Review Wahoo ELEMNT

akkypac

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Product name: Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer
Price paid: £249.99
Score (out of 10): 9

Review: Although I would refer other potential purchasers to Wahoo's own site for detailed specs and reviews of this plus the smaller BOLT (in the UK, it's https://uk.wahoofitneas.com/devices/bike-computers), I can confirm that the Wahoo ELEMNT is an excellent companion accessory for an EMTB, certainly competing well in price, features and battery life against the Garmin. Not sure about others.

Besides the compact aerodynamic design (shockproof with a waterproof IPX7 rating) and a choice of three bike mount options, what I particularly like is the simple interface which includes three main pages of customisable display screens (Workout Data, Climbing and Map controllable via the smartphone app; Lap Data is another one apparently visible after first lap) of which one can display a whopping eleven data metrics!

With the simple but sturdy buttons, navigation is easy with the right-hand up/down controls serving as menu selectors as well as zoom control for the mapping and visible metrics (if eleven is too much of a strain on the eyes).

There's also an excellent set of LED indicators to guide you through turn-by-turn navigation, however, keep in mind that this is dependent on the linked account used. There is no inbuilt turn-by-turn; only GPS mapping.

Whilst some may make unfavourable comparisons of this mono device with fancier colour touchscreen alternatives or quibble about the lack of street names in the mapping, these are minor sacrifices considering the excellent battery life (17 hours is claimed) and essential functionality/practicality, i.e. a sturdy affordable bike computer clearly visible in all weathers.

It's worth keeping in mind too that the excellent ELEMNT smartphone app handles all the detailed setting controls, Strava/RideWithGPS/Komoot etc. app integration and fancy post-ride analysis so you're not short-changed in any way.

For my own EMTB purposes, I've found it works well with the Komoot app - Strava is fine but it can be tricksy with turn-by-turn if 'cues' aren't added - and have a Bluetooth connection via ANT+ to display my battery power status. Sweet! (NOTE: I should clarify that the picture above shows the *ELEMNT* battery % but can also show your *phone* battery %; the *electric bike* battery % seems to be only visible via the menu button as far as I can see.)

I know that Rob has the smaller BOLT which is equally excellent.
 
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Rob Hancill

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Nice review thank you for taking the time. Featured on Front Page 👍
 

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Product name: Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer
Price paid: £249.99
Score (out of 10): 9

Review: Although I would refer other potential purchasers to Wahoo's own site for detailed specs and reviews of this plus the smaller BOLT (in the UK, it's https://uk.wahoofitneas.com/devices/bike-computers), I can confirm that the Wahoo ELEMNT is an excellent companion accessory for an EMTB, certainly competing well in price, features and battery life against the Garmin. Not sure about others.

Besides the compact aerodynamic design (shockproof with a waterproof IPX7 rating) and a choice of three bike mount options, what I particularly like is the simple interface which includes three main pages of customisable display screens (Workout Data, Climbing and Map controllable via the smartphone app; Lap Data is another one apparently visible after first lap) of which one can display a whopping eleven data metrics!

With the simple but sturdy buttons, navigation is easy with the right-hand up/down controls serving as menu selectors as well as zoom control for the mapping and visible metrics (if eleven is too much of a strain on the eyes).

There's also an excellent set of LED indicators to guide you through turn-by-turn navigation, however, keep in mind that this is dependent on the linked account used. There is no inbuilt turn-by-turn; only GPS mapping.

Whilst some may make unfavourable comparisons of this mono device with fancier colour touchscreen alternatives or quibble about the lack of street names in the mapping, these are minor sacrifices considering the excellent battery life (17 hours is claimed) and essential functionality/practicality, i.e. a sturdy affordable bike computer clearly visible in all weathers.

It's worth keeping in mind too that the excellent ELEMNT smartphone app handles all the detailed setting controls, Strava/RideWithGPS/Komoot etc. app integration and fancy post-ride analysis so you're not short-changed in any way.

For my own EMTB purposes, I've found it works well with the Komoot app (Strava is fine but it can be tricksy with turn-by-turn if 'cues' aren't added) and have a Bluetooth connection via ANT+ to display my battery power status. Sweet!

I know that Rob has the smaller BOLT which is equally excellent.
Great review and yes what a great bit of kit 👍🏻👌🏻
 



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