Why We Like The ELEMNT ROAM GPS Bike Computer
The ELEMNT ROAM GPS Bike Computer from Wahoo takes everything we loved about its BOLT model and gives it some significant updates making it the most powerful and intuitive computer from the brand to date. It's not only Wahoo's first color screen display, but it also added on-device navigation capabilities, as well as integration with Singletracks and MTB Project. These features not only make the ROAM easier to see and use, but it can also help you find routes and get you safely back on course or to a specific waypoint when you need to most.
Thankfully, Wahoo kept its excellent Element Companion App as the setup and interaction app for the new ROAM. It uses the simple interface of pairing your Apple or Android smartphone to customize settings, configure workout pages, upload routes, and link sensors. Additionally, it stores your ride history and automatically syncs workouts to your favorite training apps.
Once up and running, you'll immediately notice it's all new vibrant color screen. Its 2.7in screen is slightly larger than the 2.2in display of the BOLT and its durable Gorilla Glass lens makes viewing your data and following routes easier than ever. And to keep you on course with mapping and fitness, Quicklook LEDs provide an easy way to monitor power, heart rate, speed, turn-by-turn directions, and other notifications. The BOLT provided LEDs across the top of the computer and the ROAM adds to this with LEDs on the vertical axis as well. And while you're in a custom curated data page, its Perfect View Zoom, afforded by its side buttons, lets you zoom in and out for larger font or more fields.
Another area where Wahoo really shines is with its navigation. With the ROAM you can navigate to a saved location or a point on the map directly from the screen. It will find the most direct course and automatically get you rerouted back on course. And with its Singletracks and MTB Project integration, you'll get navigational help while on the trails too. You can get turn-by-turn directions via on-screen prompts and scrolling LEDs from uploaded routes or by using the Take Me Anywhere feature that generates cycling optimized routes with turn-by-turn cues. Other mapping features include Live Tracking that lets you locate friends or other ELEMNT users with a real-time location on your map screen, making meeting up easier, or the ability to share your location with friends and family by text or email. Lastly, its GPS capabilities and software integration let you tap into Strava Live Segments which alerts you before the segment begins, displays your progress status for the goal you set, and even gives you a unique Final Push when you are close to hitting a PR or taking a KOM.
Its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ANT+ connectivity allows for easy firmware updates and pairing with sensors that read power, heart rate, speed, cadence, and even muscle oxygen. If you have the sensor, it can display the data. It even reads your electronic drivetrain, displaying data from Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap, Campagnolo EPS, and even FSA's new WE system with details such as gear display and battery life. Lastly, the ROAM pairs with its KICKR Smart Trainers allowing you to train in four different modes: Route simulation, ERG, Level, or Passive allowing you to record your workout while controlled by another app.
- Wahoo's latest computer with a color screen and new mapping features
- ELEMNT Companion App allows for an intuitive user interface
- Customizable pages let you zoom in for larger font or more fields
- Transmits wirelessly via Bluetooth, ANT+, or Wi-Fi
- Integrates with electronic drivetrains for battery and gear status
- Syncs live with apps for real-time data and Strava segment hunting
- Live tracking and smartphone notifications keep you in touch
- The rechargeable battery has up to 17 hours between charges
- Item #WHAC00N
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