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Week in Review: April 5th, 2021

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

Sports Tech Deals:

There’s a handful of sports tech deals out there right now:

ProductSale PriceAmazonOther siteSale Notes
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - $70 off!$269I use my iPad primarily for TrainerRoad as well as Zwift when not with a larger display. I also occasionally use it for other apps, namely Wahoo SYSTM, Rouvy, and Peloton. But I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. For all these cycling apps, the graphics capabilities is really pretty irrelevant, so having the absolute top-end/latest model won't make any difference. I prefer the budget options.
Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
$159
$79⚡These aren't the latest anymore, that's the newer 3rd gen units. But if budget is in mind, it's hard to beat these - seriously, at $79 it's the lowest price these have ever been.
Apple Airpods Pro (2nd Gen) - $50 off!
$249
$199
Apple TV 4K (32GB) for Zwift - $50 off$79⚡⚡ I use this for almost all my Zwifting. This is a fantastic deal, which runs Zwift, RGT, FulGaz, Rouvy, and more. While Apple just released their newest version (2022), virtually no cycling apps have taken advantage of it yet. And thus for now, the edition on sale for $79 seems like a steal.
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen/2022) - 8% off
$279
$229⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Apple Watch Series 8 - $50 off!
$399/$499 (cellular)
$349⚡This is only the 2nd time we've seen the new Apple Watch SE (2nd gen) on sale!
Beats PowerBeats Pro Wireless Sport Headphones - $100 off
$249
$149⚡ I like the PowerBeats Pro with the over-the-ear design, for more security in workouts, than my Beats Studio Buds. I use these as well as my Beats Studio Buds (and have used the PowerBeats Pro ones longer). $100 off is a solid deal.
Beats PowerBeats Studio Buds - $60 off
$149
$89⚡I've been using these since last summer (2021), primarily on my indoor workouts, but also on some of my runs (for example, in testing out most watches with music). I like them and they've become my go-to buds.
DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo Edition - 31% off$359
DJI FPV Combo - $300 off!$899⚡This deal is on DJI's larger FPV drone, the original one. They've also got the smaller but less powerful one too - Avata, which isn't on sale. This is for the FPV combo deal, saving you $400. This includes the drone, FPV goggles, and controller.
DJI Mavic 3 - $150 off
$999
$2,049This is the second time we've seen the DJI Mavic 3 on sale (for a non-bundled deal). With all the firmware improvements since the fall, it's finally getting to a more stable place in terms of features. Of course, you can also now get the DJI Mavic 3 Classic for a fair bit cheaper, minus the zoom lens. Albeit, I personally think the zoom lens is handy (if used correctly).
Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer- $400 off!
$1,000
$599⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on this trainer to date!
Elite Sterzo Smart - 40% off$74This is Elite's steering block, for steering in apps like Zwift.
Elite Suito-T Smart Trainer - $340 off!
$799 (incl cassette)
$509This is by far the lowest price we've ever seen on the Elite Suito or Suito-T trainers. Note: The Suito-T is the same exact trainer as the Suito, except without the cassette pre-installed.
Elite Tuo Smart Trainer - $233 off!
$580
$347⚡This is by far the lowest price we've seen on the wheel-on Tuo. While most trainers have shifted towards direct drive, this is a good option at the lower end.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus - $200 off
$599
$391⚡While the newer Edge 1040 came out this past summer, the Edge 1030 Plus is still an incredibly solid bike computer - arguably the 2nd best bike computer (behind the Edge 1040).
Garmin Edge 530 Cycling GPS - $50 off!
$299
$249⚡ This matches last year's Black Friday sale, and is the lowest price to date on the Edge 530. This is one of the main units I use for my day-to-day riding and testing.
Garmin Fenix 7 Series (All Models/Styles) - $100 off!
$699+
From $599⚡This is the first time we've seen the Fenix 7 series on sale! This sale is $100 off all Fenix 7 series models, be it in the Fenix 7S/7/7X or any of the Sapphire/Solar variants.
Garmin Fenix 7 Solar Sapphire - $250 off!$751⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire - $150 off!$849⚡⚡ While most of the Fenix 7 series is $100 off, this particular unit is $250 off, which is a massive savings!
