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Stages Starts Shipping New Dash M50/L50/L10 GPS Bike Computers: First Ride Details

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What’s a 9 month timespan between friends? A baby you say? Perhaps. But in this case, it’s roughly the delay that Stages incurred for their flotilla of new bike GPS units, initially announced last July back at Eurobike with a planed fall shipping date. You’ll remember I checked in again back in January too with a test ride. Well wait no more, the units are finally here and shipping.

A pile of them even made their way all the way to me on the other side of the world. See, proof:

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Now, this isn’t a review. It’s just my first impressions after a single ride last night on a final production unit with final production firmware and a final production smartphone app. Hey, even the cardboard is final production. Oh, and the waterproof manual too. More on that in a second.

And to be specific, the M50 and L10 have started shipping as of yesterday, but the L50 won’t start shipping out for another week or two. Minor nuance I couldn’t fit into my post title without it becoming a paragraph, but just a detail to point out. Also of note is that the price for the L50 has dropped slightly from last summer (more on that in a second).

As for my final review, expect something in the early-mid July timeframe, once I’ve had time to put them all through their paces. I’ll be primarily focusing on the M50 and L50 in those reviews, given the L10 is very similar to the previous units. Though, I’d point out that I think the L10 may actually be the best deal in GPS bike computers today. And by ‘may’, I mean ‘by a massive long shot’.  But before we do all that, let’s actually backup a second and talk about the specs.

The Specs & Box Basics:

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Of course, by now you’ve probably forgotten what the heck features these units had in them. It was nearly 11 months since they announced the units. So here’s the super quick primer. Oh, and in that time Stages lowered the price of the L50 (that’s the largest color one), which was supposed to be $349, and now is at $299. A smart move for sure (it wasn’t viable above $299 imho).

Note on the semi-confusing naming scheme: M = Medium format, L = Large format, and 10/50 are simply series designators.  The ‘first’ series got the ‘10’, whereas this newer color series got the ‘50’.

Stages L10 ($149): Essentially a revamped version of the original Stages Dash

– Added basic route support (but no maps)
– Added significant processing power compared to original Dash
– Added more storage space than original Dash (now has 512MB)
– Added native .FIT file creation locally
– Black and white display (buttons, no touch)
– 24 hours battery life (for realz)
– GPS support (but not additional GPS types listed for M50/L50)
– ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart sensor support
– IPX7 waterproofing and ‘shockproof’ (I believe it)
– Bluetooth Smart and USB file synchronization (no WiFi)
– Barometric altimeter
– Audio/visual alerts
– Internal temperature recording
– Structured workout support
– Course following support (.FIT/.GPX/.TCX)
– Android & iOS smartphone app support
– Includes all metal out-front mount
– Weighs 102g

Stages M50 & L50 ($249/$299): Two different units, mainly size driven (more on that below)

– Color screens (non-touch, see exact sizes below)
– Units have 16GB of storage space, 15GB of which is usable.
– Base maps loaded for US (other maps free to download via their website)
– Full course support, akin to something like the Wahoo BOLT (but not quite at the Wahoo ROAM/Edge 530/830 level)
– ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart sensor support (Cadence/Speed/HR/Power)
– GPS/QZSS/SBAS connectivity
– IPX7 waterproofing and ‘shockproof’ (I believe it)
– Bluetooth Smart and USB file synchronization (no WiFi)
– Barometric altimeter in both
– Audio/visual alerts in both
– Internal temperature recording in both
– Structured workout support for both units
– Course following support for both units (.FIT/.GPX/.TCX)
– Creates .FIT files locally
– Android & iOS smartphone app support
– Includes all metal out-front mount
– Horizontal or portrait mode orientation options (both mount and software)
– No Realtime Strava Segments support (though, you can upload to Strava just fine, and also download Strava Routes). Because.

Differences between the M50 & L50: It’s pretty slim, as the software features are identical, it’s just hardware:

– M50 has a 2.25” screen, versus the L50 having a 2.57” display
– M50 has 12.5hrs battery life, versus 14hrs for the L50
– M50 weighs 94g, versus 126g for the L50
– M50 size (51mm wide x 78mm tall x 24mm deep) vs L50 size (85mm wide x 73mm tall x 20mm deep)
– M50 limited to 12 data fields per page, versus 16 fields per page on the L50

Note that Stages states backlight battery is with 30% screen brightness setting. Again, here’s the 2-second version:

Stages Dash L10: $149 – Basically the previous Stages Dash that’s far more powerful and can now do courses. Black & white display.
Stages Dash M50: $249 – This is the mid-sized unit, kinda like a Wahoo BOLT or Edge 520 Plus. Color display, maps/courses.
Stages Dash L50: $299 – This is the largest of the units, sorta like a Hammerhead Karoo in size. Color display, maps/courses.

So looking at the boxes, I went ahead and unboxed both the M50 and L50, but for this non-review piece, here’s the look inside the M50:

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It includes the all-metal out-front handlebar mount, plus the most erect handlebar safety strap I’ve ever felt in my life:

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Also of note is that it includes a water resistant paper that unfolds to the size of a small bus, which contains all the regulatory type stuff in a gazillion languages. Yes, I said waterproof. What, you don’t believe me? Fine, I proved it for you:

Alternatively, you can use it as an umbrella. It’s what I plan to do today for my bike ride home from the office since The Girl already stole my umbrella.  Speaking of Team Overkill, there’s the accessory mount lineup:

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Seriously, they’ve got one for everything. I’m sure I could fashion one onto the dog if I needed to. My particular favorite is the GoPro underslung mount, which attaches to the main mount. I haven’t attached it yet, because I’m too lazy to take the included tool and undo the tiny screws and piece it all together. Maybe later today. Maybe after another coffee.

But kudos to them, there’s nothing I hate more than trying to figure out how to get a stupid custom mount onto a new bike. Here’s a quick gallery of all of them closer up:

With that, let’s talk about my initial ride.

First Ride Impressions – M50:

With all that background out of the way, let’s head out onto the road. First though, I paired it up to my Android phone. The iOS app wasn’t released until after I got back from my ride, so Pixel time it was. They use a similar QR code scanning system as the Wahoo BOLT/ELEMENT/ROAM does, and it worked without issue. Quick and efficient.

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In my case I already had a Stages Link account, so it just magically sucked most of my settings down to the device, and then also asked to confirm the FTP and LtHR. I did have some issues later with syncing completed rides on the Pixel phone, which Stages since last night has already pinned down to a specific Pixel 1 issue on the Bluetooth connection timeout and will be releasing an app update to address it in the coming days.

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I had planned to configure data pages/fields via the smartphone app, but that functionality was temporarily pulled for launch.  The company says it’ll return in a few weeks. For now you can configure them via the website or via the Dash unit itself. So I just left the data fields at default since I was losing sunlight. After that, I paired up my power meter and HR strap. You’ll do this separately for either ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart. You can name sensors and the usual configuration stuff. In my case I was using a Favero Assioma power meter pedals (dual), and a Garmin HRM-DUAL heart rate strap. Both via ANT+.

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With that, I navigated back to the main menu and validated it had GPS signal lock and pressed start. Pretty simple.

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From there, I just rode. I didn’t load a course or structured workout into the device, mostly because of time constraints. It’ll be things I do for my review of course. And Stages has historically taken the cake on the best structured workout implementation out there, though with Garmin’s recent tweaks to the Edge 530/830 workout bits, we’ll have to see if that still holds true.

