Week in Review–July 30th, 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 23rd, 2017
Sunday: Tour de France 2017- The Finish in Paris
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Best Bike Computer 2017: Garmin Edge 520 vs Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Thursday: DCR Facebook Live Q&A Tomorrow –July 28th!
Sunday: In case ya missed it: DCR Live Q&A Recording Available

In general, this week would definitely be categorized as a ‘prep week’ ahead of a busy week. It’ll actually flip-flop like this for the next 3-4 weeks till Eurobike. August is gonna be full of goods!

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

Below is the current list of deals in the sports tech realm.

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - $70 off!$269I use my iPad primarily for TrainerRoad as well as Zwift when not with a larger display. I also occasionally use it for other apps, namely Wahoo SYSTM, Rouvy, and Peloton. But I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. For all these cycling apps, the graphics capabilities is really pretty irrelevant, so having the absolute top-end/latest model won't make any difference. I prefer the budget options.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
$79⚡These aren't the latest anymore, that's the newer 3rd gen units. But if budget is in mind, it's hard to beat these - seriously, at $79 it's the lowest price these have ever been.
Apple Airpods Pro (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
Apple TV 4K (32GB) for Zwift - $50 off$79⚡⚡ I use this for almost all my Zwifting. This is a fantastic deal, which runs Zwift, RGT, FulGaz, Rouvy, and more. While Apple just released their newest version (2022), virtually no cycling apps have taken advantage of it yet. And thus for now, the edition on sale for $79 seems like a steal.
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen/2022) - 8% off
$229⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Series 8 - $50 off!
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349⚡This is only the 2nd time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Ultra - $50 off!$749⚡This is only the second time we've seen the Apple Watch Ultra on sale, and appears to be for all band styles as well! And it's not only in-stock, but even for same-day delivery in some areas.
Apple Watch Ultra - $50 off!$749⚡This is only the second time we've seen the Apple Watch Ultra on sale, and appears to be for all band styles as well! And it's not only in-stock, but even for same-day delivery in some areas.
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $100 off
$149⚡ I like the PowerBeats Pro with the over-the-ear design, for more security in workouts, than my Beats Studio Buds. I use these as well as my Beats Studio Buds (and have used the PowerBeats Pro ones longer). $100 off is a solid deal.
Beats PowerBeats Studio Buds - $60 off
$89⚡I've been using these since last summer (2021), primarily on my indoor workouts, but also on some of my runs (for example, in testing out most watches with music). I like them and they've become my go-to buds.
DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo Edition - 31% off$359
DJI FPV Combo - $300 off!$899⚡This deal is on DJI's larger FPV drone, the original one. They've also got the smaller but less powerful one too - Avata, which isn't on sale. This is for the FPV combo deal, saving you $400. This includes the drone, FPV goggles, and controller.
DJI Mavic 3 - $150 off
$2,049This is the second time we've seen the DJI Mavic 3 on sale (for a non-bundled deal). With all the firmware improvements since the fall, it's finally getting to a more stable place in terms of features. Of course, you can also now get the DJI Mavic 3 Classic for a fair bit cheaper, minus the zoom lens. Albeit, I personally think the zoom lens is handy (if used correctly).
Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer- $400 off!
$599⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on this trainer to date!
Elite Sterzo Smart - 40% off$74This is Elite's steering block, for steering in apps like Zwift.
Elite Suito-T Smart Trainer - $340 off!
$799 (incl cassette)
$509This is by far the lowest price we've ever seen on the Elite Suito or Suito-T trainers. Note: The Suito-T is the same exact trainer as the Suito, except without the cassette pre-installed.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - $233 off!
$347⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on the wheel-on Tuo. While most trainers have shifted towards direct drive, this is a good option at the lower end.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus - $200 off
