After numerous frustrating attempts to connect my old Garmin Edge to the Garmin Connect website, I was after a different bike computer that provided a similar amount of data and functions. I was then recommended to take a look at the Wahoo products, and here's my first thoughts on the Elemnt computer bundle.
I'm not particularly a fan of the unboxing reviews, but this time I was pleasantly surprised on the packaging design and descriptions.
The package unfolds giving you a quick idea on all the functions and the different screen displays that you can then customise, but more about that later.
The box opens like a drawer where the device rests firmly inside a molded cover.
Once the cover is removed, you'll find the "Quick Start Guide" booklet that basically tells you to download the App and to synchronise it with your smartphone.
In the bundle package, you'll have the cadence sensor, the heart rate monitor belt, a speed sensor, different bike handlebars mounts, and the charging cable that I was very pleased to see is a commonly used micro-USB rather than a original different one that I'll end up losing or forgetting at home when needed.
It's interesting to see how nowadays there seems to be less informational booklets, but instead the manufacturers send you to either a website page, a video or a phone app like in this case.
Most of the settings, syncing and connecting has to be made via the mobile app, which is surprisingly easy and straight forward.
I like the fact that you can have as much or as little information on your screen. With a simple click on the button on the right, as shown in the photo above, you can zoom in or out, and by doing so the display shows more or less information to read as you cycle.
Another thing that attracted my curiosity in the Elemnt, is that it connects and it syncs with most devices, apps and training tools you might want to use either from now or eventually at a later time in the future such as Strava, RideWithGps,
I've chosen to start by reviewing the Elemnt prior to the newer Elemnt Bolt as it's slightly bigger, so for navigation purposes as a tour guide, it's an advantage over the smaller one. It comes with 3 different mounts, so it can be mounted on the handlebar stem or in front of it, whichever way suits your preference.
Anyway, it's now time to go and test it on the road. You're welcome to subscribe and follow the blog to see how it goes.
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