WAHOO ELEMNT MINI
Minimalists will love the Elemnt Mini – at 40x60mm it’s truly diminutive. A good start then, but before you rush to the shops it’s worth noting that the Mini isn’t actually a GPS computer. Out of the box, and if you don’t have a compatible smartphone, it is essentially just an old-fashioned bike computer – a cadence sensor for your wheel is included.
If you do have a compatible smartphone, though, pair the Mini with Elemnt’s app using Bluetooth Smart and it becomes a whole lot more usable. Pairing with the app makes the Mini a ‘slave’ to your phone so that the Elemnt can use your mobile’s GPS to display accurate data as you ride. Once set up, it’s quick and easy to pair.
On the road
While small and useful,the Elemnt is no supercomputer. Even when connected to a phone the Mini only provides basic info - speed, distance, time and, if connected to Wahoospecific sensors, cadence and heart rate stats. There’s no navigation or features like Strava live segments.
The Elemnt is pre-loaded with two data pages but you can add more through the app – you’re limited to three fields on each page. Once a ride is done the app can upload automatically to Strava and the like, and on the road you can set the Mini to receive calls and text messages if needed. Enable Live Track and people can follow your progress. If you want to record heart rate you’ll have to buy a Wahoo monitor as ANT+ or Bluetooth Smartonly models aren’t compatible.