The brand new Bryton S800 flagship GPS biking pc launched in Could with a deep function record, together with spectacular tech like voice search and the power to maintain you linked with different S800 customers in your trip, even speaking with them by way of the system.
I’ve been utilizing one since launch, spending numerous time enjoying with the navigation and routing options. I’ve ridden street, gravel and mountain bikes with it, out within the large open, and below dense forest canopies. The one function I haven’t been in a position to attempt was the group driving connectivity since, effectively, none of my pals have one.
Right here’s an entire overview of (most of) the options, with precise weights and closeup particulars.
Bryton S800 precise weights & field contents
The S800 comes with a smooth alloy out-front handlebar mount with spacer adapter to suit 26mm to 31.8mm bars. You’ll want a distinct mount to place it on 35mm mountain bike bars.
It additionally comes with a strap-on bar/stem mount with loads of bands, a Bungie-cord tether, USB-C charging cable, Allen wrench to put in the mount, and a soft-touch rubber cowl.
The hooked up mount puck that comes on the pc suits Bryton’s mounts, however they promote a Garmin mount adapter individually that matches any Garmin-compatible pc mount.
Simply observe that the Garmin mount puck has the small nub within the center, so if you happen to’re taking a Wahoo mount and rotating it, or have an older mount, you’ll need to drill a small gap in the midst of it. I went forward and did this to the Bryton mount, too, in order that I might simply maintain the Garmin puck on the pc.
Additionally, you’ll want a really, very tiny Phillips head screwdriver to swap pucks.
The S800 is available in at a reasonable-for-its-size 103g. The mount is simply 32g, and the rubber sleeve is 19g. Run all of it and also you’re including 154g to your handlebar.
On the bike
The Bryton S800 is their largest pc, nevertheless it’s nonetheless smaller than the largest Garmins, and about similar to the Hammerhead Karoo 2.
The buttons are simpler to push with out the rubber sleeve on it, however I do like the additional safety it supplies. The ability button must be held down for longer than you’d suppose to show it on or off, however a fast press will lock and unlock the display.
It’s skinny, and seems a lot thinner with out the sleeve on it, so whereas they make no aero claims, it’s most likely not less than as aero as most different fashions.
Bryton S800 display and app setup
Obtain the Bryton Energetic app to setup your system, and maintain it up to date. It comes preloaded with three bike profiles – street, indoor, and MTB.
Every bike sort can have its personal setup and acknowledge it’s personal set of equipment (energy meter, HR, velocity sensor, and so on.), and you’ll set the totally different screens up for every bike sort, too, which is a pleasant contact. Even higher, you may change the screens whereas a trip is ongoing, so if you’re on a trip and resolve you’d prefer to see totally different metrics, simply pull out your telephone and alter them.
You possibly can arrange a LOT of various screens per bike, or flip some off to maintain it easy.
Graphically, I actually preferred Bryton’s Pace Ring (left) and Energy Bar (middle, with a greater photograph of it in motion additional down). You possibly can choose what number of information factors are proven per display, however observe that if you happen to swap from 5 gadgets to six gadgets, no matter you arrange for the 5-item display gained’t carry over to the 4- or 6-item screens…you’ll must set every item-count web page up individually.
The Map display can have 1 or 2 information factors solely, so select properly. I’d suggest “Distance to Flip” as one among them if you happen to’re utilizing it for navigation, and I’ll clarify why in a minute.
Bryton S800 trip information, navigation & routing
Following every trip, you’ll hit the highest proper button to pause the trip (or let it auto pause), then faucet the “Pause” icon on the display to cease and save (or delete) the trip.
When you’ve saved it, it’ll sync the information to the Bryton Energetic app instantly in case your telephone is paired. If not, it’ll sync the following time your telephone is close by with Bluetooth on and the S800 can also be turned on.
The screenshots above present the entire element and information it’s capturing, which is quite a bit. The Outcomes present your entire recorded rides, click on on any of them to see the Abstract. Click on on Element to see a LOT of element for nearly each main metric, and Evaluation helps put a few of it into perspective.
For those who’ve linked your Strava, Coaching Peaks, or different accounts to the app, it’ll push all of this information to these, too.
Bryton talks quite a bit about their navigation options, and there are some cool issues the S800 can do. When paired through Bluetooth together with your smartphone and the app is operating, you may faucet the Navigation button on the system’s house display (swipe up from the underside of the display throughout a trip), then click on the Microphone icon and say the vacation spot you need it to seek for.
It really works… OK. Generally it will discover no outcomes, different occasions the outcomes had been of so-so usefulness.
The left display (above) exhibits the outcomes for “Ice Cream”. The center display exhibits outcomes for “CVS Pharmacy”, and it wanted me so as to add the phrase “Pharmacy” for it to work. I attempted “Walgreens” and it got here up clean. Imperfect as it could be, when it really works, it saves you from having to cease and pull out your telephone.
The map on the fitting exhibits the path to the second CVS outcome, after which I might simply faucet the inexperienced arrow to begin my navigation.
You may also sort a vacation spot into the app for extra exact outcomes, however right here, too, extra element appeared to assist. I typed in “Nation Park” (the title of an area park) and somewhat than kind by relevancy, it types by proximity, so it’s possible you’ll have to scroll some to search out the vacation spot you need.