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The most obvious thing you’ll notice is just how darn bright the display is. Like, lighthouse bright. I left it on the default ‘auto’ backlight settings and let it work its magic. The responsiveness of the light sensor is quick (maybe even too quick) when passing under trees into the shade or back out into the sun. In my case at a few hours prior to sunset I still had some brilliantly bright light, but also moments in the shade that were definitely darker. The display easily handled those.

Comparing it to the Garmin Edge 830 (also set to auto backlight), it was consistently far brighter. Now personally I normally run my backlight on the Edge 830 around 20-30% or so, whereas the auto setting seemed to drop it down quite a bit lower than that. I’ve never personally thought the Edge 530 or 830 were that low otherwise.

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Also, I don’t know what the battery burn profile looks like. Garmin records the battery data to their .FIT files, so I can see that (I was burning at 5.64% per hour, which is pretty darn close to on-spec for 20hrs with power/HR sensors/LiveTrack/etc all enabled). I’d love to see Stages write that information to their .FIT files, since the company claims 12.5 hours of backlight for the M50 even with that crazy bright screen.

Now the only downside to the screen is that the data field labels were hard to read. Super small text (and I have super good eyes). In talking with Stages they did note that since I went with the defaults I didn’t have the memory context of setting up my specific fields (which is fair), but it’s something they said is probably the easiest thing for them to address. Oh, and that –10ft elevation is actually quite likely. Much of the area I was riding in was below sea level.

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(Note: Photographically speaking, taking images of two different head units in varying lighting conditions on a moving bike is actually really difficult. Not from a photo-taking standpoint, but from a legit comparison standpoint. With most cameras, you’re picking a specific portion of the image to focus on – and in turn, use as a baseline for brightness. If I pick the Stages screen, it makes that look crisp and light-balanced but makes the Garmin look dark. Inversely, if I select the Garmin screen as the focal point it’ll balance for that lighting condition and over-expose the Stages. Your eyes of course do all this instantly. The only meaningful takeaway here is take the images with a grain of salt, and that the Stages screen is significantly brighter in most default conditions.)

In some ways, that same screen optimization can be said for maps as well. Here’s a side by side with the Edge 830 for maps. Note, I know the Edge 830 is $399 and the Dash M50 is $249. However, for the purposes of everything we care about, the screen between the $299 Edge 530 and Edge 830 are virtually identical and the map screens also identical. So you can use them interchangeably. In any case, what you see is that the Edge provides far more context of what’s around you in terms of the terrain/trails/roads, versus the Dash (and I’m not even talking about things like points of interest, road names, etc…):

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Again though, in talking to Stages they think they can pretty easily make some tweaks here, and I agree (Wahoo has also made tweaks to their ROAM in recent weeks too around this based on some feedback I’ve given them).  In a lot of ways, Stages has such an incredibly powerful screen/display, they just need to learn how to use all that power for good. Like giving a giant super soaker to a kid, the first little while things might be a bit overkill.

And Stages also pointed out that their goal with the minimalist screen was to highlight the bike paths more than the terrain. Which is fair, and I think that gets a little bit to the goal of what you might use the maps for. For me, when I’m using the map screen it’s mostly in free-form mode, and I’m interested in understanding the surrounding landscape – really specifically around here, water and terrain. But everyone is different.

Speaking of the screen, the unit was throwing all sorts of colorful boxes at me. In the below picture only one of them is colored (the purple HR one). These are tied to zones or targets, but in my case I’ll need to dig into getting these configured to my liking. I think they can be super powerful for training, but also potentially overkill. The idea is that you can set targets/coloring for any metric you want. Cadence, power, HR, etc…

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Again, it’s something I’ll cover in more depth as part of the structured workout aspects during my final review.

From a usability standpoint, overall it’s easy enough, though I find the button usability sometimes a little bit confusing. I’m sure I’ll get used to that over time, but it’s not quite as intuitive as Wahoo or Garmin devices. This is likely because I keep meaning to press the circle confirmation button thinking that the up/down buttons should be side by side, and the circle to the right. I’m sure they’ve done plenty of usability testing on this longer term, but for now it’s taking some getting used to.

Also, some of my initial goes with the Android app on my older Pixel slightly soured my first ride aspects. Though they’ve said I shouldn’t see those issues on iOS (and are fixing the Pixel issue in the following days). So I’ll be switching over to that since it’s my primary phone anyway.

Lastly, let’s do a quick sweep of the data. In this case I had paired it to both a HR sensor and power meter (Favero Assioma) using ANT+. I duplicated that same configuration on another unit (the Edge 830), just to be able to validate the files were identical. And indeed, they were. Here’s the power files overlaid, with a 5-second smoothing. You’ll always get slight 1-second variations with power meters recorded to different head units due to transmission/reception recording rates. But the green and purple lines (both Assioma) are virtually identical.

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More easily seen, here’s the Mean/Max graph, showing the green/purple lines directly atop each other virtually the entire time (Stages/Edge files). The red file is recorded from a different power meter on a different head unit. And a different topic for a different day. A third power meter was also recorded on another watch, but that appeared to totally crap itself dropout wise (the watch, not the power meter), so I’ve removed it from view so you can see what’s meaningful here.

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GPS-wise, you can look at the entire fileset of all units over in the DCR Analyzer, but there were zero issues from the Stages (or Garmin) units during this ride. They were spot-on. Albeit somewhat annoyingly Stages doesn’t write the final distance or ascent data to the .FIT file (you can see that on the Analyzer as well). So they can add those in while they’re adding in battery state (notably: Stages does actually do some incredible stuff with connected sensors and firmware versions, as well as calibration points to their files that other companies, Garmin/Wahoo/etc, don’t appear to do).

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I only saw one brief imperfection near some taller buildings for a few hundred meters (upper portion that appears maybe 5-10m offset in the middle of the picture):

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So, so far so good. But again, longer testing for sure. Back in January though when I test rode a few units, things were also remarkably good there too. You can dig into the full file set here in the DCR Analyzer.

Wrap-up:

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Ok, again, this isn’t a review. Nope-de-nope. It’s just my first impressions on the unit after a single ride. A lot of you on my new Stages Dash post from January have been asking in the comments for my thoughts once I had the final production units in-hand. So, now I do, and thus…above are my thoughts.

I think Stages adjusting their pricing was a very smart move. The original $349 price point for the L50 just wasn’t viable in today’s market, and to be fair, I’m not entirely sure $299 is either. But it’s not outlandish. The $249 price point for the M50 is viable, assuming you’re getting value out of the more data-focused aspects of the Stages lineup (be it the structured workouts, or having 12-16 fields per page). Stages won’t win on features, not even close. Lacking things like Strava Live Segments means for a segment of the population (get it?), it’s a non-starter. And it doesn’t have the on-demand turn by turn navigation like Wahoo or Garmin has. But instead they’ve taken a heavy data and customization driven approach. Be it zone coloring for just about any metric you want, or the deep tie-in with their training platforms.

And while I didn’t talk about it here much, the revamped L10 is astoundingly deep for the $149 price point. Seriously, not even Lezyne, which usually drives functionality at the sub-$200 range, can compete here. Of course, Lezyne also has phone to device course creation, which Stages lacks on the L10. Maybe I’ll do a standalone budget battle post or something.

In any case – review in July. Probably after some Alps rides planned early July, so I can get a bit of elevation data in here. Since otherwise my Netherlands rides are all pancakes. Though hopefully with Stages being based in Boulder, it’s likely they’ve got the elevation thing figured out.

With that – thanks for reading!

