If you’re looking for a bike computer with all possible features PLUS voice-activated navigation, the new Bryton S800 should be on your list.
It takes their Rider 750 and S500 models and improves on them with a larger, brighter, higher contrast display and voice-to-text group chats that allow other S800 riders in your group to communicate hands-free while weeling. Oh, and it boosts battery life to 36 hours, or even up to 40 hours without displaying map pages!
Combine these with the already impressive feature list that is standard on all of their current models, and you have a device that offers everything a hardcore rider could want. Here’s a closer look…
Starting with the visuals, it’s a sleeker, rounder profile than the Rider series, and the massive 3.4-inch color touchscreen gives you plenty to look at. Or not, since you can customize the layout and number of items displayed through their companion app. You can even choose from color-coded graphical displays or just old numbers.
The screen itself is a new technology called MIP (Memory In Pixel) screen which is coupled with an internal reflection layer which they claim makes it much sharper outdoors by eliminating a “screen shadow”. . It also has a very thin bezel, so the screen takes up most of the surface, much like modern smartphones.
The mounting tabs are compatible with Garmin, but are designed specifically for the included alloy bracket and Bryton’s washer. The attachment is replaceable, and they will offer a Garmin-specific replacement if you prefer to use your existing front mounts.
While they don’t make any aerodynamic claims, the computer is rather aerodynamic and front support is minimal. The mount is sized for 31.8 bars, so 35mm bar users can use the included strap mount or find something else.
S800 Data Screens and Options
There’s no shortage of data you can illustrate on the S800, and almost no limit to the number of ways you can display it. All the usual stuff is there, plus some more modern stuff like gear, left/right power balance, and even sit vs. stand time (with compatible power meter pedals). And a lot of it is also in color.
A quick status menu (bottom right in the photo above) can be programmed to display your most critical stats and all paired devices in a pop-up window that appears with just a tap on the screen.
If you are using a pre-planned route, a number of climbing screens are also available showing you which climbs are coming up, which one you are about to start and your progress along that climb.
The color coding indicates the grade, and with the Climb Challenge feature enabled, it will automatically switch to the Climb Section screen to show that display, how much time you have left and whatever specific climbing metrics you choose. When the climb is complete, it will return to the previous screen.
All navigation options
Pre-installed OSM maps make it easy to navigate where you want to go. Pair the S800 with your phone and you can use voice-activated navigation to tell it where you want to go, or search for points of interest or specific locations.
Choose a previous or saved ‘favorite’ destination, drag it to the map and ‘drop a pin’, or choose from the search results, and it will give you turn-by-turn directions and automatic rerouting.
And if you prefer to upload a route you create on Bryton Active app or other third-party mapping/routing systems, you can do that too. Assuming your file contains the data, it will also give you detailed information about it.
The Bryton S800 also lets you retrace a route, reverse it, or just enter a distance and let it suggest a few random routes to choose from, which should help keep things fresh as you explore new routes without lose your way back. .
Group walks and group discussion
Being able to ride with friends is fun, but if you have varying abilities, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everyone. Or sometimes they flatten out the back and fall off before anyone notices. With the Group Ride feature, you can create your own group of S800 owners and allow everyone to see where everyone is, share a route and stay in touch along the way.
The Group Ride feature requires everyone to pair their computer with the phone, but this opens up the possibility of keeping your phone in your pocket while texting the group. Just press to speak and you can dictate your message and send it, with pre-programmed quick replies too.
There’s also a Live Track feature that lets you create a link to share with friends and family so they can follow your ride from a browser.
Training and indoor use
The S800 also serves as a powerful training partner, paired with modern indoor smart trainers. It comes with three (very) basic workouts in the app, but is designed to take third-party workouts (like TrainingPeaks) and sync them to the computer. Downloaded workouts can be saved in the app for quicker use in future workouts and then even edited in the app.
From there it will automatically adjust your smart trainer to adjust resistance etc. and allow you to manually adjust power, intensity and resistance for more personalized control once started.
Bryton S800 Price and Availability
The Bryton S800 will be launched in May. MSRP is €399.95/£339.99/$399.95/AUD 649.95 for the ‘E’ Base Bundle which includes the device, protective case, screen protector, sports support and safety cord.
There’s also a ‘T’ pack for €479.95/£409.99/$479.95/AUD 789.95 which adds 3 BLE/ANT+ speed, cadence and heart rate sensors.