The Wahoo ELEMNT GPS cycle computer has integrated and so many features and integrations, making it very easy to use. Just download the free ELEMNT app, pair with your smartphone in seconds and you're ready to ride.
Everything a leading product should be..
I have taken the Elemnt on several long rides and not a single issue yet. No random crashing, no shutting down before the end of the course, no spinning wheels and cranks to 'wake up' sensors for the head unit (I'm still using the same sensors btw). No uploading shared course files only to find them either reversed or split. No flakey desktop software. No need to immediately buy any extra components. The Elemnt just works like it should and everything comes in the box.
The companion smartphone app is great and simple to use. The synching between the services you chose is flawless and first time. The default screen setup out of the box has been well thought through, so I haven't needed to personalising it further yet. The map screen works great and is clear. RideWithGPS is easy to use to create routes, migrate any legacy routes into and sync seamlessly with the Elemnt.
If you're judging it on aesthetics make sure you see a demo or video with the LEDs working - then the shape will make sense.
At the moment my only minor concern is that you are limited to RideWithGPS for Turn-by-Turn routes, although you can sync routes without TbT from Strava also. It would be nice to have other options on the website front. But it does work as it is.
Please Wahoo do not go down the line of over-engineering this product line. When it's stable and does what it needs to do - move on. Perhaps look at a simple triathlon watch...
05 September 2016
Best GPS bike computer I've owned
Really pleased I purchased this, having struggled with Garmin and Mio devices I was ready to give up and just use my iPhone on the bike (not ideal due to short battery life). Very easy to set up using the smartphone app and I think its a good idea to let RidewithGPS or your smartphone do the route planning (and then sync the route to the Elemnt) as Garmin always seemed to struggle with this. The screen is a revelation, easy to see in any light conditions so much better than a colour display which surprised me. Just did a 100km ride with turn by turn directions (route planned on RWGPS) and it worked perfectly. Using the LEDs to indicate left or right turns (as well as the instruction on the screen) is a brilliant idea. Also nice not having to use a touchscreen which is fine in the summer but a pain in the winter with full finger gloves.
29 August 2016
After a slow start with the elemnt ,I now find the elemnt first class .
Also connects direct to strava ,I had a couple of issues with the elemnt and after an email direct to wahoo who replied with answers very quickly.
23 August 2016
Great innovate cycling GPS/biking computer
I think that the LEDS, used both for navigation and the general riding make this an AMAZING device.
So far this is the best implementation of Strava Live segments I have seen yet.
The turn by turn navigation could be a little better - you cant navigate to a POI or a location not stored in the device. Nor is there route to home, but that can easily be worked in over time
I've written a rather large (2995 words) review covering just about every aspect of the Wahoo Elemnt, and I really hope that the innovation seen here shakes up the other manufacturers
if anyone is interested the review is here
22 August 2016
Brilliant and just keeps on getting better!
Just back from a ride this morning with the latest update installed - strava segments and it worked brilliantly! This follows on from the last major update a couple of weeks back which was turn by turn navigation - which is also excellent. So as you can see progress on features is impressive!
I did own a garmin 800 previously... does the Elemnt do everything that the garmin does? No, but then I never used a lot of the functionality on offer anyway. What the Elemnt does do is deliver key information at the right time in the right format. In addition it is so easy to set-up modify as required and the wireless sync is a god send.
The LEDs work well for directions and also heart rate zones (just to say that my garmin hr and cadence sensors work fine with it) and also work brilliantly with the strava segments.
As you can see I am a convert. So much so I am going to save my pennies for the Kickr.
If you are in the market for a new bike computer I would througoughly recommend this unit!
05 August 2016
Simple and effective
The elemnt is simple to setup and use. It's ability to process information from Bluetooth and Ant sensors means you don't have to change everything.
27 July 2016
Forget that other GPS manufacturer...
I came across the Wahoo after a bit of research recently and when my Garmin malfunctioned (for the last time!) I decided to give it a whirl. I couldn't agree more with their own literature regarding how simply this device was to set up and use: straight out of the box, downloaded the app to my phone, bit of a software update while it charged and I was out.
