Wahoo Elemnt Bolt arrived. Unpacked. One short ride under my belt using it. Here goes...
1. Set up was a breeze. Scan the identification code from the unit into your phone and you're connected. Setting up pages exactly as you like them is intuitive and SOOO much easier than with the Garmin since you do it on the phone just like you'd set up a playlist of songs. Lots of data points to choose from.
2. I'm really enjoying the zoom feature that makes it easy to increase or decrease the amount of information you see on your data page. Also the feature allows you to zoom in or out on the map with the touch of a button. Far better than Garmin's system that required lots of fiddling with buttons and pages.
3. The live track feature is free and it works well (or at least it did for today's ride).
4. Quality of build... well... it is a bit more 'plasticy' than the Garmin, more like a plastic you'd expect on a toy gun. And the plastic piece that covers the power port is already looking like it isn't up to long term use. That is a bit worrying since I'm sure that sooner or later I'll be in the rain with the unit. Have to see how that goes.
5. Loading routes and workouts from Strave or Ride With GPS is also easy. Just authorize those apps and the routes appear on your phone and on the unit. Select the one you want, and you're good to go.
6. I was out for 2 hours and 45 minutes today and the battery was at 78% when I got back. Looks like, even with the phone connection talking to the unit a lot, it beats my old Garmin. My Garmin would last about 8 hours without using phone connection. With the phone connection, looks like I'll get 10 or more hours with the Bolt. I'll update this next time I go on a longer ride.
7. My phone went from fully charged to 7% in 2hrs 45 minutes. Not sure why. Phone data says it is the background apps from the Wahoo fitness app. If there is no way to reduce the battery draw by the app, that is a bit of a bummer. I'll change some phone settings and see if this helps. (Had some trouble with my phone the other day, so it may be that my phone is about to go FUBAR on me). I'll see. Update to follow.
Yeah it was shocking the time it happened, could almost literally watch the phone lose charge.When you turned off the live track, did your phone go back to pretty much normal battery usage (or at least did you get a few hours of use before drained)?
For me, the ease of programming the pages is the biggest improvement. I finished the setup in about 5 minutes and had it just the way I wanted. Garmin... had one for 8 years and still hated trying to change the data on the pages. Can't see myself going back to Garmin and giving up that feature & the zoom.
Hopefully I won't need customer service, but sounds like they really are responsive.
Thanks for letting me know. I haven't used live tracking much since it just never seemed to work well on my Garmin. But it is a nice feature so my wife can see where I am if she wants to. But, if it is going to drain the battery like this, I'll have to shut it off. Hope they can fix that.
I never used turn by turn. It was annoying and unnecessary for me. I could just follow the line on the map and figure out where my turn was w/o the 'help.' Also turned it off on the Bolt. I haven't had a chance to use the map yet, but I hope it is as easy to follow as on the Garmin.
I tried to use the LED lights for monitoring my HR but in the strong sun, it was pointless. Couldn't see them at all.