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Week in Review – December 4th, 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–Nov 26th, 2017
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Thursday: Garmin Vector 3 Power Meter In-Depth Review

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

Despite what you might think – the sports tech deals are cruisin’ on!  In fact, especially for Europe, which has seen the lowest prices ever for many items, much of which is still matching Black Friday sales.  All of these are detailed on the massive deals post that I still keep updating.

Still, here’s the rundown of major deals still cookin’:

Wearables:

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Garmin Epix Sapphire Black Titanium - Actually in stock$1,000This isn't on sale at all, however, it might feel like it. Cause this is the first time since launch the Sapphire Editions are actually in-stock and at list prices. Thus, I figured I'd mention it here. 🤣🤣🤣
Garmin Epix Sapphire White Titanium - Actually in stock$1,000This isn't on sale at all, however, it might feel like it. Cause this is the first time since launch the Sapphire Editions are actually in-stock and at list prices. Thus, I figured I'd mention it here. 🤣🤣🤣
Garmin Feinx 6 Base - Just $299!!!
$549-$1,149
$299⚡⚡⚡This is an insane price, and by far the lowest we've ever seen for the Fenix 6 series. In this case it's the base unit, so it lacks music/maps/WiFi, but has Garmin Pay and countless other features. Plus, it's still getting feature updates - even as of last week.
Garmin Forerunner 245 & 245 Music - $75 off
$299/$349
$225Both the Forerunner 245 & 245 Music are on sale for $75 off. This is neither a huge sale, nor the lowest we've seen them (previous low was $199 last Black Friday).
Garmin Forerunner 55 - $30 off
$199
$169Oddly enough, this is actually the first record of a sale I have on the FR55. It's not a bad deal, but also not crazy either.
Garmin Forerunner 745 - $150 off
$499/499EUR
$349⚡ This is a solid deal on a very capable watch. More notably, it's also the watch I've long used when I'm not testing other things (and still use to compare things). While it doesn't have the onboard maps of the FR945, since I'm not traveling as much, it doesn't bother me. Of course, keep in mind that with all the Garmin units on sale, the price differences to map-inclusive units aren't very much. It's also the lowest price we've seen on the FR745 ever.
Garmin Forerunner 945 - $200 Off
$599/599EUR
$399⚡Officially this is $200 off, but realistically the FR945 (non-LTE) floats at about $520 most of the year, so it's really only about $120 off the norm. Still, a fantastic deal.
Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE - $200 off
$649
$449⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on the FR945 LTE. The previous sale last Black Friday was only $100 off. So this is solid!
Garmin Venu 2/2S - $50 off
$399
$349Not too bad a deal. Nothing crazy, and not on the Venu 2 Plus with calling features.

Cycling:

