Wahoo launches aerodynamic bike computer

15 Mar 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Wahoo Fitness, creator of workout apps and connected fitness devices, has announced ELEMNT BOLT, the latest model in its growing line-up of bike computers.

ELEMNT BOLT is a GPS cycling computer and mount developed as an integrated system designed to reduce drag. When the brand tested against leading competitors using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), the ELEMNT BOLT system reduced air resistance by over 50% – equating to a 12.6 second time reduction over a 40-kilometer time trial course for a rider traveling at 21 miles per hour, according to Wahoo.

Wahoo collaborated with cycling aerodynamics expert Dimitris Katsanis to develop and test the ELEMNT BOLT. Katsanis played a role in designs used by British Cycling and the winning Team Sky road bikes and TT bikes ridden in the Tour de France in 2015 and 2016.

Using a high-contrast 2.2-inch display and QuickLook LEDs introduced on the ELEMNT, the ELEMNT BOLT provides riders with easy, at-a-glance access to pertinent ride data, as well as call, text and email notifications. ELEMNT BOLT is equipped with WiFi for over-the-air updates and both ANT+ and Bluetooth, allowing it to connect to sensors of all kinds and the most popular electronic shifting systems.

As with the Wahoo ELEMNT, all data fields and page configurations on the ELEMNT BOLT can be customised via the ELEMNT companion app available for both iOS and Android.

Pre-loaded with maps from around the world, the ELEMNT BOLT also integrates with cycling platforms like Strava Live Segments, Best Bike Split Race Plans, and Ride With GPS.

“In recent years, the sport of cycling has placed a premium on the study of aerodynamics and gaining a mechanical advantage wherever possible,” said Katsanis. “With this in mind, Wahoo created a bike computer design that lends itself to actually improving results on the bike, in addition to tracking them. We thought about the desired result and worked backwards from there, designing the computer and mount as a single integrated aerodynamic package while still delivering on the core Wahoo user experience.”

“It seems silly professional riders spend hours in the wind tunnel trying to reduce every watt of drag possible on their equipment setup, but until now, no one has focused on the computer design and how it affects performance,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “We designed the ELEMNT BOLT to provide riders with all the data they need to perform at their best, while also improving their results.”