Wahoo ELEMNT Bike Computers: Which One to Choose?

Wahoo Bike Computers: ELEMNT BOLT v1, BOLT v2, ROAM

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Wahoo is Garmin’s challenger in the bike computers field. Their lineup includes:

The choice between those ultimately boils down to your display size preferences.

However, this article explains their differences more in detail, and you also learn more about the discontinued Wahoo cycling computers.

Let’s dive in.

NOTE: All Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers are also available in bundles. They include additional sensors like an HR monitor and cadence and speed sensor. 

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2 review: Me holding ELEMNT BOLT v2
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2
  • Ideal for: All types of riders and cyclists
  • Screen: 2.2″ (colored)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 15 hours
  • Weight: 68g
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes

ELEMNT BOLT v2 is the latest bike computer from Wahoo. It was introduced in 2021, and it replaced the original BOLT (v1).

The screen has received the biggest upgrade. It’s colored (64 colors) now and still easy to read in direct sunlight. It can change the background of certain data fields based on your zones (e.g., power, HR).

BOLT v2 features full on-device navigation. This means it can retrace the route, take you to a selected point on a map, provide you with turn-by-turn directions, etc. BOLT v1 didn’t offer these features.

You can read my entire comparison of BOLT v1 vs. v2 for more details.

Wahoo cycling computers are also known for their ease of use. This is the feature I enjoy because I can set them using my smartphone (via the ELEMNT Companion app). It’s easy, fast, and effective.

The buttons also got an upgrade and are now easier to click than on BOLT v1 or ROAM.

You will also enjoy features like Strava live segments and seamless upload of your rides to Strava and other 3rd party apps.

The downsides include the non-touchscreen display and sometimes inaccurate GPS.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com

You might be interested in this comparison of Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM vs. BOLT v2.

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM Review: Turned-on ROAM with a blurred flowering pink tree
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM
  • Ideal for: All types of riders and cyclists
  • Screen: 2.7″ (colored)
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Battery life: 17 hours
  • Weight: 93g
  • Full on-device navigation: Yes

I used Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM for about 2 years, and it was a faithful servant.

It’s unique thanks to the 2 LED strips that change color based on your power, speed, or HR. The top strip also shows you directions (flashing from left to right or from right to left) if you have navigation turned on.

I like the ease of use of ROAM, the large, easy-to-read display, and the possibility to set it up via the smartphone. I find this way more effective than setting it directly on the device using a few buttons.

ROAM offers most features you may need, such as structured workouts support, Strava live segments, full on-device navigation, etc.

The only thing I dislike is the buttons that are hard to press. Especially the bottom three are poorly designed.

I expect Wahoo will introduce ROAM v2 in 2022 or 2023 because the v1 was introduced already in 2019 and would deserve an upgrade.

Also available at rei.com, amazon.com, wiggle.co.uk, and wiggle.com

The following table shows the comparison of current Wahoo ELEMNT cycling computers.

Bike ComputerBuyClaimed Battery LifeScreen SizeDisplayTouchscreenOn-Device Navigation*Live SegmentsConnectivityWaterproofingWeightMemory
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAMCheck Price
Check Price (wiggle.co.uk)
17 hrs2.7in8 colorsNoYesYesANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiIPX793g2.78GB
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2Check Price
Check Price (wiggle.co.uk)
15 hrs2.2in64 colorsNoYesYesANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiIPX770g16GB
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v1Discontinued15 hrs2.2in2 colorsNoNoYesANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiIPX762g2.78GB
Wahoo ELEMNTDiscontinued17 hrs2.7in2 colorsNoNoYesANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiIPX7104g2.78GB
This table compares Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers and their features like the battery life, screen size, and more.
*On-Device Navigation means that the device can recalculate the route when you are off-course.

Discontinued Wahoo ELEMNT Computers

Here are the discontinued Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers. You may still find them in online marketplaces, but they are not sold officially. 

  • Wahoo ELEMNT was the Wahoo’s first GPS bike computer. It was released in 2016.
  • Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v1 became quickly popular after its release in 2017 among pros and amateurs.
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v1 Review: Turned-on BOLT v1 with a blurred background
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v1 Review

Wahoo ELEMNT Bike Computers FAQ

Conclusion

Here is my summary of which Wahoo computer you should buy:

  • ELEMNT BOLT v2 if you want a compact, sleek, and the latest Wahoo bike computer.
  • ELEMNT ROAM if you want an easy-to-use Wahoo bike computer with a large display suitable for navigation.

Or, if you want to save some bucks, you can buy older models seconds hand.

Which of the current Wahoo ELEMNT computers is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

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