We have discussed navigation a great deal. Is it better to use the smartphone or a cycling computer? Why cycling computer is the best?
GCN has done many interesting product reviews and here is a selection for cycling computer. Three similarly priced bike computers from different manufactures at this time are:
- Garmin Edge 830 – colour, touch screen
- Wahoo Elemnt ROAM – colour, buttons
- Hammerhead Karoo 2 – colour, touch screen
Canberra.bike has discussed the Garmin and Wahoo devices previously. Both Garmin and Wahoo are widely available in Australia at most cycling retailers and certainly the big ones. Occasionally, the devices will be discounted.
Hammerhead Karoo is quite different in this regard. Currently, Hammerhead Karoo is sold only online from the manufacture and must be paid in Australian Dollars (AUD). The US price is $399 with free shipping for the Hammerhead Karoo 2. This is about $511 at today’s (March 2021) exchange rates. Strangely, Hammerhead wants AUD 629 for Australians (including GST). This is 23% more for no obvious reason. It is up to you. Are you happy to pay more just because you live in Australia or buy a product from another company instead?
Cycling computers have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. Gone are the days of a rats nest of wires twisted down your fork blade to a magnet on your spoke. Now we have Gorilla glass, GPS mapping, and enormous battery lives! But, Smartphones have improved a lot as well.Phone VS Cycling Computer: Does A Smart Phone Do The Job? – YouTube, accessed 17 March 2021
Hammerhead’s Karoo bike computer is unique in that it uses Android and some other cool tech as it bids to be the best GPS device for cycling on the market. Ollie checks out a few of the features and demonstrates how easy they are to use.Hammerhead Karoo GPS Bike Computer Detailed & Demoed – YouTube, accessed 17 March 2021
Wahoo have launched the next in the range of their successful Elemnt cycling computers. This is the all new Elemnt ROAM, a bigger beefier brother to the Elemnt BOLT, with all of Wahoo’s intuitive features and smart navigation.New Wahoo Elemnt ROAM Bike Computer | GCN Tech Unboxing – YouTube, accessed 17 March 2021.
Review in the style of Top Gear – a challenge. More fun than factual but interesting nevertheless.
Hammerhead asked us to set us a cycling challenge to show off their new Karoo 2 GPS bike computer, so we made Alex race against Ollie, but in order to make it fair we gave Alex a map, and Ollie the Hammerhead Karoo 2 bicycle computer.GPS Bike Computer Hammerhead Karoo 2 Vs Map & Compass – YouTube, accessed 17 March 2021