Garmin GPSMAP 66i with inReach - $100 off$499
Garmin HRM-PRO Plus - 22% off
$129
$101⚡This is the first time we've seen this on sale - and so it's actually pretty notable. I don't even think it's supposed to be on sale, but this is just Amazon doing Amazon. This is one of the two main HR straps i use these days (alongside the Polar H10). Either way, definitely take this and run!
Garmin Instinct 2 Series - $100 OffFrom $249⚡This is the first time we've seen the Garmin Instinct 2 series devices (all variants) on sale. The Instinct 2 base is from $249 (on Amazon), a very solid deal - especially with all the major software updates it's had over the last year.
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Solar - $50 OffFrom $399
Garmin Instinct 2/2S Surf - $100 OffFrom $299
Garmin Varia RCT715 Camera Radar - $50 off$349This is the first time this product has been on sale, since announcement earlier this year.
Garmin Varia Radar (RTL515) - $50 off
$199
$149This is Garmin's standalone radar/taillight option, and $149 is pretty much the standard sale-price. This product is universally loved, and works with Garmin/Wahoo/Stages/Hammerhead/Bryton, and other bike computers.
Garmin inReach 2 Mini Satellite Communicator (2-way) - $75 off$327This is the first time we've seen this unit on sale, as it only came out earlier this year. It's my defacto satellite communicator when out of coverage area, and I've used it on a number of major treks this year out of cell range already.
GoPro Hero 11 Black - $100 off
$499
$399⚡ Amazon now has the Hero 11 Black for $100 off the retail price of $499. This does *NOT* require the GoPro subscription (previously called GoPro Plus). The Hero 11 has become my daily action cam (well, actually, I bought two of them).
Google Pixel Buds Pro - Noise Canceling Earbuds (All Colors) - $50 off!$149⚡This is the first time we've seen a sale on these, given they were just announced about 5 weeks ago.
Google Pixel Watch - 15% off!$299⚡This is the first time we've seen the (just released) Google Pixle Watch on sale!
Little Tikes Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle - 38% off$59⚡So, the Three Peanuts (girls ages 3/5/6) have used this for over a year now, abd they love it. It's silly simple (there's no real connectivity here), and the videos they ride with are also absurdly laughable. Yet, they love it. Seriously, they fight over it.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee & Espresso Kit - 30% off$118⚡ Let's be honest: This place runs on Nespresso (or, well, the knock-off pods we buy). But, the machine is Nespresso. Without it, reviews most definitely would not get done (and certainly not on time). This is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
Polar Grit X - 17% off
$429
$357
Polar H10 Chest Strap (Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart) - 40% off
$89
$54⚡So this has been fluctuating all day between $54 and $75. So it's a bit of luck of the draw. Either way- these are super low prices and great straps. This is one of my main chest straps I use as a reference device in testing. Works great!
Polar Ignite 2 - 22% off
$229
$179While the Polar Ignite 3 just came out, this is a reasonable deal on the older model.
Polar Pacer - 15% off!$170I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace (base unit) on sale. Note - specifically the black/grey people.
Polar Pacer Pro - $80 off!
$299
$219⚡I believe this is the first time we've seen the Polar Pace Pro on sale. Note - specifically the red/white one is $219, the others are $230-$240.
Polar Vantage M2 - 20% off!
$299
$240
Quarq DZero DUB (Road) PM Spider - 40% off$250⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the road/gravel variant of the MTB one I use (the XX1).
Quarq DZero DUB XX1 PM Spider - 40% off$449⚡This is a major deal. SRAM has allowed retailers to put things on sale that were never allowed before, including power meters. This is the same exact model I use on my mountain bike. Works well.
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro - $100 off!$399⚡This is the first time we've seen the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro on sale this low!
Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1-2TB - 36% off$89I use a small fleet of these T7 SSD's for various video projects, alongside the Sandisk SSD's. I literally have one of each color, just to keep things simple. They work great for quick storage. Note: Different colors have different sale prices - I don't understand why.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SD Cards - 18% off$51I use the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards exclusively for all my video/photo shooting on my Panasonic GH5 and Nikon cameras (video and stills), including up to 6K recording with the GH5. I've mostly used 128's, but more and more lately I'm filling up cards faster with higher bitrates, so this sale is gonna have me pickup a bunch of the 256GB ones instead. The 128GB/ 512GB/1TB ones are also on sale too viathe same link. Note that usually I wait till these are about $40-45, so this is a good, but not yet fantastic deal.
Saris H3 (Hammer 3) Smart Trainer - $260 off!
$1,099
$639While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall.
Saris H3 Bundle - $280 off!$719While not quite as low as some of the crazy clearance deals this past summer, this is still a good deal overall. Bundle includes pre-installed cassette, sweat guard, and ANT+ USB stick.
Saris MP1 NFinity Motion Platform - $440 off!$759⚡This is by far the lowest normal sale price we've seen to date, save for their 'everything must go' clearance sale
Scosche RHYTHM+ 2.0 - 44% off!
$79
$49
Skydio 2+ Starter Kit - $200 off!
$999/$1349
$899In terms of autonomy and self-following from a drone, nothing beats Skydio today.
Stages Bike SB20 - $700 off!
$2899
$1,799⚡ A very solid deal, making it the least expensive smart bike out there, despite being probably the best built one. (Note: While this sale is marked as 43% off, the reality is most of the time the price hovers around $2,300-2,500) - still, by far the lowest price we've ever seen).
Suunto 5 Peak - $60 off!
$299
$239This is Suunto's mid-range/budget multisport GPS unit, and at $239 it's a solid deal.
Suunto 9 Peak - $170 off
$569
$399While Suunto recently released the newer Suunto 9 Peak Pro, this existing model still benefits from many of the software updates.
Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer - $180 off
$899
$719
Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer - $150 off!
$749USD
$599
Tacx NEO 2T Smart Trainer - $280 off!
$1,399
$1,120⚡This is Tacx's top-end trainer, and while sales have been more frequent in 2022, this is still a solid deal for a solid trainer.
Tacx NEO Bike Smart V1 - $470 off!
$3,199
$2,719This is the V1 version, whereas the new Tacx NEO Bike Plus came out this past week with some very minor tweaks, however, that bike is $3,999 ($1,300 more than this!). Thus, this kinda looks like a steal.
Therabody Theragun Elite - $100 off$299⚡ This is arguably my wife's favorite sports tech gadget. She uses it pretty much daily. Thus, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this deal. Also, please don't tell her, she might just buy another one...
Therabody Theragun Mini - 21% off$159My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is a bit larger than this Mini model, and also includes more tips. But, as noted - people seem happy with all these models.
Therabody Theragun Prime - 34% off$198My wife uses the Theragun Elite, which is just slightly more expensive than this model at $299 on sale right now. But hey, I hear good things about all of these.
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM V1 - $200 off
$379
$199⚡This is the slightly older ROAM V1, which isn't quite as fancy as the new V2. Still, $200 off is a very solid deal, and it, recently got the new Wahoo Summit Segments feature, as well as other features - so it's still getting the majority (if not all) new firmware features.
Wahoo KICKR AXIS Feet - 40% off$47This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the Wahoo KICKR AXIS feet, which, if on a hard surface like concrete, will give your KICKR bike slightly more movement side to side. Note these come built-in to the KICKR 2020/2022, but you can install the AXIS feet on all Wahoo KICKR units (not CORE/SNAP).
Wahoo KICKR Bike - $500 off!
$3,499
$1,999⚡⚡⚡ This is an incredible deal, by far the lowest the KICKR Bike has ever been. Especially given the just-announced V2 bike is even more expensive now at $4,000. And frankly, aside from built-in WiFi, there's not much otherwise on the newer V2 bike. I plan to take advantage of this deal and finally buy one for myself, this is astounding.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP - 40% off
$499
$299This is lowest we've ever seen the KICKR SNAP priced. While the trend has moved towards wheel-off/direct drive trainers, this is still really solid deal if your budget it tight.

