Week in Review–July 23rd, 2017


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 these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

DCRainmaker.com posts in the past week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week:

Sunday: Week in Review–July 17th, 2017
Tuesday: Wahoo Rolls Out ELEMNT/BOLT Live Tracking with Data & Routes
Wednesday: Xert rolls out free real-time FTP app on Garmin devices
Thursday: Garmin Acquires Cycling Aerodynamics Company Alphamantis
Thursday: Hands-on: Airdog’s new ADII sports-tracking drone
Friday: Wahoo’s New 2017 KICKR SNAP Trainer: Hands-on
Friday: Strava will now fix your Garmin or phone when you break it riding…or not.

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

Below is the current list of deals in the sports tech realm.  Of note is the addition this week of the Cycliq Fly6 (back-light/camera combo) and Fly12 (front-light/camera combo) at $97 and $199.  That’s a solid deal, especially for the Fly6.

Current DealsProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 17th, 2019 @ 5:19 pm
4iiii Fliiiight Smart Trainer - Normally $59920% offNote: I've just begun my testing on this device - I hope to have a review out the week of Nov 18th
4iiii Power Meters - From $399 Normally20% off
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $20 off$139I use AirPods primarily when I'm travelling just to listen in airports, planes, etc... I don't tend to use these for workouts due to them falling out.
Apple Airpods Pro - $15 off$234Yup, these are the new noise-cancelling ones that don't fall out of your ears. I haven't tried them yet, but lots of people seem happy with them.
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)$169⚡ This unit recently got reduced to $199, and now it's down to $169. Walmart is also offering it for $129 on Black Friday weekend.
COROS APEX GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $29920% off
COROS Vertix GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $59920% off
Elite Drivo II Smart Trainer - Normally $1,19920% off
Elite Suito Smart Trainer - Normally $79920% offRemember - this also includes the cassette pre-installed, which saves you another $50 in cassette costs, plus another $10-$20 in
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - Normally $49920% offNote: I haven't gotten this trainer in to test yet. It's one I'm super excited about after trying it at Eurobike, but I have no idea on things like accuracy yet.
Feedback Sports Omnium Over-Drive Portable Trainer - Normally $39920% off
Garmin Cadence Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off$35Note: This is a random Amazon deal that will probably disappear. But, it's a great sensor for Zwift usage as it's not just dual ANT+/BLE, but dual-BLE atop that (so it can do two concurrent Bluetooth connections and unlimited ANT+ connections).
Garmin Descent MK1 - $200 Off$799
Garmin Edge 1030 - $150 Off$449
Garmin Edge 1030 Bundle - $150 Off$549
Garmin Edge 1030 Bundle- $150 Off$549Note: Includes Extended Mount, Standard Mount, Speed Sensor, Cadence Sensor, and Premium HRM
Garmin Edge 130 - $50 Off$149
Garmin Edge 130 Mountain Bike Bundle - $50 Off$199
Garmin Edge 130 Sensor Bundle - $50 Off$199
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - 11% off!$265⚡ ⚡ This is the first sale we've seen on this unit, which only came out this past spring. It's also an Amazon-specific sale and is highly unlikely to last long. This is one of the main units I use for my day to day riding and testing.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) - $150 Off$449⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This is for all models/variants. Obviously, the Fenix 6 came out two months ago, so don't expect major new feature updates on the Fenix 5 Plus - but still, it's a strong option.
Garmin Fenix 5 Series - 34% off$399Down to $399 is a substantial deal. It's the Fenix 5 (non-Plus), so don't expect much in the way of major firmware updates. But still, at that price it's solid.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $34920% off
Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $349$219-$236⚡ This is a fantastic deal right now. The price on Amazon is fluctuating a bit, but either way - by far the lowest we've seen. Awesome if you're looking to get into triathlon or just want a really capable running/cycling/swimming watch.
Garmin Forerunner 935 - $100 Off $399
Garmin Forerunner 935 Tri Bundle- $100 Off$549
