New Wahoo Elemnt ROAM Bike Computer | GCN Tech Unboxing

New Wahoo Elemnt ROAM Bike Computer | GCN Tech Unboxing


(static electronic noises) – Welcome to another
awesome GCN Tech Unboxing. This week we have a really
exciting piece of tech to show you. And as ever, with the GCN Tech Unboxing, there is a chance to win. But not one, not two, but thr … Where’s the third? I promise you three lucky viewers will each win one of the brand new Wahoo Elemnt Roam GPS bike computers. (energetic music) Now to make sure you don’t miss a chance to win any of our brilliant
prizes in the future, subscribe to the GCN Tech Channel. And also click the little bell icon so that you get a notification every time we upload a video. And for details on how to win this week, stay tuned to the end of the video. Right, enough of my yakkin’. Let’s open the box. Take a look at the Elemnt Roam. (thumping music) I really like the box. It’s got magnetic snap closure to it. And then we’ll slide the unit out. Awww, mate. Look at that. That is nice, isn’t it? (thumping music) So there’s the unit. And then also in the box, we’ve got the out front mount. Look at that. And then there’s also stem mount if you wanna zip tie it to your stem. There we go. And the charging cable, and a little tether in there as well. All right. Now outwardly, the unit looks very
similar to the Elemnt Bolt, but it’s got a much bigger screen and it’s also a bit sort of
deeper and bigger in profile owing to a larger battery. But it has the same
button layout as the Bolt, which is nice ’cause, well … It’s really easy and intuitive to use on the Bolt, so I like that. But I’ve got a Bolt here so I can show you the difference in size. So there are the two. (energetic music) If you’re not familiar
with the button layout, then on the side, here, we’ve got a power button. And that also acts as an
options button as well once the unit’s turned on. On the other side, we’ve got two buttons. And they’re for zooming in
and out of the various screens which means you can make it really big, which makes it dead easy to
read different data fields. And then on the bottom, we’ve got three other buttons which are used for
various other functions. There’s also here, a USB
port for charging it. (energetic music) The idea here is not for a
unit that replaces the Bolt, but one that offers increased added
navigational functionality. So if you’re gonna be doing adventures, on or off road in places
that you’ve not been before, then the Roam is the one for you. It still has an out front
arrow mount, though, like the Bolt. Check that out. But it’s a bigger one. And it slots on with a quarter turn mount. And well, as a leading edge of your bike, there’s no excuse for it not to be arrow, I guess. Very cool as well. Gains bris. I’ve been told that the
screen is Gorilla glass, too, for added durability. Nice, let’s turn it on. And, ah, this is cool. So when you turn it on,
there’s a little dude pedaling on the loading screen. And he’s actually riding
a Wahoo Kickr Climb. Check this out. How cool is that? And it reminds me as well, if you’ve got a Wahoo Kickr, you can actually control
it from the device which is rather neat. And it doesn’t have a touch screen, but this is a deliberate design choice from Wahoo, they tell us. Because Wahoo reckons that
if you require a touch screen to navigate your menus, then your user interface
is too complicated. One of the design
objectives for the Elemnts, including the Roam, is that they have to
be really easy to use. And touch screens can
also reduce battery life. They can suffer when the
rain’s hitting the screen. And the Roam has a claimed
battery life of 17 hours. It’s impressive. Key to the unit, is pairing it to the app that goes on your smartphone. And using the app, you can
customize all of the screen. So you can have mapping
screens, data screens, strava segment screens, workout screens. Pretty much every data
field you could imagine. The larger screen helps makes navigation easier to see and use. And also the screen has more detail and clarity than the
little one on the Bolt. So this is particularly useful when you’re sort of zooming in on a really complicated bit of map. There’s color on the screen, too. And the reason for this is
to help give clearer routing and superior visual communication than on a mono screen. It helps highlight the routes and also the turn by turn navigation. There’s smart navigation features as well. So check this out, right. So you’ve got route to start. And what that does, is if your in a particular place, you press that, and it takes you to the start of your ride via the quickest route possible. There’s also retrace your current ride. And that takes you back along the path you’ve already taken. There’s back on track. I guess, you’re back on track
if you’ve taken a detour. You can get it to plot routes to locations that you want to go to. And you can save favorite
locations in there as well. So, like the cake shop, for example. The unit also has a light
sensor built onto the screen so it automatically
adjusts the brightness, which is a new feature that
the old ones didn’t have. It means you save your battery as well ’cause it’s not on when
you don’t need it to be on. Getting routes onto the
device is dead easy. Even for me. And I’m, well, like a dog at
the controls of a spaceship when it comes to computers. You simply use the app and it syncs routes from third party apps such as Strava or Commute or Singletrack, if you fancy some off road action. Now for the part you’ve
all been waiting for. How do I actually win one of these awesome Wahoo Elemnt Roam computers? Well that’s super simple. All you need to do is click on the link in the description below, and that will take you
to our giveaways page. Fill in your details, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of these brilliant computers. And it’s free. Now once you’ve done that, why not check out the GCN shop. We’ve got all manner of
goodies for you there. Including our brilliant GCN KeepCups. Perfect for when you
navigated home from your ride and you want a post ride brew. And then once you’ve done that, if you’d like to watch another video, then click down here for
Si’s latest adventure where he navigated his way around Scotland and the North Coast 500. This probably would’ve come in handy.