Jack Elton-Walters

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – 12:59

Wahoo Elemnt Rival GPS multi-sport smartwatch works in unison with Elemnt and Roam head units as the brand's offering expands into triathlon

Already known for its indoor training setups and GPS bike computers, American brand Wahoo has expanded its product offering into triathlon with the launch of the Wahoo Elemnt Rival GPS multi-sport smartwatch.

With the seal of approval from brothers Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, who between them count two gold, one silver and one bronze Olympic medals, the new Rival smartwatch offers ‘Touchless Transition’ and ‘Multisport Handover’.

 

Transitions and integration

The key feature of Wahoo’s latest product is the way in which data is meant to ‘follow an athlete through the stages of a multi-sport event’ with the use of the proprietary Touchless Transition technology.

This was developed for the new Rival watch, with the intention of ‘allowing users to seamlessly transition from swim to ride to run without touching their watch’.

 

What’s more, if the user has access to both the Rival and an Elemnt bike computer, they can pair them to transition race data – for example during a triathlon – from the watch to the head unit. This means race metrics can be monitored on the handlebar without having to fiddle with the bike computer between sports.

Projecting what’s on the watch over to the head unit means the aero riding positioned can be maintained without the need to glance at the wristwatch to check pacing, heart rate or any other metric.

The Wahoo Elment Rival incorporates features such as a ceramic bezel and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight.

The battery life is advertised as 14 days in watch mode or 24 hours in GPS mode, and the watch carries a barometric altimeter, an optical heart rate sensor and live tracking.

App control

Working the same as Wahoo’s bike computers, the watch is set up and run through the same smartphone app.

Wahoo says that the Rival will track all standard run, bike and swim metrics and can also track advanced running dynamics when paired with the Wahoo Tickr X heart rate monitor.

Just like activities recorded on an Elemnt bike computer, those on the watch can be automatically uploaded to third-party apps and sites like TrainingPeaks and Strava. As you’d expect, the Rival also connects with ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors and can control Wahoo Kickr smart trainers.

 

Olympic approval

‘Jonny and I are both really fond of Wahoo’s gear and have been using some of their products for a number of years now,’ explained Alistair Brownlee. ‘Being able to rely on your equipment is completely essential for training and racing at the highest level.

‘When preparing for the big races, you’ve got to be able to focus on what you’re doing one hundred percent and not worry about your kit. The Elemnt Rival helps me track all my metrics during a training session without distracting me from performing to the best of my ability – be that in the water, on the bike or when running.’

To find out more about the new Wahoo Elemnt Rival and buy, it is now available and can be purchased for £349.99 at WahooFitness.com

Cyclist has taken delivery of a Wahoo Elemnt Rival so check back for an in-depth review in the coming months

Source: Cycling – Cyclist