With the Elemnt Roam, Wahoo now also presents a new bike computer. A few days ago Garmin had already presented the new models Edge 530 and 830.
This has some new features and rounds off the product range upwards. In the new model, Wahoo combines features of the Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt on the one hand, but also brings manufacturer-internal innovations.
What’s New on the Wahoo Elemnt Roam
One new feature of the head unit is the display. This is 2.7 inches tall. Unlike previous Wahoo cycling computers, the user is not limited to black and white, but has a highly visible color display at their disposal. To withstand any adventure, the display is made of highly durable GorillaGlass.
With the previous Elemnt cycling computers, you always had to plan a tour in advance and follow it, and this is still the preferred method. However, the Wahoo Elemnt Roam now has some navigation features fully integrated into the bike computer, so they should be usable without the app. Wahoo calls this Smart Navigation. The “Get Me Started” function takes you to the start of your pre-planned tour. Important is the “Back On Track” function, this helps you to find your way back to the track or to take a detour. The detour is highlighted separately in blue.
You can also enter destinations – so far only favorites and no addresses – directly on the bike computer. “Take Me To” is a kind of pin navigation, where you select the destination using the map. “Route To Start” and “Retrace Route” guide you back to the starting point either by the fastest route or along the route you have ridden.
Hopefully we can test these features in practice soon.
Wahoo Elemnt Roam – Technology
The Wahoo Headunit has a dimension of approx. 89x55x18mm and has a weight of 94 grams according to the manufacturer. With a water permeability according to IPX7 standard, the device is very resistant. The operating temperature is in the range -20°C to 50°C. In addition to GPS, the GLONASS, BEIDOU Galileo and QZSS satellites are also supported.
Wahoo Elemnt Roam – Design
Visually, the Wahoo Elemnt Roam is clearly based on the Elemnt Bolt model. Once again, Wahoo uses an aerodynamically optimized shape. On the one hand, there is a specially designed aero handlebar mount, on the other hand, the head unit is of course compatible with any standard Wahoo handlebar mount.
With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Elemnt Roam is more on par with the Elemnt (Classic). The operation has also been taken over from the Elemnt Bolt. So the new Wahoo bike computer has one button on the left and two on the right, plus three more at the bottom of the screen. Two rows of Quick-Look LEDs on the left and upper edge of the display, as already on the Wahoo Elemnt (Classic), should help the user to have a particularly quick view of pulse, power, speed or navigation information.
The Wahoo Elemnt Roam is of course ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart compatible. This way you can connect all your sensors or a power meter, such as the Garmin Vector 3 S or the Favero Assioma UNO, to the bike computer.
Price and availability
The first devices of the new Wahoo Elemnt Roam should be available from mid-May. The price is €349.99. Possible bundles and their prices are not known at this time. Here you can find the bike computer in our shop.
With the Elemnt Roam Wahoo brings a very interesting bike computer on the market. The color display and Smart Navigation are a logical response to the demand of cyclists.
Therefore, we are looking forward to receiving the first bike computers as soon as possible and subjecting them to an extensive test.