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What do you like best about your Wahoo Bolt?

Old 02-09-18, 04:17 PM
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What do you like best about your Wahoo Bolt?

I'm planning on picking one up tomorrow. Going from garmin 510... what do you like best about it etc..
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Old 02-09-18, 08:44 PM
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I like how easy it is to set it up for all kinds of screens. It is also nice that it came with 2 mounts and I can put it on my commuter just to track the miles even if I don't need all the displays. I just added power meter pedals and it took about a minute to set them up with it. What I didn't like was that the turn by turn was a little slow, but everyone is saying that it's just because everything is so tight in NYC. The display is supposed to be more visible in sunlight than the Garmins, but I don't know as I've never had a Garmin.

I went to this from an old wired Cateye, so this is a huge improvement, but the whole category of electronics has really exploded. There's just so much they can do now, more than I'll ever need.
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It just works

Just started using a Bolt. Have 25 rides with it, nothing over 45 miles.
Wahoo Element mobile software #1 like followed by (in no particular order),
Automatic internet site data up/downloads
Size
Back light (easy to view, set mine to always on)
Battery life
Flexible screen data view customization
Real time tracking.

What's not to like? Maybe...
No collection of irregularly used instructions, like how to pair with another phone (google it)
Software calorie calculation is >2x KJ record.
Might add LEDs could be brighter for some lighting conditions.
I'd buy one again if it were lost. If not riding with a power meter I'd go with the Mini.

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Old 02-10-18, 02:27 PM
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There are several threads on the Elemnt and the Bolt in this sub forum. Some posts go into pretty good “pro and con” details. I would check these threads out to get a better idea of what you are looking for.
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And check DCRainmaker.
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Active Strava segments
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Once it is loaded with the route, it gives great turn by turn guidance, with both audible and visual cues. I also have mine set to show heartbeat zone on the LEDs so I know when I'm getting close to the red zone. I like how it shows me texts and calls from my phone.
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Old 02-11-18, 08:30 AM
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Once it is loaded with the route, it gives great turn by turn guidance, with both audible and visual cues. I also have mine set to show heartbeat zone on the LEDs so I know when I'm getting close to the red zone. I like how it shows me texts and calls from my phone.
I had trouble reading the TBT instructions as they use reverse text, so white on black. Impossible to read with sunglasses on. Between that and the kind of useless map I returned mine for a Garmin 1000.

Note that the with the OP, I assume he was only looking for verification of his choice and was buying the Bolt (and has likely done so by now) anyway.

I did like the ease of setup, the reliability as well as the seamless integration with RWGPS.
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Old 02-11-18, 09:02 AM
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I had trouble reading the TBT instructions as they use reverse text, so white on black. Impossible to read with sunglasses on. Between that and the kind of useless map I returned mine for a Garmin 1000.
I did need to fiddle with the angle of the mount when I first started using the bolt to improve its readability: LCD displays can be very sensitive to viewing angle. What I like about the turn-by-turn is that the audible tone and the LEDs both give indications of the direction of the turn. Because of that I don't need to spend as much time focussing on the display.
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Wahoo's last firmware release was suppose to address the poor visual TBT navigation popup screen issue. I haven't had the chance to try it since the update but I'll get a chance to try it this coming Saturday on a charity ride I'm doing. Will post and let you know how it turns out.
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Wahoo's last firmware release was suppose to address the poor visual TBT navigation popup screen issue. I haven't had the chance to try it since the update but I'll get a chance to try it this coming Saturday on a charity ride I'm doing. Will post and let you know how it turns out.
Would have been nice if their tech support would have mentioned it was going to get fixed, I might have kept the Bolt, a unit I otherwise really liked. Their attitude in an e-mail was “too bad”. Thus I returned the unit and got a Garmin, whose map I could read.
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From Wahoo's support site - Firmware updates. And now you can download TCX files with TBT from RWGPS.

BOLT WB09-1836 - 11 Jan 2018
UPDATES
  • Added support for uploading workouts to 2Peak
  • Added turn-by-turn notifications for Ride With GPS routes exported with course-points in TCX and GPX format
  • Added new data field for TrainingPeaks Variability Index
  • Bug fixes and other improvements
OTHER ELEMNT FIXES
  • Force 4iiii power meters to connect using ANT+
  • Improve layout for turn-by-turn popup notifications
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Old 02-14-18, 09:22 AM
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I just received a Bolt and have set it up, but no rides yet. I like the screen and the ease of configuration. One point of frustration is the "60 Day Free Trial" for Strava. After contacting support about how to access that promotion, an email said I should have received notification via email with a promo code, but I did not. I have sent several emails asking support for the promo code, been on hold on the phone several times with no call back about the code. how hard can itbee just to send me an email with the promo code? Not impressed.
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Old 02-19-18, 11:02 PM
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I did a short ride with the Bolt. It displayed the essential data of interest to me just as well as Garmin 500 that it replaced. The primary reason for me to choose the Bolt is the Strava Live Segments feature of the Bolt. I know that Garmin also have this feature, but supposedly the Bolt implements it especially well. Anyway, some of the instructions for using Live Segments are not especially clear, so I just downloaded the Strava App to my iPhone, could not sort out how to ensure the segments of interest to me were linked, but just went out and started a ride. I activated the Strava App and the Bolt at the start of a ride --- not sure I need to do the Strava app -- and at some point I noted a starred segment for me appeared on the Bolt screen. I was in the middle of a hard push and could not discern the exact data fields being displayed. I can find no information about what these data fields are supposed to be or how they work, maybe I just have not browsed the Wahoo site enough.

At some point I surmised that one of the data fields was indicating my pace in relationship to my prior PR. This is exactly what I wanted to have, something to tell me how far behind or ahead of a PR I am so that I can assess my level of effort. Anyway, it worked well enough and I was able to improve on the times for a few segments.

This is a very useful feature for me, although I would still like more information about the segment data field and how the LEDs work. Still, it is useful for me....
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Active Strava segments, free maps, readable (almost e-ink quality) screen.

In terms of peripheral support Wahoo is behind though, if you have an uncommon powermeter or an ANT+ accessory (Bontrager ANT+ lights anyone?) they are rarely supported, or not practically usable (IIRC if you needed to configure crank length for a specific powermeter, you had to connect a Garmin to do the setup... shame)
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