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Wahoo FitnessELEMNT BOLT GPS Bike Computer

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The simple choice.

Wahoo's first generation of ELEMNT computers was focused on ease of interface for the user. The ELEMNT BOLT Computer expands this ethos of hitch-free operation to the realm of aerodynamics, as in: the Bolt's revised body shape reduces drag. In retrospect, this makes obvious sense. The computer is hanging off the front of your bike, effectively replacing the handlebar as the leading edge of aerodynamic drag. Despite this, drag has been a surprisingly low priority for most head unit manufacturers, and the computers have grown ever block-headier as technology like GPS, wireless metric gathering, and the myriad compatibilities we expect consume require more and more hardware space. Like it did when it made simplicity of use top priority, Wahoo is now elevating aerodynamics while simultaneously lowering the bar for entry, price-wise. Less drag, less cost, more simplicity, and virtually universal compatibility: the choice is simple.

The ELEMNT BOLT differs from its predecessor, the standard ELEMNT, in two key ways. It's smaller and more aerodynamic. These changes necessitate a smaller, less brilliant screen, but the computer's form lets you tilt it for best visibility from the saddle without compromising on aerodynamics. When set at zero degrees, the BOLT reduces drag by a claimed 50% over an unidentified competitor that we're fairly certain is a Garmin; when titled to six degrees, this number jumps up to 60%.

In terms of the complete bike, that number is relatively small (Wahoo puts it at 1.5% in net drag reduction); however, that 1.5% means that your head unit isn't effectively undoing some of the gains you made with 50mm rims, a NACA-shaped handlebar, those ever-evolving tube shapes, etc. In any system, every piece is important. This holds true for the total aerodynamic footprint of a bike, and the ELEMNT BOLT provides one of the few missing pieces towards total aero-awareness.

Of course, no aerodynamic gain is worth sacrificing any of the functions that we expect—or rather, that we now require from a head unit. By carrying over all of the user-friendly features and compatibilities of the bulkier ELEMNT, the BOLT doesn’t disappoint. First, it reads your body. Power, heart rate, speed, cadence—even muscle oxygen. If you have the sensor, it can display the data. Second, it reads your drivetrain, displaying data from Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap, Campagnolo EPS, and even FSA's new WE system. Third, it reads your phone and friends, displaying text and call alerts and live tracking your friends. Fourth, it reads your ambitions, letting you custom-map data fields, training plans, and routes and live-syncing with online apps for the purposes of segment hunting.

  • An aerodynamic GPS head unit that privileges ease of use
  • Virtually universal functionality in an intuitive interface
  • 170 customizable data fields lets you tailor your training
  • Transmits via both major wireless protocols and wi-fi
  • Compatible with all top electronic drivetrains
  • Syncs live with apps for real-time data and segment hunting
  • Live tracking and smartphone notifications keep you in touch
  • Rechargeable with included USB cable
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
Heart Rate Monitor
yes, monitor sold separately
Technical Features
GPS, KICKR smart trainer control,
Bluetooth, ANT+
Battery Life
15 hours
Mount Type
out-front mount, stem mount, USB cable
[body] 2.9 x 1.8 x 0.87in, [screen] 2.2in
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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Avg. ride time: 2h 43m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Ditch the Big G

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a variety of cycling/fitness computers over the years with varying degrees of success. I have yet to come across a platform that is as easy to work with as Wahoo. Initial setup takes less than five minutes and with a few extra taps on your smartphone you can dial in your screens, pair sensors, import routes & export your ride data.

The joys of Wahoo life are only more apparent on the road. The high contrast screen is easily visible in a variety of light conditions, buttons are easy to press and pleasant little beeps sound when you've gone off route.

The Elemnt family is designed around user experience. If you value simplicity and consistent performance then the Bolt is for you!


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really dig how easy it is to use and customize. Never had any problems with half-baked software like with Garmin. Map is helpful, notifications really work and no prob with dropped pairing HR or power meter. Don't be a Garmin slave, be a Wahooligan! Winning...

Easiest Computer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely love this computer. The setup takes a couple seconds as all you have to do is scan the computer with your phone and you are good to go. This computer has all the features you can imagine and it is very easy to manage them with the companion app on your phone. You can choose what fields you would like to appear on the unit with the ease of your phone. I would highly recommend.

Works well

    This provides all the info I need. Accurate and very easy to set up. Connects well with Strava.

    Sorry Wahoo. Running back to my Garmin.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I used to rip on Garmin's imperfections, until I tried the Wahoo Bolt...and then I went running back to my Garmin 820.

    Out of the box, same size as the Garmin 820. touchscreen (X). Monochrome display (X). Crappy routing (X). And I have to download my routes from WHERE? Wasn't "Ride With GPS" big back in, like, 2005? I mean, we are talking Pre-Facebook! Maybe even Pre-Myspace! Someone gave me a route to try over Memorial Day and I went through the steps to feed it to the Bolt, and it was completely useless. I had no idea how to interpret the black lines on the display. And the display setup itself is atrocious. Yeah, it's a nice idea to be able to use my smartphone to select fields, but they sure did not think this one very far through. I want to control where each field appears on the display. For example, I want my Lap Power, 30s Power, and 3s Power to align in a column. However, the Wahoo's list-select prioritization approach leaves me guessing where each field will appear on the display. None of these are problems on my Garmin 820. I pick exactly what parameter each display location will show. And the Garmin shows me actual navigation info - street names, directions, etc., that are easily viewed thanks to the color screen. I don't have time to go find the right route on one obscure website and make sure somebody took the time manually enter ride cues correctly. There is plenty of room for Garmin to improve, but at least it HAS these fundamental capabilities.