Loads of data and screen variations available and a very good map function. It hooked up first time with my Garmin HR strap (something my Garmin HR monitor struggled to do!) and saved the connection so connected straight away when I put it on next ride. I particularly liked the zoom facility and the fact that you can create custom screens to view the data you really want to see (I'll have to have a look at that otherwise I'll end up riding into a hedge).
Wifi connected so it uploaded my rides as soon as I got back into the house so no more pesky wires. Can't recommend this device enough.
21 July 2016
At last a competitor to Garmin.
Having used Garmins and Mio Cyclos in the past, i can honestly say the Elemnt is in a different league. OK, it does all the Garmin Edge 1000 can do, but it just does it so much easier and clearer. Before this i had used a Mio Cyclo 305 and overall its been good but it lacked certain features like Power, however it did have mapping. The biggest problem with it was the software support side of things, like Garmin, updates too forever to be sorted and it would often crash because of it and i would lose all ride data. So it was time for a new one. I looked at the Garmin 520 but i really need maps with turn-by-turn directions so i waited for Wahoo to update the Elemnt and im glad i waited. What swung it for me was the software support Wahoo were giving the Elemnt, its superb with constant updates and bug fixes.
As others have said, setting up was flawless, using an Android smartphone it was done in minutes. It updated itself after connecting to my network and it all links seemlessly to the mobile via Bluetooth.
I took it for a 30 mile spin this past weekend and i love how easy it is to use. Screen is crystal clear even in bright sunlight, If youre having doubts about it only being black and white then dont, it simply works and on a ride your eyes arent having to process colours looking at it.
Buttons are easy to press and pages are easy to scroll through. The Elemnt map page can have up to 6 data fields on display at the same time which is very handy. If you want turn by turn then currently you have to create maps in RidewithGPS and not Strava, due to the naming links. I tried this and it followed the route perfectly with clear turn instructions. What you cant do is set a postcode mid-ride and aim for it, it doesnt work like a car GPS but no doubt Wahoo might end up implementing this at a later date. But other than that they work just fine and could easily be used to navigate your way back even if not following a route.
Battery wise i havent tested it long enough but having set out at 100% by the time i got home after a couple of hours and a quick 15 teastop the battery was down to 82%. Wahoo claim its 17hrs or thereabouts, but i would think its probably more like 12hrs, still, enough for most people.
Every metric you can think of is in there, probably far too many for most!
Syncing to Ant+ and my Shimano Di2 sensors was easy, as long as they are activated before you search for them in the mobile app you shouldnt have a problem finding them. Just a quick note, i didnt realise that when you do link into sensors you can then click on them to set them up. So for example the speed/cadence sensors can have wheel circumference set and the Shimano Di2 wireless dongle will allow you set up your gearing options. On my first ride out i hadnt done this so my numbers were a bit out but that was my fault and not the Elemnts.
Overall you wont go wrong with this computer. Its just as good as an Edge 1000 and cheaper. Also ive found it will fit in a Garmin mount with a bit of twisting.
04 July 2016
(some) Teething problems but so far happy
Disclosure - I have no experience with other dedicated cycling computers, only Magellan Switch UP multisport watch and Garmin Swim.
The ability to connect to wireless, use your phone/tablet to setup/control the device is invaluable.
I can do it while out cycling without needing to get back home and use my computer.
There is no comparison that to the clunky experience with Garmin Connect.
The LED strips are great idea, still trying to find the best use case for me.
No crashes so far, the amount of available mapping is phenomenal.
Some people comment on the size - I can't compare with Garmin however I don't think it looks out of place on the bike.
Unless you are weightweenie then this would be a non-issue.
Slight issues with an exotic ANT+ sensor but there is opened trouble ticket with Wahoo and they are on the case.
24 May 2016
Simple, easy to set up, sync and use. Works with iPhone to change the display and customise. Battery life good as well. Only issue I've experienced is it has lost connect to ant+ monitors on a couple of occasions.
Recommend to as a an alternative to Garmin monopoly.
21 May 2016
Superb, very easy to use, effective navigation
Amazingly easy to set up, routes download automatically from Strava, which I think is the best and easiest online route planning tool, and then are very easy to follow on the superbly clear screen. Brilliantly reconfigurable in the data it shows and records. Auto upload of completed rides a doddle too. Much better than any garmin so far.
