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This is my (early) comparison of Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM v1 vs. ROAM v2.
I used both ROAM v1 for about two years. Unfortunately, ROAM v2 is not available for sale in my country yet. Once it is, I will buy it and update this comparison accordingly.
The main difference between ELEMNT ROAM v1 and v2 is that the ROAM v2 has larger storage, a more colorful display, a more accurate multi-band GPS, and refreshed design. Most other features remained the same.
So, is the ELEMNT ROAM v2 worth paying more?
Let’s find out.
ELEMNT ROAM v1 vs. v2: Technical Specifications
Here is the summary of the main differences between Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM v1 vs. v2.
|Feature||Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM v1||Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM v2|
|Display colors||Colored (8 colors)||Colored (64 colors)|
|Claimed battery life|
Real battery life¹
not tested yet
|Buttons||Hard to press||Easy to press|
|Smart navigation (rerouting)||Yes||Yes|
|Connectivity||ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Storage||4 GB||32 GB|
|Mounts in the box||Out front aero mount|
|Out front aero mount
|More info||Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM Review||n/a|
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¹Based on my unscientific testing - multiple rides with multiple connected sensors (HR, power meter, radar), and navigation turned on during about 30% of rides. Auto brightness on.
²Almost 2-year-old device.
ELEMNT ROAM v1 and ROAM v2 are similar to a large extent. So, what’s new?
- Multi-band GPS (like on Garmin Edge 1040)
- Display buttons (from recessed to more raised, like on BOLT v2)
- Display colors (from 8 to 64 colors)
- USB-C charging port (from MicroUSB)
- Increased storage (from 4 to 64 GB)
- Backup/restore (via Wahoo Cloud)
- Outdoor workout sync with Wahoo SYSTM
- Supersapiens sensor support
- Free Summit feature (similar to Garmin’s ClimbPro)
- Public route sharting (allows you to share your route with nearby ELEMNT owners)*
- Slightly higher price
*These software features are not fully developed and should be added soon.
Below, I compare these two bike computers’ most important features and differences.
Physical Dimensions & Weight
Regarding physical dimensions and weight, these two bike computers are similar.
The new ROAM v2 has redesigned buttons for easier use with gloves. They are not as recessed as those on ROAM v1.
I am not sure about the mounts’ compatibility. However, considering similar dimensions, it’s likely they are.
The display size of 2.7 inches, and the resolution remained the same.
What changed is the number of colors it can display. While ROAM v1 could display only 8 colors, v2 bumped this to 64.
They can show up to 11 data fields. By using the side buttons, you can change their size. For comparison, 3.5-inch Edge 1040 allows displaying 10 data fields at once only.
Control & User Friendliness
One of the things I love the most about Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers is their user-friendliness.
They combine simplicity, reliability, and functionality. For example, you can easily zoom the data fields using the side buttons to make them larger and easier to read.
The user interface of ROAM v2 remained the same as on v1. So, the only change is the more raised buttons.
I already had ROAM v1 for some time, so the buttons became harder to press. This issue should be addressed with the new version.
One of the biggest disappointments of ROAM v2 for me is the same battery life.
You see, Garmin Edge computers, especially the Edge 1040 line, has looong battery life exceeding 25 hours.
The claimed 17-hour battery life is sub-average. See the following chart for better context:
Based on my experience with ELEMNT bike computers, I believe they will last as promised (unlike the head units of other manufacturers).
But I expected more.
Maps & Navigation
Thanks to the multi-band GPS, ROAM v2 should be more accurate than v1.
Only the highest-end bike computers have this functionality, so I am curious how it will perform.
One of the biggest downsides of ELEMNT bike computers is that they take ages to load the route.
We will see if this improved with the new generation or not.
Free Summit is a feature similar to Garmin’s ClimbPro or Hammerhead’s CLIMBER. I compared them all in this article.
It shows you information (remaining distance, estimated time, gradient, etc.) about the upcoming climbs without needing the route preplanned.
I enjoy it, especially in areas I don’t know well, so I know how to pace myself. I am glad that Wahoo introduced this feature.
Wahoo SYSTM Integration
If you do a lot of structured training and use apps like TrainingPeaks or TrainerRoad, you know these apps are integrated with Wahoo computers.
Wahoo (finally) integrated Wahoo SYSTM too. This means workouts from this app will be automatically synchronized with your head unit.
Of course, your workouts finished outdoors are counted toward your progress in SYSTM.
One of the unique features of Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers is the LED strip. This functionality remained the same.
Both ROAMs have LED strips on the left and the top to indicate directions, your power, speed, HR, notifications, etc.
You can set custom notifications via the ELEMNT Companion app. I find this handy for reminding me when to recharge my Di2 and power meters or when to drink.
Wahoo extended this functionality with virtual Points of Interest. So, you can set a location from a particular location to get the custom notification.
The last ‘big’ news is the new USB-C charging port. It’s no surprise that an electronic device released in 2022 comes with it. But I had to mention it anyway.
That’s where the news end and where the chase starts. Wahoo bike computers miss some cool features, like Garmin’s accident detection, workout/recovery suggestions, and more.
So, while they are still good at what they do best – making easy-to-use products – the question is: Will it be enough?
ELEMNT ROAM v1 vs. ELEMNT ROAM v2 FAQ
The Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM v2 brought slight improvements:
- Larger storage (from 4 to 32 GB)
- More accurate GPS (from single-band to multi-band GPS)
- Easier to press buttons (those we know from BOLT v2)
- USB-C charging port
- More colorful display
I believe ROAM v1 was one of the best bike computers on the market a few years ago. I loved using it and can’t wait to try ROAM v2.
I like its improvements, although the battery life could be longer. Based on the published info, I am not convinced the ROAM v2 is worth upgrading from v1.
Wahoo seems stuck and doesn’t innovate like other manufacturers (e.g., Hammerhead or Garmin). I expected more.
However, if you are considering a new bike computer, I still think ROAM v2 is worth your attention.
Do you plan to upgrade? Or what bike computers do you like the most? Let me know in the comments below.