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02. Juli, 09:50 Uhr

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times...

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02. Juli, 21:51 Uhr

A busy weekend back home in Amsterdam after a few weeks of travelling.  I couldn’t begin to include all the random things in this weekend’s list, it was so packed with stuff.  So here’s the top five! 1) Openwater swim dumpster fire All day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I was riding short 15-45 minute rides.  Over and over again.  Trainers and power meters, either indoors or loops around the...

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08. Juli, 22:29 Uhr

While much of the attention in the Tacx booth today at Eurobike was on the soon to ship Tacx Neo Smart Bike, there was also a lonely trainer swirling around quietly in the corner – the new Tacx Flux 2 Smart.  This unit squeaked just in time to the show to be able to be put up on a pedestal (literally) – but wasn’t yet in riding condition. Still, it’s worthwhile taking a look at the specs and...

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16. Juli, 11:24 Uhr

Now technically the deals last a bit longer than today, into the first half of tomorrow too – but that’s a bit more of a technicality than anything.  What matters here is the deals themselves.  Like most flash in the pan Amazon deal days, there’s some fantastic deals to be had. But also, a lot of has-been stuff too.  And even more importantly is understanding that the deals don’t all last...

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18. Juli, 22:23 Uhr

Bontrager has introduced a new far smaller and much cheaper variant of their popular Flare RT connected bike lights.  These $59 individual front and rear lights connect via ANT+ to supported head units to automatically turn on when you start a ride, and turn off when you end a ride.  You can also control functionality, like light modes, from the head unit itself. Bontrager is hardly new to the...

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08. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

Last year at Eurobike Tacx announced their intentions to make a smart bike, the blend of an indoor trainer and a bike. Similar to a ‘spin bike’ in looks, but under the hood totally different.  It’d have full resistance control just like their Tacx Neo trainer, while also having handlebars and shifting like a bike.  Much of the focus on smart bikes has been spurred on by Zwift aiming to capture...

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16. Juli, 10:29 Uhr

Stages may have just stumbled on making one of the best deals in GPS bike computers – the newish Stages Dash L10.  Of course, that’s actually not the two units that most cycling media outlets, including myself, will probably feature in their headliner images.  And if I had more hours in the day, I’d write separate posts for them.  But I lack that time, and in the case of the L50 and M50 units –...

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08. Juli, 06:30 Uhr

Wahoo was busy today announcing a full slate of three new products, including the new full high-end Wahoo KICKR 2018 edition, Wahoo Headwind, and what this post is about, the Wahoo KICKR Core.  You can click on the Headwind post shortly, and later today you’ll find my complete In-Depth Review of the full KICKR 2018.  Until then though, here’s what’s new on the less expensive KICKR CORE...

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08. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

This year at Eurobike it’s all about the very unique products. Be it the Elite Fuoripista or the Tacx Neo Bike Smart, companies are throwing out products that are pushing the boundaries of what we know of as indoor training products today.  And in this case, CycleOps is taking what is mostly a fringe garage idea – rocker plates – and looking to see if they’re the next best bet in elevating the...

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07. Juli, 14:49 Uhr

Being the first company to kickoff Eurobike 2018’s new trainer parade, Elite has dropped the Drivo II upon us.  This is their high-end direct drive trainer that’s meant to compete with the best options on the market in the indoor trainer realm.  The last Drivo unit was about two years old and was due for a refresh, which this new unit accomplishes in a mostly evolutionary way. As is the trend...

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04. Juli, 21:05 Uhr

With just a few days remaining before Eurobike 2018, Zwift finally unleashed the Android version they touted last year in their booth at Eurobike 2017.  This version brings compatibility to run the entire game (versus just the companion app) on Android devices.  You’ll remember that Zwift initially started on Mac and PC, and then eventually on iOS devices before landing on Apple TV last...

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03. Juli, 23:21 Uhr

Today WatTeam announced their 3rd generation power meter, introducing mostly hardware tweaks and durability improvements, along with the ability to swap the pods between bikes quickly. Most importantly though, their pricing otherwise stays the same – save the new multi-bike packages of course. WatTeam has been known for driving the price of power meters lower by effectively moving the...

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05. Juli, 23:06 Uhr

In the lead-up to Eurobike, today Garmin announced the new Edge Explore. Now, you’ve probably heard the Edge Explore or ‘Touring’ names battered around for half a decade or so. Usually along with a numerical identifier like ‘Edge Explore 1000’, which was essentially a dumbed-down version of the Edge 1000. Previously, it’s been targeted at the cycle touring market, but I think the new...

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09. Juli, 12:31 Uhr

I’ve written many in-depth reviews over the years. Trainers, GPS watches, action cams, drones…and yes, even a blender once (I still have the blender, it’s awesome). But, never a fan. But there’s a first time for everything, and today is that day.  A review of a fan.  And to be more precise, a really expensive fan. But, a fan that’s connected via ANT+, Bluetooth Smart, home automation tie-ins...

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08. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

I anticipate the cheapest sports technology gadget I’ll release a review or early look on here at Eurobike 2018 will cost about $60. But perhaps I’ll end up finding something that fits into my realm for cheaper.  What I don’t expect though is to find anything more expensive than Elite’s stunningly beautiful Fuoripista indoor smart bike/trainer.  This Italian stallion comes in at a mouth-drying...

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18. Januar, 12:22 Uhr

Since a change in leadership at the UCI in 2013, we’ve seen an increase in the number of data tracking platforms that are following the pro peloton.  For example, last year at the Tour Down Under I highlighted one solution by Satalyst, and then this past summer at the Tour de France with Dimension Data. Here we are a year later, and the Tour Down Under has another solution – this one far more...

