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Size mat­ters

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.

Fea­ture proof

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.

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