Garmin Forerunner 945 - $100 Off$499⚡⚡ This is a super hot deal - first time we've seen the FR945 on sale.
Garmin Forerunner 945 Bundle- $100 Off$649⚡⚡ This is a super hot deal - first time we've seen the FR945 on sale. Note: Includes HRM-SWIM, HRM-TRI, Quick Release Kit
Garmin HRM-DUAL (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Strap)- $10 off$59⚡ This is my favorite chest strap these days (ANT+ & two concurrent BLE connections). It's never on sale, so this is basically just Amazon offering it at a discount for fun. Take it and run - probably won't last long.
Garmin HRM-RUN (with Running Dynamics) - $20 off$79This is the odd (and unheard of) Amazon sale. This strap includes Running Dynamics, but is ANT+ only. Honestly, unless you really want Running Dynamics, I'd recommend getting the HRM-DUAL instead (it's dual ANT+/BLE).
Garmin HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM Bundle (30% off!)$139Another rare Amazon sale on the HRM-TRI & HRM-SWIM straps. Also individually for 30% off too at same link.
Garmin Instinct - $100 Off$199
Garmin Instinct Tactical- $100 Off249
Garmin RD Pod (Running Dynamics) - 17% off$57Allows you to get not just Running Dynamics metrics, but also running power, on Garmin devices.
Garmin RTL510 Varia Cycling Radar - $50 Off$149⚡⚡ These days this isn't just a Garmin thing anymore. Wahoo and Hammerhead also support the radar, with Stages coming soon! Also, fun fact: This is *by far* the most ordered item on this page on the opening day (Friday, Nov 15th, 2019).
Garmin RTL510 Varia Radar Bundle (Radar + Display) - $50 Off$249
Garmin Speed Sensor Gen2 (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth) - $5 off$35⚡ This isn't a huge deal per se, but it is my favorite speed sensor for a commuter bike as it just quietly tracks all your mileage in the background and syncs it to your phone. Also, this falls in the bucket of 'random Amazon deals that will probably disappear'.
Garmin Tactix Charlie- $150 Off$599
Garmin Vector 3 - $200 Off$799⚡ This is the lowest price we've ever seen Garmin Vector 3 at. I don't expect a new version anytime soon - just a good holiday deal.
Garmin Vector 3S - $100 Off$499
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $24920% off
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Normally $249$169⚡⚡⚡Amazon only - who knows how long it'll last!!!
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music - Normally $27920% off
Garmin Vivoactive 4 - Normally $34920% off⚡ This is the first discount we've seen on the Vivoactive 4 since it launched about two months ago - so definitely a hot deal!
Garmin Vivosport GPS Band - Normally $16920% off
GoPro Hero 7 Black with 32GB - Normally $32920% off⚡ ⚡ While the newer Hero 8 Black is great, for the price inclusive of the 20% discount - this Hero 7 Black is an incredible deal.
GoPro Hero 8 Black - $53 off$347This deal is available now!!! (For those that don't want to wait).
GoPro Hero 8 Black with $50 REI card$400This is the best deal we've seen on the new Hero 8 Black for purchase today (if you're an REI customer). You get a $50 REI gift card to spend.
GoPro Hero 8 Black with 32GB card, Head Mount, Shorty Stick $329BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND ONLY! This is a huge deal, as the GoPro Hero 8 Black itself is $399, and then the Shorty Stick is another $40 (my favorite GoPro accessory), and the head mount in the $30 range, and the 32GB card in the $10 range. Again, deal doesn't start till Nov 28th.
Kinetic R1 Smart Trainer with Motion - Normally $1,05020% offNote: I've just begun my in-depth review testing on this unit, after a substantial firmware update. I hope to have more clarity in the coming days.
Lezyne Mega-C Cycling GPS - Normally $19920% off
Pioneer Power Meters - From $499 Normally20% off
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - Normally $8920% off
Polar Ignite GPS - Normally $22920% off
Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - 14% off$68⚡ This is one of my favorites, and I use it constantly for HR accuracy testing comparisons. Note that the CT VIP deal is a better deal, but since you can only redeem that for one product - this is handy if you still want a nice little deal. Deal varies based on which color you get.
Polar OH1 Plus Optical Sensor - Normally $7920% off⚡ This is one of my favorites, and I use it constantly for HR accuracy testing comparisons.
Polar Vantage M GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $27920% off⚡ This is a solid little unit for those wanting to get into triathlons
