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I took a possibility and jumped off the Garmin train when I decided to buy a dedicated bike computer, rather than using my GPS watch. I was weighing the Garmin Edge or the Wahoo Elemnt, but took a possibility on the Elemnt due to raves about it's ease of use and Wahoo customer service. I'm glad I did. The Elemnt took me about 5 mins to figure out and obtain out on the road. Download the ap onto your phone. Scan the QR code on the screen of the Elemnt and it pairs in about 2 seconds. Then you configure the computer using the phone found my sensors (ANT HR strap, and speed/cadence sensor) instantly, and I was on my way. On the fly, you can page through different customizable screens and present more or fewer lines of data. Uploads data (via Bluetooth connection to your phone) to Strava, instantly. Super sweet!
First allow me begin by saying this is my first real bike computer - prior to purchasing the ELEMNT I used the Strava iPhone Application with Quad Lock securing my iPhone to the bike stem. Although effective, there were a lot of draw backs to the Strava App/iPhone set up including battery drain (especially on 2+ hr rides), lack of screen customization, and the worst of which were frequent signal drops and/or application forward to using the ELEMNT. Since owning it I've logged ~1,000 miles (3/4 of those outdoors) and it's been flawless. Below are my Pro's and Con's with a perspective of previously using my iPhone and Strava AppPro's:> Initial set-up is extremely intuitive and user friendly.> Size and mounting. The ELEMNT is much smaller than my iPhone while providing a much better presentation of data. Additionally the "out-in-front" mount is much better from a viewing and bike position perspective. It also comes with a stem mount but does not work with asymmetrical stems which is what I have.> Data Gathering and Presentation. The amount of data it can track seems limitless (assuming you have the important data collection hardware) and the ability to make multiple screen/page's is a large plus. Although I've only made 3 screens/pages (Indoor, Short Outdoor, Long Outdoor), I can see how this would be a huge plus for those who have a wide range of cycling/training scenarios.> Battery Life. I'm not sure what the real battery life is but I have ridden multiple 1+ hr rides before the battery indicator show's 50%. An added plus for me is I can now use my iPhone for safety purposes (I use RoadID application so my wife can track my solo rides which sends her an alert if I remain tationary for more that 5 min) without worrying about battery drain from two apps running at the same time. Paired with the ELEMNT App, you keep reminders on your intelligent phone to charge the battery.> GPS Reliability. In ~30 outdoor rides (some in locations with very not good cell coverage), I have yet to experience a dropped GPS n's:> At this point I see no downside or inconveniences with the ELEMNT
Perfect computer! I have a garmin edge 500 and 800. Never created the make batter to 520 or 820 because while they created improvements, the fresh screens were garbage. The screen on the elemnt is crisp and clear in all conditions. The best part may be the incredibly simple set up with the app. Also, it pairs flawlessly and easily with all devices and integrates with third party apps. One of the most annoying things with my garmin was how regularly it would drop the signal from my power meter. Garmins are everywhere, but this just may be a better choice overall!
Overall, very please with the unit. Serves its purpose very well and have not had too a lot of problems with it. The help from Wahoo on the Google group is very good. Firmware release schedule seems to be monthly which is nice.I've been using the ELEMNT with the TICKR HRM since April 2016. I upgraded to Strava Premium several months ago and have been using Strava Live segments feature for a few months consistently on every ride (I ride usually 3 times a week). I have not had too a lot of problems with the Strava Live except for a couple rides ago it basically did not work at all (perhaps a user or firmware issue, not sure but it's fixed now after recent firmware update). It does not lose/drop the segment or however somebody reported above. And I still have the original unit I bought. I had bought the Edge 520 but the display was smaller than the ELEMNT's. The display on the ELEMNT is a excellent size and very e upload at the end of the ride to Strava works very reliably nowadays, but sometimes it takes several mins and it depends on the wireless connection or LTE/4G availability and/or the companion ELEMNT iOS application being open, e setup and usability is very good. You can customize and/or add pages as well. I ride a lot in the dark and the light is very sufficient. Battery time is amazing enough for me and I think I can obtain easily at least 6-10 hrs (depends on the light on or not, etc.) but I have not fully tested battery life yet. LEDs are nice and customizable as well (for HR or speed for example).You should be able to buy a unit as an REI member and return it if you don't like it. No worries, I recommend it highly. Be advised I have not tried any other ANT accessories, just the bluetooth connection to the TICKR. Btw, I did message on a latest ride when I forgot to place the TICKR on my chest until mid-ride, that it took quite a while for the ELEMNT to pick it up and begin using my actual HR rather than 135 bpm (which ELEMNT or Strava uses apparently when there is no data available).Also be advised that there is a fresh route me anywhere feature as of WF42-1217 which I have not tested yet. Seems handy if you're lost and need to obtain home or hit a gas station, etc. Cool thing is fresh features are being released regularly via firmware updates. Give it a shot!
