The latest bike computer from Wahoo Fitness is the ELEMNT BOLT — a more aerodynamic system that will not only record your performance on the bike, but possibly help improve it. Normally, bike accessories are an afterthought when looking at aerodynamics but Wahoo decided to treat it like any other component and figure out how best to reduce drag. The result might just get you a PR in your next race.
The ELEMNT BOLT features all the same great functionality of the original ELEMNT but in a new package where the bike computer and the mount are designed as one unit. To create a system that drastically reduces drag, Wahoo collaborated with world-renowned cycling aerodynamics expert Dimitris Katsanis, the same designer behind British Cycling’s revolutionary track bike that debuted at the 2002 Olympics and components of Bradley Wiggins’ 2015 Hour Record. The result is a system that was shown to reduce air resistance by over 50% in real-world conditions compared to other standard mounts and bike computers.
So what does that mean for your average rider? Putting that advantage into numbers, over the course of a 40-kilometer time trial, a rider traveling at 21 miles-per-hour will save 12.6 seconds over a rider using a competitor’s GPS bike computer.
ELEMNT BOLT utilizes a high-contrast 2.2-inch display as well as the QuickLook LEDs introduced on the ELEMNT to give you 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, as well as most popular electronic shifting systems.
As with the Wahoo ELEMNT, all data fields and page configurations can be customized via the ELEMNT companion app available for both iOS and Android. The app also automates the pairing process for fast setup and personalization. Pre-loaded with maps from around the world, the ELEMNT BOLT also seamlessly integrates with popular cycling platforms like Strava Live Segments, Best Bike Split Race Plans, and Ride With GPS.
The Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT retails for $249.99 and is available now.