Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT - First Look

Just over 12 months down the track from the Wahoo ELEMNT hitting shelves comes the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT.

Addressing the unique needs of the performance-driven rider, ELEMNT BOLT pairs the ELEMNT’s groundbreaking ease of use and powerful performance with a form factor designed to blend as seamlessly with your bike as it does with your training and racing.

In a nutshell, Wahoo have taken the consumer feedback from the original ELEMNT and packed it into smaller, lighter, and according to their press releases, a more aerodynamic package. 

I've been lucky enough to have some hands on with the ELEMNT BOLT just a few hours prior to the official announcement.... let's see how it stacks up: 

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Bicycle Wheel Balancing: Marginal Gains or a 'Must Do'?

Car wheels are balanced, motorcycles too. Have you ever thought about what an unbalanced road wheel does to your bike?

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Strava Insights: GPS Cycle Computers Used at Cadel Evans People's Ride (2017)

GPS cycling computer stats from the Cadel Evans People's Ride 2017

Sample Size: 1000
Head Units Listed: 981

YouTube Video:

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    238 Strava iPhone App
    152 Garmin Edge 520
    119 Garmin Edge 510
     78 Strava Android App
     73 Garmin Edge 500
     67 Garmin Edge 1000
     63 Garmin Edge 810
     28 Garmin Edge 820
     24 Garmin Edge 800
     21 Garmin Forerunner 920XT
     16 Wahoo ELEMNT
     14 Garmin fenix 3
     12 Garmin Vívoactive
     11 Garmin Vívoactive HR
      9 Garmin Forerunner 910XT
      9 Garmin Forerunner 735
      7 Garmin Edge 25
      6 Garmin Edge 200
      5 Suunto
      3 Garmin Forerunner 620
      3 GPX
      3 Fitbit Surge
      2 Wahoo RFLKT+
      2 TomTom GPS Sport Watch
      2 Lezyne GPS
      2 Garmin Forerunner 610
      2 Garmin Forerunner 310XT
      2 Garmin Forerunner 230
      1 Polar V650
      1 Pioneer
      1 Garmin Forerunner 630
      1 Garmin Forerunner 405
      1 Garmin Forerunner 35
      1 Garmin Forerunner 235
      1 Garmin Forerunner 225
      1 Bryton Rider 310

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Wahoo Kickr16 / Kickr 2: Unboxing, Building, First Ride.

Wahoo Kickr16 / Kickr 2: Unboxing, Building, First Ride + data analysis.

Here's my review/overview of my new Kickr16/Kickr2. Unboxing, building, stress tests, data review, and some side-by-side comparisons with the original Kickr. If anyone's looking at upgrading or taking the leap to their first smart trainer, this will be worth a watch.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Fitness Equipment Teardowns thanks to the FCC

If you're like me you love to see the inner workings of things. Seeing what's inside your new mobile phone, or what's inside your new bike computer, or what's inside your carbon bike frame.

Most of the time we only get to see the insides of our equipment through accidents or failure. And that's not good. Thanks to YouTube there's many channels we can search that'll give us equipment tear-down videos.

But what about the items that nobody's taken apart yet? Like the Wahoo Elemnt or say the Tacx Flux? Wait... nobody even has one of those yet. Do you risk pulling the tools out and having a look inside yourself when it arrives? Could be risky!

Enter the FCC.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Wikipeda

HWTek have a great overview over on their site, in summary:

Even without knowledge of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), you will probably recognize this symbol. No matter what country you are in right now, there is sure to be several devices around you which all bear this mark – turnover your laptop/keyboard and see. The FCC is a US government agency which governs limits for Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) to ensure the amount of radiation emitted from a device is not harmful to people, or disruptive to other devices.

If you're buying anything in fitness tech field with Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, or anything with electronics in it, there's a really good chance it has been FCC certified and is listed on the FCC website. Product FCC registration entries are also a goldmine of tech details...... and.... product teardowns!

Link: FCC Equipment Authorization Search

What to expect under the FCC search results:

Application documentation, external photos, RF exposure reports, test setup photos, and the two most interesting ones.... Internal photos and user manuals. User manuals for products that may be released but not available? That IS a goldmine of good information to me!

Note: The photos are primarily focused on the electronics and radio components, so working out how things work is up to the viewer. The user guides listed in the entry come in handy for this.

What's inside your Wahoo Elemnt?


The insides of a TACX Flux:


What else did I find that was interesting?

The Tacx Neo and a FitBit were worth a look..... as is a 1000s of other things. Let me know what you find!