After using the Elemnt for a month, I can say that it does not stack up that well in the functions that I use most (i.e. distance, elevation) compared to my ancient Garmin Edge 305. I like the connected features that let me to see incoming calls, messages etc however. When traveling on paved streets or paths the distance is beautiful accurate but when riding on dirt trails with a lot of short fast direction changes, it falls method short of the actual distance traveled. I expect some loss of distance but on a 10.5 mile course it only recorded 9.8 miles. This is usually a function of how often it records a data point. My Garmin recorded once per second, this one must be much slower. As far as altitude goes, it really falls short. With my Garmin it would present a gain within a second of starting a climb. With the Elemnt I can climb for 20 seconds, descend for 10 seconds, climb again for 15 seconds, descend and climb again and it never displays any altitude change (or grade information). When I do see grade info displayed, it is VERY late. It may present climbing grades after I have already been descending for a while. So far calls to Wahoo have been unproductive.I hope these stuff can be dealt with in a firmware update.Another couple stuff is the backlight/LED display. At dusk/night the displays are too bright with no method to dim them ( I would say they can be blinding). Once you begin turning on extra lights to ride with it becomes less of a issue but riding with ambient light I have to turn off the displays. Which is another thing, my Garmin I could turn on/off the backlight (which was not overpowering) with a single button press, now I have to go through a menu and several button presses to accomplish the same thing. Hard to do while riding.I wish to like this but am waiting to see if there are any fixes down the road.I suggested to Wahoo a function where the LEDs dim automatically and the backlight lights when sunset occurs. That would be nice.
When I first purchased this device, I was skeptical, as I have always relied on my iPhone, Apple Watch, and/it Garmin Forerunner to track all my stats. Howich better could this “bike computer” really be?WOW! I was blown away at the simplicity of set up, the REAL-TIME measurements, ability to sync to all my sensors and devices, including my iPhone and apps like Strava and Training Peaks. And then the compactness and fit of this device on the bike makes it so convenient to glance at during training rides, with all the data, or a zoomed in ver of what’s necessary inches from your tucked in position.Outstanding product! A+ investment...makes me feel like going on rides more often just to use it!
***Update 02SEP2017***This gps has been flawless through two 80+ mile rides on my island hill climb. Not a single missed que or wrong turn. I gave away my Garmin Edge after the first weekend I used the Elemnt. The LED turn notifications are visible in bright day light. No issue seeing the screen with both yellow safety glasses and polarized dark tint sun glasses. If you ride off course the LEDs all blink red until you are back on course. Once you are back on course they blink green. Very cool feature. After over 7.5 hours of use the battery is still at 43%. It took me two seconds to obtain over the black and white screen. I love this think. No regrets.***Original Review*I am already loving this GPS. Out of the box it required firmware updates which the companion application took care of in a hurry. No four hour garmin-style modernize required. My routes synchronized directly from my RideWithGps account. No need to convert to the buggy gpx or tcx garmin-style format. I started a route and shared a ride link with my help car and sure enough they can see my exact zone on the course! Text messages, emails, and phone call notifications on screen. Sweet! I will ride my 80 mile hill climb course this weekend and report back on the gps routing function. My Garmin literally chokes on the guidance cues and tries to route me back to begin even when I select not to. My guess is the guidance on this Wahoo Elemnt is spot on. I am very impressed so far. I'll give it five stars if it makes it through my ride without a garmin-style meltdown.