17 May 2016
Great Value for Money
Good quality and finish. Does everything you would want it to do and more. Setup was quick and easy and can be customised to personal preference.
29 April 2016
Love This, Does Exactly What You Need & No More
I had a good look round at all the options out there (and there are a lot). Went with this for its simplicity and easy of use. I haven't been disappointed I can plot my routes on Strava and it automatically picks them up. I used to get end up getting diverted on routes and frustrated with keep having to stop to see where I was on my phone. Not anymore, the screen shows you your map and warns you when you go off your route with audio and visual. The only thing I would like it to do which I don't think it does is warn you of your next turn but the map does a good job of showing you that. The screen easy easy to see and you can even see where you are on an elevation so you know how long that hill is. They keep updating the phone app and it makes setting it up really easy. Just make sure you download the Elemnt phone app as there are a couple from Wahoo and the one I got first wasn't the right one so it took me a while to work out why it wouldn't find my device when syncing via bluetooth. All in all very pleased.
28 April 2016
A bike computer you can love!
Just great in so many ways. From an active and engaging support team to great features, it really is just fantastic.
17 April 2016
When considering this product, I read another review that said “buying this will be like going from a Windows to a Mac”. Anyone who has done that will know what this means. I thought ‘oh yeah, I wish’. Well I have not been disappointed.
It is so simple to set up (some initial issues with i-phone 4s compatibility, so just beware if this is what you have – despite Wahoo saying it is compatible. I am still awaiting a response from Wahoo support but works fine with my 5c). There are no complex menu pages to navigate through and everything is controlled from your phone via the companion app.
I love the fact that you never need to physically connect the Elemnt to upload your rides or download routes. I have linked the companion app to Strava and within seconds of returning from a ride and connecting to WiFi, my ride has uploaded to Strava. Perfect simplicity.
You can so easily customise what you see on the pages on your Elemnt and the choice of what to include is vast. If you want more detail you can add custom pages. You can zoom in and out of detail during your ride so it really is very flexible.
You don’t need your phone with you during a ride, but if you do take it, connecting to Elemnt does not seem to use any battery. You can see calls and messages coming in on the Elemnt.
I have not had a vast experience of Garmin products (having predominantly used Bryton which I was happy with at the time) but it is hard to believe that anything could be as user friendly as the Elemnt.
I had delayed writing this review until I had used the Elemnt for a good few rides. I am delighted with every aspect of the Elemnt.
If you like colour, you may be disappointed by the black and white screen. However, Wahoo say they went with black and white as it is visible in all conditions. They were right, even in bright sunlight the display is clear and visible.
The Elemnt comes with three mounts so you will have no issues attaching in your favourite position on the bike.
This is a great product.
12 April 2016
Be very aware before you make the decision to buy
I purchased through wiggle two Elemnt devices, one for my partner and one for myself. These were replacements for our trusty Garmins. Wiggle were as efficient as always with the devices arriving three days after order. First impressions of the element upon receiving them was fantastic, quality looking, great packaging and all appears fantastic..............There starts the problem. It should be as simple as open the box, load the app to your mobile device, turn on the elemnt, pair with phone. !!!! "No i wish it was the easy" I had major issues pairing with my IOS apple phone. The one big problem is the only way to pair your elemnt with your phone/media device is through the scan image on the elemnt. My phone did not recognize the scan..... and there is no other way to connect .... so the issue was logged with Wahoo support .......... I had to call or try and make contact with wahoo support...... NOW PLEASE be very aware this is the worst support I have ever experienced ..... at best you receive an email 24-48 hours after your initial email is sent then for 4 days I have been totally ignored despite my two voice messages and three chase emails....... In the end 10 days after purchase I decided to get my own support at my cost and try one final effort to pair the device to my phone. They reset the elemnt, and updated the firmware. Hey presto it recognised the scan and we are off !!!! I then had to reset and permission my approved apps after my first ride as the elemnt failed to push it up to strava >>>>>> however it works. Given my choices and comparing it to my old Garmin .... there is only one winner ...... Sorry stick to Garmin, only because Im so dissappointed with post sales support from Wahoo... such a shame.
