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New introduction - Wahoo ELEMNT Rival - The perfect sports watch for triathletes?

Wahoo presents with the new model ELMNT Rival for the first time a multisport GPS Clock forward. The manufacturer is sportsmen from the Cycling- and triathlon area already through various bike computers and Indoor Coach a term. Especially the ELEMNT, ELEMNT Bolt and Roam bike computers offer perhaps the best alternative to the no less popular Garmin-devices. The fact that a Smartwatch for triathletes, runners and many other sports enthusiasts is now to follow is, in our opinion, a logical consequence. Up to now, we have not had a device in our hands, but we still want to share our opinion about the technical data with you.

Sportwatch - Wahoo ELEMNT Rival

The new Wahoo ELEMNT Rival is primarily intended as a sports watch. Therefore it has built-in GPS-functionality and should work without problems with the satellite systems GPS and GLONASS. The watch supports ANT+, ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth for ideal compatibility with commercially available power meters, speed or cadence sensors. This also makes it easy to connect to a mobile phone, so that recorded training data can be quickly synchronised and uploaded. Of course this is possible with Android devices as well as with an Apple iPhone.

Wahoo ELEMNT Rival Sportwatch
Swimming, cycling, running - The Wahoo ELEMNT Rival offers everything triathletes need

Activity Profiles

There are different activity profiles for the different disciplines. These include current:

  • Indoor cycling (KICKR)
  • Outdoor cycling
  • Running
  • Treadmill
  • lane swimming (pool/swimming pool)
  • Open Water / Free Swimming
  • Force profile
  • Yoga

Compatibility and measurement data

As is also usual with the competition, an optical heart rate sensor is now part of the basic equipment of every sports and Smartwatch. Thus an external sensor is not necessarily required. However, our experience shows that chest straps provide a more precise result, especially in combination with sweat and high heart rates.

Indoor trainers are guaranteed to be compatible with all Wahoo models and all ANT+ FE-C capable models. This should include most smart home trainers from Tacx Elite and other manufacturers. Weekly summaries of running, swimming and cycling distances are another feature. Even without external sensors the watch will recognise and determine the following activity data.

  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Training time
  • Heart rate
  • Swimming distance
  • Pace
  • Beat rate
  • Impact rate
  • SWOLF

TICKR X support

In combination with a TICKR X sensor, ANT+ Running Dynamics, a form of extended running data, is recorded and displayed in real time. This allows optimal control and correction of step frequency, contact time etc.

Workout analysis and control

In order to not only do your training well, but also to be able to analyse it well, there are some functions. You get your heart rate zones and the calorie consumption calculated in relation to them. On the basis of GPS speed and distance are recorded. Data sheets and activity profiles can be set up individually.

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A strength and yoga profile should also cover indoor activities - for example in the gym

Automated rounds and breaks are possible, but of course you can also do this manually. Depending on the activity you will receive audio signals and different target times. You can lock the control buttons to prevent unintentional changes. There is an activity history.

Perfect View zoom buttons

The buttons on the side of the sports watch from Wahoo you can use to easily switch between data fields. This works similar to the ELEMNT Bolt bike computer. In no time at all you can switch from the view of only one data field to up to 6 fields simultaneously.

Multisport activity with the Wahoo ELEMNT Rival watch

In order to guarantee a smooth training and competition process for triathletes, the following measures are taken Wahoo on a design of its own for multisport activities. There is both a manual and automatic mode. In manual mode you simply use the round button to change your activity profile.

touchless transition

The watch automatically recognizes the activity type and changes the discipline at the appropriate time. Only one push of a button at the start and finish are necessary. Full focus on the race is guaranteed. Activities in addition to the classic sequence of swimming, cycling and running should also be possible. Very interesting for different training units and duathlon competitions.

Touchless transition in triathlon with the Wahoo ELMENT Rival sports watch
With Touchless Transition the Wahoo ELMNT Rival sports watch the discipline faster than the athlete himself

Multisport Handover

A new function for triathletes is the handover between the Rival sports watch and an ELEMNT cycling computer. Connect the two devices and get the display of your total data effortlessly on your bike computer. You keep full control over the recording of your activity.

Smartwatch - Wahoo ELEMNT Rival

Besides the already mentioned functions as a sports watch, the Wahoo ELEMNT Rival can also be used as a Smartwatch in everyday life. Besides time and date, there are timer and stopwatch functions. There is a pedometer and the watch calculates the calories actively burned. The training time and the total distance covered are evaluated.

In comparison with other smart and sports watches, however, some features are missing. Intensity minutes as known from Garmin models or an evaluation of the climbed stairs/floors is missing. Notification of mobile devices like calls and SMS are shown on the display. Email is currently only supported by iOS.

ELMNT Companion App

With the ELEMNT Companion App you get further features in connection with Wahoo Rival sports watch. For example, live tracking of activities is possible. Uploading of training units, on the other hand, works automatically.

The app also supports device setup, lets you easily create activity profiles and is required to update the software.

Technical data

The Wahoo ELEMNT Rival sports watch has the following dimensions and key data.

  • Size: 46.5 x 46.5 x 15.3 mm
  • Display diameter: 30.4 mm
  • Display type: 64-colour vibrant display
  • Resolution: 240 x 240
  • Gorilla® Glass
  • Ceramic / Nylon polymer housing
  • silicone bracelet (25,4 cm)
  • Weight: 53g
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (via USB)
  • Battery life GPS/Heart rate: up to 24 hours
  • Smartwatch battery life: up to 14 days
  • Integrated GPS/GLONASS System
  • Integrated optical heart rate sensor
  • Water permeability 5ATM / waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Perfect View Zoom Buttons
  • Ambient light sensor

Software support

Various third-party software is supported. This includes StravaTrainingPeaks, Today's Plan, Train XHALE, Google Fit, Apple Health and Relive.

Scope of delivery

In addition to the sports watch itself, the scope of delivery includes a USB charging cable, a quick start guide and a product information guide.

Wahoo ELMNT Rival for runners, cyclists and triathletes
Runners, cyclists and triathletes should be able to Wahoo ELEMNT Rival feel addressed

Conclusion Wahoo ELEMNT Rival

Even though we have not yet been able to hold a model in our hands, the Wahoo ELEMNT Rival sports watch is promising after all. If it brings the usual quality of the manufacturer, manufacturers such as Garmin and Polar will have to prepare themselves for a new competitor in this market.

The Smartwatch functions are not yet comparable with other models, such as the Garmin Forerunner 945 and Garmin Forerunner 745, but considering the relatively low RRP of €379.99, it is well below the Garmin watches.

We are excited about the first practical tests of the watch. What do you think of the new Wahoo ELEMNT Rival? Why don't you leave us your opinion in the comments?

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