Update: You can order the Stages L10, M50, and L50 from Clever Training now, which helps support the site. You can use the DCR Reader coupon code DCR10BTF to save yourself 10%, plus, you’ll also get free US shipping.

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125 Comments

  1. Frank-enstein

    Only on this website would this amount of content NOT be considered a review!

    Interesting little unit (s). No Strava a dealbreaker for this guy, but kudos to Stages – – clearly innovating more than one of the major incumbents. Hope they sell enough to keep development going.

    • Sorry to hear that Frank, but I get it.

      You can sync your courses from Strava to the Dash via Link app or Desktop app, and same goes for completed rides on the Dash (which go to Strava automatically) however no Strava Live Segments at this time.

      We’ll keep development going, no question 🙂

    • Pierre

      I am in the other camp. I couldn’t give a rats ass about Strava or Strava segments. Strava Segments is just virtual dick waving.

      I am looking for something the will help my training.

      The new Stages M/L50 seem to fit what I am looking for and at a good price. My only concern right now is font size. As I am am an older gent, I am finding reading smaller print harder to do.

    • I’ll share one thing we know for sure, having been in the cycling industry for years: Everyone is different!! I like you both, because you ride bikes.

      Pierre, you may like the L50 better, everything is bigger on that device, so it sounds perfect for you. I dont, however, think you would be disappointed with the M, because you can edit your own pages however you want, so if you want bigger text, you can use bigger fields!

      We did hear Ray’s feedback, too, and are looking at making the text in our smallest fields easier to see.

      Either way, I think we’ve got you covered.

  2. Ihsan

    Any radar incorporation in to the units in the works?

  3. Nico Prinsen

    For workouts, can you only use LINK or can you import workouts from TrainingPeaks? Is there anything known about the premium cost of LINK? I mean 18€/month seems a lot 😳

    • Nico,

      Any FIT workout file can be added to the add_files folder on the Dash, and it will be available to ride with all the same color coded functionality we have for Link workouts.

      Cool feature: we allow you to set how laps advance on the dash, so you can have all laps be automatic or all laps require the lap button, OR you can select active laps only, so when you are going hard, it will end for you, but on those rest intervals, you are in charge.

      There is a community version of link that is free for all, including all the dash management tools, maps, 3rd party sync, and ride/historical summary data (still pretty robust). If you don’t want to give up TrainingPeaks, no worries, the essential tools for managing your dash and rides are still always there for you.

      Hope that helps!

  4. fisao

    Hi Ray,

    thanks for the first impressions for these units. I like that there seem to be more options on the market now, don’t see a reason to jump from my Garmin 1030 unit at the moment though.

    Wanted to ask: might there be a future review of the Stages bike trainers in the cards? and if not a full on DcRainmaker review, then maybe a sort of general opinion on the state of the bike trainer market? (Also, where has the Tacx Neo Bike Smart disappeared to???)

  5. Bsquared

    Thanks for the first ride report. I’m thinking of upgrading from an Edge 520 to either L50 or Edge 830. One question regarding structured workouts for your review – is it possible to upload a structured workout without subscribing to Stages Link premium? And if yes, which free workout creators are compatible with the Dash L50? I’ve used both TrainingPeaks (free) and Garmin Connect, and TP free lets you create and export a .FIT structured workout file.

    Thanks!

    • Looks like I may have just answered your question in my response to Nico, but I don’t mind gushing on our workouts if you give me a chance.

      Any FIT workout export will work great.

      We are also planning to add support for other workout formats such as TrainerRoad and Zwift if possible.

    • Boris

      @Jim

      Is it possible to use one of them as controller for SmartTrainers (.mrc workout files, ErgMode) and does it support PowerMatch (powermeter controls resistance of trainer)?

    • David Walker

      Since I use TrainerRoad it would be great to be able to push workouts directly from TR to the Dash.

    • Koen

      Yes, please add .MRC and/or .ERG support. There are no free .FIT workouts creators that I’m aware of. If .MRC/.ERG support is implemented, your users can go to ergdb.org or GoldenCheetah and create their workouts.

    • Boris,

      Our trainer control development is planned for late summer/early fall in line with the wintery season. That would support manual level adjustment as well as workout driven target control. This is not something I would expect to see on a dash in this summer riding season.

      I have added .mrc workout files to our list of add_files support which you can expect to have sooner, since we are very willing to get all the file formats we can supported for workouts and courses on the dash.

      As for the power matching, or power meter being the source of control, we will see. That is a bit more custom of a feature and if we can support it we will, but I can’t guarantee it. You might need to use the trainer app to do the trainer custom settings but can use the dash to manage resistance.

  6. Nick F

    I think a budget battle for a cycling head unit would be really interesting and would definitely help spur my purchase.

  7. Rob

    The L10 looks great value. I’ve gone from elemnt bolt to Edge 830 recently. It’s awesome, way better than the bolt, seems much faster, and more complete. Best Garmin range ever

  8. Jan

    Ray, you made a comment that on the new edge unit Garmin tweaked the workout page. My only gripe with the current Garmin unit (I have the 820) is that on the workout page, the power displayed is instantaneous instead of 3sec average which is way more useful, and one couldn’t also display cadence and target cadence range which I use in my training workouts. Were either of these fixed in the new Edge units? Thanks

    • Hey Jan, just a quick note, the Dash supports Power, Heart rate, and Cadence all at the same time, and you can customize any page you’d like with 3s power and workout fields, no need to use our preset if you dont want 😉

      …It even puts the target in your existing power, heart rate, or cadence fields! Im done.

    • Trent

      Jim,
      Is it safe to assume one can configure using 10s power in the workout fields? And is there an option to display a target zone? Say 240 – 250w 10 s avg. power?

    • Trent,

      It’s safe to assume you can have 10s Average Power as a metric. Its also safe to assume you can have 10s Maximum Power as a metric. Its also also safe to assume you can have workout target as a metric.

      Its less safe to say you can have “10s average target power” as a metric. Our workout target field displays whatever your workout file tells it to, which can be your standard power range (240 – 250w) or similarly heart rate or cadence range, but I am not familiar with a workout builder that defines a 240-250w 10s power range.

      What you can do, is put 10s Average Power on the same page as Workout target and feel safe assuming that is good for you. Did that make sense?

    • Trent

      Yes. Thanks Jim.

  9. John Marrocco

    A question about this comment: “And it doesn’t have the on-demand turn by turn navigation like Wahoo or Garmin has”.

    Does this mean you don’t get prompted on upcoming turns when following a course? That would be something I would need and a problem if not.

    Thanks,
    John Marrocco

    • John,

      The Dash turn by turn navigation is course file specific. Right now, Dash has turn by turn from courses built in Stages Link and 3rd party FIT course exports. I can’t say that all platforms are supported, but the second we find out we are missing a course builder that has navigation metadata in the export, we will add support for it immediately. Right now we are adding support for TCX exports like Veloviewer.

      We will be bullish on getting support for all course files with navigation metadata. We also have planned development in the app to enter a location and navigate to it using the Dash.

      Right now, if you use the course builder in Link, you can add courses to your calendar or favorites library and they will be synced automatically to the dash. You can connect your Strava account and sync your courses to your Link course library, and you can add courses from any 3rd party builder to the add_files folder on the dash. Currently, if a course does not have navigation metadata, you still get the trail to follow, which, on the new maps, is a very easy task (see the picture for proof).

      As always, with our new map cycling styling, you will be able to use the map to find cycling dedicated roads/paths anywhere you go. We hope that with the feature set I described here, we are able to meet your course, navigation, and exploration requirements.