12 April 2016
The best on the market in this price range
After using indoors and outdoors I can thoroughly recommend this product, it has everything you need to maximise your cycling and get the most out of a ride. As a casual rider I have used its programmable layout so only the info I require is shown, in a very clear style.
Used in conjunction with a speed and cadence device it is possible to maximise every effort you put into your cycling, and unlike other models it works with Bluetooth and ANT+, so your not restricted to using own make items, I use Wahoo and Cateye together and both work together seamlessly.
To say I'm happy with the product is a massive understatement, and before anyone asks, I'm just a regular rider who spends his hard earned cash on products, no sponsorship here....but I'm open to offers ha ha.
Happy Riding people, if you work hard for your cash and want to spend it wisely then I would say look no further than the Wahoo Elemnt, you couldn't ask for more....unless they can make one that pedals up hills for you!!
12 April 2016
In my elemnt
What a great bike computer. The screen is excellent, the nav is great and I love the programmable LEDs up the side. However the best thing about the elemnt is its seamless integration with apps like Strava. It took literally seconds to pair my strava account and the sensors on my bike. You can plan a ride on strava and it instantly appears on the elemnt and once you get home from a ride, it just uploads your ride (over wifi).
I haven't got much experience of the newer Garmin offerings but I think Wahoo have really nailed it.
04 April 2016
Lovely clear view
Lots of functionality and lovely clear display in all the light levels I have had so far. This product looks like it will have lots of additions and improvements added over the coming year even though it is very capable as it stands.
The unit doesn't do map routing but will allow you to view the track you are on compared to an uploaded track (via Strava), which means that you have to plan ahead.
I haven't been able to get the Cadence function to work with my Wahoo BlueSC bike sensor yet but it is early days... It pairs but no RPM details are displayed.
These devices are generally expensive and the Wahoo Elemnt GPS is no different here.
31 March 2016
Rock Solid so far
Much better than my Garmin 810 because of the superb screen, wireless workout and route transfers, and much better than phone-based gps apps because of their limited battery life and the need to mount an increasingly large phone on the bike. The phone app makes setup much, much easier than most cycling apps or other gps devices, and the same for updating maps, software, and firmware.
I was a bit worried about whether I could design the pages I want, as I'm not a fan of the zoom in and out to display more or fewer fields, but actually its easy to design up to 5 pages of your own (and to redesign the existing 4). Page selection whilst riding is then a simple button press. And, you can activate or deactivate any of the pages in a second or two, so if you don't want the map (or any other page) you can just hide it until the next ride when you do.
Sensor setup, including the usual hr, power, cadence, speed, and also Di2 D-Fly, is quick and easy. I haven't found a really good use of the LEDs yet, but I imagine more options will come, since Wahoo software/firmware development (and support) is second to none in my experience.
At the moment navigation is not TBT, it's following a trail, which it does better than my 810 because of the screen clarity (even though B&W). I gather TBT is coming soon (TBT on my 810 is awful).
And so far everything has been rock solid, both on the app (I use the iPhone version) and the device itself. I've rated only 9/10 because TBT navigation is missing at the moment. But, Wahoo have a winner here I think.
29 March 2016
Superb - easy to use perfect display & great maps.
The ELEMNT is my first bike computer - bought primarily for navigating off road.
Set up was really easy and no need to connect any cables - it all works through the accompanying app. Screens are a doddle to set up and customise and the displayed information can be zoomed in and out to display as many items of information as you like (up to 10). Sync with Strava via wifi and uploads all your routes. The unit feels good quality and comes in a very plush box!
I found the LEDs really useful for sticking to a target speed when navigating. The display is really clear and easy to read and the buttons all easy to use so scrolling through information was really easy.
I found the navigation on road to be superb although at this point there are no turn by turn directions - you just follow the on-screen trail. The open source maps included are already installed and I noticed they show quite a few paths and bridleways so anticipate this to be good for navigating trails on an MTB.
