is very sturdy and the shape of the mount is very ideal to view the screen while on the road. Setting up the device is very quick and easy. Unfortunately, the battery life is average at best,
Magellan Cyclo 505 can last up to 12 hours, which isn’t good compared to its competitors, but if you’re not planning to be on the road that long, it shouldn’t be a problem as long as you recharge it before you go out.
We don’t find any difficulties navigating the menu. The touchscreen is responsive enough to allow us navigating quickly and precisely while on the road. But it might take you a few tries to get used to the layout.
Magellan Cyclo 315 vs 505
There is no doubt about it, Magellan Cyclo 505 is the clear winner of this comparison. There is really no reason to get the 315 over 505. Magellan Cyclo 505 comes with plenty of improvements while the price is still very affordable.
Besides, it takes quite an effort to find 315 nowadays, while Magellan Cyclo 505 is available everywhere. We think that every reviewer out there will agree with us here. The wireless connectivity and integration with your mobile device are very practical and awesome and 315 doesn’t have all of that.
Magellan Cyclo 505 is simply more powerful and reliable and much more convenient to use. Anything that 315 can do 505 can do it better. With Magellan Cyclo 505, your cycling experience will be much more fun and safer.