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–March 28th, 2021
Tuesday: Polar Ignite 2 Hands-On: What’s New & Different
Wednesday: Suunto adds Komoot Routes Turn by Turn Integration in Latest Update
Wednesday: Tacx & Garmin Increase Tacx App Integration, Plus Training Status Plans
Wednesday: Peloton’s $120 Credit & 10X Points for Chase Sapphire Cardholders (US only)
Friday: Review: Bike Mount for DJI Drones to use with Active Track

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!

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. Also, there’s a few things this week that were actually from a week or two ago – I’m just catching up on this list:

1) A deeper look at the Wahoo Speedplay Power Pedals (engineering perspective): For those that know Keith, he’s one of the most public power meter developers in the industry, and also behind many sports tech gadgets within the cycling world from a number of companies. Here’s his most recent look at the FCC filings from Wahoo, on their recently announced Wahoo Speedplay power meter:

2) ZwiftHub Closing Down: Congrats to Toby (the person behind it) on his new job at Wahoo. Unfortunately, it means at the end of the month, ZwiftHub is no more. Perhaps Zwift will consider acquiring it for a fair rate.

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I do think this once again though shows how big a boon it would be for Zwift to actually have a proper/supported API, akin to what Strava has, for people to Create Cool Shit. It’s these sorts of projects that should eventually be built into Zwift (or acquired). But as Strava and their 20,000+ apps shows, there’s an incredible potential for 3rd party apps to fill in the gaps and increase the community around Zwift.

3) Peloton closes Precor acquisition – shifts focus to Commercial usage: In the grand scheme of sports tech deals, this is one of the bigger ones in recent years, as it will dramatically increase production capability for Peloton. However, when it was announced last December, it didn’t mention increasing focus on the commercial side of Peloton – it just mentioned getting gear to ‘members sooner. However, the new announcement specifically calls out using Precor to focus on the commercial aspect of Peloton (e.g. hotels/apartments/etc…), which by and large Peloton has treated as the red-headed stepchild over the years. Yet, it’s also a great place to introduce people to the Peloton brand with zero marketing cost.

4) A look at the 2021 Chip Shortage: This is a good dive into the semiconductor chip shortage and how it’s impacting the industry (including sports tech). While sometimes this will be obvious to you as a consumer, most times it won’t be: It’ll just mean delayed product launches behind the scenes, or perhaps limited availability without a reason. This is mostly the reason.

5) Casio launches new WearOS watch: Though, perhaps unsurprisingly, without solar capabilities. Given WearOS has the well-earned reputation of being the Cookie Monster of battery burn, the trivial amount of power that solar delivers in most watches probably wouldn’t last more than a song on WearOS. Still, good to see more options. Hopefully we’ll see Casio find a way to refine what they have sports-wise today, which in my testing of their GBD-H1000 (solar, with FirstBeat Analytics) seemed like a promising vision, but fell pretty far short in reality. For example, there was only one sport mode (running/hiking), which meant if you wanted to use it for a ride – it screwed up all your data.

5) Garmin engineer discussing dual-band GPS implementations: Nothing crazy deep, but some tidbits there for those that are interested.

6) Want a cargo bike emoji? One emoji developer is looking at submitting a cargo bike emoji for consideration, however, he is trying to nail down the design. Give a quick tap on this Twitter vote to help.

7) Equipping cyclists to identify bad bike intersections: This project equipped 700 cyclists with little beepers that they’d tap when they stumbled upon poor/clumsy bike situations. During the trial some 36,000 situations in Amsterdam were identified, giving city planners areas to consider upgrades for. Looking at the map, I’d definitely agree with most of the larger dots.

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, Wahoo, Polar, and a few other firmware updates.

Garmin Swim 2 Firmware Update: Bug fixes

Garmin Fenix 5 & 5 Plus Series BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes (including fixing a Physio True-up updating issue)

Suunto 5 Firmware Update: Adds turn by turn with Komoot, supports POI interest/navigation

Suunto 9 Firmware Update: Adds Tour battery mode, turn by turn with Komoot, POI, and Suunto Plus Red Bull app.

(Kinda a quiet week for firmware updates)

With that – thanks for reading!

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18 Comments

  1. Antoine Nguyen

    Did you notice that the SRAM AXS Power meter has dropped to 450 USD (from 600?), what a great deal now!

  2. Joe

    Damn. I haven’t used Zwift in a bit as it’s gotten nicer out, so this is the first I’m seeing about ZwiftHub. I load up ZwiftHub before literally every ride to help determine a route. What a huge loss.

  3. Andrew

    Not a single post on Instagram last month? Is the extra one in Feb the reason or are you going for two posts this month? I think the KFC cargo bike would’ve qualified?

