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Week in Review–Dec 30th, 2018

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:

Saturday: Week in Review–Dec 22nd, 2018
Sunday: 5 Random Things I Did in Finland (in the Arctic Circle)
Monday: Getting the Christmas Tree Home via Bike: 2018 Edition
Tuesday: Just Got A New Sports Gadget? 34 Tips To Get You Started
Wednesday: The Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway
Thursday: First Look at The SufferFest’s Revamped App and New Features
Friday: The 2018 Sports Tech Year In Review: 12 Months in 12 Minutes

Not too shabby of a week!

Random Sports Tech Deals:

Here’s a handful of deals that are live until basically CES. I wouldn’t read too much into any of these, beyond companies just figuring that maybe you’ll pick up something as a belated Boxing Day gift to yourself.

Wearable and watch deals:

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 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 Gear & Trainers:

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 - $130 off!
$599
$479REI 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 Cameras & 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).

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) Peter Sagan – Why So Serious? A bit of a look at the person behind Peter Sagan. Somewhat of an unexpected clip coming from GoPro, but definitely worth a quick watch.

2) TrainerRoad starts to leverage historical data to tweak structured workouts: Some interesting tidbits in here, including looking at failure rates of certain workouts and tweaking those workouts to make them more sustainable. They go through a massive pile of workouts and explain what and why they tweaked with all of them.

3) How scammers manipulate Amazon: The second of two semi-similar pieces I’ve seen in the last few weeks talking to this subject. The other being a well written NYT piece on such practices. Interesting stuff. Note that I wouldn’t necessarily lump this into a ‘China’ problem. It’s happening from all sorts of countries.

4) Awesome wonky endurance sports records: From the fastest marathon dressed as a hot dog to the most miles run on a treadmill – and plenty more.

5) Peloton (the indoor bike/treadmill company) backs down from legal action against GP Lama: Thankfully Peloton saw the error of their ways. Though, I can’t help but wonder what Peloton Magazine thinks about all this. They predate Peloton by a number of years, after all.  Still, the general stupidity of a company to legally go after a core/key reviewer in their specific space for simply using a common cycling word/term is astounding.  I get that it’s all just contracted lawyers likely acting on their own, but certainly people being paid that much per hour would be smart enough to think through the ramifications of such a move without at least double-checking with their ‘client’. Not to mention attacking one who is followed by much of the cycling tech industry.

6) How to ask Alexa about upcoming Zwift group ride: Yes folks, for real.

7) Yoga Pants to Detect Poses: I saw this a few weeks back and it got lost in the shuffle. I’m not sure what to think to be honest, but, I figured maybe you’d know what to think.

8) Sports Tech Job Openings: Looks like Quarq has an opening for a software engineer on a cycling focused web platform. FYI in case you want to move to Spearfish.

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 and a few other firmware updates.

(Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t find any software firmware updates of products released this past week. Mostly because most companies would be super hesitant to release a firmware update going into Christmas as people are unboxing new things. That’s just a recipe for disaster – and returns.)

With that – thanks for reading!

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7 Comments

  1. Roger

    If I were Peleton I might be more worried about the inverse, having their mark be cancelled as generic. In any event it is clearly a weak mark

  2. ReHMn

    Garmin finally fixed the “Keep me logged in” issue in Garmin Connect. Took them cca 1 year…
    The weight categorization is now correct, even if this is used for nothing, it was weird that the 84kg human was categorized as 90+ kg…
    If the issue fixing will continue within this pace, my grandchildren could enjoy the GC how I always wanted…

    @The5kRunner
    You mentioned earlier that the FR 645 is not been recognized as a flash drive. That device has a setting for that, pls try to check:
    Settings –> System –> USB mode

  3. Still waiting for my Smart (yoga) Mat 🙂

  4. Party

    I’ve stopped personally following ‘GP Lama’ on social media, too much of ‘i’m the victim’ followed by endless swearing.
    Also, by following you, what’s the point of watching someone who is delivering the same content. The digital news was an interesting concept, but if you follow sports tech, you are already over what’s aired, and it’s too ‘GCN’ like!

    FWIW

    • It’s easy to blame the victim. It’s the thing to do these days.

      But in these two situations (Peloton & YouTube), both companies have admitted they were wrong. And both companies are multi-billion dollar entities. While it’s also easy to simply dismiss it as ‘not my problem’, the reality is that for small creators, you can’t fight these things yourself. As both instances showed – community support were instrumental in pushing back.

      I actually don’t find any similarities to GCN. GCN doesn’t cover the same content, and it seems like almost all of GCN’s content is sponsored these days. As for duplication with me, I think having different people have different views is a good thing. Our views differ on many things, and I think it’s good that consumers have multiple sources to hear from.

    • Dave Lusty

      Duplication?! Ray gets things working first and then starts the camera or post. I assume it sometimes takes him months to do so. Shane has a go on camera and sends it out to the world whether it works or not. While I assume Ray does swear and throw tools at the floor, that particular brand of comedy is saved for the Girl.
      I find the content quite different between the two and very glad to have the two different approaches.

      As for the swearing. Those people ruined his xmas in a big way. Personally I’m surprised how restrained he was. You also have to understand these guys have a global audience. The US (for instance) don’t have such a swearing culture as places like the UK or Australia but that doesn’t make swearing a bad thing, it just means that some people take offence where none was intended – that’s just language. I’m not keen on church talk but I wouldn’t unfollow someone if they ended a podcast with a “bless you for watching”.

  5. Remco Verdoold

    Pfffff and I have a flat tire. Peleton is a general word used in many European languages indicating a group of… (E.g. firing squad / vuur peleton, and many more the most know is indeed the link with cycling). But also Specialized trying a cafe to change their name because it is called cafe Roubaix. They really don’t know Roubaix is a town. Then also ask all cafe Paris in the world to change their name. Idiots.