Week in Review–February 9th, 2020

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!

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

For whatever reason, the sports tech deal train has rained down upon us starting this weekend. Many of the major companies have either made permanent pricing shifts, or we’re seeing some mid-Q1 sale pushes to try and drive numbers. I wouldn’t overthink *any* of these sales as indicators of new products (save the Pioneer thing obviously being clearance). It’s not the right time of year for any of the products below to get refreshed.

ProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingOther siteSale Notes
CycleOps Hammer (Original) - $200 off$599This is a solid deal if you don't mind the slight racket that the original CycleOps Hammer makes. Note that basically there's virtually no feature differences between the H1/H2/H3 - just different colors of paint and on the H3, a different belt that makes it quieter. They're already running near identical firmware (the original Hammer got a big firmware update Aug 2019 to bring them all inline).
Elite Direto X Smart Trainer - Normally $899$699⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Elite Sterzo Steering Wheel Block - Normally $69$55⚡ Clever Training 20% sale, use code MARCH20
Elite Suito Smart Trainer - Normally $799$639⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last, use code MARCH20
Garmin Edge 1030 - $200 off!$399
Garmin Edge 130 - $50 off!$149
Garmin RTL510 Varia Cycling Radar - $70 off$129This is a sweet deal, unclear how long this deal will last. This is notable now that Wahoo, Hammerhead, and Stages all support the Varia radar (plus Garmin of course).
Garmin Vector 3 - $200 Off$799⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
GoPro Hero 8 Black Bundles (norm $399+)$349-$359⚡ There's some great deals in here. The base GoPro Hero 8 Black is down to $349, but many retailers for $10-$20 more are adding in a crapton of accessories you'll buy anyway like extra batteries, the shorty stick, etc... I've linked to a collection of them, my personal fav is linked in the second link, and has two extra GoPro battires, a 64GB microSD card, and then a USB card reader.
Kinetic R1 Smart Trainer with Motion - 30% off$670Now, if you don't mind a bit of noise, and a bit of inaccuracy in the power data - then this is a steal for this trainer . Definitely the lowest price we've seen it to date. But, read the review first.
Polar Ignite GPS - Normally $229$179This is a very solid deal for this unit, and about the lowest we've seen it. Note that the price varies slightly based on the exact color band you select. But either way, it's a great deal.
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $200 off!$799⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Saris M2 Smart Trainer - Normally $499$399⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - Normally $1,199$959⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Saris TD1 Trainer Desk - Normally $329$263⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). Clever Training use code MARCH20
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch - 20% off$399⚡ Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last use code MARCH20
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - Normally $750$600⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Tacx NEO 2T Smart - Normally $1,400 - 20% off$1,120⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20. NOTE: Clever Training has NEO 2T in stock, whereas REI is backordered.
Wahoo CLIMB Accessory - Normally $599$480⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo Headwind Fan - Normally $249$199⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo KICKR + CLIMB Bundle - $200 off!$1,599This is a simple bundle of the Wahoo KICKR 2018 + the KICKR CLIMB, for $1,599 (versus the normal cost of $1,799).
Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Trainer - Normally $899$720⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - $499 normally$400⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20
Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer - Normally $1,199$959⚡ REI & Clever Training 20% sale till supplies last (likely not long). REI use code MEMPERKS2020, Clever Training use code MARCH20

DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:

Sunday: Week in Review–February 2nd, 2020
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Pioneer Exits Power Meter Business as Shimano Buys Their Cycling Business
Thursday: Garmin Vivoactive 4 Smartwatch In-Depth Review
Friday: Bikes, Beer, and Tech Live Podcast/Video from TDU Posted!

YouTube Videos This Past 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!

FIT File Podcast This Week:

Episode 99 of the podcast is up!

0:00 – Bikes, Beer, and Tech Explainer
1:50 – Introductions
5:40 – The impact of less accurate power meters in the pro peloton/athletes
15:30 – To Murray: What was the most difficult Wahoo product feature to develop that you thought would be easy?
19:50 – What has surprised us in the last 12 months in sports tech?
26:00 – Do pros and elite athletes use indoor training apps/devices the same way as consumers?
28:00 – Why can’t we just plug our trainers into WiFi?
31:35 – To Wahoo: What’s Wahoo’s power meter plans for Speedplay (since acquisition)?
32:25 – To Neal: As an elite coach, what do his athletes screw up the most?
34:14 – What do we expect with Zwift’s entrance into trainer hardware?
37:35 – Is reliance on tech taking away from riding a bike?
41:30 – To Neal: What does he see with mental health in the pro peloton/elite competitors, and coping with pressures?

