Wahoo Fitness has announced the new ELEMNT ROAM, the brand’s third GPS cycling computer. ROAM is the first to feature a colour screen, and the first to offer expanded navigation features.
‘Also sporting a brand-new form factor, ROAM is the latest product of Wahoo’s ongoing innovation in the fast-growing cycling computer segment.’
Wahoo adds that ‘ROAM is designed to help cyclists ride further, longer, and explore new roads or trails.’ New smart navigation features can automatically route riders back onto a planned route when they go off course. The device can also create a new route on the fly, or help find the fastest way home.
ROAM has a 2.7” colour display and 17+ hour battery life. Like all Wahoo ELEMNT cycling computers, ROAM comes with a free smartphone-based app for initial setup and ongoing management.
Other new features found on ROAM include an ambient light sensor that automatically turns the screen backlight on or off and adjusts the brightness of the screen. The bike computer has Quick Look LEDs through changing light conditions, indoors or out; and an integrated out-front mount (patent pending). According to Wahoo, this gives ROAM a clean, sleek look.
ROAM’s interface includes several new smart navigation features accessible directly on the computer, including:
- Get Me Started – navigates cyclists to the start of their route
- Back On Track – navigates cyclists back to their route if they take a wrong turn
- Take Me To – allows cyclists to select a location on their ROAM using new pan and zoom functionality, and get directions to that location
- Saved Locations – routes to locations saved on ROAM
- Route To Start – finds the shortest route back to the start of a ride
- Retrace Route – reverses a route to navigate back to the start along the original route
“As more cyclists are using their bikes to explore lesser-trafficked areas, or navigating while riding new roads or trails, we are so excited to offer ROAM – a computer purposefully designed to meet the challenges of cyclists around the world, especially navigating while riding,” said Chip Hawkins, Wahoo CEO and Founder.
“With ROAM, we’ve taken our proven, intuitive, and easy-to-use ELEMNT platform – loved by all kinds of riders – and added features to create a powerful new tool that cyclists can use to guide them on every kind of ride.”
Like other ELEMNT computers, ROAM integrates with the entire Wahoo Fitness Ecosystem, including KICKR smart trainers, TICKR heart rate monitors, and RPM Speed and Cadence sensors. ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connections allow ROAM to work with non-Wahoo sensors as well.
The new computer boasts the same customisable interface as other Wahoo ELEMNT computers, including the ‘Perfect View zoom feature’ that can help cyclists see a map more easily, or customise their data fields on the fly.
ROAM is now available priced at £299.99. Other Wahoo ELEMNT GPS computers include the ELEMNT (£229.99), ELEMNT BOLT (£199.99), and ELEMNT MINI (£79.99). Wahoo recently released the ELEMNT BOLT Limited Edition in pink and blue colours to ‘better complement any bike and kit’, also at £199.99.