$391⚡While the newer Edge 1040 came out this past summer, the Edge 1030 Plus is still an incredibly solid bike computer - arguably the 2nd best bike computer (behind the Edge 1040).
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - $50 off!
$249⚡ This matches last year's Black Friday sale, and is the lowest price to date on the Edge 530. This is one of the main units I use for my day-to-day riding and testing.
Garmin Fenix 7 Series (All Models/Styles) - $100 off!
From $599⚡This is the first time we've seen the Fenix 7 series on sale! This sale is $100 off all Fenix 7 series models, be it in the Fenix 7S/7/7X or any of the Sapphire/Solar variants.
Garmin Fenix 7 Solar Sapphire - $250 off!$751⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire - $150 off!$849⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin GPSMAP 66i with inReach - $100 off$499
Garmin HRM-PRO Plus - 22% off
$101⚡This is the first time we've seen this on sale - and so it's actually pretty notable. I don't even think it's supposed to be on sale, but this is just Amazon doing Amazon. This is one of the two main HR straps i use these days (alongside the Polar H10). Either way, definitely take this and run!
Garmin Instinct 2 Series - $100 OffFrom $249⚡This is the first time we've seen the Garmin Instinct 2 series devices (all variants) on sale. The Instinct 2 base is from $249 (on Amazon), a very solid deal - especially with all the major software updates it's had over the last year.
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Solar - $50 OffFrom $399
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Surf - $100 OffFrom $299
Garmin Varia RCT715 Camera Radar - $50 off$349This is the first time this product has been on sale, since announcement earlier this year.
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off
$149This is Garmin's standalone radar/taillight option, and $149 is pretty much the standard sale-price. This product is universally loved, and works with Garmin/Wahoo/Stages/Hammerhead/Bryton, and other bike computers.
Garmin inReach 2 Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $75 off$327This is the first time we've seen this unit on sale, as it only came out earlier this year. It's my defacto satellite communicator when out of coverage area, and I've used it on a number of major treks this year out of cell range already.
GoPro Hero 11 Black - $100 off
$399⚡ Amazon now has the Hero 11 Black for $100 off the retail price of $499. This does *NOT* require the GoPro subscription (previously called GoPro Plus). The Hero 11 has become my daily action cam (well, actually, I bought two of them).
Google Pixel Buds Pro - Noise Canceling Earbuds (All Colors) - $50 off!$149⚡This is the first time we've seen a sale on these, given they were just announced about 5 weeks ago.
Google Pixel Watch - 15% off!$299⚡This is the first time we've seen the (just released) Google Pixle Watch on sale!
Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle - 38% off$59⚡So, the Three Peanuts (girls ages 3/5/6) have used this for over a year now, abd they love it. It's silly simple (there's no real connectivity here), and the videos they ride with are also absurdly laughable. Yet, they love it. Seriously, they fight over it.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee & Espresso Kit - 30% off$118⚡ Let's be honest: This place runs on Nespresso (or, well, the knock-off pods we buy). But, the machine is Nespresso. Without it, reviews most definitely would not get done (and certainly not on time). This is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
Polar Grit X - 17% off
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 40% off
$54⚡So this has been fluctuating all day between $54 and $75. So it's a bit of luck of the draw. Either way- these are super low prices and great straps. This is one of my main chest straps I use as a reference device in testing. Works great!
Polar Ignite 2 - 22% off
$179While the Polar Ignite 3 just came out, this is a reasonable deal on the older model.
Polar Pacer - 15% off!$170I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace (base unit) on sale. Note - specifically the black/grey people.
Polar Pacer Pro - $80 off!
$219⚡I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace Pro on sale. Note - specifically the red/white one is $219, the others are $230-$240.
Polar Vantage M2 - 20% off!
Quarq DZero DUB (Road) PM Spider - 40% off$250⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the road/gravel variant of the MTB one I use (the XX1).
Quarq DZero DUB XX1 PM Spider - 40% off$449⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the same exact model I use on my mountain bike. Works well.
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro - $100 off!$399⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro on sale this low!
