The ELEMNT BOLT is a compact however absolutely featured GPS bike laptop.
It information and shows all kinds of essential stats about your journey: pace, distance, coronary heart fee, distance to the pub.
It has full onboard navigation. Choose a degree on the map and the BOLT will route you there. Go off beam and it’ll recalculate.
You can too add routes, if that’s what tickles your pickles, from all the standard apps: Strava, Komoot, and naturally Wahoo’s personal ELEMNT app.
The BOLT connects to a cornucopia of information sensors, and may management exercises in your sensible coach, must you like being dominated.
A phrase of warning although, it’s not a touchscreen, I repeat its not a touchscreen. Solely buttons does it have.
(Do with that information what you’ll….)
The present model of the BOLT, dubbed the V2, got here out in Could 2021, changing the unique greyscale model, which was, itself, an awesome little bike laptop.
So how does the newer V2 BOLT evaluate?
Is it nonetheless an awesome little bike laptop.
In brief, sure….
Listed below are 4 issues I like and a pair of issues to keep in mind in regards to the newer BOLT, beginning with the positives:
1. The Person Interface
In brief, it’s easy and intuitive. The BOLT and the Wahoo ELEMNT smartphone app work seamlessly collectively. Machine menus are clear and easy, partly as a result of a few of the setting, er, setting is offloaded to the app. That gained’t go well with everybody however for me, chef’s kiss.
2. The Display screen
I. Love. This. Display screen. It’s the perfect I’ve seen on a motorbike GPS gadget. Or a minimum of equal finest. The show is sharp and vibrant. The textual content and numbers are properly outlined and simple to learn. It has a pleasant matte end that reduces reflections on a sunny day.
The BOLT V2 has a color show, though Wahoo hasn’t gone full rainbows and unicorn vomit. Color utilization is delicate however positively improves the map shows and the flip by flip path alerts.
3. The Buttons
However hear me out.
I like how they really feel. They’ve a rubbery, textured floor and a pleasant optimistic click on to them.
I notably just like the three on the entrance. They’re simple to entry while driving. They modify perform relying which display you’re on. Helpful labels seem on the display to let you know what that perform is likely to be.
They usually don’t accumulate rain water. Which is greater than could be stated for the buttons on the V1.
4. Battery Life
The BOLT V2 appears to go ages between expenses. It has greater than sufficient juice to maintain going over a variety of my longer rides. And when it does want an influence up, it has an up-to-date USB-C port for fast charging.
And now for a few downsides. Or a minimum of issues to keep in mind.
5. Display screen ‘Actual Property’ is … Restricted
Agreed, the show is fairly small
However then that is designed as a compact bike laptop. There’s a commerce off.
Maybe in case you want it primarily for navigation, a bigger display would assist you to see ‘extra map’.
For me although, I’ve discovered it sufficiently big.
[Whispers] … just like the contents of my pants… [stops whispering]
6. Er, Options?
While the BOLT V2 has all the important thing options to help your driving and coaching, the BOLT doesn’t have all of the bells and whistle-y ones from the likes of Garmin.
However then, perhaps you worth simplicity and ease of use, by which case the BOLT wins.
And there we now have it. A fantastic trying, compact bike GPS that appears professional on my bike, even when I don’t.