Polar Vantage V GPS Multisport Watch - Normally $49920% off
PowerPod Lite - Normally $19920% off
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - Normally $99925% off ($750)⚡⚡ REI Deal: One of the top three trainers, but by far the top trainer on the market for ERG mode (so if you're a TrainerRoad user - this be the one!). Note: CT has them for 20% off, while REI has them at 25% off, the 'Other' link is REI. Enjoy!
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - Normally $99920% off ($800)⚡ Clever Training Deal: One of the top three trainers, but by far the top trainer on the market for ERG mode (so if you're a TrainerRoad user - this be the one!). Note: CT has them for 20% off, while REI has them at 25% off, the 'Other' link is REI. Enjoy!
Saris M2 Smart Trainer - Normally $49920% off
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - Normally $1,19920% offNote: While I have ridden prototypes and recent pre-production units, I have no yet received the final unit in for testing in the DCR Cave
Saris TD1 Trainer Desk - Normally $32920% off
Scosche RHYTHM 24 Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE with memory) - $10 off$69
Scosche RHYTHM 24 Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE with memory) - normally $9920% off
Scosche RHYTHM+ Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE) - $10 off$69This unit is one of the most trusted optical HR sensors and I find it has better performance than the Scosche 24.
Scosche RHYTHM+ Optical HR Sensor (Dual ANT+/BLE) - Normally $7920%
Stages LR (Dual-sided Power Meter) - Normally $99920% off
Stages Power Meters (left and right) - From $45020% off
Suunto 3 Fitness - $70 off$139Note: All editions are discounted, including the copper/gold/etc ones. Those are down to $160 from $229
Suunto 5 GPS Multisport Watch - Normally from $32920% off
Suunto 9 G1 Baro GPS Multisport Watch - $170 off$419In addition, other color/material variants are also $170+ off too!
Suunto 9 G1 GPS Multisport Watch - $120 off$279
Tacx Flow Smart Trainer - Normally $36920% offThis is a great little starter unit that supports full control in Zwift/TrainerRoad/etc... It's not super powerful (meaning, it won't without a 500w ERG mode session), but if you're just getting into things it's not a bad place to start at all - especially on sale. Note: REI Members-only sale.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - Normally $89920% off *Deal with REI or Clever Training - Members save 20%, with the link here! I don't expect it to last (but hope it does!).
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - Normally $74920% off *Deal with REI or Clever Training - Members save 20%, with the link here! I don't expect it to last (but hope it does!).
Tacx NEO 2 Smart20% off⚡ This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Tacx NEO 2 - definitely one of the best deals of this year's VIP sale.
Tacx NEO 2T Smart - Normally $1,40020% off⚡⚡ *Deal with REI or Clever Training - Members save 20%, with the link here! This is a super-hot deal. I don't expect it to last (but hope it does!).
Velocomp AeroPod Aero Sensor - Normally $49920% off
Wahoo CLIMB Accessory - Normally $59920% off
Wahoo Headwind Fan - Normally $24920% offThis is one of those units that is undoubtedly expensive - yet everyone who has one loves it. Including myself.
Wahoo KICKR + CLIMB Bundle - $200 off!$1,599This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599. Pro Tip: Keep in mind that if you have two people in your household, both CT VIP members (which is free), you could achieve this same thing for less by purchasing both units individually at 20% off. However, if you lack friends, then this is a solid deal!
Wahoo KICKR 2018 Smart Trainer - Normally $1,19920% off⚡ One of the top three trainers out there. There's no better deal on it anytime of the year except the VIP sale.
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - Normally $89920% off⚡ A solid deal on one of the best trainers at this price range.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - $499 normally20% off
Wahoo TICKR (Dual ANT+/BLE HR Strap) - Normally $4920% off
Wahoo TICKR FIT Optical Strap (Dual ANT+/BLE) - Normally $7920% off
Wahoo TICKR X (Dual ANT+/BLE HR Strap) - Normally $7920% off
inReach Mini Satellite Communicator - $75 Off$274.99⚡ This is a great little deal on this unit, which now as of recently also connects to the Garmin Edge devices plus the Forerunner & Fenix devices for sending urgent messages sans-cell signals

