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Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer
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- Download, pair, configure and ride! Wahoo's free companion app automates pairing and manages the configuration process for fast, frustration free setup.
- Automatic route downloads and uploads when sync'd with compatible third party apps (Strava, RideWithGPS, Best Bike Split, Komoot, and more).
- Package includes: Wahoo Element, out-front mount, stem mount and TT aerobar mount.
- Build a route and get pop-up and LED notifications on screen so you never miss a turn.
- Fully integrates with Strava Live Segments to give you accurate progress status and the Final Push to beat your goals.
- 100% Wireless - only plug it in to charge it! Sync, acquire and push data via ANT+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
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ELEMNT's crisp, 2.7" Daybright display makes it easy to view performance metrics at a glance in high-glare and low-light conditions.
Companion APP Setup
ELEMNT uses the intuitive interface of your smartphone to pair, customize settings, configure workout pages, and link to popular cycling apps and wireless sensors. Post-ride, the app stores workout history and automatically syncs to your linked third party Apps.
Wireless route downloads, turn-by-turn cues from popular apps (Strava, RideWithGPS, Komoot), cycling optimized routes with Wahoo's "Take me Anywhere," and free pre-loaded maps from around the world. ELEMNT makes it easy to follow any road.
Call, Text and E-mail Alerts
Pair your phone to receive emails, text messages and call alerts (or turn on do-not-disturb). With live/group tracking, go online to locate friends out riding in real time. ELEMNT bike computers make it easy to stay in touch when you're out on a ride.
Wi-Fi, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 make ELEMNT truly wireless. No need to tether up to sync ride data, download maps or update software. ELEMNT pairs with most sensors: power, heart rate, speed, cadence, SmO2, electric shifting systems, and KICKR / SNAP trainers.
Tactile Smart Buttons
Accessible, easy-to-press front buttons enable users to toggle between Workout, Climb, Map, Live Track, Text/Phone Alerts and KICKR control.
Perfect View Zoom
Perfect View side buttons enable users to toggle between views of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 curated data fields. Choose from 170+ data fields to configure screens.
Quicklook LED Indicators
Quicklook LEDs can be used to monitor power, heart rate, speed, get turn-by-turn cues, incoming call/text/e-mail alerts, Live Segment alerts, more!
Take Me Anywhere
A brewpub? A burger? An epic destination? ELEMNT can take you anywhere! Open the companion app, start typing any destination, address, or point of interest, and get a route optimized for cycling complete with turn-by-turn navigation cues. Send the route to the ELEMNT via Bluetooth, put away your phone and ride!
Strava Live Segments
ELEMNT bike computers fully integrate with Strava Live Segments to give you accurate progress status and the Final Push to beat your goals. Get a heads up before the segment begins, progress status when you are ahead or behind your goal, and a Final Push when you are close to hitting a PR or taking that KOM!
ELEMNT works with KICKR / SNAP indoor bike trainers. Replicate outdoor routes using GPS files to simulate elevation grades. Select 1 to 10 levels, each with a progressive resistance curve - the faster you pedal, the harder it gets. Set target power/watts - if cadence drops, trainer increases resistance to maintain constant power output.
Turn-by-turn with RideWithGPS and Komoot, Strava / Live Segments, BestBikeSplit Course and Race Plan, Training Peaks and more. Electronic shifting systems from Shimano Di2, SRAM eTAP, FSA WE, and Campagnolo EPS. SmO2 sensors from Moxy and BSXInsight.
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Ease of Initial Setup and Adjustability
If one was to just turn the unit on and ride with default settings, then the Edge 810 would win this competition. But nobody who buys either one of these units does this. We bike nerds want customizability and adjustability! We want all of our screens and settings to be perfect. The Edge 810 is clunky in this way. It takes a long time for the user to set up all applicable settings and fields. This is where the ELEMNT shines. The user simply has to scan a QR code to pair the phone and ELEMNT together via bluetooth. Then nearly all settings and adjustments are made from within the phone app, which is very user friendly. Adding and editing training screens is a breeze. Each main training screen can hold up to 10 fields, and they are also complemented by a map screen and an elevation screen. A second added bonus is that the ELEMNT phone app can be seamlessly connected to various external sites. I connected mine to Strava and RideWithGPS, and now all of my planned routes download to my Wahoo device and all of my completed rides automatically upload them.
