Wahoo has entered the sportswatch segment with the launch of its new ELEMNT RIVAL, offering cyclists and runners a user-centric design with widespread multisport functions, incorporating several first in class features such as a ceramic bezel and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight. Other must-have features include a battery that lasts 14 days in watch mode or 24 hours in GPS mode, a barometric altimeter, an optical heart rate sensor and live tracking.
“The real magic of Rival is that we were able to take everything we have done with the Elemnt bike computer and create a perfect parallel, giving triathletes and runners the same ease of use that cyclists have had access to since 2016,” said Chip Hawkins, founder of Wahoo. “A key design concern was making a watch with looks to match its performance. This is a stylish, high-performance multi-sport watch that should be the choice of any athlete looking for a lightweight GPS watch with unbelievable battery life to track the longest races.”
Wahoo says the ELEMNT RIVAL is already being used by some of the world’s best triathletes, including Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno, American Ironman World Record holder Heather Jackson, and two-time Olympian Sarah True.
According to Wahoo, the ELEMNT RIVAL is the first sports GPS device to innovate the way race data follows an athlete through the stages of a multi-sport event, wherein a proprietary Touch-less Transition technology allows users to seamlessly transition from swim to ride to run without touching their watch.
As a part of the Wahoo ecosystem, the ELEMNT RIVAL’s Multisport Handover mode allows it to interact with ELEMNT GPS cycling computers to transition race data from the watch to a handlebar-mounted computer during the bike leg of a multi-sport activity such as a triathlon, ensuring that race data is always easy to see, easy to follow, and captured correctly so athletes can focus on their race.
Additionally, the ELEMNT RIVAL uses the same easy-to-set-up, easy-to-use platform and mobile app as Wahoo’s Elemnt GPS cycling computers. Moreover, the watch tracks all standard run, bike, and swim metrics, while also having the ability to track advanced running dynamics when paired with the Wahoo TICKRX heart rate monitor.
Also, following workouts, data is available in the Wahoo companion app, which can be automatically uploaded to third-party platforms like TrainingPeaks and Strava. The ELEMNT RIVAL also connects with ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors, allowing it to control Wahoo KICKR smart trainers.
The ELEMNT RIVAL sells for $379, which can be purchased at WahooFitness.com.
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