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 36% off$89I use a small fleet of these T7 SSD's for various video projects, alongside the Sandisk SSD's. I literally have one of each color, just to keep things simple. They work great for quick storage. Note: Different colors have different sale prices - I don't understand why.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 18% off$51I use the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards exclusively for all my video/photo shooting on my Panasonic GH5 and Nikon cameras (video and stills), including up to 6K recording with the GH5. I've mostly used 128's, but more and more lately I'm filling up cards faster with higher bitrates, so this sale is gonna have me pickup a bunch of the 256GB ones instead. The 128GB/ 512GB/1TB ones are also on sale too viathe same link. Note that usually I wait till these are about $40-45, so this is a good, but not yet fantastic deal.
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $260 off!
$639While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall.
Saris H3 Bundle - $280 off!$719While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall. Bundle includes pre-installed cassette, sweat guard, and ANT+ USB stick.
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - $440 off!$759⚡This is by far the lowest normal sale price we've seen to date, save for their 'everything must go' clearance sale
Scosche RHYTHM+ 2.0 - 44% off!
Skydio 2+ Starter Kit - $200 off!
$899In terms of autonomy and self-following from a drone, nothing beats Skydio today.
Stages Bike SB20 - $700 off!
$1,799⚡ A very solid deal, making it the least expensive smart bike out there, despite being probably the best built one. (Note: While this sale is marked as 43% off, the reality is most of the time the price hovers around $2,300-2,500) - still, by far the lowest price we've ever seen).
Suunto 5 Peak - $60 off!
$239This is Suunto's mid-range/budget multisport GPS unit, and at $239 it's a solid deal.
Suunto 9 Peak - $170 off
$399While Suunto recently released the newer Suunto 9 Peak Pro, this existing model still benefits from many of the software updates.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - $180 off
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - $150 off!
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $280 off!
$1,120⚡This is Tacx's top-end trainer, and while sales have been more frequent in 2022, this is still a solid deal for a solid trainer.
Tacx NEO Bike Smart V1 - $470 off!
$2,719This is the V1 version, whereas the new Tacx NEO Bike Plus came out this past week with some very minor tweaks, however, that bike is $3,999 ($1,300 more than this!). Thus, this kinda looks like a steal.
Therabody Theragun Elite - $100 off$299⚡ This is arguably my wife's favorite sports tech gadget. She uses it pretty much daily. Thus, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this deal. Also, please don't tell her, she might just buy another one...
Therabody Theragun Mini - 21% off$159My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is a bit larger than this Mini model, and also includes more tips. But, as noted - people seem happy with all these models.
Therabody Theragun Prime - 34% off$198My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is just slightly more expensive than this model at $299 on sale right now. But hey, I hear good things about all of these.
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM V1 - $200 off
$199⚡This is the slightly older ROAM V1, which isn't quite as fancy as the new V2. Still, $200 off is a very solid deal, and it, recently got the new Wahoo Summit Segments feature, as well as other features - so it's still getting the majority (if not all) new firmware features.
Wahoo KICKR AXIS Feet - 40% off$47This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Wahoo KICKR AXIS feet, which, if on a hard surface like concrete, will give your KICKR bike slightly more movement side to side. Note these come built-in to the KICKR 2020/2022, but you can install the AXIS feet on all Wahoo KICKR units (not CORE/SNAP).
Wahoo KICKR Bike - $500 off!
$1,999⚡⚡⚡ This is an incredible deal, by far the lowest the KICKR Bike has ever been. Especially given the just-announced V2 bike is even more expensive now at $4,000. And frankly, aside from built-in WiFi, there's not much otherwise on the newer V2 bike. I plan to take advantage of this deal and finally buy one for myself, this is astounding.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - 40% off
$299This is lowest we've ever seen the KICKR SNAP priced. While the trend has moved towards wheel-off/direct drive trainers, this is still really solid deal if your budget it tight.

