iGPSPORT 20E – is this budget-friendly GPS bike computer worth it?

So, you’re ready to make the upgrade and leap into the world of GPS bike computers. At $59.99 the iGPSPORT 20E seems like a pretty good option, it’s got all the features you’ve been looking for: speed, ride distance, and a reliable GPS sensor. It’s also waterproof, just in case you get caught in a downpour. Plus, it’s Amazon’s Choice!

MyHealthyApple writer and cycling enthusiast Josef Rindl has put the computer through its paces. Here’s everything you need to know about the iGPSPORT 20E.

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Close-up on the iGPSPORT 20E GPS bike computer

First, let’s get the details out the way.

The iGPSPORT is a GPS bike computer, meaning once it gets a satellite signal, the device tracks your every turn, sprint, and climb.

GPS bike computers accurately give you speed, distance, and altitude figures on the go. Costing $60 the iGPSPORT is one of the cheapest on the market.

iGPSPORT 20E display not mounted on bike

The Specs

  • Data: Current speed, Average Speed, Trip Distance, Altitude, Odometer, Max Speed, Temperature, Calories, Time, Trip Time, Date
  • Display: Dot-metric screen
  • Screen size: 2 x 1.5 inches
  • Waterproof: IPX6 (resists high-pressure, heavy sprays of water from any angle)
  • Memory: Approximately 110 hours of riding data
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Working time (battery): 25 hours working time (Not using backlight)
  • Smart Backlight:Smart turn on/off feature so the backlight is off from sunrise to sunset
  • Charging: Standard Micro USB
  • Strava app support: upload files to Strava (fit format)

The Set-up

I found it a very easy product to set up.

You have to charge the device for a good hour before first use, but it holds its battery well. An overnight charge before a full day’s riding leaves you with plenty of bars to spare.

iGPSPORT 20E mount for bike handlebars

The two bike mounts and four rings that come with the device admittedly look rather flimsy and suspect. But the attachment instructions are clear and once the computer is in the mount it feels secure and protected while remaining accessible for any quick changes.

Plus, you only need to use one mount and two rings; essentially, you’ve got another device holder left over for a second bike.

On the Road

When it comes to bike computers, bigger is usually better. Compared to its competitors, the iGPSPORT 20E is certainly on the smaller side.

But, on the road the display felt adequate; the 1.2 x 1.5 inches screen exhibited all the information I was after without me ever needing to take a second glance.

Plus, tiny does have some advantages. The 20E weighs less than 60 grams (less than an eighth-pound). To put that into perspective, the iPhone 11 weighs nearly four times as much at a hefty 194g (around half a pound).

iGPSPORT 20E mounted on my bike's handlebar

There are some disadvantages though. You can’t change the units from Kilometres to Miles.

As someone who only works with the latter (miles), this was incredibly frustrating. By the time I’d calculated the imperial from the metric I’d cycled another two kilometers and had to redo my conversations.

However, the data shown – though not particularly extensive – is exactly what you need.

Speed, time, distance, and altitude – the four pillars of cycling. You can also click the search button to see a second page showing you your max speed, the number of calories you’ve burnt, and the temperature (in Celsius).

iGPSPORT 20E’s Strava compatibility 

Uploading your ride to Strava couldn’t be simpler.

  • After completing your recording, connect your device to your computer using a Micro USB cable.
  • Load up the Strava website on your desktop and click the ‘+’ sign in the top right corner of the page.
  • Press Upload Activity and then Choose Files from the drop-down menu on the left.
  • After pressing Choose Files, click on the folder marked iGpsport, next click Activities and then choose the ride you wish to upload.

The iGPSPORT 20E is a good alternative to recording rides on your mobile

Above is the recording my phone made through the Strava app, underneath it is the iGPSPORT version of the same ride.

Immediately you can tell the iGPSPORT does a better job at omitting my stationary time. Around six minutes are cut from the bike computer’s recording, but every inch on the move seems to have been retained.

Weirdly, my mobile recorded nearly a mile more than the computer. Both were turned on and off at the same time. One of them must be wrong, I’ve got no idea which though!

On future rides I’ll only take my phone for emergency calls; I’ll let the iGPSPORT do the tracking and save myself a whole load of data every month.

Summary – Is it worth it?

Having used the iGPSPORT 20E on a number of rides now I’ve got to say, I really like it.

Its been a month since I first attached it to my handlebars, yet already I’d say it’s worth the price.

iGPSPORT 20E - is it worth it?

If you’re after a bike computer that can also work as a Sat Nav and alert you when your phone receives an email, you’re going to have to spend around $200.

You can check some of
2020 Best Bike Computers and compare the IGPSPORT 20E’s specs to that of others.

But, if you’re the kind of rider who just wants to know how long you’ve been in the saddle, or whether you’ll have to do a quick peddle around the block to break the 30-mile barrier, the 20E is the best bike computer in its class.

It’s ideal for tracking your rides; with an easy set-up, clear and concise data, and a simple, lightweight design, the iGPSPORT 20E is a perfect entry-level into GPS bike computers.

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