Introducing the Bryton Rider 750: A Game-Changing Cycling Computer
For most people in the United States, Bryton isn’t a household name when it comes to cycling computers. However, we believe that is about to change with the release of their newest head unit, the Bryton Rider 750. This innovative device is packed with easy-to-use features, boasts a color touch screen, and comes at a price that is nearly $200 lower than similar units from competitors. As of 2021, the Bryton Rider 750 has become the Taiwanese company’s flagship head unit, taking the place of the discontinued Rider 850. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this cycling computer stand out.
What is the Bryton Rider 750?
The Bryton Rider 750 is designed to directly compete with well-known cycling computer brands. It offers all the features you would expect from a premier all-in-one computer companion, including a 2.8″ color touch screen, online navigation with voice-search integration, Bluetooth and ANT+ sensor compatibility, and Strava integration.
Who is it designed for?
After using the Rider 750 extensively, I can confidently say that this computer is perfect for anyone who wants to track their rides and analyze a wide range of metrics. The data collection capabilities are top-notch, and the user interface is simple enough to attract both novice and experienced cyclists. Additionally, the competitive price point makes it accessible to riders of all kinds.
Key Features of the Bryton Rider 750
- Full color 2.8″ touch screen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels
- Graphical User Interface (GUI) for tracking progress over interval time
- Programmable workouts via the “Advanced Training” feature of the Bryton Active app
- 12 customizable data screens
- FTP and MPA prediction
- Built-in Open Street Maps
- Bike radar support with 3rd party devices
- E-Bike support with Shimano Steps, including battery life monitoring
- Wireless data transfer via Bluetooth
- Up to 20 hours of battery life
- GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS satellite support
- Smart notification for incoming/missed calls, texts, and emails
- Super lightweight at 94 grams
- Price: Bryton Rider 750 E – $270.00, Bryton Rider 750 T – $350.00
The Bryton Rider 750 is available in two package options: the Rider 750 E and the Rider 750 T. The Rider 750 E package includes a USB cable, two bike mounts, and a safety lanyard to keep the unit securely attached to your bike. The Rider 750 T package is the fully-loaded option, which includes everything in the 750 E package along with an ANT+/BLE heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, and hub speed sensor. Both options feature the same Bryton Rider 750 head unit.
Setup and Dial-In
Setting up a new cycling computer can be a daunting task, but Bryton has made it incredibly straightforward with app integration and user-friendly head units that seamlessly communicate with your phone. The Rider 750 is easy to set up, with helpful prompts from the head unit itself. I found the Bryton setup video to be particularly useful for navigating the unit and setting up the Bluetooth connection. It’s important to watch these videos before exposing your new device to water. The touch screen is responsive, although not as much as a phone or some competitors’ head units. However, it works well with gloves and you quickly adjust to its response time. The color display is vibrant and easy to read, especially in GUI mode. One minor difference to note is that Bryton uses slightly different terminology compared to other cycling computers, such as “Results” instead of “Rides” and “MAP” instead of “FTP.” However, these are easy to adapt to.
During my initial rides with the Rider 750, I used it on my mountain bike. I didn’t expect to be overly concerned with all the numbers and data, so I was pleasantly surprised by the screen size and visibility. The 2.8″ display is a great middle ground between the Garmin 830 Plus and the Garmin 1030 Plus, providing a good balance of visuals without excessive bulk. Operating the unit while riding is relatively easy, although it took some time to adjust to the touch screen’s sensitivity. Plugging in and customizing data screens is intuitive and similar to other cycling computers on the market. Changing the data screen on the fly is simple: just press down and hold on the desired box, and it will turn a different color. Tap it again to access a menu of available data points. Bryton organizes the data units in a way that makes them easy to find while riding (e.g., “Power – Power 3 sec”). I found the unit incredibly user-friendly on the road, and it quickly became my preferred head unit over bulkier options.
I set up my road bike under “Bike 2” among the three bike options available. I appreciate the “Road – Mountain – Gravel” setup used by other manufacturers, which come preloaded with data relevant to those activities. The Rider 750 can accommodate most of these data points, and you only need to set them up. You can add up to 12 data fields to view on a single page, although I found that six was a suitable number for me, especially when using the GUI. Scrolling through the data during my rides was effortless, and I particularly enjoyed the GUI features. My favorite was the volume-style power unit, which is simple and allows for easy monitoring of power zones. The unit works seamlessly with electronic shifting systems from various manufacturers. I tested it with FSA WE, Shimano Di2, and SRAM Etap, and all the pairings were quick and provided accurate information on shifts, battery life, and gearing metrics. While I did not have the opportunity to Review the E-Bike software, the Rider 750 is designed to work well with it.
I also used the Rider 750 on my indoor trainer, and it had no issues pairing with my Wahoo KICKR. One of the standout features of the Rider 750 is its ability to recreate a virtual ride that you have previously performed outside. When connected to a smart trainer, the unit can replicate specific rides, providing an excellent training tool. Additionally, the Rider 750 integrates smoothly with radar units like the Garmin Varia Rtl515. Instead of displaying dots like Garmin units, the Rider 750 shows a tiny car, which I found to be more visually appealing. The unit beeps to alert you when a car is approaching and displays it on the screen, adding an extra layer of safety to your rides. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Bluetooth smart lights like the Bontrager ION Flare 200 series, as the Rider 750 does not detect this style of lights.