The precise information supplied for the vacation spot is nice, although, exhibiting distance and an elevation map. However, it was routing me on some main roads somewhat than backroads or a close-by greenway that finally ends up at Nation Park, and there aren’t any various routes supplied.
Sadly, once I clicked “Ship to System” it didn’t really appear to ship something to the system. I discovered that on a number of events once I clicked Navigation on the system, it mentioned I wanted to stop a previous navigation route first, however there was no apparent method to try this (or apparent indication that I really had a route going).
In Bryton’s protection, they regularly push out updates for the system, and every one brings enhancements. And so they take heed to suggestions, so my hunch is its performance will get smoother and higher over time.
From the system, there are different methods to create routes:
- You possibly can drag the map and drop a pin the place you need to go
- You possibly can inform it your required distance and have it make up a route
- You possibly can add your personal GPX (and related) information by way of their browser dashboard and so they’ll sync to your system the following time it’s linked to the smartphone app
The browser dashboard is flippantly featured, however does embrace a primary route creation device. And by primary, I imply very primary, however, and that is vital, it’s nonetheless greater than another big-name biking pc manufacturers offer you, and it’s free.
Above are two routes to the identical spot, one the place I chosen “Street” as my bike sort, and the opposite as “MTB”. In actuality, the MTB routing was a a lot better, safer route, so it’s value wanting on the roads it creates and enjoying with the settings.
You may also construct your personal by dropping factors alongside the map, however there’s no option to edit the factors when you drop them, and no option to drop a brand new level halfway alongside the route. So, it could take a number of tries to get the route you need, however, once more, it’s free. For those who’re searching for extra superior route constructing, attempt Komoot or Journey With GPS.
One factor I’d prefer to see Bryton add is the power to see my saved routes within the browser after creating them…they’ll present up within the app, however when you’ve saved them, you may’t pull them again up within the browser dashboard. And, at current, there’s no option to export these routes into sharable information, so your folks would must be operating an S800 additionally for them to share your route.
As soon as underway, the navigation is… OK.
The display is vivid and simple to see in direct daylight, and the road to comply with is clearly seen. However there are two issues that might be higher:
- Flip by Flip instruction alerts don’t all the time pop up, and generally they arrive method too late to make the flip. So, if you happen to’re not watching the map (and also you shouldn’t be, actually…eyes on the street, please), or you might have it on an information display as an alternative, there’s a very good likelihood you’ll miss your flip.
- Off Route alerts are additionally gradual, generally taking 1/8 of a mile or extra to pop up, after which even longer to begin creating new flip alerts.
Proven above are the first purple routing visible information (left), a blue rerouting to get again on the purple principal course (middle), and an Off Route alert (proper) that stays on display till new flip directions present up.
My hunch is it simply wants a sooner processor, or for a firmware replace to assist it prep alerts a lot additional upfront. The visible aids for turns are…OK, too.
In regards to the GPS
The S800 can monitor just about each GPS satellite tv for pc community within the heavens, and one of many settings screens will even inform you what number of it’s at present studying. On one test, it tallied 15. We talked to Bryton about how GPS monitoring works for a latest Bikerumor Podcast if you happen to’d prefer to be taught extra about that; it’s attention-grabbing.
Out within the open, the S800 does a high quality job of pinpointing my location. On the paths and below timber, it appeared extra prone to pause my trip than another units I’ve used, and tallied up much less complete distance than I really did. My advice could be to make use of this primarily for street or gravel, or pair it to a velocity or cadence sensor.
One other factor value noting are the notifications. You probably have your telephone’s Bluetooth on (like, for listening to music) and the S800 is ready to point out telephone notifications, you’re going to get ALL of the notifications.
I’m used to seeing textual content and name noti’s, however the S800 will present you Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Discord, too, and doubtless extra. It’s sufficient to perhaps put your telephone on DND mode whereas driving, or simply flip that setting off till an replace means that you can choose which apps it pays consideration to.
Regardless of a number of quirks, the S800 has quite a bit to supply, particularly if you happen to usually trip with the identical group and need to simply test in on everybody’s place. Sadly, that’s the important thing USP that I wasn’t in a position to check.
I actually just like the graphical choices, which make information straightforward to see at a look. The Pace Rings proven above can be used for energy, exhibiting common and present for both of these metrics.
Or choose the Bar show to see your energy output in graph type. I most well-liked the Rings, however this one was good for seeing how lengthy I used to be redlining it up a climb, which makes it useful for figuring out when it is perhaps time to again off a bit.
The S800 paired simply with varied energy meters and coronary heart charge straps, too. It’ll even sync with Shimano’s D-Fly for gear indicators (however not SRAM AXS but).
The display is straightforward to learn in vivid mild and robotically adjusts to ambient mild. Battery life is great in comparison with its competitors, and you should utilize it as a coaching accomplice to regulate your indoor sensible coach, too (Jordan examined this function and preferred it on the Rider 750, and it capabilities the identical right here).
Total, the Bryton S800 is a stable coaching accomplice for information geeks with primary navigation expertise that proceed to enhance. MSRP is $399, or bundle it with a velocity, cadence, and HR sensors for $479. Examine our launch protection for all of the tech specs and full function record.