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Effortlessly smart.

In its current state, the world of GPS cycling computers looks more like the dénouement of a winner-takes-all capitalist board game than the thriving metropolis of options we'd love to see available. Wahoo Fitness, known for its revolutionary line of KICKR power trainers and highly intelligent tracking accessories, is challenging the status quo with its all-new ELEMNT Bike Computer. One part navigator, one part data nerd, and all-out user friendly, this computer is sure to command attention.

Aesthetically, the ELEMNT is moderately sized in comparison to its range of competition. It's got a 2.7-inch screen and an overall look that's concurrently streamlined and ruggedly durable. While we never recommend tossing electronics about, this one appears to be more equipped to handle an accidental crash and burn than some of the more minimalist fare available.

Keeping with its bent for innovation, Wahoo created a free ELEMNT app designed specifically to set up and manage screens, pairings, and general settings wirelessly from your smartphone. The bad news is that you can't set up or really use the ELEMNT without a smartphone, but the exceptionally good news for those of us that do have a smartphone is that managing settings from the app makes getting started and using the ELEMNT about a million times easier than any other cycling computer on the market. No more digging into a rabbit warren of menus, sub-menus, and sub-sub-menus while squinting at a tiny screen, hoping you don't accidentally fat-finger the wrong item and have to start over. Instead, it's just easy peasy scrolling through user-friendly, highly-readable screens on your smartphone.

Another feature that sets the ELEMNT apart from the crowd is its ability to pair with Wahoo's KICKR line of power trainers and transition seamlessly from road to indoor torture time. This functionality allows riders to control workouts from the head unit without any fuss from trying to make sure a computer, tablet, or phone are nearby, connected, and properly set up. The ELEMNT also boasts the ability to display gear positioning when paired with SRAM eTap or Shimano's Di2 D-Fly ANT+ transmitter, so you always know exactly where you are on the cogs when ramping up for the next county line sprint. Its compatibility even extends to BSXInsight and Moxy Muscle Oxygen Sensors to display metrics so you can really get your nerd on while getting your hurt on.

The ELEMNT is compatible with both ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 devices, meaning it'll pair with almost any power meter and other sensors your bike might have to gather every second of training data. Wireless connectivity lets you upload ride files, download saved rides from third-party tracking apps, and edit settings via the ELEMNT app in a flash. It also alerts you to incoming calls, texts, and emails so you can decide whether to stop and check in, or just keep on keeping on until the mid-ride photo op.

On the bike, the ELEMNT is controlled by what Wahoo dubs "smart buttons", with three buttons on the lower face taking on the page view and general start/stop/pause duties while two buttons on the right side control the data zoom. In something of a unique approach, the ELEMNT lets riders set screen blocks by priority in the phone app, which then can be viewed in chunks ranging from the top two data blocks up to ten metrics depending on your mood and activity. The ELEMNT comes with three main screens preloaded — workout, climb, and map — which are all customizable. Users also have the option to add additional screens to best fit their riding needs.

The Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Bike Computer is packaged with an out-front mount, a stem mount, an aerobar mount, and a Quick Start Guide. The free ELEMNT companion app is compatible with iPhone models 4S and newer as well as Android 3.2 smartphones with Bluetooth 4.0.

  • A highly functional head unit with unique features
  • User-friendly smartphone app makes setup a breeze
  • Unique zoom option customizes screen on the fly
  • Navigation capabilities for mapping and tracking
  • Displays smartphone notifications
  • Compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 devices
  • Wireless connectivity for fast file uploads

Tech Specs

Heart Rate Monitor:
yes, chest strap sold separately
Technical Features:
wireless connection and uploads, KICKR Smart Trainer control, GPS
yes, Bluetooth 4.0, ANT+
Battery Type:
USB rechargeable (included)
Battery Life:
16 hours
out-front mount, handlebar mount, aerobar mount, Quick Start Guide
2.3 x 3.5 x 0.8 in
Claimed Weight:
99.2 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Won't sync

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this for 4 rides first 2 uploaded great
The unit itself is very good on the bike easy to see in all conditions. Easy to setup and dial in the exact view you want. The problem is it just won't sync to Strava 3/25 road for 1 hour and it took over two hours to upload road again 3/26 again for one hour and it never uploaded
Have no idea why I bought this unit so I wouldn't have to use a USB and a computer to upload my ride data. Look like Garmin will be getting my business

CC customer service 1, Wahoo 0

    i purchased this to accompany a new Kickr trainer. The integration between the two appealed to me. Both were purchased from CC. The trainer has worked reliably and with all the merits others have described. The head unit has been fickle. This may be in part user error or product malfunction. Wahoo has refused to answer repeated customer service calls. However, CC sent me a replacement computer before Wahoo would pick up the phone. My take aways are two 1) make your purchases from CC. The customer service and refund policy is the best I have encountered and 2) realize that Wahoo customer service makes your cable company, health insurance or airline seem responsive and sympathetic by comparison.