Winner: Wahoo ELEMNT
I didn’t even know that this was an issue for me until I received my ELEMNT. The screen contrast is noticeably much darker and sharper than that of my Garmin. When the sun is low in the sky (morning/evening), seeing the Edge 810 is very tough from certain angles. This doesn’t happen with the ELEMNT. It looks crisp from all angles, regardless of sun glare. It also looks a little clearer with the backlight display turned on than the Edge does with the same setting.
Winner: Wahoo ELEMNT
The Garmin empire was built around maps and navigation, so you’d expect the Edge 810 to be head and shoulders above the competition in this category. While it is definitely better, it’s not by much. The Edge offers turn-by-turn navigation with an audible “beep” notifying the user of an upcoming turn. The ELEMNT lays out a “breadcrumbs” trail over a map. While there is a “beep” and LED flash if the user is off course, there isn’t true turn-by-turn navigation. I have, however, read that Wahoo has plans to implement that in a future firmware release. Initially, I thought that the lack of turn-by-turn would be somewhat of a deal-breaker for myself and others, but it wasn’t too bad at all. While the ELEMNT map screen doesn’t show road names, it does lay out the roads in extremely clear contrast. I had no problem following the ELEMNT course for a 40 mile ride.
Winner: Garmin Edge 810 (for now)
Customer service can make or break a person’s decision when deciding to throw down hundreds of dollars on an electronics device. With that said, this competition isn’t even close. I have never had a good experience dealing with Garmin customer service, whether it be through email or phone calls. Their customer service reps don’t seem to have a good handle on the intricacies of the specific units that they carry. Additionally, when I’ve had problems with faulty units, they told me that I had to pay for a refurbished one. Wahoo seems to have been proactive from the very start. They are constantly monitoring (and responding to) various forums and comment sections of blogs. They also have a daily presence in the Wahoo ELEMNT Google Group. I had an issue with one of my data fields when I was initially setting up the ELEMNT, so I gave their customer service a call. Within a minute, I was on the phone with an actual real live human being. She was extremely helpful and polite. Five minutes after that, my problem was solved and I was stoked!
Winner: Wahoo ELEMNT
In conclusion, the competition isn’t even close, with the Wahoo ELEMNT as the clear winner. That’s not to say that the ELEMNT doesn’t have a lot of room for improvement. I’d like to see true turn-by-turn navigation rather than just a “breadcrumbs” trail. I am also looking forward to the integration with Strava live segments, which is reportedly down the road. Battery life could also be improved a bit. But Wahoo is off to an amazing start. The device is only a couple of months old, and a few firmware updates could make a huge difference. Once Wahoo addresses those issues and a few others, they will have a true Garmin-killer!
9 MONTH UPDATE:
It's still the best! Since I've bought it, there have been numerous software updates. These range from minor bug fixes, to major updates that add a lot of functionality. I will absolutely never go back to another Garmin Edge unit.
2. Pro’s and Con’s
4. How To Measure A Wheel For A Speed Sensor?
I’ve spent hours researching two brands of computers because I spend so much time on the saddle and because they are expensive. It’s obvious the leaders are Wahoo and Garmin. I watched YouTube video after YouTube video and what it came down to is ease of use.
I’m not a Garmin hater, in fact I have had three Garmin’s over the years, and they are have served me well. However, their User Interfaces have way too much to navigate and configure. I want to ride, not program a bike computer. Don’t get me wrong, I am very computer literate with 30+ years’ experience writing code. I just want to ride.