Also of note is that ELEMNT $80 rebate for the larger unit.  Helps to equalize the price compared to the smaller BOLT.  Both contain the same software, though the larger unit has an additional LED stripe.

Oh…and ProTip: Swing back by this page sometime mid-morning on Monday US Eastern time for a very time-limited deal on some products.

YouTube Videos I Published:

Here’s some YouTube goodness that I published this past week, don’t forget to subscribe!

DCR Podcast:

By the time you read this, another episode will hopefully have dropped.  If not, I suggest keeping an eye out on your feed.  We recorded one Friday night so it should be out as soon as Ben finishes golfing or something.

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:

Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet.

1) It’s dead, Jim: This will come as no surprise, but Intel has killed off their wearables division.  What remains slightly unclear is if Recon is technically part of that or not.  Of course, they previously pseudo-killed Basis by recalling the product and then shutting down the site.  It’d be interesting to know how this impacts New Balance, who worked closely with Intel on their Run IQ Android Wear watch, whereby Intel did much of the work (including ongoing updates).

2) Alaska Airlines now charges $25 for bikes: Sweet! Far more reasonable than the $150USD (one-way) that United or others charge.  I still have really good luck with my bike bag, but if you get pinched, I’d rather only pay $25. (via Race Radio)

3) Well that was cold: I was looking forward to seeing how the Alaskaman triathlon (first year) went last weekend.  The pics don’t disappoint!

4) A different look at the Tour de France live tracking platform: A week or so ago I showed you a behind-the-scenes on Dimension Data’s live tracking platform.  This past week Cycling Maven put together a video during his TdF Vlog about it.  Cool stuff.

5) What’s on Team Cannondale-Drapac’s bike computers? Ask and you shall receive. Each rider lists what data fields/pages they use. (via Harald)

6) Why ‘the unicorn’ shouldn’t be used for health startups: Interesting perspective on health startup valuations from a business angle.

7) Tesla is paying employees to commute by bike: File this into the list of things you didn’t expect.

8) Update on this: GoPro water bottle mount: Last week I mentioned this, and my skepticism that it would arrive within the previously stated August timeframe, or that it might arrive at all for the price.  Astoundingly it actually came on Wednesday this past week.  Seriously, fastest crowd funding thing ever for me.  Quality seems just fine, though I haven’t really done any super detailed testing.

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:

Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one-liners are perfect, or Tweet it at me is even better) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?  Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin firmware updates.

Garmin FR735XT Beta Firmware Update: Added swimming countdown timer, also some other tweaks/fixes.

Garmin Varia Radar Firmware Update: Radar and LED improvements, some other bug fixes.

Garmin VIRB Edit update: Minor tweaks and fixes.

Garmin Vivosmart 3 Firmware Update: Actually a whole pile of tweaks and new things.

PowerTap P1 Firmware Update: Minor bug fixes, some additional fixes for the P1S

Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT/ELEMNT BOLT Firmware Update: Added live tracking and a few other tweaks (discussed in full post up above).

