The Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt computer is Wahoo fitness’ newest product, and one of their coolest thus far. Made in collaboration with some of the best minds in cycling aerodynamics, the ELEMNT BOLT uses the same software as the ELEMNT, but in a smaller, lighter, and sleeker package. With this new design, you can shave up to 12 seconds off finish times.
The ELEMNT Bolt is 100% wireless, affordable, and can be very easily set up through a smartphone app. It features turn-by-turn navigation with pre-loaded global maps, Strava Live Segments, and the ability to find friends riding in real time, while receiving emails/texts/phone notifications so you can always stay in touch even when you’re out of reach.
One very cool feature the ELEMNT Bolt offers is the “Take Me Anywhere” feature. With this, you use your Smartphone and the ELEMNT companion app, type in the name of your destination, and the app will generate the best route possible and send it to your ELEMNT Bolt, complete with turn-by-turn navigation. The ELEMNT Bolt is also “Suffer Compatible” as Wahoo calls it, so it will pair with both the Wahoo KICKR and KICKR SNAP so you can control your smart trainer while riding inside.
Despite being mostly Smartphone based, the ELEMNT Bolt does have physical buttons –Three buttons on the front for basic functions such as Start, Stop, Select, Dismiss, and a power/settings button on the left side, as well as two zoom buttons on the right side, which also serve for map detail and elevation profiles, and to increase/decrease the number of fields of data on the screen. The ELEMNT Bolt also features programmable LED indicators to monitor performance and stay connected with nothing more than a glance.
The ELEMNT Bolt has all of the metrics that other bike computers will have, plus integration with several devices, from your Smartphone, WiFi, and Bluetooth to Electronic Shifting Systems, Heart Rate Sensors, and Muscle Oxygen Sensors.
In comparison to the Garmin computers, Garmin definitely takes the cake when it comes to presentation of navigation, and Garmin computers will also let you import interval workouts, a feature the ELEMNT Bolt does not offer – yet, but altogether, the Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt is a better value proposition than the Garmin Edge 520 or the Edge 820, the only catch being that you have to be a Smartphone user.
If you’re looking to check out the all-new Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt come by any of our Bike Depot locations and our staff will be more than happy to help.