Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
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 this past week:
3) There’s currently a deal on the Tacx NEO 2 for $200 off, down to $1,199. This reduces down last year’s Tacx NEO 2 by a considerable bit, whereas the new NEO 2T takes its place as the top-spot. And heck, at the moment I’d actually take the one-year-old NEO 2 over the NEO 2T (until they fix the 2T firmware anyway).
FIT File Podcast This Week:
Episode 89 of the podcast is up! FIT89 Ride it like you stole it: The Zwift/British Cycling Cheating Scandal Explainer
October has arrived on the sports tech scene full of turbulence, here’s what was on tap this week:
– The entertaining stories of our smart bike deliveries – Wahoo acquires Speedplay Pedals, what does it mean? – Ray costs Shane more Money: GoPro Hero 8 released – Skydio 2 drone announced: Yet more financial distress for Shane? – InsideRide KICKR E-Flex Accessory Announced – Zwift Mountain Bike Steering released to public – The Zwift/British Cycling Cheating Fiasco — Part 1: Technical explainer — Part 2: Admission & Penalties — Part 3: Debunking excuses — Part 4: Punishment worthy of the crime?
Listen here, or four options for where to find the podcast:
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 (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks…as my backlog is a bit longer coming out of summer):
1) Behind the Scenes on the GoPro launch video: Some interesting tidbits here from one of the Engadget folks that went out with the GoPro crews – probably most notably that the Hero 8 launch video isn’t actually filmed entirely on Hero 8 cameras. The first clue was the table full of Hero 7 cameras (you can tell by the battery door), but also later in the article it’s discussing this in text.
2) Speaking of that launch video: If you want one of the lead dudes at GoPro who edits that video (and takes incredible shots) preset settings and what settings to use for what things, check out his presets post. He’s also got a detailed Hero 8 Black detailed features post, which roughly is kinda like my review, but with all the tidbits that only an engineering person might know (and of course, given from a GoPro employee, perhaps skipping over some of my frustrations). Still, hands-down always my favorite annual GoPro post out there for any new unit.
3) Peloton sues cycling rival Echelon: Oh Peloton, always suing everyone. Except, when getting sued by others. As good as Peloton’s product is (really, it’s very good – I think it’s excellent), they’ve got an onslaught of competitors about to jump down their throats. Big name competitors with big money. Will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out.
4) Zwift’s Kona Tri Team House Tour: Well then, that’s an impressive setup for the team. Dang – is there really any tri team that’s better equipped out there? Maybe Bahrain, I guess?
5) Inside Cirque du Soleil’s Technology Lab: I love me a good Cirque show, and this is a cool look behind the scenes at some of the shifts the company is having to make to adapt to shorter audience attention spans, from a tech standpoint.
7) Massive analysis of a single Strava climb: Super cool study (full PDF here). See, this is the type of thing Strava needs to encourage. Today, it actually bans this, as it doesn’t allow any automation against their platform (perhaps the study got permission). But these types of things result in huge PR boosts – such as the CyclingTips post and countless others. Plus, it doesn’t cost Strava anything to do this.
Sports Tech Device 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.
Acer’s Xplova removes camera cloud functionality: Normally this section is reserved for feature adds, not removals. But the Xplova bike computers will no longer have cloud storage for short video clips. My guess here is this isn’t a cost reduction issue, but rather more likely related to lawsuits of camera clips for people that haven’t given permission to have their video stored online (meaning, other people caught on camera). Just a hunch.
Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 BETA Firmware Update: Mostly bug fixes, however, a little feature listed around indoor trainer control support to actually show the map and elevation profile of the course you’re riding from outdoors. This is a good example of some of the upcoming integration Garmin has hinted at following the Tacx acquisition, though, this works for any ANT+ FE-C trainer (which is all of them).
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2018 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.