Have only had one ride on it but a 4 hour ride took the battery down to 60%. No sensors were attached, LEDs were activated and phone connected so it should be good for an 8+ hour ride.
Only slight disappointment so far is that when it uploaded the ride to Strava there was no Training Impulse so the ride didn't get added to the Fitness & Freshness chart on Strava. My Polar H7 hear rate sensor has just gone back for repair (again) so presumably the lack of HR data is responsible for this although I'm sure the Strava app does give a value for this without HRM or cadence - just something to watch out for.
Other than that really pleased with it - wanted to avoid going down the Garmin route and having to connect to a computer so this has really hit to spot so far.
25 March 2016
A cycle GPS that breaks the mould
I've been using the ELEMNT for a couple of months now and I absoloutley love it. It's just so easy to use.
It's easy to fit - It comes with three different brackets so it's easy to fit to your bike whatever your setup.
It's easy to set up - You download the free ELEMNT app, sync with your smartphone by scanning a QR code on the device and you're ready to ride. It really is as easy as it looks. Setting up your sensors is just as easy.
If you have saved routes on Strava or Ride With GPS, you just authorise those acounts in the ELEMNT app and all your routes will appear on the ELEMNT ready to use.
It's easy to read - Okay so the screen is not colour but the high contrast black and white display is actually really easy to read, even in bad weather, with rain on the screen or in direct sunlight.
The LED indicators on the top and side of your screen make it easy to see the information you need at a glance and you can customise everything, using the app, to show exactly the information you want. You can then zoom in and out adjusting how many metrics you want to see on the fly.
It's easy to follow - The route map is nice and easy to follow and if you go off route it will let you know with an audible alert and a flashing line of red LEDs at the top of the screen.
It's easy for others to follow - My wife always worries about me when I'm riding, especially if I'm out on my own riding quiet country roads at night. The ELEMNT app gives you a link you can send to friends and family so they can follow you as you ride.
It's easy to update - You don't need to plug it into your computer to update your software. You just need to be in range of a wifi network and you're good to go. You don't ever need to plug it in at all except to charge it.
If you're looking for a cycle GPS and you want to spend more time riding your bike than setting it up, the Wahoo ELEMNT is well worth a look.
21 March 2016
Better than the Edge 810 and 520 in all aspects!
I'll admit it. I've been rooting for a company to blow Garmin out of the water (in the bike computer market) for years. Their customer service is nonexistant. Their Edge units are riddled with bugs. They come up with firmware updates rarely, and when they do, none of the real issues have been dealt with. I can tell that the people who developed the ELEMNT are cyclists. They listened to the issues that people had with the Edge and capitalized on it. It's not a perfect bike GPS computer yet, but it is still young, and well on the way.
These are just a few of the ELEMNT’s benefits that I’ve noticed over the 4 Edge units…
1. Customer Service. Wahoo staffs their customer service line with people who actually know their products, and are very helpful. They also monitor the ELEMNT Google Group consistently, and listen to the input from actual users of the device.
2. Updates. The ELEMNT unit receives a steady stream of firmware updates, as does the Android app. I don't have to do anything from my end to receive these updates either. It seems like once a week I'll power my device up, and have a cool new option added.
3. Navigating. The LEDs blink when a turn is coming up. The map is also much clearer than the Edge map.
4. Screen Contrast. It’s so much better! I have fine eyesight, but the Edge is really hard to see when there is a glare from the sun. The ELEMNT doesn’t have this issue.
5. Customizability. It’s so easy to change the number of fields, and the actual information that is contained within those fields. And you don’t have to mess with the ELEMNT device to do this. The app can handle it all.
6. Strava live segments. You can run 2,3,4 or more live segments at the same time. You can also use navigation and live segments at the same time. Edge can’t do either of these things.
31 August 2016
I have been using the Elemnt now for 6 months, and I love it. The newest updates that allow for Live Segments with Strava and on screen mapping are great. My girlfriend just moved to Los Angeles, and I can now map routes on Strava from her place (I don't know the area well) and they show up seamlessly on the unit for me to select. The Elemnt connects with my Samsung Galaxy through the Wahoo app, and updates are applied, rides are uploaded, and routes are synced automatically. The uploaded rides will automatically be synced to a number of services that you choose such as Training Peaks and Strava. There have been some small glitches with reading my power meter occasionally, but Wahoo always seems to come out with an update that solves the issue within a day or two of experiencing that issue.