I have several bikes, and the MINI has taken up permanent residence on my CX bike, where I generally just need speed, time, and heart rate (I use a Wahoo TICKR X). This thing is stupidly simple to set up, and just as customizable as its more fully-featured cousins (ELMNT/BOLT). Its ease of use and unobtrusiveness on the bars create it a champion in my book – sometimes simpler is just better. Plus, the battery life on the MINI is insane – been riding with mine since August, and it's still at 80%.Addressing some of the other feedback around this unit, I totally understand the argument that running Strava on your phone would obtain you the same end effect (the route loaded to Strava once completed), but you'd miss out on having speed/time/HR directly in front of you, in addition to call/text notifications which can be handy if they're urgent. Plus, Wahoo's LiveTrack feature comes standard with the companion application – Strava's comparable Beacon feature is available to Premium members only. Also, I hold the Wahoo companion application regularly updated, so I haven't experienced a lot of of the freezing problems reported by others. All told, I'd say it's a amazing product that's certainly best for a narrower set of use-cases, but for the price, it's tough to beat.
I purchased the Elemnt Mini because I wanted to start utilizing Zwift for indoor rides, and my old Cateye unit did not use ant+ or BLE sensors. The unit arrived with a dead speed sensor, but I didn't search that particularly alarming. I purchased a few more coin cell batteries and installed one into the sensor. A week (and two rides) later, the replacement battery was dead. I've now burned through 3 batteries in less than a month, and I've completed maybe 5 rides during that time. The firmware was totally up to date, and I tried doing a hard restart by flipping the battery in the sensor. Nothing worked. The sensor will still chew through a battery in a few days. To create matters worse, the actual head unit did not remember the sensor even when the sensor was working, requiring re-pairing every time I wanted to ride it. The unit also had a tendency (as others have indicated in their reviews) to reset and pause rides every 5 seconds with no method to control the pause or restart. The entire system is unusable as it stands, which is obviously unacceptable.I'm now outside of Amazon's return window and stuck with this thing. I've contacted Wahoo's help and am seeking a full refund. I'll either spend the additional money to obtain the BOLT or go with a various mid-range computer from Garmin, Polar, Lezyne, or Bryton. While I generally can't stand the mid-range Garmin units, at least they work out of the box. Wahoo has a amazing reputation and has absolutely nailed the high-end bike GPS market, but it seems they've struggled in the low- to mid-end of the shop with the RFLKT and now the MINI. They really shouldn't tarnish their amazing rep by offering such a crappy product.UPDATE: Wahoo will not RMA my unit, as it was purchased via a 3rd party (Amazon). So no refund. They will replace the unit with another Mini under the product warranty. I asked if I could make batter to the BOLT (and pay the difference between the two models) but that's not an option, either. Disappointing all around.Avoid this product. Either splurge and obtain the BOLT, or look to another company for low- to mid-end units.
I would have given this zero stars if I could... the syncing process is easy, but after a couple of weeks of use it started to freeze, not present the distance anymore, it was mess. After calling wahoo and doing a fresh set up with them over the phone, I tried one more time. After a few weeks, the same thing started event again. I called them and they sent me a fresh one. Yesterday, the brand fresh replacement computer went totally berserk shutting off, turning on and displaying the setup barcode by itself. Talking to a mate of mine I found out the same thing happened to her, and she now uses another brand, which is the same thing I’m doing. I bought this because it was little and cheap. But that’s the catch, you obtain what you pay for, and this thing is as unreliable and poorly designed as it can be. And the reason I’m never buying anything else from this brand is: they didn’t acknowledge the online reviews I read (after the issues started) that there was something wrong with their software, which clearly there is, and hold pushing a product that doesn’t work.
