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Week in Review–July 9th, 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 1st, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Monday: Elite’s new Direto trainer–Hands on!
Monday: Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 1
Tuesday: Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 2
Wednesday: Power2Max NG Power Meter In-Depth Review
Friday: Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 6

Sports Tech Deals This Week:

With the start of July brings a fresh wave of new sports tech deals.  More interestingly, some of these are actually Europe-specific, which is a rarity around these parts!  I’ve noted which ones specifically are Europe-focused.

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!)$899This 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.

The DCR Podcast:

It’s back baby!!!

We managed to coordinate for once in our lives, and even set a standing weekly time going forward.  Next thing you know we might even go as far as become presentable in public.  Nah, probably not.

Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:

– Catch-up of the top 3 product announcements in the month
– A recap of where cycling head units stand this year
– Detailed discussion of trainers of 2017, and where things are going
– A similar discussion of power meters and where things are going
– Discussion of the Tour de France and all the festivus that’s happening there.
– We even answered a reader question, and gave a bunch more detail than that person ever wanted. Like, probably TMI.

Thanks for listening! Subscribing and rating in iTunes is much appreciated, and be sure to send in your questions via the voice mail widget at the bottom of the podcast page!

YouTube Videos I Published!

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

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) Velon/GoPro Daily Tour de France videos: While none of these are mixed to music, there are some great edits in here.  Also some astounding (and painful) crash footage).

2) Using body heat to power your gadgets: After my hot run a day or two ago, you could have powered half of Paris with my body heat. Sweltering!

3) TdF power file analysis: Like past years, Training Peaks is doing analysis of the power files of various pro athletes.  Here’s one from the sprint of the infamous elbow crash a few days ago.

4) Triathlon Bike Aero Testing: I meant to link to this study last week, as I linked to the fund-raising a long while back.  Be sure to dig into the linked data study though. There’s also a massive Slowtwitch thread where you can ask questions and be politely told why you’re probably wrong by a bunch of people smarter than you or me on the subject.

5) Orca whales visit swimmers: I’m reasonably certain I’d crap myself more if these showed up mid-swim than sharks. Mostly, because I’m cool with sharks.  As a side note, you should subscribe to Bradley’s channel – especially if you like amazing aerial footage and/are from the Pacific Northwest.  Warning: Some strong language early on in the video.

6) Jawbone is going out of business: No real surprise here.

7) Lifeguard focused drone: This is pretty darn interesting. While this is no substitute for lifeguards at beaches, it could be a great supplement to them.  Especially in cases where a secondary person could get a flotation device very quickly to an individual in need, while the primary lifeguard gets there physically.  Also could be useful in tough to reach areas (i.e. against rocks) or with challenging sea conditions.  With today’s drones easier and easier to operate, and with lifeguards generally trending towards younger generations – it’s actually kinda a perfect fit.

8) More pitfalls of crowd-funded products: This falls into my general theme of avoiding crowd-funded projects that try to do too many ‘firsts’ in a new product.  That usually means it’s not real or otherwise un-achievable within any realistic time frames.

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 Edit Update (Desktop software): Largely bug fixes.

…otherwise, I think it was a pretty darn quiet week – likely driven by the holiday in the US and the start of general holidays in Europe.

Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!

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9 Comments

  1. Michael Swann

    Soon there will be one less player in the memory card game with Lexar stopping production.

  2. Arno

    I think the title must be July instead of June?

  3. Doug

    Shame the Mavic wheel video doesn’t show Dan Martin crashing on the next corner because the brakes didn’t work 🙂
    On a more positive note, great to have the podcast back, i’ve been looking longingly at the feed waiting for it to update!

  4. Stephane L.

    Look like 80$ link rebate on Elemnt does not work ???

  5. Alexander

    Don’t know if this is the right place to mention this, but anyway… Have you talked to the Stac Zero guys about the aero testing thingy they have? Slowtwitch has an article on it on the front page. Would be interesting to hear your take on it