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Technology Week: 5 new smart trainers, cycling computers, and electric meters

Technology Week: 5 new smart trainers, cycling computers, and electric meters

Technology Week: 5 new smart trainers, cycling computers, and electric meters

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Garmin Edge 1040 Solar

Technology Week: 5 new smart trainers, cycling computers, and electric meters
Garmin Edge 1040 Solar.

Battery life is one of the most important stats for any bike computer these days. Can you withstand an all-day gravel race so you can put your full effort into Strava? Or you can set it on your handlebar mount and forget to charge it for a week or more of riding? If the answer on your current computer is ‘No’, Garmin You should take a serious look at it.

The Edge 1040 Solar brings Garmin’s advanced cycling GPS technology and adds a new solar charging feature that can seriously extend battery life — with up to 42 minutes of additional charge for every hour you drive. That brings the total to 45 hours under heavy use, and up to 100 hours in battery saver mode!

The usual Garmin metrics and analytics for in-depth training are still here, too, giving you more ways to track your training and progress as well as all the navigation tools needed to find your way around a new route and back home again.

$750 (for PC only); Garmin.com

Elite only

Intelligent Elite Gusto Trainer.

elite It has always been a big name in bike coaches. The Italian company’s years of experience have now gone into making their most advanced smart trainer ever, Justo. It builds on the features of Elite’s previous standard Direto XR-T trainer, and adds the form factor to the compact Suito-T model.

A new, more sensitive OTS sensor with a 22% heavier flywheel helps measure power more accurately than before, with up to 1% accuracy from 1.5%, as well as higher accuracy in hard-to-measure scenarios such as high cadence, low power, or high speeds on shallow gradients. Speaking of gradients, it still replicates up to 24% of gradients and best replicates the real-world feel with its “Flex Feet” that builds side-to-side movement in the trainer.

Justo works with the Elite System of Training Products.

It also features less noise, less build plastic, a 33% narrower form factor when folded compared to the Direto XR-T, as well as two channels of the latest Smart Bluetooth connectivity. This is by far the most advanced Elite trainer to date.

$1,199 Available Jan 2023; Elite-it.com

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

With the larger form factor of the ELEMNT BOLT and the 2.7-inch screen, the reason why Whoah ELEMNT Roam has always been the navigation system. For the second generation of the computer, Wahoo has enhanced these features.

The computer now features dual-band GPS, which means greater accuracy, especially when you’re under the cover of a jungle canopy or trying to get out from under downtown skyscrapers. It features an upgraded 64-color, high-contrast display, allowing more information to fit legibly into a single data screen. There’s now also 32GB of onboard memory to store tracks, maps and workouts, so you never have to delete anything.

The ROAM also has the samd convex style buttons used in the BOLT as well as USB-C charging, maintaining the same waterproof rating as before and maintaining a weight of 94 grams.

400 dollars wahoofitness.com

Zwift Hub

Zwift So synonymous with indoor training at this point that coach riding is sometimes referred to as “Zwifting.” But even with that name recognition, Zwift faces a technological hurdle in preparing people in its virtual world. Not everyone knows where to start with savvy trainers, so Zwift went ahead and made her own.

A Zwift Hub trainer may also be called a “Zwift in a box”. It’s easy-to-assemble design allows riders to set up quickly. And it comes at a staggering $495, with a cassette installed, that outperforms brand-name competitors for this category of products. It has competitive specs, too: 2.5% power accuracy, 1800 watt max wattage, and 16% gradient simulation.

But even if you know what you’re doing when it comes to finding trainers, the Hub’s attractive price tag, along with its reasonably advanced specs, makes it a good choice for any cyclist, especially the budget conscious.

$499; zwift.com

Phases power the 12-speed Shimano Ultegra and Dura-Ace side power meters

Phases power Shimano Dura-Ace’s 12-speed side power meters

Motorless side crank arm power meters were already available from Phase For the latest generation of Shimano 12-speed road groupsets. Now the Colorado brand’s power meter technology comes along with the driving. Like other third-generation Stages power meters, the Shimano Ultegra and Dura-Ace 12-speed crank lever power meters are 1.5% accurate and feature active temperature compensation for consistent performance across weather conditions, as well as being water-resistant.

Like all Stages power meters, they are individually built and calibrated in Boulder, Colorado. And if you already have a non-drive side power meter, you can easily convert your system to a dual sided one by getting the matching drive side crank.

stagecycling.com



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