New this week include $20 off the GoPro Hero5 Session, and 20% off GoPro accessories (except Karma accessories for some bizarre reason.)

Also of note is that the Wahoo ELEMNT rebate ends tomorrow, as does the $100 off the Edge 1000.  And the Cycliq sale ends Tuesday.

YouTube Videos I Published:

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

Well…no YouTube this time, but on Facebook instead (you don’t need an account to watch).

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) GoPro’s Tour de France 2017 Final Edit: They did a bunch of mini-edits throughout the Tour (see the full playlist here), but here’s the final edit for this year’s Tour.  It’s a bit different in tone than past years, but more of a storyline this time.  I saw the small team of these guys around often, and they hustled their ass off on every stage.

2) Wait, TomTom’s dead too? This is definitely not the best month for sports tech.  With Recon bowing out last week, insinuations from TomTom’s own investor call says they may be exiting the sports tech portion of their business.  This would definitely be a blow to the inexpensive end of the market (for which TomTom thrives).  Their challenge though is gaining interest in North America, alongside finding ways to get mainstream/tech press excited about their products (which again, are incredibly good values for the prices).

3) Fitbit’s app store will be based on Pebble’s SDK: No real surprise here, but nice to see the confirmation of it.

4) Chief Commissaire who disqualified Sagan calls for video reviews: Well then, don’t be bringing in logic too fast now!

5) Another look at the tracking airplanes of the Tour de France: I talked a little bit about this during my TdF Dimension Data behind the scenes post, but this video showing the trace of the airplane as it follows the route is pretty darn cool. (via Rodrigo)

6) Tour de France Speed and Distance Trends – 1947 – 2017: Super interesting stuff, from where this race sits as far as overall speed, to overall distance per stage.  Fascinating plots by Alex.

7) Rapha set to go for $262 Million USD! Potential buyers include Aston Martin.  It’ll be interesting to see what it actually goes for though, as this seems a bit…over the top…to me. (Via Race Radio)

8) Suunto sees financial recovery in Q2 compared to Q1: Some interesting tidbits in their just released Q2 financial report, which shows them tracking 7% higher than last year. That’s logical, since last year would have been pre-Spartan, whereby people were waiting for new products.  However, what was most interesting was going back to the Q1 report, which I hadn’t seen before to see the huge hit they took in Q1, being down 27% YoY.  But they’ve done good work in 2017 addressing many of the Spartan shortcomings, and so they’re seeing the results of that.  All of the quarterly reports are available here, including full presentations.  Suunto is categorized as ‘Sports Instruments’.

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 VIRB 360 Firmware Update: Improved photo quality, and streaming 4K options (for the co-announced Facebook 4K live streaming functionality).

Garmin Fenix3/Fenix3 HR BETA Firmware Update: Yup, it actually got an update.mostly fixes, though one additional new feature for recording HR data into the files.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X BETA Firmware Updates: A pile of fixes, and some new features.

GoPro Hero5 & Hero5 Session Firmware Update: Adds new QuikStories feature to have autocreated movies ready to go.  Also adds some performance tweaks.

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  1. giorgitd

    Sorry to see negative news about Tom Tom. I’ve been on Garmin for many years, but have almost bought TT just out of curiosity. Products seem solid and the value continues to go up relative to escalating Garmin pricing. Hope that they can find a way forward.

    • the5krunner

      Yep, I think they will find a way forwards.

      As Ray, others (and me) point out the runner/spark IS good and IS good value.

      I don’t think ANYONE who has commented on the TomTom statements knows exactly what products might be the root of the ‘issue’.

      One scenario could be the ‘all the future R&D eggs in the runner/spark basket’ then we might see great things come out of this in 2018 with a runner/spark5

      As Robert (Black?) points out further below, there are still some peripheral bit of functionality that need adding. BUT, as Ray said recently, every user/athlete has similar such peripheral areas of functionality that are important to them. All those little dents of missing functionality add up to a hole in the overall functional offering.