The sensors are providing consistent signals, the Elemnt Mini unit and iPhone application are reliably picking them up, and the screen is surprisingly simple to read in spite of its little size (added gift IMHO, as I don't feel like a geek riding around with a huge computer screen or phone on my handle bars). I like the application ride summary history capability too. The sensors are mounted independently of each other and the speed sensor can be mounted on either the front or rear hub.Having said all that, this thing was a royal pain to initially set up. During the first attempt to pair the unit with the iPhone app, a firmware modernize was pushed into the system. After the modernize completed, the Elemnt indicated it was finished, but the application screen froze. I had to shut down and reset the application to obtain it functioning again. Then, as I was pairing the unit and phone with the speed sensor, I could not obtain the screen that was supposed to prompt me to enter my tire circumference (thank you YouTube for that heads up). After dumping everything and downloading/pairing everything all over again, the elusive tire size prompt still did not appear. I called Wahoo Tech Support, and after going through several gyrations (including another dump and re-do everything again) we still had no luck. Finally the tech advised me to just go ahead and mount the sensors on the bike, take it out for a ride and test to determine if I was getting any realistic numbers. If things did not look right, I should call them back. Oddly enough, this was late Friday afternoon and nobody would be available to call again until Monday, hmmm. None of this was sitting well with me...c'mon, the speed sensor senses RPM and then converts that signal to speed by multiplying by the wheel circumference. How is this thing supposed to know what wheel circumference I have if I didn't tell it anything?!!Later that night (it was actually 1:00 A.M.) I just couldn't allow the matter rest. I went out to the garage and took the sensors back off the bike and performed yet another dump and reload (this was number 4 if you haven't been counting). During the speed sensor pairing, lo and behold, up pops the tire circumference prompt! Everything else followed suit and I was finally connected to everything I was supposed to be connected with! Since then, the system has been functioning without a hitch and I am a satisfied far as the 4 star rating goes, I'm now getting all the functionality I expected. The system is user friendly (after it got over its learning disabilities), the Elemnt screen is not crowded and very simple to read, the sensors are independently mounted and there are no externally mounted magnets anywhere. I deducted only one star for the setup headaches because they are now over and I'm getting everything I expected from this system. Beside that, I am retired and my private time isn't worth nearly as much as it used to be. The consolation however, is that when you're retired, every day is Saturday!
I was looking for an inexpensive method to connect my bike attached to my trainer so I can track my indoor cycling workouts. I also wanted to have the ability to sync that data to Strava or Apple Health. Upon arrival and set up, I found that not only can it sync to Strava, it also has Apple Health. I could not search anywhere on their website that it syncs with Apple Health which was an added bonus. However, the only downside is the beacon that goes in the wheel had a dead battery. It took about ten mins worth of sync attempts to test replacing the battery. Sure enough it was a dead battery. After that it was simple y feedback I have is that maybe place a plastic strip in the beacon to hold it from accidentally being turned on while in transit to it's fresh owner.
I read all the poor reviews and as a technical professional assumed the poor reviews were by technically challenged individuals. No so. The software did not load well, it froze several times on the Iphone. I eventually got by this and thought I was good. The unit simply would not stay connected. My 7 mile loop recorded 3.8 miles. I deal with this type of technology for a living and this simply is not a amazing unit.
The ELEMNT Mini is an perfect bike computer for the price. It syncs up perfectly with the Wahoo SC sensor on my Colnago, and my Wahoo TICKR heart rate sensor. The “pages” (views) are all customizable (Tip: use 2 fields per page so they are more legible), and the Mini links up with a free ELEMNT Mini application running on your phone, which does not seem to affect my iPhone’s battery life whatsoever. You can share your zone with others, upload to Strava from the mobile app... all the main features you’d expect. And it comes with a speed sensor in case you don’t already have one (I recommend the Wahoo Blue SC sensor so you obtain cadence information as well). The Mini is super lightweight and fits nicely on any aftermarket out-front mount in case you don’t wish to mount it on your stem.I used to mount my iPhone on my handlebars as a bike computer but broke it twice (expensive!). I also considered more expensive bike computers like the Roam, Karoo etc that have GPS inside. In the end I’m really satisfied with this small $100 Mini, since I always have my phone in my jersey anyway. I think you will be too.
I got this for my wife to replace an old wired bike computer. The largest problem we ran into was that you need to create sure zone services for the ELEMNT MINI application are enabled if you wish to upload complete ride data to Strava or Map My Fitness. The Wahoo ELEMNT MINI does not have its own GPS, but relies on the GPS of the phone to collect zone data. And to that point, you have to create sure the Blue Tooth icon shows up on the unit prior to starting a ride or the data will be incomplete.