    Better than my Garmin

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I really like the Elemnt. It's seems more intuitive than the Garmin 810 that I had previously. I also picked up a speed and cadence sensor for it which was beyond easy to use. These are also interchangeable between bikes/shoes. Love it!

    Dead Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

      Unit flat out died with more than 50% charge remaining leaving me w/ no GPS in the middle of nowhere. Unit is about 5 months old

      See ya later Garmin

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I came from a Garmin 510 and have used the 520. The Wahoo Bolt is everything I've ever wanted my Garmin to be and more. Works great with my ANT+ Garmin cadence sensors and Suunto HRM.

      Taking it to Garmin?

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I haven't had the Bolt for long, but my first impressions have been very positive. Initial setup was easy, and I'm getting all the features I could ever ask for... Stay tuned for updates!

      Better than expected!

      • Fit: True to size

      How often can you say that.

      I bought the Bolt to get a clearer and brighter screen (older eyes). I got that and more for moving up from my Garmin 500. Automatic updating to Strava was expected but I found the convenience of it a surprise. In fact, everything about it has that easy "iPhone" functionality sadly missing from the Garmin. The on-road Segments is something I'm just getting use to, but shows promise. All in all, a worthwhile trade up, even if your Garmin still works fine.

      Great Device

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The Bolt is hand down the easiest computer to setup and use. The companion app is intuitive and makes setup a breeze. Setting up routes on both the road and dirt is as easy as moving the GXP file to your phone. On the screen the routes displays as a dotted line ahead, and solid once you've covered the terrain. Syncing rides to Strave and other apps is automatic once the accounts are paired. Battery life has been great, going over 10hrs of combined ride time on a charge without issue.
      The unit comes with the aero out front mount, and a second handlebar twist mount and zip ties. I have the K-Edge gravity cap on my MTB, and the Bolt fits securely and has held pat over some rough terrain. Button navigation is simple and straightforward.

      Great computer!

        No big colorful screen, but this computer has everything I'm going after and then some. It's very easy to set everything up through the app. My favorite parts are the auto uploading to Strava, and phone/txt notifcations that I just wasn't getting with my Garmin 500.

        Fantastic, but...

        • Fit: Runs small

        All the features and integration with accessories is fantastic. The precision of the GPS is horrible. I rode a known MTB trail with a length of 10.3 miles. A friend rode with Strava on their iPhone 6 and recorded 10.2 miles. My element bolt recorded 8.5 miles. Seems a bit much to be off. Contacted Wahoo and was told they are working on this, but that adding the speed/distances sensor would help. If the GPS was better I'd give 5 stars, but alas the the GPS is no bueno, no five stars for you BOLT. I did get the speed senor and it is much more accurate in distance.

        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.

        First Bike Computer and very happy

          In comparison with other bike computers this one comes at a very reasonable price, all the features are amazing and it is really easy to setup. Havent try the strava live segments but from what i saw on videos it is amazing, it is a very accurate bike computer.

          Does the Bolt come with a mount? Or do I add that.

          it comes with two actually, the little arm to attach to the handlebar and another just to use it with straps on top of the stem or i saw a video that it is used for the triathlon water bottle cage that goes on top of the handlebar

          Great device

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times
          • Fit: True to size

          Has good turn by turn and easy setup. Does everything they say it does. I would recommend it. I like that it sees all my sensors on my 3 bikes so now I just use one computer and never need to change anything or set anything up to switch bikes.

          Avg. ride time: 3h 12m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          love it

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          finally no more push small button to set up the screen

          Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          My old Cro Mag brain found simplicity and happiness right out of the box. As advertised AND more. Btw, the crew at competitive cyclist are top shelf#

          Reliable and easy to use

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I bought the Bolt to replace an old Garmin that wouldn't update, and was impressed with the Bolt's simplicity and ease of use. Setup over home wi-fi was a snap, and the push-button commands are more reliable/intuitive than touch-screen commands I've used on Garmin models. The Bolt paired quickly to my Pioneer power meter, and the zero-offset function just takes a few seconds at the start of each ride. [Note: unlike Garmin models, the Bolt does not prompt you to zero-offset; you gotta remember to do it yourself, which probably isn't an issue if you're uptight about power data accuracy]. Lastly, post-ride data feeds to my phone are quick and easy via Bluetooth, and the phone app tells me when I need to update the Bolt's firmware via wi-fi...Bottom line: for $250, the Bolt nails head unit fundamentals, looks sharp on the bike, and offers all the functions and data 99% of us need on a routine basis.

          Avg. ride time: 5h 49m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Strava live segments?

          You must be a premium member though.