  2. Adriaan

    …question on this Garmin updates…
    Is Garmin done with sw version at 920XT for good? No further updates?
    The sensor settings are really annoying!
    Before starting multi sport activity, all sensors must be enabled. So the device is searching for Speed and Cadence sensor at Swimming leg up to the running leg. And in T1 (after swimming) the device is dropping the connection to HRM-Tri/HRM-Swim, so that one must be reconnected.
    If Garmin exterminated bike profiles, they should set up automatic detection for previously paired sensors and keep those connected till activity is not sent to history…

    • I don’t expect to see any further updates, at least feature updates. Usually you still see some random bug updates here or there, things that might be caught on other platforms and ported back. But at nearly 3 years old, it’s run its course.

    • Adriaan

      Thanks for the answer Ray. And I am sorry for trolling…
      In my opinion, 920XT as a device is much better then 735/935XT together.
      And I got it – it came out 3 years ago.
      But it was and still being used by Pro and hobby triathletes around the globe.
      Nobody found that functionality annoying since then? Or they did and it is just Garmin’s approach to customers?

      Thanks again…and please make a separate section/quick link to the Week in Review series…

    • I think the challenge is that the FR920XT is only better if one likes the larger screen. But if the rectangle screen isn’t ones thing, then I’m not aware of anything it actually does better to be honest.

      Nothing wrong with the FR920XT, as you point out, many triathletes use it. But if we fast forward to a year from now, there will be less triathletes using it and more and more using the Fenix5/FR935/FR735 (which as a lineup are the real successors).

      I do think some people (including myself) found the attempted pairing during the swim (or run to power meters) thing weird – but it never really did anything aside from being an annoyance. Meaning that come the bike it connected properly to sensors, and come the run the same. Not saying Garmin shouldn’t have fixed it, but also just being realistic on what they consider a sunsetted product.

    • Mr T

      It’s interesting. Look at Nike’s Breaking2. All the athletes wear 920xt. There must be something there

    • ekutter

      Adriaan, I’d be interested in knowing what you think is “much better” about the 920 than the 935. I’ve had several friends that won’t switch because of the round screen. I too thought that would be a problem years ago when I got the 620 for running because of the light weight. I quickly grew to love the round face over the rectangular one. Partly because you could put longer fields on the top/bottom for things like time and distance. HR, Cad, Speed fit perfectly side by side in the middle. Add in totally customizable CIQ fields and its even better. And now with the 935/F5 actually having a larger total area than the 920 with a very crisp screen, I can’t imagine going back. And for tri’s, the quick release kit for the 935 is definitely superior, IMO.

  3. Robert

    TomTom could have had it all, the watch had Bluetooth, why not throw in support for a footpod? But the deal breaker for me was it’s restricted intervals. I had the original runner and offloaded it a week later. Had it worked with footpods and had pace targets i wouldn’t own the 3 Polar watches I do now

    • Mr T

      Agree but my issue was the inability to change the screen metrics. It was limited.

      Garmin is pricing itself out of the casual market.

  4. simon

    fenix 3 beta firmware update ! – gasp, wasn’t expecting that. Seems like they broke something on this so they’re promising another one in a week or so

  5. Ryan M.


    Have you gotten to try out the new Beta for Garmin Connect on iOS that has a new My Day view? A huge improvement from the prior layout in my opinion. Have been a fitbit user for my day-to-day tracking as I like to wear a normal watch, and wasn’t a fan of Garmin’s UI, but the new layout could be enough to get me to switch.

  6. Steve Aitken

    Awesome video of the tracking planes from the tour. Another insight into just one of the behind the scenes aspects that we pretty much take for granted. I reckon that the pilots may have grown up as track riders. Fairly hand at turning left…

  7. ZeSweets

    Hero5 Session is actually 20% off ($239.20) on Amazon!

    link to amazon.com

  8. Tim Lambie

    Awesome depth, inspiring, personable and entertaining ecosystem. All the best. Tim

  9. MTB

    New Wahoo Element Mini was released today. Anyone else intrigued?