I was very skeptical to purchase this unit as majority of the reviews said it was awful. I have owned this unit for about three months now and have had almost zero problems with it. The battery life is amazing, it does everything it says it does, and it looks great. There Is only one issue I’ve experienced with it and it might of been my fault. During a ride I stopped and walked into a shop to grab some water and when I returned to my bike I noticed that I had lost my entire ride. I was furious, but them I realized I had my phone is my pocket and the device must have lost connection. So just hold that in mind and you will be amazing to go. Other than that, it’s a amazing unit and I highly recommend.
I would stay method from this thing. It sounds like a amazing lower cost option for a bike computer, but it fails in almost every way. This will ONLY connect to Wahoo and bluetooth and Ant Capibile Sensors. It will NOT connect to any other brands, like Apple Watch for HR, and will NOT connect to Wahoo bluetooth sensors like the SC Blue (gen 1). It comes with a speed sensor, but if you wish cadence and heart rate you will need to buy the Wahoo sensors. The Amazon www service makes it sound like it will work with any Wahoo sensor, it will not go check the product FAQ and create sure you sensors will connnect. That connectivity is a large limitation right there and not readily apparent on their website. Read the Q&A on the Amazon so, the companion application is extremely buggy and has crashed frozen and behaves erratically. One feature that I liked was the ability to set up custom screens with the information I wish to see. This has not worked and I am unable to display any info other than what is on the default ed help but they have been less than helpful.I would steer clear of this product and this makes we question the quality of the Wahoo brand. This thing is no better than a $25 speed and distance sensor.
Lost gps tracking...they blamed it on my gps sensitivity settings..mine is at the highest..Google maps didn't lose contact..I was running at the same time..this had happened several times and they key asking for proof I send them it's not enough for them..
Be careful of using this app. They ask a monthly subscription, and when you uninstall the app, they simply continue taking your cash every month. Its not obvious what you must do to end your subscription. Edit: To be fair - they were more than willing to refund me for the month i've been unsubscribed. Though I do search it weird that the subscription application cannot detect that you have uninstalled tge application bbefore subtra ting cash from your accout.
The application should have a feature to stop rides (not just pause) and to Exit. It continued to run in the background - and displaying status icons - after closing the app window. The voice directions are fine but there must be alternatives with better user interfaces.
I recently upgraded my cycling computer to a Garmin 500, integration with Garmin and this application is fantastic. The most used function on the mobile application is the real-time map when deciding (our not) to divert my normal route, it's helped my obtain back on track a number of times. The desktop integration and tol tools are marvelous showing all metrics I currently capture including speed, cadence, heart rate, temperature and more. The desktop application also has route creation which worked amazing for me.
My rating is not just for the application but also for the www service and as a route planning tool for cycling, weighed versus the high subscription cost. There is an alternative, which is not excellent but it is cheaper and much easier to use. The issues for me are wacky routing; it will route you off a main street for 100mtrs then place you back on the same road, potentially causing you to cross lanes of traffic when it is safer to stay put. This can be manually fixed but I shouldn't have to. This contrasts with the other tool I use where I can specify the begin and destination and obtain a perfectly amazing route requiring no tweaking. Another problem is that straight across at a junction results in an instruction to turn right, turn left in immediate succession because of the merest kink, which really does not warrant a right left turn instruction. I wish to pay attention to the street without the distraction of second guessing turn guidance. There is a free option, but the features you need to work around some of the frustrating quirks are only available with the subscription. I paid $80 for a subscription which I will not be renewing. The only feature it has which is better than the alternative, is the ability to manually add cues.
Not intuitive. Rode twice using navigation- couldn't save ride history and couldn't upload it from garmin. Uses too much battery power and data. Won't renew my paid subscription. Should have a option for free two week trial (but if it did, no one would buy it)!