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer- $200 off!
$1,000
$800REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Elite Sterzo Smart - 20% off!$100REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - $114 off
$580
$464REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus - $150 off
$599
$449⚡This is the lowest price we've seen to date on the Edge 1030 Plus, far surpassing last spring's $100 off sale. The Edge 1030 Plus came out June 2020, but has continued to receive numerous firmware updates/features, and is Garmin's top-end unit.
Garmin Rally RK100 (LOOK KEO Single Sided) - 20% off$520⚡ This is a very solid deal, and only the second time we've seen it on sale. If you were looking at the Rally setup (which can be swapped between pedal types), grab these before this disappears (and it will disappear). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Garmin Rally RK200 (LOOK KEO) - $220 off$880⚡ This is a very solid deal, and only the second time we've seen it on sale. If you were looking at the Rally setup (which can be swapped between pedal types), grab these before this disappears (and it will disappear). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Garmin Rally RS100 (SPD-SL Single Sided) - 20% off$520⚡ This is a very solid deal, and only the second time we've seen it on sale. If you were looking at the Rally setup (which can be swapped between pedal types), grab these before this disappears (and it will disappear). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Garmin Rally RS200 (SPD-SL) - $220 off!$880⚡ This is a very solid deal, and only the second time we've seen it on sale. If you were looking at the Rally setup (which can be swapped between pedal types), grab these before this disappears (and it will disappear). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Garmin Rally XC100 (Shimano SPD Single Sided) - 20% off$560⚡ This is a very solid deal, and only the second time we've seen it on sale. If you were looking at the Rally setup (which can be swapped between pedal types), grab these before this disappears (and it will disappear). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Garmin Rally XC200 (SPD) - $240 off!$959⚡ This is a very solid deal, and only the second time we've seen it on sale. If you were looking at the Rally setup (which can be swapped between pedal types), grab these before this disappears (and it will disappear). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off$149This is Garmin's standalone radar+taillight option, and $149 is pretty much the standard sale-price. While Garmin just announced their new RCT715 radar that includes a camera and taillight, that's $399 (and not on sale).
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $331 off!
$1,099
$769This is actually the lowest price to date on this trainer, with this 30% off sale. No membership required.
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - $360 off! (In stock)$839⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen to date, aided by the 30% sale over the usual 20% sale.
Saris TD1 Trainer Desk - $109 off$251This is the lowest price ever on this trainer desk with power, at 30% off.
Tacx Flow Smart Trainer - $75 off$296REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - $180 off
$899USD/€799
$720REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - $150 off!
$749USD/€599
$600REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $280 off!
$1,399
$1,120REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Wahoo CLIMB Accessory - $140 off!
$599
$560REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Wahoo KICKR AXIS Feet - $16 off$64REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Wahoo KICKR Bike - $270 off!
$3,499
$3,249This is a pretty solid deal on the KICKR Bike, if for no other reason than we haven't really seen much in the way of KICKR Bike sales (except Zwift's clearance event recently). Note officially it lists the retail price as $3,800, but I don't think that's actually the real retail price lately. It's always been $3,500
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - $180 off! (In Stock)
$899
$719REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Wahoo KICKR ROLLR - 20% off
$799
$800⚡ This is a solid deal, and the first time we've seen the ROLLR on sale. Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - $100 off!
$499
$400REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Wahoo KICKR V5/2020 - $240 off!
$1,199
$959REI 20% sale, REI members use ANNIV22 code with REI link here to support site.
Wahoo POWRLINK ZERO (Dual-sided) - $200 off!
$649/$999(single/dual)
$800⚡This is the first time we've seen the POWRLINK Zero pedals on sale, and thus far, about 4-5 months since launch - people seem really happy with them (as am I, it's become part of my testing rotation due to strong accuracy). Requires REI membership, using coupon code with REI link here: ANNIV22

Action Cams & Drones:

ProductSale PriceAmazonSale Notes
DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo Edition - $80 off$439All of the DJI Action 2 kits are 15-20% off (depending on the variant you choose), which is the first time we've seen the Action 2 on sale since launch.
DJI Mavic 3 - $150 off
$999
$2,049⚡This is the first 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.
DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo - $150 off$2,849⚡This is the first 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. This is for the full bundle, which includes extra batteries (3 total), ND filters, extra props, and the battery charging station. Note this does not include the RC Pro remote (but does include the base/normal remote).

Europe:

There are no deals currently.

And again, keep checking the full list out!

YouTube Videos I Made This Week:

Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!

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) The most incredible bike share photo: This photo shows what happens when you fill an entire football field with discarded bike share bikes…and stack it as high as some buildings.  Unbelievable, you really need to see this photo.

2) Jumping into an airplane with a wingsuit: Undoubtedly, many of you have seen this by now.  But if not, enjoy.  And if you have already, enjoy it again. It’s worth it, as you know.

3) Getting the GoPro Shot (further details): Last week I shared a GoPro video on the behind the scenes of just one brief sequence in the launch video.  This post however details that out even further in a more textual manner.

4) SoulCycle now offered as benefit on a points credit card: For those in Europe, the whole credit card points thing is illogical.  But for those in the US/Canada, you know it’s all about the points card.  This card apparently offers free days at SoulCycle. I thought it was interesting (I’ve never done SoulCylce however).

5) Fitbit selected for long-term national health study: Regardless of which vendor is selected, it’s good to see some long-term studies being done with vast numbers of people.  Let’s just hope that there’s at least a few people that understand technology helping with this study, so that we don’t end up with all the flawed ones we see recently on wearables.

6) GlovePay, it’s a thing: Forget Garmin Pay and Fitbit Pay, for the upcoming winter Olympics, you’ll be able to pay by rubbing your gloves against the payment terminal.

7) FDA approves first EKG reader for Apple Watch: This is an interesting one, but one you shouldn’t be misled by the main headlines about it.  This is NOT the FDA approving the Apple Watch as an EKG reader.  Instead, it’s the FDA approving an accessory for the Apple Watch by a 3rd party company as an EKG reader.  The cool part here though is that it’s doing it via an Apple Watch band/strap that you then place your finger on.  I’ve gotta believe the company will look to make straps for other devices like Fitbit and Garmin, since it’d be easy for them to leverage app platforms on both companies devices.