    HI Eric, thanks for the nice comments about our customer service! We are always happy to help out. I hope that new computer is working out better than the first one for you. Please give us a call if you have any other questions or concerns but otherwise, happy pedaling!

    Unanswered Question

    Does the navigation cover mountain and gravel biking,- or is the mapping strictly for road cycling?

    Unanswered Question

    Does this work with Garmin Vector pedals and speed sensor?

    Also, does it work with Garmin's new radar and heads-up display? They're all ANT+ but not sure if anything is proprietary.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 35m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    My favorite

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Over the past couple of years, I have owned the Garmin Edge 510, 520, 1000 and most recently, the 820. Needless to say, I was pretty invested in Garmin offerings. But yes, the software is buggy. And yes, there were too many days when I would get ready for a ride and the Edge (any of them) wouldn't pair with my phone. As far as functionality, the Elemnt is as good as the Garmins in that it measures all the same data. It might be a little harder to see Di2 info, but that is not a major concern to me (though it may be to some). The great thing about the Elemnt is it just works. I have had very occasional drops of Bluetooth but not as many as with Garmin. The Elemnt is very easy to set up and using the app to control almost all of the functions is a great choice. It is somewhat larger than comparable (520/820) Garmins but the benefit is an easier-to-read screen. I love my Elemnt and it's definitely my favorite cycling computer.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 50m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    The Mac of bike computers

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Hands down the easiest set up ever. It's so nice to customize via the app rather than toggling through multiple screens and hoping you got it right. I have yet to lose a ride which seemed to happen on the regular with Garmin connect. I love that I can see calls and texts on the screen and don't have to fuss with my phone unless it's necessary. And it gives you notifications on your phone reminding you the charge your Elemnt. In a nutshell, a very well designed product that gives cyclists what they want.

    Avg. ride time: 4h 6m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    See you later Garmin

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used Garmin products almost exclusively for the last 15 years. I found myself in the market for a new bike GPS. After a moderate amount of research I found myself ready to make the switch to Wahoo. The Element packs in more features than any other product on the market today and mine weighed in at a lean 99.5 grams. The more familiar I get with this piece of gear the more I love it. I currently have it paired with Wahoo HRM, Wahoo speed and Cadence sensors, iPhone 6, and Di2 wireless transmitter. They all integrate seamlessly and without any other interface than hitting the power button and start ride button. After I end a ride it automatically uploads all the data to Strava. It took less than 5 minutes to set up. I highly recommend this product.

    Looks very cool! Does it have:
    Automatic uploads via wifi?
    Live Strava Segments?

    Just updated to run live Strava Segments. Also has automatic uploads via wifi, but sometimes requires a prompt using the associated phone app.

    Hi Ralph. It does!

    Will the ELEMNT attach to a Garmin Edge mount.

    Google around for more details, but the official answer is no. Supposedly, there is a way to do it, I think DC rainmaker describes it in his big review of the Elemnt.

    I did is using the enve stem attachment. I had to rotate the the attaching point 90 degrees in order for the Element to align properly. If the mount does not have the ability to change the orientation of the slot groove mount then your element will be 90% out. Hope that helps

    Yes, please read review of Elemnt by DC Rainmaker - he explains the technique. One sort of wobbles the unit as you turn it in the mount. However the out front mount supplied with the Elemnt is fine too.

    So far, this is blowing me away.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I received my ELEMNT a couple of weeks ago, and was finally able to get some rides out with it, and it's pretty amazing so far. The use of the LEDs on the unit is straight out genius. I'm a visual individual, and having the lights change color depending on where you are in your HR Zones (or speed, or power) helps me maintain my targets easier that before. The display, as many others have said, is great. I like the larger size, and the zoom capability. The larger screen helps when you are using it to follow preplanned routes downloaded from Strava.

    The latest software update has turn by turn, provided you have a RideWithGPS account; however, I've not yet used it.

