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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
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The Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT family of bike computers grows to three with introduction of a new budget model, the ELEMNT MINI. Smaller and lighter than either the standard ELEMNT or ELEMNT BOLT, the ELEMNT MINI’s monochromatic LCD screen measures just 4.5cm (1.8″) diagonally (as compared to 5.5cm/2.2″ on the BOLT), while claimed weight for the entire unit is a scant 31g.
Wahoo Fitness is aiming for simplicity here, with just three customizable data fields and two buttons on the front face of the unit, as compared to 9 or 11 fields and five buttons on the other two ELEMNT models. Nevertheless, the MINI is still equipped with both ANT+ and Bluetooth wireless capability for easy pairing with various speed, cadence, and heart rate accessories.
Just like Garmin’s cheapest Edge models, however, the MINI’s wireless capabilities don’t extend to power meters — and in a critical departure from the Edge 20 and 25, the MINI is not a GPS-based computer. Instead, basic speed and distance functions will require a wireless wheel sensor at the very least. Alternatively, the MINI can be paired with the Wahoo Fitness companion app running on a compatible iOS or Android smartphone, at which point the full complement of functions are unlocked, including speed, distance, position, call/text/email notifications, and a handy Live Track feature. When used with the app, the MINI can also upload ride data to sites such as Strava RidewithGPS.
“The overall goal is to create a simplified unit and more streamlined ride metrics,” said Zach Pina of True Communications, the PR agent for Wahoo Fitness in the United States.
The new ELEMNT MINI is being released for sale today, and retail price is US$100 / AU$149 / £80 / €90.
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