Fall is a beautiful time for some cycling. Cooler temperatures and the changing leaves mean it is the perfect time to get out and about on your bike. For those that are more serious about their rides, the folks at Wahoo want to give you all the metrics you need to help track your performance and distance covered with their ELEMNT Roam GPS bike computer.
This 100% wireless device features a vibrant 2.7-inch full-color display with built-in LED indicator lights to quickly monitor performance and an ambient light sensor for better viewability in all lighting conditions. Its svelte design also proves itself in what it offers riders with its ability to track speed and distance information, while a barometric altimeter covers ascent, descent, and grade. Using its ANT+ and Bluetooth Smarts, plus a variety of existing sensors, it can also tell you more about your time in the saddle and even has a very effective muscle oxygen sensor.
Wahoo has made it even easier for cyclists to set up the device using the free ELEMNT Companion App for Android and iOS. You simply use the app to automatically pair your Roam via a QR code and then configure workout pages using the easy interface of a smartphone, a welcome change from other more complex systems. The companion app also allows complete customization, from what you see on the screen, to how and where your activities are uploaded, to navigation, and more.
One thing we also appreciate about the ELEMNT Roam is that it functions with the most popular electronic shifting systems including Shimano Di2, SRAM eTAP, FSA WE, and Campagnolo EPS. The unit displays a visual and numerical indication of what front and rear gears you are in as well as how much gear shifting battery remains. A favorite of ours was also the user’s ability to set up the LED lights along the top/side, to determine what they mean. You can specify which metrics the side LED’s are tied to Heart Rate (HR), power, and speed. Further, you can change what to use the top LED’s for and even tweak some of the sound settings. Another thing worth noting is its compatibility with popular smart trainers, you can sync ride data to your favorite training communities, sites like Strava, Training Peaks, Komoot, and more.
All this is nice, but what about the GPS functionality? Roam comes pre-loaded with maps of almost every major continent, with mapping and turn-by-turn navigation data provided through your smartphone that can relay rides created in third-party apps. You can even create a route from past rides, or a GPX/TCX and the ELEMNT app which we liked. For those wanting more of a community feel, you can even live track other Wahoo users and meet up for a ride.
Lastly, the bike computer features a USB rechargeable battery and has a respectable 17 hours of battery life plus regular firmware updates that add functionality and streamline the user interface.
ELEMNT Roam may very well be the best GPS accompaniment for any cyclist on the market and with so many features available, it is a product every bike owner needs to have.
Get yours at https://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/bike-computers