Listen here, or four options for where to find the podcast:

A) iTunes: If you’ve got an Apple device, we’re there!
B) Google Play Music: Yup, we’re here too (and on Google Podcasts app)
C) Spotify: Of course we’re on Spotify now – you can even cache it on your wearable too!
D) RSS Feed: Follow along using the direct RSS feed

Stuff 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 (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks…as my backlog is a bit longer):

1) The impact of music lawsuit on Peloton, from their head of music: This is way more than just the lawsuit, and was a surprisingly interesting behind the scenes look at how the music bits of their business works. Not so much from a ‘how they got sued for hundreds of millions’, but more the specifics of how they select/process/think about music.

2) Understanding all the wonky broken bikes in Amsterdam: Title says it all, this helps you decode for each scenario what exactly went wrong. (via Dutch Cycling Embassy)

3) How ski films have changed dramatically due to social media: Super interesting, though, I’m betting the industry is oddly more financially sustainable for smaller outfits now than it was back then.

4) Zwiftcast ‘Ask me Anything’ annual edition with Eric Minn: While this is on my to-do list to listen to, you can get a jump start on digging through the nuggets.

5) The backstory on triathletes in Facebook Super Bowl Ad: Yup, they were real triathletes.

6) The battle against crowded ski hills: Having grown up going to Crystal Mountain to ski a few times a year within the race circuit, the concept of having traffic stretch that many miles away is unfathomable.

7) What you need to know for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials (for US athletes): Definitely a worthy read if you’re trying to get caught back up on the pro marathon scene ahead of Tokyo.

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.

Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fix around stability issue

Garmin Fenix 6 Series & MARQ Series BETA Firmware Update: Bug fix around wifi issue

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Series BETA Firmware Update: Same bug fix as Fenix 6/MARQ

Garmin SWIM 2 Firmware update: Mostly performance improvements and bug fixes

Stages Gen 3 Power Meter Firmware Update: A few new features related to cadence & magnets, as well as bug fixes

Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great week ahead!

DC Rainmaker:

View Comments (13)

  • Was wondering if it was worth asking about the likelihood of a Garmin Forerunner 645 update/replacement in the near future? History suggest it’s due. My 645 is starting to act up and well you know the rest!

  • I am just coming out of a bad run of back problems that have kept me off the bike for about a year. My physical therapist is suggesting using a recumbent bike to start with. Does anyone have any suggestions for a stationary recumbent bike that works with zwift

  • I am just coming out of a bad run of back problems that have kept me off the bike for about a year. My physical therapist is suggesting using a recumbent bike to start with. Does anyone have any suggestions for a stationary recumbent bike that works with zwift

  • Trisports.com currently has factory refurbished Garmin Vector 3 dual sided pedals for $600. They have been fluctuating between $550 and $700 on their website over the last few months, although I have only seen $550 once. That seems like a good deal to keep track of.

  • Do you anticipate the ability to have stryd be the source of pace and distance while using GPS still as something that will be added to the Venu like it is on the 245 etc?

  • Hi,
    The GoPro Bundle Link refers to a Bundle with US Batterie Packs. Do you know if they are just normal Batterie Packs and can be used in EU or is there any special adapter needed?

  • Do you have any information on the stages gen 3 cadence measurement via magnet? I can't seem to find anything. Is this to work more like shimano's own power meters or?

    • Can you also ask them about the gyroscope setting for cadence measurement?

      A while ago they told me:

      "Please do not enable this option as it causes issues with LR meters at the moment and we are searching for a solution to solve it.

      This option is meant to only work for Stages Left Side meters where it prevents power spikes in MTB downhills!"

      Has this been fixed now, and does enabling the gyroscope improve accuracy?

    • I'm honestly not sure either - hence my semi-vague comment above.

      It was the first I heard of it, and was like: Huh?

      On my to-do list to e-mail them about.

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