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  1. Kelly

    Participating in the Alaskaman race was an amazing experience! Every swim stroke, pedal revolution, and running then hiking step was a challenge. The course was very well organized, despite being an inaugural event in a relatively remote location. Weather was great. Views were breathtaking. Ahhh… Hard to believe it’s been a week since my husband and I crossed the finish line.

  2. Robin

    Podcast still hasn’t dropped.

    Either Ben is a poor golfer, or he’s stuck on the 19th. I suspect both 🙂

  3. ReHMn

    Good report on Alaska trithlon… The race is now part of the X-tri world tour, with 2 more newbies…

  4. Paul

    Hi, I’d be interested in your thoughts on the ongoing Withings/Nokia debacle. It seems a textbook example of how to upset customers for no discernible benefit.

    • Yeah, it’s been on my list to look at, just been travelling a bunch lately w/o a lot of access to my scale. As of this morning I have no more travels till the end of August, so going to dig into it more.

      But I do agree, they really seemed to have F’d this one up in an impressive way.

    • gingerneil

      Do that many people actually use the withings app rather than integrating the data within 3rd party platforms? My scale still measures my weight, and other bits bobs, and squirts the details to sporttracks.

    • Paul

      I used to use the Withings app a lot as I have a number of pieces of Withings hardware (Go, BP, Scales, Thermo) which I bought as it brought everything together on one platform. The weight graph was particularly useful as it allowed a quick check of trends (or for inspiration/reassurance). The new graph is useless as it isn’t possible to set axes to meaningfully depict the data. All very basic stuff. It should also be possible to fix very quickly once they accept the problem exists.

  5. Chris

    Do you know if the Fly12 discount will be available in UK/Europe?


    Any word on when F5 will get the Stress tracking update?

  7. Marcio

    What bike computers could be traded-in by Wahoo Element?
    Must it be GPS computer or any type?
    I could not find this information anywhere…just found about the condition of the computer must be.

  8. Bob

    Great link to the Alaskan tri Ray. Your Week in Reviews are among my favorite posts.

  9. Nedim

    I wonder how much the RunIQ debacle has contributed to the final downfall of the intel division. What will New Balance (and TAG Heuer) now do with their new digital division?

    Interestingly, we still have not seen a DCRainmaker RunIQ review yet! For a while it sounded like it may be released any moment and it would be an epic fail. While I like New Balance (they are helping maintain running trails in the Winter in Boston!), I was looking forward to the review, out of pure schadenfreude :))) Ray, any chance for a RunIQ review being published?

    • Yeah, I may take another look at it now that it’s on Android Wear 2.0 (I’d guess about 30-40% of the problems were attributed to AW1). But it’s not going to solve the dismal optical sensor they borrowed from Basis (via Intel). That’s not a sensor for workouts, it’s for non-fitness use.

  10. Is the mid-morning on Monday deal the wahoo sale?

  11. David Manley

    Seems the @recon twitter account is gone (or I’m going mad)

  12. Ray

    The alaskaman was a lot of fun, the swim was not all the bad but I had my longest t1 trying to get my arm warmers on as I couldn’t close my hands enough.

    The longest part was the hike up the mountain twice

    Fun times for sure.


  13. Brendan

    Hi Ray,

    Power2Max have some fairly big discounts on their type S line at the moment.

  14. MAGNUS

    Ray – Fly6 or Garmin Varia?

    I like the price point and the camera feature of the Fly6 is nice but it’s not a deal sealer for me… I feel like the radar feature of the Garmin unit is far more useful. Thoughts?

    • If you live in the city, I’d go Fly6, if you live more in the country (or plan to ride there), I’d go Garmin Radar.

      For me, the radar is totally useless in the city (just too much traffic), whereas it’s at its best out on the countryside.

  15. Alex

    Did the podcast ever get posted? I still can’t find it..