    Prior to this, I had a Garmin 510, and speed/cadence sensors and heart rate monitor. The ELEMNT paired up with those sensors with ease. I even found that if you rotate the Garmin bar mount 90 degrees, the ELEMNT is capable of using it. The only drawback so far is the unit does not seem to distinguish between multiple bicycle profiles as the Garmin does. Not a big deal, because you can track that data via Strava, or another third-party training site.

    Only giving 4 stars right now, because I need more time to understand everything its capable of. But for now, this is really doing everything that it has advertised.

    2017 UPDATE: Moving this up to 5 stars.
    I've used this for over 6 months now, and am completely blown away. Software updates are easy, and quick. I tried the Turn by Turn feature, and was surprised at how accurate it is. The interface with the KICKR Power trainer is great, and it works smoothly. Wahoo is doing everything right with this. Some still see the size as a drawback, but I think its still perfect. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO IS CONSIDERING GARMIN. The usability is incredibly easy and intuitive.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 34m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Watch out Garmin!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a Garmin killer..hands down. The battery life has been pretty good so far and they keep frequent updates rolling out with new features (turn by turn directions just rolled out). Customer support from Wahoo has been great as well! The screen is super crisp and easy to read in bright light. I have done some night riding but I left the backlight off since I didnt care to see the stats at the time. The LEDs on the side are really nice too for a quick metric of speed vs avg (or HR or PWR depending on settings). Only bad thing was I forgot my micro USB cable on a weekend trip once and my friends only had mini USB so it died after a few days. I also really like the ease of configuration via the phone app..when using it you can press the up and down buttons to quickly see more/less metrics.

    How solid is the Bluetooth connectivity between the cell phone and the computer? I ride with my cell in my jersey middle pocket and have had issues in the past with signal loss due to my body being between the two devices. Thanks to who ever answers.

    I can connect to this from another room in my you wont have a problem there.

    I ride with my smart phone in my back center pocket, as well. I've had no issues connecting my iphone to the ELEMNT. Plus, the added benefit of getting text alerts on the ELEMNT means that I don't miss work texts or have to constantly check for them on the phone itself.

    This is the new standard! UPATED

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It was time to replace my old GPS bike unit, I was ready to buy the newer model of what i had until I came across this little jewel. I call CC and asked a couple questions. Satisfied with the answers from the CC employee I decided to order one.
    I must admit i was a little apprehensive on the ease of set up. My old GPS was a night mare to set up. This one was so easy. I was able to pare a couple Power meters and a HR monitor in less than 5 minutes. Wow that was easy. I played around inside the app for 15 minutes and felt great about how it works and the how to operate it.
    After 3 rides I have total confidence in this unit and how well it works. Easy to see the display, easily connects to Strava. Usually uploads to Strava before I get my biking shoes off. My old GPS would crash and I would loose phone connection on a regular basis. Not with this bad boy.
    After my first ride I had a question for Wahoo and they responded within an hour. I was sold after that. With customer service and with a great product.. I believe that this will be the new standard for bike GPS units.
    A couple key points worth pointing out:
    1: Ease of set up
    2: Easy to read display
    3: I can see incoming texts and phone calls. No more stopping to see if it is an important call or text!
    4: Did I already say ease to set up?
    5 Customer Service.
    Sept 12, 2016 UPDATE
    I have now used this Unit for a couple months. I must say that i'm more pleased with it now that i was when I first got it. Dependable and solid. i would give it more stars if i could . You will NOT be disappointed with this unit. Good luck

    I was going to try a Lezyne unit but, with your review and others on CC and elsewhere, I'll go with the Elemnt. Thanks Rod.

    I'm contemplating replacing my garmin 510, which has done an admirable job over the years since I've had it, however it's giving up the ghost. That being said, I have the garmin speed/cadence sensor and heart rate sensors. Will this unit work with them?

    A smarter computer.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Let's just start off with the smartphone app. Seriously amazing. All of the stars for that. It makes the setup process ridiculously easy, fast, and user-friendly, which is a very different experience from setting up certain other extremely popular GPS units.

    The app and Elemnt pair with a simple QR code scan. Once paired, everything is adjusted in the app, which means big, easy to read text and intuitive navigation. The pairing process itself was incredibly speedy, and I was able to get my power meter (Quarq) and Tickr HR strap paired and set up to get on the road in just a handful of minutes. I imagine any other devices would pair just as quickly.