    • Yeah, I’ve gotta be careful to not over-deliver here. Given the two Instagram posts in February, March would indeed seem to warrant a skip to keep things on the right progression. 🙂

      (Actually, I remembered at 12:05AM on Apr 1st, and then was like…well…crap me.)

  4. Keren

    Hey Ray,

    Will also be sad to see ZwiftHub go. But it seems ZwiftHacks has already come up with a solution? But Zwift should have something set up already as a matter of course. Good luck to Toby at Wahoo, he will do great there.

    To change the subject but to stay on Zwift. Not sure if you have seen this recent news, but Zwift finally did what they said they would do a year or two ago, and stopped supporting the Milestone Pod app from 1 February. You can still use it to run on Zwift but there is no way to see your data and stats anymore. Or even check the battery level. Lot’s of unhappy Milestone Pod users here:
    link to forums.zwift.com

    I also use a Milestone for my Zwift runs and they shut the app down without any warning. They should have said something at least that it was about to lose support.

    Maybe you can dig a little deeper about this? Seems Zwift just doesn’t care about the pod that they bought.

    Cheers!

    • Bummer, that sucks. Though, somewhat inevitable I suspect. Largely, as I bet that Zwift might not even have on staff any longer the couple people that were behind Milestone. :-/

  5. Onno

    I assume the purpose of the “Trending Now on DC Rainmaker” overlay isn’t to scare off visitors, but in its current form it’s doing just that. While it could be somewhat interesting in theory (but not too much, since I’m obviously already reading the site), having it pop up on every single page and obscuring the real content makes it more annoying than any 3rd party ad I’ve seen here.

    • Yeah, it’s something that’s being tested by the ad company I have the last week. It’s not quite where we want it yet. It seems fine on desktop, but a bit over the top for mobile. Appreciate the feedback – trying to find the right balance is always tricky. But I’ll keep trying!

  6. usr

    Oh, i love FCC internals. So (unsurprisingly, given the first external pictures) same gauge placing as Assioma, but definitely a new design regarding board and battery. Those Powerzero things will be light! Battery cells appear to be similar size 60mAh, but Wahoo using only two per pedal instead of three. And it looks like Wahoo is going for a conventionally sealed cavity instead of playing it safe and flooding the entire pod with resin. On top of that, not only is the board more integrated (less distinct components in addition to the nrf52 they all use), they also skip the magnet for the charging adapter, opting for simple mechanical clipping instead.

  7. RIP ZwiftHub

    ZwiftHub will be sorely missed. It’s worth noting that the developer noted his dream was to work in this space, yet ended up being hired by Wahoo, not Zwift. How dumb can Zwift be? They should’ve hired the guy and had him start by making ZwiftHub’s functionality part of the Companion App.

  8. Helm

    Also interesting around the interwebs:

    ‘Beseffen jullie wel hoe perféct Amsterdam is?’ in de NRC van Stan Putman, dd. 8 april 2021.

    (..) Toch is het heel speciaal wat zich achter uw venster afspeelt, meent de Canadese Amsterdammer Jason Slaughter (44). Het is zelfs zo bijzonder, dat hij ervoor naar Nederland is verhuisd, na omzwervingen langs de VS, het Verenigd Koninkrijk, Taiwan en België. Op zijn YouTube-kanaal Not Just Bikes (link to youtube.com) legt Slaughter uit dat het aangename leven in Nederland alles te maken heeft met de manier waarop ons land is ontworpen. Hij plaatst er filmpjes over Nederlandse geneugten als slimme stoplichten, autoluwe straten en gescheiden fietspaden. Met de video’s bereikt Slaughter een publiek van honderdduizenden mensen. Filmen doet hij met een handzame digitale camera, of, als hij op de fiets zit, met een schokbestendige Go Pro-camera die hij op zijn borst bevestigt.(..)

  9. AJ Moreton

    Hi, do you think or know if there is a Coros Apex 2 arrivng as I am thinking of buying the Apex, but would wait if an Apex 2 is arriving this year…. should I wait or Buy? Tricky…

  10. Brett

    Looking forward to your newsletter!

    • Tom

      My weekly look for new sport tech updates, reminds me to come to your ‘week in review’, and then i find myself looking around.
      Shame it’s not updated as much, it’s always a good read. Don’t simply want to bookmark the other page, as I might never come back here 😉