Wahoo launches new aerodynamic bike computer
Wahoo claim their new Elemnt Bolt bike computer could save you 12.6 seconds over a 40km time trial course
Wahoo Fitness have released their latest bike computer, the Elemnt Bolt, a GPS cycling computer and mount developed as an integrated system designed to drastically reduce drag.
When Wahoo tested it against some of the leading competitors using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), the company says that it reduced air resistance by over 50% – equating to a 12.6 second time reduction over a 40km time trial course for a rider traveling at 21 miles per hour.
World-renowned cycling aerodynamics expert Dimitris Katsanis collaborated with Wahoo to develop and test the Eelemnt Bolt.
“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 Element Bolt to provide riders with all the data they need to perform at their best, while also improving their results.”
It 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.
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.
Elemnt Bolt retails for £199.99 and is now available for purchase from wahoofitness.com and leading bike dealers.
220 will also be reviewing the Elemnt Bolt soon and seeing whether it lives up to these claims.