    • John Marrocco

      Thanks Jim,

      I use Ride w/GPS to make courses and download as fit files so sounds like all will be fine.

      Also I use Stages Link on the web and cannot find how to access the course builder. Do I have to have a Dash unit linked to it for the course builder to be available?

      Thanks again,
      John

      BTW, already ordered my M50.

    • Ryan Harden

      Jim,

      I can’t figure out how to find Course Builder for the life of me.
      Is there a link somewhere?

      /Ryan

    • John/Ryan,

      The course builder, and workout builder, are located at the bottom of the library panel located to the right of the calendar, which can be expanded by clicking on the small arrow icon along the right side of the calendar tab. The screenshot I added here is what you will see once that panel has been expanded, which shows your workout library (with the workout builder), the course library (pictured in this post), and the plan library.

      I spoke to the guys at TP last night and they noted that right now the course builder is in premium accounts only, but they will push that to the community version of Link soon. Sorry about that!

      It’s important that I point out a difference between L10 and M50/L50 units here: Courses on the L10 must sync via USB and Stages Sync (our desktop application). Since the L10 does not have enough memory to have actual maps on it, we do some extra accommodations that allow courses to display on the L10.

    • Ryan Harden

      Got it. I don’t have premium so I don’t have those options.

      I was going crazy trying to find it.

      Any idea when “soon” is?

    • Koen

      Is the workout builder also exclusively part of the premium account?

    • Koren, Ryan, John,

      Turns out, the web guys tell me getting the course builder to the community site is more difficult than flipping a switch, but we planned the work and should have it in a few weeks, in the meantime, email our CS guys and they will get you set up with the course builder right away.

      Super sorry about that, we missed it, as you might imagine, I know a guy that gives me premium for life and just didn’t catch this 🙂

  10. ElChapo

    As you must know most triathletes are lazy. Any automatic integration with TrainingPeaks a-la-Garmin planned for those ? They sound great for structured workouts but I really don’t want to have to upload fit files manually every single time i want to do a workout…

    • Hey ElChapo,

      The short answer is yes, we plan on adding integrations to a number of popular 3rd party sites over the summer.

      The longer answer is supporting a file format well, like fit workouts, only requires Stages developers to do work, testing, and ongoing support. To do an individual integration like TrainingPeaks workout sync, it requires both TrainingPeaks and Stages to agree it is worth committing the time, and ongoing support, to adding this kind of functionality. I am talking to a number of companies right now about this, and we are open to more, but it’s going to be a little slower (or at least a bit tougher to give timelines for) to get these kinds of integrations done than, say, a fully contained Dash feature like Radar integration.

      So, for now, you can still get the awesome workout functionality of the Dash from TrainingPeaks, but you will have to hit that export button and drag the files over to the dash every few weeks to do so.

  11. robertbb

    Hey Stages,

    Excited to pick one of these up. A few questions:

    1) Can you comment on how the “calculated FTP” feature works… does this auto-update on the device itself or does it require your rides to all be uploaded to “Link”, and then the device to be “re-synced” with Link?

    2) How does the “Anywhere mount” work? Do you have photos of the options? I have one of those out front Garmin mounts that attaches via my stem bolts and I would love to be able to use it with an adapter (i.e. twist the Stages mount into the garmin mount, then attach the Stages unit to the mount). I suspect there will be many like me.

    I know there are 3d printing sites and people are likely to develop their own but it’d be great if Stages could support this in some way (even by releasing the specs of its own mount to make the manufacture of adapters easier).

    Cheers!

    • Robert,

      Currently, during initial setup, you can ask the Dash to estimate your FTP (you can also do this in Link Web or App setup) or FThr, this will set your training zones on the Dash (which we use in a ton of places).

      Our first major update will start maintaining a rolling window that updates your training zones automatically. You do not have to use your auto zones if you dont want (many of you wont) but if you do enable them, the Dash will adapt to you (and our preset workouts will too, as they are zone based anyways). This feature is kept exclusively on the Dash, as we assume if you are using Link, you can manage your zones there.

      The “Anywhere mount” allows you to mount L10, M50 or L50 in portrait or landscape and use large rubber o-rings to attach to anywhere you want on the bike. It comes with a small attachment that can be used to connect the anywhere mount to a quarter turn. I put some notes on Ray’s picture and attached it here to provide some good context.

      We are totally open to getting other mount manufacturers involved. We did push hard to make as many different mounts as we could for launch to give some of these manufacturers time to assess the demand for other applications as there are so many custom bars out there right now, so hopefully that tides everyone over until some other companies jump on board. Im not opposed to 3D printing, but trust me when I say, mounting from the side requires a bit more strength than from the bottom, something about lever arms…

    • robertbb

      Thanks Jim.

      Does that “insert that replaces the rubber bottom” fit into Garmin mounts? And does it screw into the “main mount” or still require the rubber o rings?

    • Correct, it replaces the rubber bottom and screws in to the main mount. It fits into a quarter turn interface like you are used to.

  12. Fred2

    I think the 3 “in both” phrases in the L10 summary section is probably a copy-paste error. Just scan for “in both” and I think you’ll see what I mean.

  13. Berend

    Do these support ad-hoc intervals similar to Ergomo?
    – don’t pre-load a workout.
    – hit interval (or lap) to start interval
    – stop interval (or lap)
    – display an interval summary for +- 10 seconds, then move on.
    – summary should contain avg and max power, possibly avg heartrate.

    Garmin doesn’t do a proper lap summary, and Garmin’s previous-interval fields are very limited. Ergomo did this wonderfully.

    It’s super-nice to be able to do that while training so you can check if your previous interval was sub-par, and thus you’re getting fatigued.

    • Berend

      * edit: display interval summary _automatically_ for +- 10 seconds, then move on.

    • Berend,

      While I am not super familiar with exactly how the Ergomo works, so I cant be sure, I think I know what you are asking.

      Our first major release will contain lap history, which includes the following:
      – Auto dismiss (or user dismiss) overlay at the end of every lap that contains lap number, lap time, power, heart rate, cadence, distance, speed, and ascent.
      – Full page called “Lap history” that contains all this data for all laps in the ride that you can select and scroll to see older laps.

      For now, we do not have this, but it’s actively being worked on and will be out in an update soon.

    • berend

      Thanks for answering.

      That’s almost what I’m talking about.

      The goal is to train with the device, which means:
      – Look at a glance, with as few button presses as possible, so your eyes are on the road. Only the relevant info, and as large as possible.
      – Fiddle as little as possible before a workout with a computer. just go and ride. Coach tells you what intervals, and you go do them.

      That also means give _useful_ training values. At the end of an interval the Ergomo displayed avg hr, avg power, np power and max power prominently; and the rest doesn’t matter. I think it also displayed max cadence and/or speed. 10 seconds later it’s gone, and you prepare for the next interval.

      Garmin displays lap no (don’t care), lap time (care a little bit), and distance traveled (don’t care) in tiny writing. To get to last lap power you’ve got to hit some buttons, and I don’t think you can even get last lap max power.

      For training the only things that matter are: input (calories, hr), output (power), and time on the bike. Anything extra gets in the way (anything extra is a bug 🙂

    • Patrick

      I hope this comes ASAP. Lap history chart was tops on the original dash and it was easy to see when to pull the plug on intervals!!

    • Berend,

      I am very confident our next update will have exactly what you need. I was sitting with the developer today working on lap history and we do not shy away from showing you training metrics any time they are available. Our first major update will have lap history and at that point you should go get a Dash, because you will really like it. If you can suffer a month or so without lap history, go get a dash now, because your workouts are going to be way better than you are used to.

