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Wahoo FitnessELEMNT BOLT GPS Bike Computer
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Description

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
Odometer
yes
Altimeter
yes
Heart Rate Monitor
yes, monitor sold separately
Technical Features
GPS, KICKR smart trainer control,
Wireless
Bluetooth, ANT+
Clock
yes
Backlight
yes
Battery Life
15 hours
Mount Type
handlebar
Includes
out-front mount, stem mount, USB cable
Dimensions
[body] 2.9 x 1.8 x 0.87in, [screen] 2.2in
Recommended Use
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Weight

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62g

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AWESOME !!!!

    I bought this because of all the Garmin complaints I heard from friends and other riders. Keep it updated and all will be well. I love it. Glad I bought it. Most problems originate from/because of your phone since it syncs with your phone for updates, routes, etc. 30 rides in since May '19 and it works great !

    amazing piece !!!

      battery life, visibility and if you preload the route, turn by turn is also on point. Wish you could also change the font on the GPS instructions. Very happy with it. used it for 9 months!

      Replaced, confusing synched route, buggy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Screen froze and left me lost in the middle of nowhere. Synched routes can't be deleted from unit, has required numerous manual resets, poor battery life, buggy navigation, etc, etc, etc. If your Garmin works, then stick with it.

      Avg. ride time: 9h 27m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Terrible route navigation capability

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

      I got this gps as a gift and was impressed by the ease of use of configuring screens and uploading my rides. Where this gps falls down is the maps (poor quality and impossible to navigate) and the inability for it to provide turn by turn directions on routes made in Strava. This was a deal breaker for me. I have difficulty with directions in general and certainly do not need to be staring at a poor quality map my entire ride to make sure I don't get lost. In the past, I make routes in strava and my garmin has provided sounded alerts before a turn and let me know how far away and which direction. I will be returning this and going back to Garmin.

      So far so good

        It just works. I've ridden with it for about 300 miles and it's been flawless.
        I see comments that gets problems a few months in so I'll update this review if I need it.

        Screen died after 8 months

          I really liked my Elemnt Bolt, worked great for 8 months. I especially liked how it auto synced up with RideWithGPS. The device is feature rich unfortunately at the end of my ride today I pressed the STOP button and the screen went blank, UGH. I rebooted, no luck. I can access it from my phone and it looks good from there but can't get the screen display back. Very disappointing. See my follow up post (Wahoo is replacing my failed device)

          Wahoo support is replacing my Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. 🙌 Given this response from Wahoo I am comfortable recommending this device. Thank you Wahoo Support.

          Not Perfect but Better than Competitors

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I own a fancy Garmin Edge 1000 and after trying the Elemnt Bolt, find I much prefer this simpler computer. Don't get me wrong, this is very fully featured, it just feels so much simpler due to the easy of setting it up and navigating menus.

          The big feature is you use the app on a smartphone to do most of the setup, eliminating all the fussy button pushes and scrolling through menus. The Bluetooth connectivity works great, and it's extremely simple to upload routes to the device and save rides back to the app and sync with Strava or RWGPS.

          I use my computer more for routes than training but all sensors paired easily with this and I'm sure it has all the training features you could desire. Another thing I like is the lack of a touch screen - the Garmin worked terribly with gloves or in the rain. The battery lasts forever compared to the 8 hours of the Garmin Edge 1000, which is necessary on those all day adventures.

          Although not perfect for what I do, I find routing works just as well on this computer as a Garmin, even though the Garmin is supposedly the leader in maps. The simple black and white screen does just fine and shows the route clearly, it beeps annoyingly when I miss a turn, and it starts and stops when I start and stop. However mapping could use some improvements. Mainly, not enough of the route is shown clearly at once. Sure you can zoom out to see more, but then the basemap disappears which isn't helpful. You also can't pan around to find alternate routes and see the route further ahead in detail. This makes it very hard when you have to detour off your route and find your way back further ahead, which is frequent with the gravel riding I do.

          All in all, I think Wahoo improved many of my complaints against Garmins and I'd choose this computer for my next.

          I love Wahoo!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I debated on the bolt vs Elemnt due to the size and i'm very happy that i chose the bolt. I appreciate the size and versatility of the various screens. I also really enjoy the LED lights that blink and help tell you about your HR/watts/directions (when to turn). This is my first non-garmin tool and i am a believe in the wahoo products.

          Worked great while it lasted

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

          I am not here to bash Wahoo. This was my first true computer and it was great until it stopped working. I was getting ready for a ride and paired it to my phone, I finished my coffee and went outside. It was 44 degrees outside, brisk day. I hit the button to ride and the screen went blank, I had it for about 7 weeks. Hopefully the return process will be quick and easy. I gave it 4 stars because its an electronic device and electronics go bad sometimes. Hopefully I will have better luck with the next one

          easy and intuitive

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I couldn't really ask for more from a computer.

          Initial set-up, which you do on your smart phone with Wahoo's app, is incredibly easy. Drag and drop to customize what you see on the Bolt, put in some information, and you're ready to ride. I've used the Bolt in conjunction with a Quarq DZero and the pairing was seamless and I had no lapses in communcation between the two devices. Uploading to third-party apps such as Strava is also painless.

          I really have nothing bad to say about the Bolt and very highly recommend it. Though I found it to be adequate, some people may prefer a larger screen, in which case I suggest the Elemnt which is item number WHA000E.

          king of building materials.

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          If computers were building materials, this would be a 2x4. Simple but capable. It's easy to use but does everything you need it to do. The interface is so intuitive and the interfacing with your smart phone is smooth and painless. The turn-by-turn navigation is spot on and all of the data is easy to upload to Strava.

          I've heard some bad reviews on the navigation/GPS functionality on the Wahoo compared to a Garmin.

          Any feedback on that? My primary goal is to use this computer while out exploring new mountain biking trails.

          very pleased

            I switched to a Bolt after my 3 previous computers from a leading brand (rhymes with harmin) all failed in one way or another. I've only put 500 miles on the Bolt so I can't speak to its longterm performance, but so far it's superior to the other brand in every way. The interface is much better, screen visibility is outstanding, uploading is simple, strava live segments work and are unobtrusive / easily dismissed, GPS signal is good even on very covered terrain or in canyons. No issues with pairing and performance of HRM (scosche) and power meter (quark/sram). I'm surprised how much I like the ability to add or remove data fields on the fly, without scrolling through different pages. Sometimes you want the whole screen to show your wattage or whatever, and other times you want it show... a bunch of other stuff too.

            My only minor quibble is that there is no obvious battery indicator while you're riding so you need to be diligent about charging it. And I find the LEDs superfluous but others might find them useful.

            One of the data fields you can add to the display is the battery percentage! You can also check the left button (settings) where it also displays the battery percentage. Finally, you can also add the phone battery percentage as well.

            Avg. ride time: 7h 3m per week
            • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

            The best bike computer I've owned

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I've used the Garmin Edge 500, 510 and 520. I really liked the 520 but it started quitting mid-ride a few times and the software navigation on all Garmin computers is a joke. Then the 520 stopped charging. So I bought a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. Wow, totally cool. Great interface with the Android phone app. Syncs and plays well with Strava, RideWithGPS and TrainingPeaks.

            I love the battery life, the easy to customize screens and the easy to read display. It works great with my HRM, power mete3r, and SRAM eTAP.

            Like that it does BLE, ANT+ and Wifi so syncing is a breeze.

            Like the ability to zoom in on the screens to show just what I want to see.

            Avg. ride time: 3h 16m 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!

            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. But...no 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.