Small, sim­ple but with a cou­ple of frus­trat­ing com­pli­ca­tions

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

To get the most out of Wa­hoo’s new Elemnt Mini bike com­puter, you need to down­load the ac­com­pa­ny­ing app to your smart­phone and pair the two de­vices. The Mini then uses the phone’s GPS to track your route and per­for­mance where you go rid­ing.

If, how­ever, you don’t own a smart­phone, the 30g, 41 x 59 x 16mm de­vice will work like a con­ven­tional bike com­puter us­ing the 16g wire­less speed sen­sor supplied. This way lim­its the Mini’s func­tion­al­ity to your cur­rent speed, dis­tance and trip time, and as­so­ci­ated lap read­ings, but still makes for a pretty de­cent, sim­ple-to-use com­puter. The dis­play is well laid out and set-up takes 3mins to go from un­box­ing the Mini to hav­ing it fully ini­tialised.

Set­ting up the speed sen­sor, on the other hand, is flum­mox­ing, due to the un­usual way it works. In­stead of sit­ting on your fork, it fits around a wheel hub and works out your speed and dis­tance based on the rate of rev­o­lu­tions. It’s a smart idea and sleeker than the ‘old-fash­ioned’ method but there’s noth­ing in the in­struc­tions that ex­plains how it works if you’re not fa­mil­iar with it. Which means work­ing through the Wa­hoo web­site’s sup­port sec­tion to find out what you’re sup­posed to do.

The other down­side is the Mini’s not recharge­able via USB. It’s pow­ered by a CR2450 but­ton bat­tery that’s hid­den be­hind a cover you can’t take off with­out the tini­est screw­driver.

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