I've tried a lot of apps of this type including the 'name apps' that seem to command a lot of attention. This one though is about as close to the ultimate as I've found. I love using it! The application is intuitive, captures all the metrics I could ever wish and integrates seamlessly with an equally impressive website. The turn by turn directions are absolutely unbelievable when you're riding in unfamiliar areas. I'd love to see a 'night mode' for folks like me who occasionally ride after dark and don't wish the screen glaring at them. Having the application auto pause and resume a ride works all be great. And while the are other apps that can handle auto responding to incoming text messages, it would be amazing to have that functionality built into the application too in order to facilitate safe riding. As it is though, I'd recommend this application enthusiastically to anyone reading this review. Give it a try. I think you'll be glad that you did.
Beautiful accurate amazing record of my ride that I tested it on... Why does it say my home is 2000 miles away in Madison WI even though I've set my home as Bend OR? Other than that not poor for a free version. Missing some stats that other gps apps have though at this level
In order to obtain navigation cues for a route published by the ride organizer, it appeared that I had to initiate a subscription. I should have opted for the limited trial subscription because I wasn't very impressed with how it performed and the trail marking on the street created it superfluous. The cues didn't begin until I had ridden 15 miles and about 8 turns. It just doesn't seem like a $6/month value because my need for route navigation is minimal, so I have canceled the subscription but I might do some more auditing until it expires in a month.
Dropped my rating to 3 stars. The company is extremely slow to fix bugs. Instead they're more focused on pulling features from the primary subscription and putting them in the more expensive premium subscription. I'm losing interest and leaning towards a Garmin. Previous review: This is the best cycling application there is, period. With that said, it's not perfect. I've seen some screwy elevation data. I'm also disappointed in a few other things. I'd like to see ant+ help for phones that help it and I'd like to have the ability to zero offset my powertap p1 pedals as well as see battery levels in devices that help it. It does connect to devices with Bluetooth but I like reserving my Bluetooth bandwidth for the speaker I have mounted on my bike.
What kind of cycling application loses track of your zone twice in one ride, then fills in the gaps by assuming you rode straight across a river or even ended thre ride in the water? Switched from MapMyRide because groups use RWGPS, but I'll certainly not be using it again otherwise, allow alone paying for features.
The idea of this application is truly great! Track your bike routes and navigate without Internet connection. The FINN is also really compact, simple to use and sturdy when your phone is attached. But I seem to have a issue with the navigation tab. I have downloaded the map of my town (Eindhoven, the netherlands) several times but I can not see the map in the application nor can I use the navigation feature. I can type in my destination and it does search the name... but the map does never present up. =Rjf=
Slow app, using lot of memory and have very limited feature set. Cannot import tracks from other sport tracking application, so I have to use this one for the Hungarian biking campaign, but tracks are not uploading so I cannot attend in the challenge and cannot victory any of the prices!
It is too slow even for 20kmph riders. It misses cross sections by more than 50 meters. The displayed method is not enough to see where to go next, it constantly looses the zoom settings. The application is OK for planning a ride and not for riding one. Enough, but lacks of UX.
I attented to use this application to attend an event. (Go to work with bike) For this I enabled the intelligent tracking and dont optimize battery. It yet doesn't tracked anything. When I manually given the destination it navigated me with speech. I don't need that, I know how to obtain to work. Summary: The application is useless for me.
my first navigation attempt started out quite confused and jittery in the display, with constant rerouting. once it got going it was ok, but it created me take a left turn at one point which is technically not allowed. As a effect a pedestrian shouted abuse at me which created me feel unhappy.
Nice application but the background tracking doesn't work very well. After riding 10km I took the phone to check and it tracked only 400meters, making harder to reach the goal to unblock my city. Also I tried to use the navigation with the phone in my pocket and earphones just listening to the indication but after few mins it stops talking. Improve these and it will be a five stars app!
It used to be a nice tracking app; especially, I loved its "heat map". But for latest six months it fails to track any trip always deeming them "too short". If 40 km per day is not enough for it, I would say it simply doesn't function. Don't bother installing this.
I really like this application for the cycling routes. However, I'd like my Google Maps areas to be synced with the maps here. And I'd really like for them to modernize their locations. I spend 5 mins before every ride searching for the put on the app's map. In that sense, maybe this application is better for riders who know the method and don't need to use the map.