8) Study looking at accuracy of the CycleOps Hammer trainer: Not too shabby.  Though personally I would have liked to have seen wattages above 500w, since that’s pretty low by most testing standards.  (via Tim)

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 Edge 520 and 820 Firmware Updates: Adds latest Connect IQ support, tweaks some indoor trainer stuff, other fixes. (both units identical here on update)

Garmin Edge 1000 Firmware Update: Adds latest Connect IQ support.

Garmin Edge 1030 Firmware Update: Adds latest Connect IQ support, boatload of other tweaks and some new features.

Garmin Fenix Chronos BETA firmware update: Bunch of fixes/tweaks.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Firmware Update: Adds latest Connect IQ support, some Varia Vision tweaks.

Garmin VIRB 360 Firmware Update: Apparently resolves random things that were too random to list.

Wahoo ELEMNT/ELEMNT BOLT Firmware Update: Mostly bug fixes, but a smattering of new features including zero averaging calculations.  GPLama also did a more detailed piece on it here.

Zwift update: You can now control the camera with far more granularity, allowing you to rotate it around you like drone shots.  Also a pile of other new features and stuff, but the camera one stood out to me as nifty.

With that, thanks for reading!

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11 Comments

  1. Jeff T

    $349 for the PowerTap C1 chainring power meter is an amazing deal. I just purchased – upgrading from left-only Stages. Thanks Ray!

  2. Paul S.

    I just recently found out about the Apple Heart Study. I’ve installed the app on phone and watch and signed up but nothing has happened yet. I don’t know yet whether they’re going to take data from anyone who signs up or only a selected few. Looks like it’s being paid for by Apple and run by Stanford.

  3. MattB

    What a shame that the Chinese government is just creating a giant scrap pile of bikes, rather than stuffing them in to containers and sending them somewhere that could really benefit from them through something like link to worldbicyclerelief.org. I’m sure that the vast majority of those bikes could be repaired by cannibalising parts from other bikes, at least before the were heaped up so high, which has likely bent anything more than a few feet deep beyond rescuing.

    • Indeed, that was both my and The Girl’s first thought as well. Just thinking that WBR could likely whack the bike locks off of these and call it macaroni.

      Of course, it’s far more complex that that – but certainly some org must be able to use these in rural locales.

    • Stefan Gutehall

      Here in Hong Kong I first thought that bike sharing was a good thing until it became obvious that many users are just too irresponsible and just leave the bike where they need to get off. That is in the middle of the walking/running path, in front of stairs or anywhere else they get in the way of other cyclists and pedestrians. The bike share companies are not much better, pushing out their bikes in public bike parking to the extent where there is no spot free for people to park their private bikes. Setting aside the fact that its a waste to just discard them, I would not mind if I saw a pile like the one of the pic here in Hong Kong.
      I do remember a similar but smaller pile on a pic form Beijing, It was outside a hospital and it was bikes left by incoming patients that had to be piled up so they didn’t block access to the hospital.

  4. Eli

    The Hammer study summery says they are comparing to a “scientific SRM system” while the full text says its Powertap P1 pedals. Gee, I wonder who funded this…..

    “The last 45s of each measurement was analyzed.”
    Doesn’t a persons power output get steadier towards the end of a 3 min interval so easier to measure? Seems like steady state was accurate but the sprint test wasn’t so good based on figure 1.B

    For those who want the full text: link to fredericgrappe.com

    • Nice find, I couldn’t find it quickly. That is odd.

      What’s funny is that in looking at the authors of the study with their affiliations listed in the full text, I know from some other things just being local they work very closely with PowerTap/CycleOps on other projects. Didn’t recognize the author names, but definitely the orgs. Good call…

  5. Duncan Martin

    The comment on the dual sided WatTeam power meter says:
    ⚡⚡THIS BRINGS IT DOWN TO 300GBP/342EUR FOR A SINGLE SIDED UNIT – BY FAR THE CHEAPEST DIRECT FORCE POWER METER OUT THERE.
    It’s £300 for a dual one or £204 for single (as you say in the next line down).
    And the DCR discount applies too, so it’s even cheaper! 🙂

  6. Hello Ray

    Tourism Flanders has created a website ‘Cycling in Flanders’ to promote its cobblestones classics to foreign cycling tourists: cool!
    Info on http://www.cyclinginflanders.cc

    Kind regards
    Ed

  7. Dan G

    I think you have discussed this before but I can’t find it — do we know how long for tomtom have committed to supporting their web platform?