    • Patrick,

      Yep, its on the way. Putting it through testing now. We are bumping up the functionality from Dash 1. You will be able to scroll a whole page that has all your laps on it, with averages for each.

    • Patrick

      Yesssss!! I’d like to see the chart Also have peak power or 5 sec max for each interval. Great for sprint workouts when you can’t get to that lap button fast enough 😛

    • Oh! Well, we wont have that in the lap history, but we are working on a metric span (span refers to the time the metric is calculated over, like 3s, lap, or ride) of “last lap” which would just display a static value of your last lap average or max value. So, you know, that will work pretty swell.

  14. jonathan

    For the Android Stages Link App, is live GPS tracking supported i.e notification sent to family/friends where they can follow your activity?

    If not currently supported, what is the expected lead time?

    • GPS live tracking in the apps is a pretty major development effort on the website to give your fans a place to go and watch your power, speed, heart rate, and location, so it’s hard for me to say right now when we might be able to get to it. I would not expect it to be this riding season, we have a big list of things to do and are leaving the tracking up to our Apple and Google friends. Sorry to bring the disappointing news. I hope we can free up the time in the fall/winter to bring it to you in the 2020 season.

  15. Tizzledk

    Budget Battle presented by DCRainmaker…..”FIGHT!” Sorry I couldn’t resist 🤣🤣

  16. John Marrocco

    “Albeit somewhat annoyingly Stages doesn’t write the final distance or ascent data to the .FIT”

    Is this by design or will it be addressed in a firmware update?

    Thanks

    • We will add this to the immediate development list and push it out in the first major update.

      Link does not use these records to show totals and averages for rides, so we did not have it in the launch, however it’s not difficult to add and it sounds like it might be useful, so we will get it done. It works out, as full ride history on the Dash (not just the App and Web) will be in the first major update as well, so it’s right in line with our plan anyways.

  17. gingerneil

    Configure fields via the smartphone app or even the web…. !!
    ARE YOU LISTENING GARMIN!!!!!

    • 🙂
      I’m just going to leave this here…

    • John Marrocco

      This is very cool for sure.

    • Patrick

      🙁 So far I get an error in Link trying to connect the M50 to configure my screens. Tried to hook it up to sync, but the device isn’t being recognized by the computer.

      I’m going to try to play around tonight, but in meantime, I was able to easily configure some fields on the preset landscape mode to my liking during my workout. That’s a welcome addition from the original dash! AND it was SUPER EASY! There’s a lot of potential here.

    • Hey Patrick,

      If it does not come to fruition for you, get in the CS system immediately. We can help you out for sure. Stages Sync can be a little confusing, it would be great if we could integrate that into the website, but that is a little bit of a nightmare with all the browsers out there (maybe a literal impossibility).

      I’ve been building my test profiles cleanly with Link and sync, so i cant wait for you to have that experience too!

    • Patrick

      Great, will do Jim. Right now Link says error retrieving data from Dash_1893. I’ll troubleshoot overnight and if no luck I’ll hook up with CS.

    • Patrick

      Yeah, no dice here. Writing up a support ticket on it. Weird, but I’m sure we’ll get it sorted.

    • Pat

      I’m having the same issues with my M50 as well, plus it won’t pair with my phone via either QR code or Pin. Starting to lose my patience before I even get to use this nifty looking device.

    • Pat/Patrick,

      Please create support tickets at link to support.stagesdash.com and the CS team and I will work through this issue with you. Sounds like some first time pairing is taking longer than expected. I would like to understand the full issue first and go from there. I know John was able to sort it out, but it sounds like the Dash and Phone took a while to get there.

      If we can understand why this is happening, we can fix it right away.

    • Pat

      I hope so. I drained the battery (1x on Dash, 2X on iPhone 7) trying to pair. Frustrating is an understatement.

    • Pat,

      For sure not expected behavior, lets walk though it with the CS team when you have time during the week to make sure everything is set up. Our expectation and testing do not reflect the issue you are having, so I want to find out what is causing this asap. I personally have an iPhone 7 so I doubt it has anything to do with your phone. We have some troubleshooting steps that hopefully will resolve the problem.

    • Pat

      Hi Jim,

      I’m happy to report that with dedicated help and unwavering support from CS, that my Dash M50 is up and running as expected, as well as now pairing with my phone.

      This level of customer service is off the charts: between this page, emails, and phone calls, Stages went above and beyond to make sure that I was not merely satisfied but happy with my new purchase.

    • Patrick

      Oh yeah! We got through it! Great support from Aaron in CS with some troubleshooting steps to get the computer to recognize the device and get Stages Sync up and running. Good stuff and excited to put all the features of this device to good use!

  18. Derek

    Budget battle please!

  19. Ramon

    Are there any plans to have a type of livetrack included soon?

    • Hey Ramon,

      Live tracking for safety is lower on our priority list, as we here use our google or iOS tracking features to share our locations with our loved ones, and this works quite well. We agree with Ray’s somewhat critical review of these features that can cause more headache and stress than good.

      Live tracking for a race, and seeing things like power and speed, is higher up on the list but still not something we are planning this summer unless we see some significant push for it. We did accommodate for it in the Dash and App (the app can get all the ride data it needs from the Dash), however the web development side is big, so its down the list a little behind some of the integrations and other dash features we have planned.

      I hope that helps. I want to be honest about our plans so Dash users are happy and know what they are getting.

  20. David Walker

    I have the M50 and have question- does the Dash have an elevation graph field that works when NOT riding a course. A field that shows the elevation history for a ride in graph format. Like Garmin and Wahoo?

    Also, speed/distance age currently either gps OR speed sensors based. Any plans on having GPS based automatically fall back to the sensor when the gps signal goes bad (trees, tunnels, etc) and then back to gps when the signal gets better?

    Finally, any thought about using gps to calibrate the wheel diameter?

    • David,

      Great questions.

      1. Yes. We plan to have a standalone data field for the elevation profile that is currently embedded in the map. And yes, we plan to show ride history in that elevation profile when not riding a course. This will be out in the first or second major update this summer.

      2. Interesting request! I would have to say no, at this time, we don’t plan to do that. I think the complicated problem of “when do we interrupt our GPS data” and then “how do we do it without negatively impacting the ride overall total” is a lot of work for a smaller impact than some of the other features we do have planned. I think its a cool idea, but I would be afraid to commit to biting that one off due to its complexity.

      3. Thanks for the suggestion! I have logged an idea in our public ideas portal for you: link to dashpublic.ideas.aha.io This is not a high priority for us right now, but for sure we can keep it in the list for after we knock down some of our higher priorities.

  21. John

    Pointless.
    We’ve got Garmins and Wahoos so what’s the point of these?
    If you’re going to create a bike computer then make one with a feature the others don’t have.
    Same old…same old.

    • Hey John,

      I’m sorry you feel that way. I hope you read the in-depth review whenever it is posted because a feature checkbox may be the same, but the way the feature is implemented makes all the difference. Like how I found a new, safer commute home just by looking at our map and trying out a new bike path, or that after all my yammering on about zone training (for years, I’m not proud, but its who I am), one ride on a Dash workout and my wife finally actually thought it was cool (maybe im not the best teacher, but still).

      I truly believe all riders, veteran computer users and new, will appreciate the care we took to make every feature on the dash accessible and useful. You may disagree, I know we are all different, but I believe bike computers can be better than they are (we have an actual smartphone style display, finally!) and we are going to keep carefully considering how features can be better, take on suggestions from people like you, and out work the field.

