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Week in Review–July 23rd, 2017

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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.

ProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
Elite Direto X Smart Trainer - Normally $899$699⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Elite Drivo II Smart Trainer - Normally $1,199 ($400 off!)$800This is roughly like a clearance event. Not technically, but effectively. Still a very solid trainer though.
Elite Sterzo Steering Wheel Block - Normally $69$55⚡ Clever Training 20% sale, use code MARCH20
Elite Suito Smart Trainer - Normally $799$639⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last, use code MARCH20
Garmin Vector 3 - $200 Off$799⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
GoPro Hero 8 Black Bundles (norm $399+)$349-$359⚡ There's some great deals in here. The base GoPro Hero 8 Black is down to $349, but many retailers for $10-$20 more are adding in a crapton of accessories you'll buy anyway like extra batteries, the shorty stick, etc... I've linked to a collection of them, my personal fav is linked in the second link, and has two extra GoPro battires, a 64GB microSD card, and then a USB card reader.
Kinetic R1 Smart Trainer with Motion - 30% off$670Now, if you don't mind a bit of noise, and a bit of inaccuracy in the power data - then this is a steal for this trainer . Definitely the lowest price we've seen it to date. But, read the review first.
NPE Runn Treadmill Sensor for Zwift (Normally $99)$80Clever Training 20% off sale for members, use code MARCH20.
Polar H1020% off⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Polar H920% off⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Polar Ignite GPS20% off⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Polar OH1 Plus⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Polar Vantage M20% off⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Polar Vantage V20% off⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $200 off!$799⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Saris M2 Smart Trainer - Normally $499$399⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - Normally $1,199$959⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Saris TD1 Trainer Desk - Normally $329$263⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). Clever Training use code MARCH20
Stages Dash L50 - 20% off!$239Clever Training 20% off sale for members, use code MARCH20.
Stages Dash M50 - 20% off!$199Clever Training 20% off sale for members, use code MARCH20.
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - 20% off$399⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - Normally $750$600⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Tacx NEO 2T Smart - Normally $1,400 - 20% off$1,120⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20. NOTE: Clever Training has NEO 2T in stock, whereas REI is backordered.
Wahoo CLIMB Accessory - Normally $599$480⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM - $50 Rebate (norm $379)$329Note, you still have to pay full price, but then on April 30th you can submit in you rebate form. Honestly, the least favorite type of sale out there. But hey, if you were going to buy one anyway - then woot! Just remember to put in a calendar reminder to submit the form!
Wahoo Headwind Fan - Normally $249$199⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo KICKR + CLIMB Bundle - $200 off!$1,599This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599 (versus the normal cost of $1,799).
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - Normally $899$720⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - $499 normally$400⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer - Normally $1,199$959⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20

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).

Thanks for reading!

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29 Comments

  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?

  6. MAGNUS

    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.

    Chris

  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..