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Wahoo FitnessElemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer

$299.99

Item # WHAC01W

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Item # WHAC01W
Description

Why We Like The Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer

Wahoo's Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer features a host of new and advanced features for reliable navigation no matter if we're riding around town or questing on a weekend tour. The Bolt is designed with a streamlined body shape that reduces drag, which makes sense considering it's a device that hangs off the front of our bike, and wind-slicing aerodynamics. It features an easy setup to customize our preferred data fields and metrics with the Elemnt Companion App, and 16 GB of memory for map and route storage so we never forget where we're going and where we've been. Plus, on-device navigation features tools like "Take Me To" and "Retrace Route" so we always know where we're going, even when our smartphone stays in our pocket. When we get off track, the Bolt will nudge us back in the right direction with on-demand rerouting and it will also find the shortest way back to the start of our ride in case we need to bail due to an incoming storm or an unforeseen issue with our bike.

  • Wahoo's hands-free bike GPS computer for intuitive navigation
  • Easy to set up and customize to our needs as a rider
  • High contrast 64 color screen for optimal visibility
  • Turn by turn navigation prompts directions for routes
  • Retrace route redirects us back to our starting point
  • Saved locations help us find previously visited spots
  • Route to start finds the shortest way back in case we need to bail
  • Back on track deftly nudges us in the right direction if we get off route

Tech Specs
Housing Materialplastic
Clockyes
Odometeryes
WirelessANT+, Bluetooth
Operating SystemANT+, Bluetooth
Backlightyes
Water-ResistantIPX7 rating
Battery Typerechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life15hr
Low Battery Indicatoryes
Mount Typeout-front
Dimensions77 x 46 x 21mm
Face Size2.2in
Manufacturer Warranty1 year
Weight

Claimed Weight

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2.4oz
68.3g

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 2

Like the old one, but with bugs

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I guess it's in color now, but that seems to be the only improvement. The map is absolutely useless if you zoom out to more than a few miles or so due to the number of colors and lines that show up and other users' names on the map getting in the way. Sometimes the map doesn't load at all. Turn by turn directions also often sends me back to the start of a ride once it loses my location or if I take a wrong turn. I was a real Wahoo fan after the first generation, but now I'll be trying something else.

>Rating:

Is this V2? And what’s in the box?

>Rating: 5

Perfect so far. Just what I wanted.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is the first "smart" computer I've ever used, but I researched them thoroughly before purchasing. I did consider a Garmin and also the Hammerhead Karoo 2, but I definitely feel I made the right decision with the Wahoo based on my needs. I wanted something simple, reliable, and no-nonsense more like a standard bike computer, but also something that shows more data, integrates with my Varia radar, and can navigate if needed. It may not be as flashy as the others, but it just works. What I like: - Zero issues on mine / 100% reliable so far. Haven't had the issues others reported. Maybe they got defective devices? - Very simple and very well designed. But still lots of features. Simple screen and menus. Set it and forget it. - Battery life has been great (was big concern). Note I don't use navigation much. - Connects to all my bluetooth/ant+ devices: Polar HR monitor, DuoTrap speed+cadence, Varia radar - Screen easily visible in bright sun and doesn't need backlight during day saving battery. Auto brightness works well for night. Screen makes good use of color (different colors for heart rate ranges, etc). - Shows all my sensors, elevation, %grade, etc info on one page. - Love the "pages" format. You can cycle between 3 pages: Main page, climbing page, & navigation. Each is customizable based on what fields you want to see. Main page can show lots of data fields. Climbing can show profile, etc including upcoming profile when actively navigating. - Haven't used navigation or the map very much, but it has worked fine and is designed well. Can use phone to initiate routes or element itself. Map is easy to read despite being small. - Lights at top and sounds are useful at getting your attention (radar alert, turns, etc). - Integrates well with Varia radar (main reason I got smart device). Shows cars on left side of screen. - Wahoo app is very good, and pairs well with phone. Easy to customize displays through phone app. - Auto upload to Strava is very convenient. Have never tried live segments. - No issues with mount. Very easy to take on and off but very secure. Other: - A little trouble with buttons using full finger gloves (probably an issue with other brands, too) - Colors not as vibrant as marketing images, but it's implemented well to highlight something - Wouldn't complain if screen was larger, but current size is not an issue. - Wish it could integrate with Di2 hood buttons, but I think only Garmin can.

>Rating: 1

Element Bolt V2 Terribly Inaccurate!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

On road and Mtb rides the data is inaccurate. I have a V1 and it works great. Not so with the V2. I am returning it. I would give it zero stars if I could.

>Rating: 1

Sudden reset during first race.

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

I loved the size, graphics and basic functionality of the bolt, until 90 miles into my first race with it, it went into a factory reset mode. Deleting all race data and the route. It asked me to pair the device again, just like out of the box. Funny enough, it was a gravel grinder with spotty cell service, so setting up became a problem. And continuing without the route was not an option. Don't think I need to further describe my feelings towards the device. The customer service said its not a known problem but I should contact them if it happens again hahaha. Everyone who races knows how big of a deal it is having to stop mid race because of a stupid problem like this. Not going to give it another chance to live through that. Well that's very disappointing. No wonder why some racers have a spare Wahoo with them. As much as I don't want to, I'll be going back to Garmin. Which did freeze in the past, but never lost all the data that catastrophically. Also, some features I'm missing on it, is weather reports and custom time alerts. On the plus side, I liked the navigation, the screen graphics, buttons on top and the LEDs. But it seems that using it with the LED feature lowers the battery life significantly. I was down to 45% after 5 hours.