    One smaller thing that stood out was that certain fields (for example, ones related to power) only show up as an option to select once you've paired the Elemnt with the sensor/device. This keeps things much less cluttered and saves having to scroll through unnecessary data sections for technology that you might not even have.

    Customizing the data fields for the screen was super easy, and the Elemnt has pretty much every data point you can think of that someone out there might want to see while riding. Getting the right prioritization to best fit how I wanted the screen to look at different zoom levels definitely took a little bit of trial and error to determine exactly how I wanted the screen to look, but that's probably more a reflection on how picky I am about screen orientation. Once I got the organization sorted out, the screen functioned perfectly and the buttons were easy to access to adjust the screen/data field zoom on the fly.

    On the road, the screen contrast is remarkably easy to see. Wahoo opted for a grey-scale screen over color, and did a fantastic job with the contrast to make it readable even on bright days. I do catch myself wishing it was a touchscreen every once in a while (mostly because that's what I'm used to) but the buttons are well placed and clearly intentioned, so I wouldn't let that be a deterring factor.

    Aesthetically, the Elemnt isn't tiny, but definitely isn't the biggest GPS out there. I have a 110mm stem, which leaves just enough room to turn and click it into the stem mount. It looks a bit like it belongs in the toolkit of a certain dark masked superhero, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The dark color theme blends well into the bike's cockpit, which helps disguise its size a bit.

    As for accuracy and general usefulness for training, the ELEMNT holds its own with any other solid GPS unit I've used (and much better than some). It maintains signal and connection well, which makes for usable files that are easy to analyze post-ride.

    Overall, it's awesome to see another GPS hitting the market that can throw down with the best of them. I don't have a Kickr trainer (yet) to test out the functionality there, but I really like the idea of having one head unit that can just stay on my bike and be useful for both indoor and outdoor workouts.

    What is the battery life? Are there sound alerts?

    Battery life seems to be in the 8-10 hour range. I'm not sure if there's a sound for "low battery," but you can set other sound alerts for when you start / stop and receive a phone call or text message.

    To add to Will, in addition to sounds, the Elemnt has LED lights across the top and left side that can be set to light up and indicate different things such as phone notifications, HR zones, power zones, and general things like when the timer starts and stops.

    I haven't had the battery get low enough to see if it beeps at me, but it did send me an app notification after my last ride reminding me to plug it in (the battery wasn't particularly low). Regarding battery life, my Elemnt loses about 12%-15% during rides hovering around two hours, which, in theory, translates to somewhere in the range of a 13-16 hour total battery time.

    How does the unit determine cadence? I don't see anything about pairing with a cadence sensor. Does it use BT 4.0 or ANT+ for cadence?

    Does it only use GPS for speed or does it also pair with a speed sensor for immediate speed feedback?

    Is there a list of sensors that are shown to work with this device?

    @ SAN106068038-0

    The ELEMNT does not come with Cadence. The RPM Cadence is $39.99 retail and is BT and ANT+
    It can use GPS for speed or get even more accurate speed from the RPM Speed Sensor, $39.99, BT and ANT+
    It will pair with other ANT+ and BT sensors like Garmin.

    Feel free to reach out to our customer service team any time for more info!
    Happy Riding

    Not appropriate that employees of Backcountry and Comp Cyc assign five stars every time. It distorts the average rating and deceives customers. I have no issue with employees doing writeups to describe the product, but unless they are posting the occasional review with 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars, this is kind of fraud, don't you think?

    I don't know if it fair to criticize this review. It seems pretty detailed and honest to me, employee or not.
    Unlike some reviews that are one sentence, this is actually good feedback and matches what I am seeing on other sites.
    Guess the only way to know for sure is to try this computer.

    Hi Dave,

    I appreciate your feedback. I can't speak for anyone other than myself, but if you check out the list of reviews in my profile (on both CC and Backcountry), I'm pretty open about quirks a product might have. I also consider expectations based on cost/value in my star decision - for example, I have different expectations of a $300 pair of bibshorts vs. a $100 pair.

    I tend to do a lot of research on products to know exactly what I'm getting into before ordering them, so it's rare to get my hands on something that I don't think is pretty cool/useful, which does lead to the majority of my reviews landing in the 4-5 star category. That said, if something surprises me in a negative way, I'd definitely give it the lower star review it deserves.

    I saw part of this post mention cadence. Can the Elemnt track cadence with a Stages power meter like a Garmin can? Or is a separate cadence sensor needed?