Wahoo Elemnt Cycling GPS Computer Test Review

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.

See my review on STRAVA:


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How Cycling App STRAVA has changed the way we ride

3471357_300(Photo Strava.com)

STRAVA is a very addictive smartphone app and website that tracks cyclist’s rides via a GPS device such as Garmin, Suunto, Polar and many more.

As you’re out riding on your bike, all data are captured and stored in your cycle computer or on your phone app and then transferred to the Strava website.

We’ve tested the Phone App on different phones and found it very reliable, didn’t experience any app crashes which happens on other similar GPS phone apps. Strava’s App stays on even as you lock your phone’s keypad and also the route restores in case you’ve closed the app by mistake. The advantage of using the App from your phone is that you can upload immediately your ride onto Strava’s website without having to connect your device to a computer. Another good option is that you can link Strava with Instagram and all the photos uploaded on Intagram in the time of your ride, will also appear on and below your ride’s description on Strava’s website.

05232012_BLOGNEWSLETTERThis gives cyclists the possibility of analysing their performances, visualise the route on a map and also share with friends on Strava, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Network platforms. The addictive part of this app is that as you ride through a certain part, called “segment” of your route, you get to compare your performance in time with every other rider on Strava that has cycled that segment before.

Strava works out a sort of a virtual ranking, giving the top 10 time’s riders a reward badge or trophy that appears just below the map of their daily ride.

Other motivating “tools” on Strava are the Monthly Challenges to join, where the cyclist is pushed and commits himself to do more kilometres in the next month or in another pre-determined period of time, with the rewards or badges on the cyclist’s profile page, and below each rides for everyone to see.

Friends, followers and all other riders on Strava can also comment other people’s rides and give them  “KUDOS” which are the equivalent of facebook’s LIKE.

We’ve used it for a while now, recommended to all our friends cyclists and runners (there’s a Strava running section too) and we’ve found it very motivating, encouraging people to do that little bit more to keep active, get fitter and live a healthier life, which is our main philosophy too.

Thanks for reading it, get on your bike and cycle ..with Strava! 🙂


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