      We really care about this, and I think that simple fact is going to benefit our customers and the cyclists who choose other computers. Hit us back up after the deep dive, let me know what you think.

    • David Walker

      Having had both Garmins and Wahoos I would say that the value (yet to be proven) is more reliable hardware, software that doesn’t crash all the time, features that don’t work, loss of ride data, poor bluetooth connections, etc.

      If Stages just gets these things right they will have a winner. Some (most?) of the esoteric features don’t matter to most people. For example, I have yet to meet even ONE rider that uses Strava Live Segments. Sure, there are some that do, but from my experience the percentage of total riders is super small.

    • Dan G

      That’s the most stupid comment I’ve seen on DCR.

      Competition is good. It drives innovation up and prices down.

    • Dan G

      John’s comment, that is! Not David’s.

  22. Sabi2017

    Ray commented that “And it doesn’t have the on-demand turn by turn navigation like Wahoo or Garmin has”, how long does stages believe it will take to correct this, or do they not intend to add real turn-by-turn navigation? Also, if they add turn-by-turn navigation, will it allow for automatic re-routing instead of just routing you back to the point where you went off course? Lastly, if you are not using a pre-loaded course but just free riding, will the L50 record the course you are riding to save for another use? Lastly, does the L50 pair with any mfg.’s ant/smart bluetooth speed and cadence sensors?

    • Sabi,

      We intend to release a Link app integration allowing you to search for a location using your phone, and push navigation cues and map trail (same experience if you created a course before the ride and selected it) to the Dash live. We wanted to do this where you can use the touchscreen of the phone instead of the button interface of the dash to make it easier. This is the highest priority on our App team post launch and should be complete during the summer.

      As for how we handle off course and re-routing, I can’t be certain exactly how it will manifest as we will sort that out as we dig in to the technical details, but our original thought would be to ask you if you want a re-route or not, instead of pushing it automatically (some people like to maintain their original instructions). Answering yes on the Dash will simply route you back, while answering no will allow you to continue your bike vision quest and return to regularly scheduled activities at your leisure.

      Stages Link allows you to make any past ride into a course and save it for later. Any courses in your favorites will always be on the Dash, so you will always have your rides if you make them once.

      We support ANT and BLE speed and cadence sensors on all Dashes.

      I hope I got all the questions answered!

    • Sabi2017

      Thank you for your prompt reply. As I understood your response, the L50 will not now or in immediate future give you turn-by-turn directions to your destination at the point you are at if you went off-course, but simply directs you back to the point you went off course and directs you according to the course map again. Is that correct? To me, re-routing means if I get off course the device will show directions to get to your destination without turning around to go back to where you went off course just like a car GPS or Waze does.

    • Currently, the off course notification points to the nearest point on the course and tells you the distance to that point on the course. With the map, it is easy to zoom out and find the best way back to the course using the best bike routes. That is what is in the current production Dash.

      I see what you are asking, whether while on a course there would be navigation back to it using turn by turn. In the app update I described above, where you enter a location and navigate to it from the app, yes. This would occur. However, while riding a course loaded on the dash via Link or 3rd party, no, the Dash will not navigate back to that course for you. It simply provides distance and direction, and you should be able to easily use the map to get back.

      Sorry for that confusion! I think I missed your main question a little. Let me know if you need more information.

    • Sabi2017

      Jim: thanks for your quick reply and for responding to everyone’s inquiries and comments. It speaks volumes about your company; competitors, especially the “Big Guy” should stand up and take notice as to how to be “customer -centric” and listen intently. As for the way your navigation works, the one big criticism I have, in my humble opinion, is not having true re-routing. Perhaps one of the most important features of any navigation system, bike, car, hiking etc is that the device will plot an alternate route to your destination should you veer off the pre-set course, or will take you to the original route an alternate way instead to having to retrace your missteps.. Anything less than that is not really re-routing, especially as you describe what Stages does; that is, by making you read a map with no turn-by-turn directions to get back on to the original route. Having to read a small map to find an alternate way to your original route is highly distractive when trying to pay attention to the road. Not only is the way you described how Stages works, a big weakness in the software, but presents a serious bicycle safety problem. I hope that you decide to rethink this to include true re-routing. Look to ways or any car navigation system to how it works seamlessly. Thank you again for your candid and very honest responses. It it truly is refreshing.

    • Sabi,

      That’s a fair criticism. The Dash is not going to do that routing on the fly with preloaded courses in the near future, which is important for you to know since it is a super high priority for you. I think it’s worth explaining why we did what we did, however please know I take your point and think its a good one.

      The way you ride a course is a lot different than me, typically if I build a course or have a library of them, I am pretty certain that I want to stick with the course I planned that day. For example, a gran fondo course does not change if I happen to miss a turn, the course is the course. I am perfectly happy following the navigation points on the course, and if i do miss something, the off course notification will catch me right away, and I can make the adjustment immediately. In the event that I really miss it (probably on purpose because there is some new road i want to ride) I am happy to take a pause, zoom and pan our map which is super clear, and make a plan to get back to my original plan.

      I take courses with turn by turn, and true navigation, to be seperate things. In the former, I want to follow a plan, and if i divert from it, I dont want my computer to think it knows how I want to change my plan, I just want to change it and be free, knowing its easy for me to get back (and knowing the computer will let me know I am in error if that is the case). In the latter, I want to go somewhere, no matter what, and make decisions and have the computer adapt on the fly and get me where I want to go as a team working together.

      That latter example we plan on meeting with the App, allowing you to enter a location and navigate straight to it, updating with me the rider as I make decisions that seem better to me at the time. Its not done yet, but for exactly the reason you present, its a high priority.

      I hope you see this just as me laying out my point of view on riding courses on a bike ride, vs the live navigation like in a car on google maps. Again, you are right to say what we offer is not that.

      I do think a lot of the narrative right now about routable maps is taken as purely the right thing, but in cycling i think there is some grey area compared to pure car navigation. Maybe the way we approached that grey are is not for you, but at least it was a chance for me to explain why the Dash is the way it is. Thanks for the thoughtful response!

  23. Kellen

    Hey Stages-

    I saw in the manuals that you have a setting that allows for/accepts/enables auto-zero commands sent FROM a power meter — i.e. SRM spiders — this is GREAT as it’s something Wahoo has failed at. I also love the look of the colored power gauges for target zones.

    One question, can that power gauge be used in conjunction with a 30-second (NOT 3, but yes 30-second) power avg? The 30-second smoothed power is one of the best features for long training intervals. Thanks!

    • Kellen

      Oh, and one more— can the screen be inverted (black background) even in full daylight? …via a manual selection of that mode. Thanks again!

    • Kellen,

      For all the customization we do have, we don’t allow setting of timespan for the color wheel! I have logged a feature request for this: link to dashpublic.ideas.aha.io

      We do allow you to set up average or max powers with Instant, 3s, 10s, 30s, 1min, 5min, 10min, 20min, and 1 hour time spans. That’s pretty cool.

      As for day/night (light/dark) mode, that is a user setting that can be changed at any time. No need to wait for it to be dark out.

    • Kellen

      Outstanding! Thanks Jim. Much appreciated.

