Kristopher Kingwrote a review of Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer on October 14, 2019
Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
After using a Garmin Edge series for years and recently trying out the Lezyne Mega series of GPS computers I've definitely landed on the Wahoo Elemnt as my favorite. Garmin is an extremely solid device, but the lack of companion app for configuring, inability to download routes and lack of good turn by turn directions on routes you did get on the device - as well as frustration with Strava Live Segment feature were getting old. Lezyne had too many issues and after working with their support department I ended up returning the unit after a couple months - they're on the right track for sure and I would expect them to have a very solid device in the near future, but I needed something solid now. Wahoo's Elemnt definitely has hit the mark so far. Screen is incredibly readable and rather than hiding information once you get to higher numbers it's still displayed and readable. For example with both the Garmin and Lezyne depending on number of fields on a screen when you went over 100 miles or an hour timewise you'd start to lose granularity like tenths/hundreds of a mile or seconds and it would just switch to whole mile increments or whole minute increments. The Wahoo doesn't compromise on this and you can still see - and read - the detailed info which is great for longer rides. The ability to zoom in and out on number of fields is an awesome way of showing you info - same with the LEDs on the side. They've really thought about ways to quickly and simply give you a lot of information on the same screen as other devices, but do so using unique formats - the LEDs are the most obvious, but also things like your current speed compared to your average - same with power. In one box you can not only see your current speed but also see if it's higher or lower than your average. That's info you'd only be able to get with two fields with other devices - obviously if you still want to know exactly what your average is you'd still need a second field even on the Elemnt. One thing I do wish the Elemnt would do that both the Garmin and Lezyne do is when you hit the lap button if it gave you a quick summary of that lap that went away after 5 or 10 seconds. The Elemnt instead has a lap screen that you can configure to tell you this information about your last lap - which I like - but I'd prefer it had both the summary and the lap screen. The tracking and routes work well and don't use much phone battery. Being able to configure on the app makes setup super simple - another plus of the Lezyne series. Included mounts worked well, though the "mount anywhere" option uses zip ties instead of rubber bands like the Garmin and Lezyne. I feel this is far less flexible as the bands make it very easy to move between bikes and seem to hold the mount more firmly than zip ties. Wish they would redesign that piece to be more like other mount anywhere options on the market.