>Rating: 1

90.6 mph! 76 mph standing still.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This has now happened 4 times and the unit is 5 months old. When it happens the distance is also wildly inaccurate. I tried to return to Competitive Cyclist but got an automated response saying it must be in like new condition, but since it doesn’t work… Actual distance was 26 miles.

This
>Rating: 2

Buyer Beware

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded to the v2 Bolt from the v1 when it released at the end of May for two reasons: 1) The color screen and updated LEDs 2) On-device routing and rerouting. First, the new color screen is great. It is super legible, and the map is much easier to follow when navigating at a glance. The clarity and auto brightness features work great and the LEDs at the top are now actually visible in the sunlight. The second reason for buying it has been a major disappointment. On-device routing simply does not work. Every time I load a route on the device, route to point on the map, or route to a saved location from the device itself, the Bolt crashes. Routing from the phone still works but if you get off course, re-routing working is hit or miss. I keep the device up to date and Wahoo is aware of the issue, yet still no solution 3 months after its launch. The other lesser talked about problem for the better part of a year now is the inability to turn off sharing your location with other Wahoo users. Currently you cannot turn off the “share my location with other users” function so your location is always being shared and other random folks names are always blocking your map on the device. It is quite annoying when I try to look at the map quickly and its blocked by strangers names. So if you live in a congested area its infuriating. There is a toggle to turn this feature off on the companion app but it doesn’t work. Wahoo is also aware of this issue and still hasn’t fixed it. I recommend this review before purchasing, so you know what you're getting yourself into https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2021/05/wahoo-elemnt-bolt-v2-2021-with-color-screen-maps-a-review-in-progress.html. Once the device stops crashing and Wahoo fix the other software issues, it is a 5 star product. But until then, 2 stars it is!

>Rating: 5

Why didn't I switch sooner!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
n/a
Height
5` 9"
Weight
177 lbs

The Wahoo Element Bolt 2 is so user friendly more so then my old Garmin. It was very simple to set up and pair with Strava, power meter and HR monitor. Easy to control from the phone or switch screens with the per set buttons. I've had it so far for three weeks and logged over 1000k with it. Great item.

>Rating: 2

Not great

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

The device has a number of unfortunately surprising shortcomings and limitations. For example, it has a USB-C port, but it apparently doesn't actually support charging over USB-C. If you already have a bunch of USB-C cables and chargers, you likely *won't* be able to use any of them to charge this device. My unit won't charge when plugged directly into my Apple MacBook Pro laptop. My unit won't charge using a Belkin USB-C power brick. My unit won't charge using a Google Pixel USB-C power brick. Wahoo doesn't tell us which chargers will actually work, just to "avoid Apple" – which is probably the most popular brand of charger people own. Why is this a problem? Because it makes the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt a special snowflake in terms of charging. Can you charge it with your existing micro-USB chargers? No, wrong plug. Can you charge it with your existing USB-C chargers? No, it doesn't work with standard USB-C chargers. The only way I've found to charge this thing is with a special purpose Frankenstein setup with a non-Apple USB-A charging brick paired with the unusual Wahoo Elemnt Bolt cable (USB-A to USB-C). Even if you have many USB cables and AC adapters, you probably don't have any that'll charge the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. Why Wahoo? P.S. Start-up time, including GPS acquisition, is much slower than my 5-year-old Garmin Edge 520.

I am having same/similar problem with charging.

I have the exact same issue with my version 1. Guess I won’t be going with another bolt if the issue still exists. My bolt is basically a paperweight because I cannot charge it.

>Rating: 1

Doesn't work on slow mtb climbs.

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

If you dip below 3 or 4 mph, the new Bolt reads 0 mph. The map moves, so it has a GPS signal but ride data doesn't updated. Older model worked on the same rides.

Has there been any update on this from Wahoo? This is keeping me from pulling the trigger here.

Try using the speed sensor in conjunction with the Bolt.

Agreed, as of now this thing is useless for MTB. Constantly reading 0 mph and loosing GPS signal when my Garmin and Apple watches work fine on the same rides. Mountain Bikers are constantly hiking, carrying their bike, or riding slowly and the Bolt 2 is terrible at tracking all three. Adding a speed sensor only helps a bit and isn't secure enough for rowdy descents. I've had mine fly off twice. Luckily I found it because those things aren't cheap! Wahoo needs to update their software to detect slower speeds and/or improve the GPS accuracy to at least match my watches.

>Rating:

I have a Lezyne speed and cadence sensor on my bike already. Would the Wahoo unit be compatible?

>Rating: 5

Worth the upgrade from V1

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

I've been using the original Bolt for 2 years. The original Bolt is still a great computer with great battery life and reliability, but it's not without faults. The biggest one is the quirky navigation which requires way too many steps (and some luck) to load onto the device. If you don't need nav, the V1 would probably be great for your needs. The V2 also adds the color screen which is helpful for highlighting wattage/heart rate when you're pushing. It also seems to do a better job of keeping in sync with starred Strava segments and saved routes. So far so good. My one feature request is the ability to create workouts and save them to the device, just like you can with routes.

Wait, so this is the bolt 2? Lol I couldn't tell since the name wasn't in the title. Thanks in advance!

For Jonathan G: Bolt 2 is sort of informally identifying this second gen Bolt. Just like the Kickr (currently in 5th generation) doesn't actually list version numbers, the Bolt will just be the Elemnt Bolt, but you will easily know it is the 2nd Gen due to the color display.

>Rating:

what is the model number for the Wahoo Fitness Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer, Item #WHAC01W can you give me the model number. thanks

This is Bolt V2, I just received today.

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