    • Matthias

      Dear Jim,
      I really like that there are more competitors for bike computers and I think that less features but having less bugs are the way to go. I like the way how you are answering the questions (patient, honest & direct). That’s the best promotion a company can get. For myself I am using bike computers more old style i.e. downloading gpx files and editing tracks or creating routes with Basecamp and OSM offline and then putting that on the bike computer via usb directly. I just want to ride these routes with turn-by-turn-navigation and save the data for later analysis. Maybe you can help me to find out if the L50/M50 is the right product for me:
      Are the maps and navigation are also usable for MTB riding?
      Or do I need different maps especially for MTB?
      I can’t use 3rd party maps like openmtbmaps?
      Are there route points limit like the Garmin Edge with 500 route points?
      concerning turn-by-turn navigation:
      If I prepare a route by myself i.e. with Basecamp and openmtbmap on my PC and have a gpx-file. I can put the file to the add_files directory of the Dash. Then I can cycle the route with turn-by-turn navigation (street names will be shown) to the destination?
      Above created longer distance routes i.e. 100 miles are also handable for the Dash?

      Best wishes Matthias

    • Matthias,

      To answer your own question, you can go check out the OpenStreetMap: link to openstreetmap.org

      If the route is on that map, it is on the Dash! The OSM is an incredible resource that allows companies like ours to get great global data and style it to make it our own. That’s how we were able to create a cycling map of the world.

      We don’t technically support any other map tiles on the dash, unless you are quite savvy with the Mapbox API. Since OpenMTBMaps is based on the OSM its reasonable to expect the paths to be at least drawn on the map where you expect them to be.

      I bet we do have route point limits, however we have not established them yet, let me know if you can load a course that is too big (we looked into the RAAM course, I dont think that one will work, but you would need a heck of a power bank to ride that thing all in one go).

      I have not personally used Basecamp, but I gave it a quick download and dont yet see a FIT export with navigation points, but I could be missing it. If one of those exports (they have GPX, KMZ, TCX, etc from at least what I can see in my unpaid map version) contains navigation points, we will support them in the immediate future.

      As I said in a previous post, we are going to be super bullish on supporting course files that contain navigation metadata that we dont already support. The add_files folder is super powerful and an easy way for us to add 3rd party support without needing to work with the specific third party.

      No problem with 100 mile routes.

      Hope that helps.

    • Matthias

      Thank you Jim for your answer! 🙂

  24. David Hughes

    Well my L10 arrived today. Won’t pair with me phone and Link says me serial number doesn’t match! Not a good start 😔 Ticket sent so we’ll see what happens. Been so excited for this for ages, so rather disappointed at the moment to say the least.

    • Hey David,

      I hear we did not validate the L10 serial numbers correctly, preventing the premium membership on Link. That should be resolved this evening.

      As for the phone, I’ll make sure we are working with you through the CS team to troubleshoot the issue. We will get you sorted.

      Sorry for the rough start!

    • Brian Smith

      My L10 did pair with my iPhone over bluetooth, in 2 out of 3 attempts, on June 13. The time that it did not, the problem seemed to resolve itself after turning off the L10, turning off bluetooth, quitting StagesLink app, turning bluetooth back on, starting up the L10, then launching the StagesLink app. Connected and synced a completed workout successfully.

    • Hey Brian,

      Thanks for that note. I went and immediately tested my L10 production units on my Android and iOS test devices and couldn’t reproduce the issue. I talked with our CS team and I am confident we will get it sorted.

      For sure, sometimes these things need to be restarted to get them cooperating with each other, which is not ideal, but its always a great place to start troubleshooting.

  25. John Marrocco

    For whatever reason Ray’s discount code is not working for me at Clever Training.

    Thanks

  26. Stan

    I would jump in if:

    -The promise of radar support comes to fruition. I have learned to not buy something that is not fully developed and wait for the features to be built over time.

    -Stages link looks less than stellar (free version) -having used Garmin connect for the last 7 years – at least I know the limitations and frustrations. I checked out the free version of link and building a workout seems more finicky – maybe i am wrong?

    -Mapping/GPS gets good real world feedback and battery life works as projected. I guess I will have to follow the early adopters online.

    Finally – and this is a big one – mounting it to my bikes. I have a Giant propel SL (2016) and need a stem faceplate mount since the bars have an oval (aero) type shape . Just when I ordered a combo Garmin GoPro from fouriers – I see these stages devices and even before contemplating ordering one – I am getting shudders having to try and find a dash/GoPro solution that will mount to my stem faceplate bolts.
    Jim?
    Anyone?

    • Dave

      I, too, would be in if/when the radar support becomes a reality. I won’t ride on the road without it anymore.

    • Stan,

      We for sure are prioritizing the Radar as an early release feature. It’s always smart to wait on features that are essential to how you ride, so have a look back in 2 months to see if we are done with support for it.

      Stages link certainly has a different philosophy on workout building, but the integration with Dash is a really big plus, especially if you want to get multiple target values for a workout step (we can do power, heart rate, and cadence, all at the same time if you want to go super crazy).

      I hope the mapping and gps continue to impress, the maps are a big deal. I am really happy with them.

      I looked up that bar just now, unfortunately its not one of the many aluminum based integrated mounts we have at launch 🙁

      We made the anywhere mount for this specific reason, which there is an earlier post to check out in this comment section, but it may not be exactly what you are looking for. I will add this bar to our list, if we get some more requests, we can always do a short run, but its not likely we support that mount in the webstore in the near future.

    • Dave,

      It’s “up next” for us. Keep an eye out.

  27. Yogev

    wow..they look amazing but really got me confused.

    was about to order the Wahoo Bolt and then this came out … what are the main differences between the M50 and the Bolt ? for a mountain biker who wants to train hard, does racing events, with power, and does occasional Navigation mountain biking. and would like to use courses on a regular basis.

    also easy of use and managing workouts and courses is important.

    really confused.

    thanks !

    • Yogev,

      The Dash has great workouts, so training hard is, well, easy? At least its easy not to have to remember what your workout was as you tick through your steps with color guidance and auto lap preferences.

      Our maps are really a huge plus, and they are full color. So when it comes to comparing a black and white map to a color one, there is really no comparison in my opinion. Our courses are easy to follow and have elevation profile with progress along the course.

      I gotta say, if your looking at the Bolt size and price range, take a hard look at the M50, it might be perfect for you!

  28. Lawrence Mize

    I have the current stages computer…so I have to convert ride files to fit files for export, except to link…do you have to do that with the new ones?

  29. David Walker

    It would be great if Stages had a Dash forum for users to share information and also to get answers without having to call support.

    • David,

      That’s an interesting idea. I dont have an immediate solution or way to get that together, but we will think about it. The DCR comments are certainly not the place to carry on ongoing forum style chatter, so maybe we can come up with something.

      We do have a public ideas portal, where you can request anything you would like, and vote on existing ideas others have submitted: link to dashpublic.ideas.aha.io

    • David Walker

      Something like Google Groups make it easy to set of a forum and I am pretty sure that it is free. That what Wahoo has and a number of groups I participate in use it as well. You can also get fancier ones like Discourse.

  30. Derek

    Does the breadcrumb trail on the L10 give turn alerts similar to the edge 130?

    • Derek,

      The L10 does not have turn by turn navigation, only the path to follow. It is a very basic course implementation that should not be confused with the M50 and L50 turn by turn color courses with elevation profiles.

  31. Cypher

    Is or will there be support for Komoot on the Stages units?

    • Cypher,

      We currently support adding GPX files to the dash via the add_files folder. I am in the process of reaching out to companies like Komoot to see if we can push courses directly to the dash via Link. I will let the forum know when that is available.

