When the Bryton Rider 750 was originally introduced, it was Bryton’s top-of-the-line cycling computer with an interactive color touch screen. Bryton has been quite busy since then expanding their Rider GPS lineup and introduced the sport S series to go after the premium GPS market. In this review, we’ll be looking at the latest version of the computer, the Bryton Rider 750 SE, which adds a sleeker design and updated performance. The computer retails for $249.95 which is actually more affordable than the original Bryton 750. With this latest version the Rider 750 SE features on-device rerouting as well as the group ride and chat features. The computer also has a 2.8” color touch screen with all of Bryton’s features such as climb challenge and voice searching.
The Bryton Rider 750 SE features an updated design as well as on-device rerouting and group ride and chat features.
|Rating||9.2 / 10|
|Measured Weight (in g)||94 (head unit)|
|Likes||+ Updated modern design|
+ On-device rerouting with color touch screen
+ Features climb challenge and group ride
|Dislikes||– Bryton only mount|
– Relatively small text size
|Where to Buy (US)||Amazon|
The Bryton Rider 750 SE comes in compact black and green cardboard boxes with Bryton branding and a large glossy graphic of the GPS computer on the top. Inside the box you’ll find:
- Bryton Rider 750 SE GPS computer
- Handlebar mount + multiple length o-rings
- USB-C charging cable
- Instruction manual
The packaging is simple and well designed without any additional plastic or materials.
The Bryton Rider 750 SE uses Bryton’s proprietary quarter turn style mount. It’s nearly identical to a Garmin mount but uses slightly thicker tabs which makes it incompatible with Garmin mounts. Unlike the Bryton Rider S800 which had interchangeable mounts, this mount is molded directly into the base of the computer and cannot be swapped. Unfortunately that means you do need to use Bryton’s own sport mount or buy Bryton specific pucks for third-party out-front mounts. Note, while the Rider 750 SE can be forced into a Garmin style mount it will cause damage over time, something we experienced ourselves with past devices, which is why we don’t recommend mixing mount styles.
FIT & FINISH
Visually, the Bryton Rider 750 SE ditches Bryton’s previous notched corner design for a more modern smooth design. Honestly, the 750 SE would be easy to mistake for the S800 as it shares the same curved shape and white stripe around the edges to break up the black body. With its 2.8” screen, the 750 SE actually slots right between the S500 and S800 computers but retains the original’s portrait shape with a 240×400 pixel display. The 750 SE feels well designed with a plastic body and no exposed hardware. Branding is limited to Bryton on the front of the screen and along the front edge. On the backside of the computer there is a USB-C charging port concealed under a large and secure rubber grommet to keep water and dust out.
The 750 SE has a relatively large 2.8” with fairly large bezels along the top and bottom. Button labels are printed alongside the four button locations on the side bezels to identify each of their purposes. As with other Bryton computers, the screen is quite glossy which makes it look sleeker in photos but can reflect things around you. The 750 SE uses a full color touch screen which makes it easy to swipe or pan elements using just your fingers. Bryton also includes a lanyard with the computer which can be helpful to avoid damaging the screen if the computer were to fall off your mount accidently.
There are four physical buttons on the Bryton 750 SE with two buttons on the left and two on the right with beveled edges that help with tactile feel. Most of the interactions on the computer are with the touch screen though, with the buttons only provided some redundant actions or shortcuts. The top left button is the power button which can be held to turn the computer on and off. It also lets you lock the screen when the computer is on by doing a short press. The bottom left and right buttons correspond to the scroll left and right buttons and let you cycle through display screens or bike configurations. Pressing the top right button jumps to the ride screen or can start and stop a recording. One of the update feature of the app is the ability to change data fields on the fly by holding your finger on them and then pressing on it again to select a display data type. This is a welcome feature that lets you customize the display on the go, rather than having to use the app.
BRYTON ACTIVE APP
Bryton offers a free Bryton Active App for configuring and uploading data from the Bryton Rider 750 SE and their other GPS computers. The app is well designed with a four tab design that lets you select from: activity summary, create mode, user profile and device settings. Within the activity view you can view a summary of all the rides you’ve uploaded along with map illustrations of the route and weekly views of total mileage and time training. Clicking on a previous activity shows a larger map view of your route and basic specs, along with multiple tabs with additional metrics and chart views under the analysis page. The analysis views aren’t as detailed as Strava or other platforms and lack the ability to overlay multiple pieces onto the same graph. Within the create mode you can create new routes, workouts, change the live tracking options and setup a Group Ride. We’ve done a full writeup on the Group Ride and Chat feature which is a great way to track others on a ride and visually see them on the map view.
One of the main purposes of the app is to setup the device options and customize the data layouts. Once you’ve connected the GPS to the app you can view all the configuration options, setup bike profiles, update firmware and customize the data layouts. Using your cell phone you can even create custom labels for your bike profiles with different sensors and data layouts to tailor them to a specific setup or riding discipline. Having used Bryton computers for the last few years, we are happy to see that Bryton has been continually improving the design and user interface. Loading icons and other details have been improved which make the app feel more polished and interactive. However, there are still plenty of rough edges on the app which means you occasionally run into un-translated text and unclear error prompts. While the Bryton hardware is more than competitive with Garmin and Wahoo devices, their software infrastructure is still lagging behind.
ON THE ROAD
Setting up and riding with the Bryton Rider 750 SE only took a few minutes as we connected our cadence sensor and made a few modifications to the data layouts. As with the higher-priced S800 series, you can use graphical data fields such as bar charts and round displays to display speed or cadence. In fact, the entire computer really just feels like a slightly smaller S800 as they visually look nearly identical. The main downside of the 750 SE is that the 2.8″ screen feels a bit cramped and results in font smaller font sizes. Otherwise, we were able to seamlessly upload routes and use the climb challenge feature to pace ourselves. The touch screen is responsive and easy to navigate with simple swipe gestures and an intuitive menu setup. It’s easy to adjust settings on the fly and start recordings as the icons are obvious and each button has a clear purpose. While the Group Ride and Chat feature is still a bit buggy, the other feature such as navigation work well and have large prompts for upcoming turns to ensure you don’t get lost.
Overall, we were impressed with the Bryton Rider 750 SE as it gives you all the high-end features you’d expect at an affordable price point. The 2.8″ color touch screen is responsive with a high contrast color scheme and intuitive menu layout. It’s easy to quickly adjust data fields or settings directly on the device or use the Bryton app to customize profiles or analyze data. While the Bryton App still lacks the polish of Garmin or Strava apps its clear Bryton has been spending time refining it and updating the design. With this updated version, Bryton has incorporated the more modern rounded design from their Rider S800 along with the same Group Ride and Chat features as well as Climb Challenge. The main negatives with this computer is the fact that you can’t swap the Bryton mount out (i.e. it’s molded into the base) and that the font sizes are on the smaller side. That said, if you’re looking for a high-end GPS cycling computer without paying the high-end price the Bryton Rider 750 SE is a great option.
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