Wahoo boasts that if you are familiar with using mobile Apps, you will be familiar with using a Wahoo Element. It’s true, the user interface is well thought out. There is nothing else to say, it’s that simple, and so is connecting other devices like speed sensors. I literally set up and personalized my Wahoo Element in about 10 minutes.
PRO’S AND CON’S
• Ease of Set Up.
• Large screen
• Easy to read in daylight.
• Crystal Clear Black and Grey Screen (Perfect in sunlight). Can also turn on a backlight which is just as easy to read at night.
• Decent Battery life.
• It comes with a plastic one-piece platform/base computer mount. Also, it has no torque specification. If you accidentally over-tighten the bolt that hold it on the handlebar, you will strip the plastic threads that holds your expensive computer in place.
• If you want to have accurate data, buy a wheel sensor ($39.00) - do not reply upon GPS data, especially if you ride trails. GPS uses line of sight to run calculations. GPS data is why your STRAVA data is mangled and of course a couple other reasons – you get the idea. A wheel sensor will correct missing line of site GPS inaccuracies. However, you must enter the correct wheel size to have accurate data. I will explain how to do this in the next section.
• Upgrade to a K-Edge mount because the platform/mount that comes with the Wahoo Element is plastic. Yes, the K-Edge mount it’s an added expense and a little pricey, but worth it because it’s sturdy, and sturdy is an understatement. You will have peace knowing when you make it to the bottom of the mountain after hitting, jumps, drops, and rock garden your computer will be with you and in one piece.
HOW TO MEASURE A WHEEL FOR A SPEED SENSOR?
To make this simple, especially for newbies, there are multitude of methods to calculate wheel size. You will find lots of information on search engines, YouTube, cycling computer manufactures, and the sources goes on and on. However, what I found is the majority of these resources make this process more complex than what it actually is. SIMPLY PUT, IT’S MEASURING A WHEEL SO AN INDIVIDUAL CAN INPUT THE CORRECT NUMBER IN THE BIKE COMPUTER SO SPEED AND MILEAGE IS CORRECTLY CALCULATED WHILE RIDING.
You need a couple thigs before you get started.
• ¼ inch vinyl tube. I picked up ¼ tubbing from the local hardware store because it was cheap at $0.19 per foot. Buy about 10 feet, just in case you mess up. You will understand why in the directions below.
• Tape - Meaning you should use any tape that will stick to a rubber tire.
• Tape Measure
• Sharpie Marker
First, you need to measure your tire. When I say tire, I mean the outer rubber of the tire; the rubber that hits the dirt or pavement when rolling, NOT THE RIM that holds the tire. The most accurate method to measure a tire is as follows.
1. Run the vinyl tube along the outer rubber of the tire until both ends meet. See the attached image. It’s the green circle.
TIP: This is where I used tape. Since I did not have anyone helping me and I wanted to get an accurate measurement, I taped the tubing as I ran it along the tire.
2. After running the tube around the tire, mark where the tube meets each other. A snug fit will suffice. After running the tube around the tire, I pulled the tubing off and cut where I marked the tubing. Now you have one long piece of vinyl tubing that needs to be measured.
3. Using your tape measure, measure the length of the vinyl tubing that you just cut.
4. Now all you need to do is perform two simple calculations to get the number you need to input into you bike computer.
1. Multiply Inches of tubing you cut from above x 25.4 = Millimeters.
2. Divide Millimeters from the first calculation by 1000 = Meters a.k.a. your Computer Input Setting
1. 89 inches x 25.4 = 2260.6
2. 2260.6 / 1000 = 2.261
3. Enter 2.261 into your computer.
Wahoo Element is my choice for a cycling computer, for everything I stated above in the Pro’s list and much more. In retrospect after using this for a few months, the choice of a Wahoo over Garmin is not even a consideration, the Wahoo Element wins every time.
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It found my sensors (ANT HR strap, and speed/cadence sensor) instantly, and I was on my way. On the fly, you can page through various customizable screens and show more or fewer lines of data. Uploads data (via Bluetooth connection to your phone) to Strava, instantly. Super sweet!