Wahoo brings colour to Elemnt Bolt cycling computer

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The new Bolt can guide you and help plot new routes (Photo: Wahoo)
The new Bolt can guide you and help plot new routes (Photo: Wahoo)
  • The popular Bolt has been redesigned
  • A much better screen, will now make following your route that much easier - even in bright Karoo sunshine
  • Improved charging should keep it fresh, too, on those multi-day adventure rides

In a world where data is everything, the cycling computer has become an irreplaceable bit of kit.

Wahoo is a technology leader in the digital cycling and training market and has now revealed an updated version of its Elemnt Bolt.

A comprehensive redesign sees the Elemnt Bolt gain a superior quality colour screen, better navigational functionality and more impressive memory.

By far the most noticeable change is this new Elemnt Bolt’s screen. Although it has the same size as before, the monochrome display has been upgraded to a 64-colour configuration.

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Riders seeking a value cycling computer with robust features, might find an ideal upgrade in this new Bolt (Photo: Wahoo)

Better to look at and read

Cycling computers require excellent contrast in direct sunlight, to be useful. For riders who fancy the Elemnt Bolt's value offering, but were less than impressed by the monochrome screen graphics, the evolution to colour with this new version, will be significant.

Gorilla Glass keeps the screen surface protected, if you do crash or encounter some random debris whilst riding, whilst a clever ambient light sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness.

Beyond the much better screen dynamics, Wahoo has also made the Elemnt Bolt smarter, as a navigational device. It can now route and re-route independently, without requiring input from a connected Smartphone.

Wahoo’s engineers have also increased the Elemnt Bolt’s memory to 16GB, which should enable it to store all the maps and routes you could ever need, whilst retaining enough processing redundancy to fulfil all other functions, slickly.

An aerodynamic design, means the Elemnt Bolt doesn't become a drag on your ride (Photo: Wahoo)

Stronger computing and quicker charging

A more potent processor should enhance the new Elemnt Bolt’s ability to create and integrate maps when you are plotting a custom route.

The improved functionality has not compromised battery life, with Wahoo continuing to rate the Elemnt Bolt at 15-hours of use, before requiring a recharge.

Powering the device has also been made more convenient, thanks to a USB-C interface, with 5a of energy transfer instead of the former Bolt’s 1.5a.

There has been a slight increase in weight, with the new Bolt heavier by 9g at 71g. Like all Wahoo cycling computers, it has an aero shape, to ensure that you don’t have to use unnecessary watts, due to drag, when it is mounted on your handlebar.

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