  32. Pete Parfitt

    So I was in the market for a new head unit, was probably thinking 530, but…

    What really may have swayed me into one of these (and I am quite committed to Garmin connect although may be Zwifting more in future) has been Jim’s engagement in this thread. Seems like there might be a company out there that cares about it’s customers.

    Now I know that Garmin (and Polar in the past have had good customer engagement) but this seems next level.

    Kudos to Jim, in the long run CS may not be any better but appearance is sometimes everything.

    • Pete,

      This means a lot to me and everyone at Stages. We truly want to make a great product, and figure that means doing 2 things:

      * Listen to our customers and find out what they need
      * Make sure we fix issues (either by education or firmware updates) with the Stages products they have

      Garmin is great, they have a ton of great products, but I think our advantage is we are a cycling company 100% focused on our cycling products. We don’t have to figure out how our bike computer hardware or software will fit into our golf watches or car products, we just have to figure out what you want (feature or fix) and do it.

      None of this stuff is fake. I am the guy in charge of planning our features and fixes, and I truly think this is the best way for me to show our team what is next. I really liked the forum idea, but that might take some time to do and I would rather focus on making features, so for now, anything you want to see can be logged or voted on here: link to dashpublic.ideas.aha.io

      Thanks again for the note!

    • Dan G

      Yes, this thread is a lesson in how to do customer engagement right.

      Well done Jim and Stages!

  33. John Marrocco

    Well, New M50 first ride and issues for sure. I have put in a support ticket but thought I would post here maybe someone has ideas. A bit frustrated right now.

    I am getting no distance displayed on the Dash while riding though it is being recorded to the fit file. I am using an ANT+ sensor. If I remove the sensor I still get no distance displayed nor do I get a speed reading without the sensor enabled. The GPS is active as the map is showing my position and moves with me and the unit is displaying the GPS signal. I have tried going through every conceivable setting but can find nothing that helps.

    Initially it was impossible to install the unit on the mount. It would not lock in no matter how hard I pressed. I had to loosen the screws on the bottom of the mount slightly and then it locked in. THe screws are extremely easy to strip.

    I did have some syncing issues initially but after a couple hours of playing around I managed to work that out.

    I’m hopeful all this can be worked out as the unit is full of potential, but there are some bugs in the mix for sure.

    The sensor setting for wheel size defaults to 700 x 28, no matter what I set it for it won’t hold the setting.

    Temperatures during the entire ride were in the 70’s but the fit file is showing min and avg temps in the 80’s with a max of 91, not even close.

    The backlighting turned off mid ride and after stopping could not reactivate it by going through the settings, or changing profiles. I had to restart the unit and the backlight came back on. The unit is all but unreadable without the backlight.

    • John Marrocco

      Also, 1 1/2 hours riding, batter meter was at 78%.

    • John,

      First of all, I am glad you were able to work out the syncing issue, which, unless you are using Ray’s version of Pixel, would have been a new issue I was unaware of.

      I think it would be easiest for us to work this out in CS, maybe I can have them connect you with me to walk through the steps of finding out the problem so we can see what the issue is and fix it immediately. It sounds like you might be using a speed sensor, which may be the reason there is no distance (we might have an issue with that sensor?) or potentially a wheel based power meter (maybe we are not handling that specific power meter correctly?). No matter what, this will take a little back and forth to get it sorted out.

      I am committed to making sure we figure out what the issues you are having are, and fixing them, so our next Dash user will not have the same troubles.

      As for the mount, that thing is tough the first go, but after the first install its much happier. Sounds like we are not doing that first install in production, I will check on that. That little tool strips quite easily (mainly a single use tool) but I am glad you were able to get it to work. If i were you, I would tighten that back down, give it a heavy push in the first time, and after that you should be good to go.

      Talk to you soon offline. I am sorry for the bumpy start. We will get there.

    • John Marrocco

      Thanks for your consideration Jim. To be honest I was getting overwhelmed with the list I was making of things not working that I sent an email to sales inquiring about a return.

      Since sleeping on it I’d like to hold off to see if we can get the issues I’m having sorted this week. I’ve got about a half dozen items (after eliminating a couple of user error items), and I’m sure your CS guys should be able to sort most of them pretty quickly. Growing pains I’m sure for most.

      I’m impressed with the contact I’ve had with you and others at Stages and the more I handle the unit the more I’d like to get it sorted instead of returning.

      Anyway I do appreciate your help.

  34. Sabi2017

    Unless I missed it in my reading, in addition to not having “back on track on-demand rerouting” available both on the Garmin 830 and Wahoo Element Roam head units, the Stages L50 also does not appear to have text messaging, email and phone call notification. This too is an important feature that virtually all competitors have in this price class; something for them to consider seriously.

    • Sabi,

      The Dash does in fact have this feature. I am sure the deep dive will get into it.

    • Sabi2017

      Thanks for clarifying Jim. I didn’t see that text, email, phone call feature listed even on your website description of the device. Or if it is there my 72 yo eyes missed it. If only you would decide to upgrade the rerouting feature I would definitely wait to purchase an L50 in a month or so. I need a new head unit as my Garmin 1000 is seeing its better days. Like other commenters, I don’t need Strava segments but I do need a reliably working device that has good metrics. Thanks again for listening. As I said, it speaks volumes.

  35. KARL BONNER

    Not sure if this has already been asked but do any of the units have a “time alert” (for feeding purposes etc) that you can set on it ?

    Really like the idea of these units as im not fused about strava etc, I just want a unit that WORKS 😉

  36. JB

    Great support from Stages here! It will take a while before I’ll buy a new unit, but seeing this for sure next time I’ll keep it in mind and look at the models/features available at that time.

    I didn’t see anyone make a comment, but watches on Ray’s bar? Hidden with black tape? Anybody an idea what they are?

    I don’t think anyone else made a rem

    • Those little things are SRAM RED eTAP Blips. Basically they allow you to remotely shift your gears from your handlebars while climbing. Good if you live in the mountains. Mostly useless for someone like me who couldn’t find a hill nearby if my life depended on it. link to dcrainmaker.com

  37. bren

    I too was looking for the features like text messaging, email and call noticing but then was immediately turned off when I saw that Stages continues to dig in and not listen to the cyclists at large by sticking with their proprietary mount system.

    I still have a Stages Dash tossed in a drawer mostly unused. I go to various bike shows and on group rides where the consensus is give up the ludicrous mount and we’d be happy to consider a Stages unit. Just put a Garmin mount on the back side and we can all pop them into our Bar Fly mounts. I have great mounts for my TT, MTB, road and racing steeds and the last thing I would want to do is invest in a whole new system costing me more than the mount savings. Not a great price point after having to invest in all new mounts.

    I went from a Garmin to Wahoo (which I crashed and broke) so I decided to look at Bryton. They also did a stupid engineering feat by creating a proprietary mount for the Aero60. Their staff at the booth were not happy either and the reports are not secure. Instead I picked up a Bryton 450. A decent price point and no need to outlay more moola for I already had the inserts in my BF4 mount system. easy peasy.

    I just didn’t like how unstable the Dash was and as technology evolves, it’s nice to try different GPS systems. Take a page from the Bar fly bike folks, maybe call them and make a generic insert like Garmin or Wahoo, turn and click is the best. They would certainly open up the market of avid and racing cyclists to try these new units.

    • Patrick

      After having multiple Garmin and Bar Fly mounts and two mounting tabs on the backs of garmins break, I’m more than happy wish the Dash mount. Absolutely solid and nothing to worry about breaking because of the metal to metal interface. No plastic. It’s one of the reasons I was happy to go with the original Dash.