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Old 07-18-14, 05:54 PM   #1
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Exclamation Wahoo Blue SC vs Runtastic Cadence and Speed Sensor

I have been searching for days now trying to figure out if there is any difference between these two and I have not been able to come up with anything.

Physically they look identical. They both have their own iPhone software. But the Runtastic is $97 while the Wahoo is $59.

Does anyone here have any information or experience with either of these or both?
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Old 07-20-14, 04:10 PM   #2
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Hmmm, just a shot in the dark, but is it possible that the runtastic road bike app only will connect with the runtastic branded sensor?

I couldn't find anything on their website about compatibility with other bluetooth sensors. If you already use the app, it might be worth opening a support request and just asking them if there is a difference.
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It's the same thing, with OEM logo on it. Runtastic lists it for $59.99 on their site now.
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Hmmm, just a shot in the dark, but is it possible that the runtastic road bike app only will connect with the runtastic branded sensor?

I couldn't find anything on their website about compatibility with other bluetooth sensors. If you already use the app, it might be worth opening a support request and just asking them if there is a difference.
Yes that's a good idea. Do you know if Wahoo works with other brands do devices and software? I believe you don't necessarily have to use their iPhone software but I'm not too sure. It's a bit confusing when looking at all the different software as to what works with what.
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It's the same thing, with OEM logo on it. Runtastic lists it for $59.99 on their site now.
I almost freaked when I saw the price. But when I went to Amazon to cancel the order they had already adjusted the price to $59.99. Now I just need to figure out which will be better in terms of software and other hardware compatibility.

Thank you you both for your input
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Old 07-21-14, 01:21 PM   #5
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When I had the Blue SC on my bike, it worked fine with the Strava app, the Cyclemeter app and the Wahoo app.

Didn't try it with any others though
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Runtastic would be way over their heads and insane to not be compatible with such industry standard as ANT+, BLE, Wahoo. They are not Apple - ;-). Their business is software and servers, and it should be in their interest to be compatible with as much hardware as possible. They are competing with Strava, etc., that are doing everything possible to be compatible with as much hardware as possible. In addition, it is not easy to define, develop and to MAINTAIN different communications standard. What a nightmare. If you buy stuff from Amazon, they will take it back if not compatible, but the chance of that is small to none. They want to add features to compete, not to spend all their energies messing up and maintaining new communications protocol. they can get the hardware, the drivers and the hardware support from Wahoo, so why bother. They cannot charge a nickel by doing it themselves. That is why they brought the price down. Most people, just like you guys, can see through it anyway. People that don't accept established software environments end up like Sony (or Microsoft phones).
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I have the Wahoo Fitness one on 4 bikes and they have all worked great. Wahoo has some nice utilities that are worth it. Not sure if they would work with the Runtastic version (worth finding out). If the two are the same, I'd go for the Wahoo just or the utilities and because I've had good luck corresponding with them over questions.

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I have the Wahoo Fitness one on 4 bikes and they have all worked great. Wahoo has some nice utilities that are worth it. Not sure if they would work with the Runtastic version (worth finding out). If the two are the same, I'd go for the Wahoo just or the utilities and because I've had good luck corresponding with them over questions.

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thanks JohnJ I decided to go withe the Wahoo. Just for the simple fact that it integrates with a lot more apps than Runtastic does. Not only that but I emailed Runtastic because I wanted to know if it worked with the Polar monitor and the woman who replied to me said they couldn't give me that kind of information. She said it was because they sell competing hardware. I thought it was a lame excuse and I figured I wouldn't be able to get decent support if I had a problem using thr Polar H7 or other device.

thank you all for your input. All your replies helped me make my decision easier.

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According to the Polar site, their H6 and H7 HRMs are compatible with Runtastic. It's in their Product Support section.
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