31 August 2016
Live Segments are a game changer
The integration with Strava and having live segments is a game changer! They've done a great job with implementation and it's blast to use. So easy to set up new segments wirelessly at home too.
31 August 2016
It does not do what it says on the tin.
Months of persistence with the Elemnt have resulted in frustration and a reluctant return to the major alternative brand. Regardless of constant firmware upgrades, every week there is another new issue. At this stage it now does very little of what it promises and all the firmware updates have actually made it more unstable now than it was when i got it (after much delay).
29 August 2016
My wife loves how easy it is to use! Tons of features too
28 August 2016
Originally used smart phone app which was difficult to view while riding. Bike computer mounts perfectly visible. Best feature is lcd for heart rate zones. Definitely a buy. Bluetooth device management could use improvement.
23 August 2016
This changed my life
I've had the Element about a month now. Yesterday, I rode the D2R2 in Deerfield, MA. 115K, 6000+ feet of climbing. Lots of hills, forest cover, etc. I had the route loaded into the Element (via Ride w GPS) and the experience was absolutely amazing! Not only was the map view spot on. But the climbing view showed me very clearly what was coming up. All data points came out clearly, and the ability to zoom in and out was great.
Even with the tree cover, mountains, etc, the unit captured its GPS location really well. Most of the others riders I saw on the route had GPS units from 'the other guys' (I'm not naming names), and they were really miserable. Either their units would drop their position, or the unit couldn't fix them on the route. I was the only one blazing through turns with the confidence of having the map clearly in front of me.
As many other reviews have said, the setup via phone is a no-brainer. And integration with Strava works like a charm.
This is one more amazing product from Wahoo. I have the Kickr Snap, Tickr, numerous other sensors. They all work great, and they work great together. Amazing job, Wahoo. Thank you.
21 August 2016
Great all-around cycling computer
I just purchased one and will say that I'm very happy with it. I use it with wahoo Tickr, Speed, cadence, and kickr snap when indoors, and so far, so good. I waited until they squashed a lot of the bugs I was reading about. There still seem to be a few out there, like a "phone pairing failed " message (when there isn't one), but for me, it's been stable and fun to use. Simple, clean interface, and most importantly for my aging eyes, easy to read. I'd recommend getting a screen protector and cutting it to size for extra peace of mind.
20 August 2016
No not really. One reason this device is so easy to setup is that the companion app removes the need to have loads of menus and hidden settings on the device itself. You could ask wahoo if they intend to release a Windows Phone version of the companion app, I'm sure they would if there was enough demand but i suspect this may not be the case......
I understand that Wahoo can upgrade the software on the ELEMENT. Are there any plans to give it the capability to guide you to a chosen destination with turn by turn directions if you are lost when out on a ride?
This has already happened. Wahoo updated the Elemnt last month (July 2016) so it could give you turn-by-turn directions. You have to download a route made in RideWithGPS to the Elemnt for this to work though, as at the moment, routes made in other apps, like Strava for example, won't show turn-by-turn as they don't contain the markers that the Elemnt picks up to notify of turns. Ive downloaded several routes to the Elemnt from RWGPS and they all worked flawlessly, so not a problem. RWGPS is free to use and create routes. All you have to do is Sync the Elemnt to it and it will download the routes for you over Wifi.
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I don't think it does. It comes with an out front mount, aero mount and stem mount. DC Rainmaker did say you could file down the plastic bits to get it to fit a Garmin style mount. http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/03/wahoo-elemnt-gps-bike-computer-in-depth-review.html
I'm looking for a cycling computer which I can upload GPX routes to and follow them. Is this possible with the Elemnt GPS? If so, does it give turn by turn directions? Or does it simply display the route on a map, showing your current location?
Yes you can upload GPX routes to the Elemnt and follow them. If you want turn-by-turn, you have to upload routes from RideWithGPS, because that is, currently, the only 3rd party site that supports turn by turn embedded in the code that the Elemnt can read.