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18. Januar, 09:29 Uhr

Each day I’m here down in Adelaide at the Tour Down Under I’m roughly spending half my day at or getting to/from the race site, and then half my day writing posts and editing videos. Mixed in there is also general testing of devices totally unrelated to the Tour Down Under, as well as attempting to clear out a few more CES related posts about things you mostly haven’t seen much detail on. ...

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17. Januar, 05:04 Uhr

On the eve of the start of Stage 1 at the Tour Down Under we held a grand event: One solely focused on bike tech and beer.  And by grand…I mean in the back outside section of a pub under the flight path of the international airport.  But what we lacked in aeronautical silence, we made up for in sports tech chat. The event was initially conceived by Murray from Wahoo Fitness.  He had...

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17. Januar, 03:50 Uhr

Like many fitness tech companies at CES this year, Wahoo Fitness decided against being on the show-floor with a large booth.  Joining Fitbit and others, Wahoo went with off show-floor arrangements, in this case a suite some 31 floors above the craziness of the exhibition halls. It’s here that I found myself a pile of Wahoo BOLT computers and two Wahoo CLIMB units.  One was paired to Zwift,...

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26. Juni, 13:00 Uhr

It’s been just shy of 6 years since the original Kinetic inRide sensor was announced (Fall 2012), and today they’ve updated it with the guts it always wanted.  The inRide sensor allowed you to take virtually any existing Kinetic fluid trainer (which is pretty much all of them) and get proper power broadcasting from it, so that apps could consume that data. But far more importantly, it allowed...

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16. Januar, 03:56 Uhr

At the 2018 Tour Down Under, there honestly isn’t a ton of new bike tech.  At least, bike tech within the realm that I care about. Undoubtedly there are new frames, wheels, and probably the odd brake pad.  But in terms of things with electronics in them, most of that will have to wait till later this spring.  January has never been a popular time for bike electronics, and that’s certainly...

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16. Januar, 02:52 Uhr

The Tour Down Under represents the first race of the UCI WorldTour season, and as such, establishes what we’ll see in terms of equipment as the baseline for most tech on the teams this year. The men kicked off their festivities down here on Sunday with the People’s Choice criterium, but the actual Tour Down Under Stage 1 didn’t begin till today (Tuesday).  The ladies meanwhile actually finished...

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14. Januar, 10:50 Uhr

Four redeye flights in a row later coming from CES in Las Vegas the wrong way around the world, and I’ve arrived in Australia!  Actually, more accurately, we’ve arrived in Australia.  Me, The Girl, and both Peanuts (Lucy is getting the pleasure of spending the next few months in warm and sunny Norway, since she isn’t permitted easily into Australia). The Plan: First up on the docket is the Tour...

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23. Juni, 19:23 Uhr

In a move that will turn heads within the indoor training industry, Zwift has acquired Milestone and their famed inexpensive ($25) running footpods.  This isn’t the first time Zwift has dabbled in hardware, but it is definitely the first time they’ve overtly made a hardware play that will ultimately end in them having a Zwift-branded (and owned end to end) device.  And of all things? The...

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22. Juni, 23:54 Uhr

Ok, rounding up some of the week’s news in sports tech, here’s a few little tidbits that are definitely worth mentioning.  And some of them are hot off the press, primarily the totally unexpected Galileo one! PowerPod’s new $199 model This past weekend the folks behind the PowerPod announced a new variant, the PowerPod Lite.  This new model drops the price down to $199 (from $299+) and does...

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12. Januar, 16:29 Uhr

This week at CES, Peloton raised the stakes and announced their long awaited treadmill – simply called Tread.  For those not familiar, Peloton is the indoor cycling studio that’s transplanted into your living room via their swanky (and expensive) indoor cycling bike.  The key driver of success on the platform is that you’re not just watching recorded sessions with an instructor from 5 years...

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10. Januar, 16:31 Uhr

With thousands of companies exhibiting at CES, you see all sorts of things across a wide array of viability levels.  Some stuff you see you’ll know will be a hit.  While others it’s just a matter of time before not just the product, but the company folds. But then there’s the stuff in between – the stuff that might have a future, but the pathway isn’t crystal clear.  A perfect example of that...

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09. Januar, 17:00 Uhr

I initially thought of just titling this post “Scosche’s New Rhythm 24 Optical HR Band”, but in reality, that doesn’t begin to capture what they’re doing with the new Rhythm 24.  Because almost everything they’ve added is about things beyond the optical HR sensor.  They’ve jammed NFC in there, onboard memory, cycling cadence, swimming support, tripled the battery and much more. No doubt, the...

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09. Januar, 14:54 Uhr

Today, on the eve of CES opening its doors, Suunto cracked the lid on their latest watch, the Suunto 3 Fitness.  These small and incredibly lightweight watches are somewhat aimed to compete with the likes of Polar’s M430 watches, as well as Garmin’s Vivomove HR series, and Fitbit’s Blaze. The main difference though to past Suunto watches? The Suunto 3 Fitness doesn’t have GPS, but does have a...

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18. Juni, 11:00 Uhr

Today Garmin announced the new Fenix 5 Plus series, which takes the existing Fenix 5/5S/5X and injects full onboard color mapping, onboard music, and contactless payments.  Additionally there’s new Galileo GPS support for higher accuracy, new smart notification privacy features, and locking the GPS altitude to the elevation data in the maps themselves, among other features. Meanwhile, the...

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