Author Archives: Ray Maker

Huge Amazon Prime Day 2024 Sports Tech Deals Tracker!

It’s back again – Amazon Prime Day…err…Days. That means that most (all?) Amazon country/regional properties are doing pretty substantial deals across the board on all sorts of products for today and tomorrow (July 16th and July 17th). Update July 17th! … Read More Here

Apple’s New Training Load & Vitals App: After 30 Days of Usage

 A bit over a month ago at Apple’s WWDC event, the company announced their newest versions of WatchOS, the software platform that the Apple Watch uses. It also announced new versions of iOS and various other operating systems. All … Read More Here

Eurobike Sports Tech Roundup…and COROS Dura Delay

 For those not subscribed to the FIT File (it’s free!) via your regular podcast app or on YouTube, here’s a quick post with the highlights from the most recent episode. In this episode, Ray and Des talk about the … Read More Here

COROS Sorta Delays Dura Cycling GPS Till September

 COROS has announced they’re delaying new shipments of the previously announced COROS Dura cycling GPS. The unit was set to start shipments next week, on July 15th, but due to a potential mounting tab breakage issue, customers can choose … Read More Here

Tour de France Behind The Scenes & Sports Tech!

The Tour de France is in full swing, and with it, a few days ago, the time trial stage. That’s always an interesting opportunity to check out which sports tech riders are using, such as bike computers, trainers, as well … Read More Here

Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Ring: Everything you need to know!

 Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Watch 7, and finally – all of the price and specifications of the Galaxy Ring they announced last summer. There are some substantially big ticket items here in terms … Read More Here

FIT File: Zwift CEO Eric Min // Zwift Ride, Zwift Tron Bike, Price Increases, and the Future of Zwift

 For those not subscribed to the FIT File (it’s free!) via your regular podcast app or on YouTube, here’s a quick post with the highlights from the most recent episode. In this episode, we sit down with Zwift CEO … Read More Here

Eurobike Sports Tech Roundup: Cool & Quirky

 Above I’ve got a bit of a round-up video of sorts diving into a few different things I found floating around the Eurobike show floor. Some of it’s cool, some of it’s quirky, and some of it might well … Read More Here

Zwift CEO Interview: What worked, what didn’t, and what’s coming?

 I recently sat down with Eric Min, one of the co-founders and current CEO at Zwift, to dive into a whole slate of topics. This is actually a bit of a two-part interview set. This interview is heavily focused … Read More Here

JetBlack Victory: New $399 Direct Drive Smart Trainer Hands-On

 The JetBlack Victory is a product announcement that needs more room in a post title. If I could have used all the words in the title, it’d probably say: “First Look at JetBlack Victory, the $399 Direct Drive Smart … Read More Here

Elite’s New Square Smart Frame, Avanti & Justo 2 Smart Trainers First Look!

 Elite has just announced a new smart-bike setup of sorts, as well as two new trainers. The new smart bike is effectively an upscale take on the also recently announced Zwift Ride, seemingly addressing the three most common complaints … Read More Here

FIT File: Summer Sports Tech Season is Heating Up! Zwift Ride, Edge 1050, Suunto Race S, and More!

 For those not subscribed to the FIT File (it’s free!) via your regular podcast app or on YouTube, here’s a quick post with the highlights from the most recent episode. In this episode, we chat about the new Zwift … Read More Here

Garmin Edge 1050 Features Now Available in 540/840/1040 Public Beta

 Garmin has released its public beta of the Edge 1050 features, for the Edge 540/840/1040 units. This allows those who are eager to start reporting that angry dog down the street as a ‘road hazard’ (or Dairy Queen as … Read More Here

Garmin Edge 1050 In-Depth Review: Brilliance or Battery?

 As has been the trend for the last 2 years at Garmin, they’ve apparently grown tired of people complaining about their display tech looking like it’s from 1987. Following various Garmin watches getting brilliant and responsive AMOLED displays, it’s … Read More Here

Suunto Race S In-Depth Review: Smaller, cheaper, yet better?

 Suunto has just announced the Suunto Race S, a smaller and lighter version of the Suunto Race they announced last fall. Except, it’s got more features, better accuracy, is substantially cheaper, and is even manufactured in Finland. Unlike some … Read More Here

FIT File: Apple WWDC WatchOS 11 New Features Deep Dive & Discussion

 For those not subscribed to the FIT File (it’s free!) via your regular podcast app or on YouTube, here’s a quick post with the highlights from the most recent episode. In this episode, we  talk about everything WWDC 2024 … Read More Here

COROS Dura Hands-On: I Have Some Thoughts

 COROS has just announced (or rather, the second announcement) of the COROS Dura cycling GPS computer. This computer aims to take their existing watch software, and port it into a GPS bike computer format. Which, as you’ll see, is … Read More Here

YouTube Music now on Garmin Watches: Quick How-To Guide

 Garmin has rolled out support for offline YouTube Music on their watches. This allows you to download music and podcasts from YouTube Music in exactly the same way you would for Spotify, Amazon Music, and others. Like those, this … Read More Here

Zwift Ride Indoor Bike In-Depth Review: The Future of Smart Bikes?

 After years of rumors, pivots, and do-overs, Zwift has finally announced their much-discussed indoor bike. At least, depending on how precisely you define an indoor bike. But no matter which definition you use, this is going to significantly shape … Read More Here

Apple’s New WatchOS 11: Training Load, Turn-by-Turn Trail Routes, and More!

 It’s that time of year when Apple announces the majority of new software features for their various platform operating systems, such as iOS, WatchOS, and more. These are announced at Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference). While this event … Read More Here

FIT File: Apple WWDC Predictions, Wahoo GoPro Integration, Polar’s Whoop Competitor, and More!

 For those not subscribed to the FIT File (it’s free!) via your regular podcast app or on YouTube, here’s a quick post with the highlights from the most recent episode. In this episode, we talk about Polar’s Whoop-like band, … Read More Here

Samsung Sues Oura: A Closer Look at The Preemptive Smackdown

(Above: Samsung Galaxy Ring) Oura might have rattled their saber a bit too vibrantly, and a bit too pre-maturely, at the wrong entity. In doing so they’ve upset a company not afraid to wield its massive army of lawyers, causing … Read More Here

Wahoo KICKR BIKE SHIFT In-Depth Review (Long Term)

I didn’t exactly intend this review to end up as a long-term review, yet, here we are. After some 9 or so months, this is my complete Wahoo KICKR BIKE SHIFT In-Depth Review. The SHIFT is effectively a pared-down version … Read More Here

COROS Teases New ‘Dura’ Bike Computer: Some Quick Thoughts

COROS has begun a social media teaser campaign for what they’re calling “a different kind of bike computer”. The teaser doesn’t say much, but obviously, I’ve got some thoughts. COROS e-mailed existing customers with a simple one-image graphic that says … Read More Here

Fitbit Ace LTE Kids Activity Tracker Announced: Initial Thoughts

Google/Fitbit has just announced the new Fitbit Ace LTE kids activity tracker. This new model takes their existing inexpensive $79 Fitbit Ace 3 activity tracker, up to a full-blown smartwatch-level device, based entirely on the Google Pixel Watch 2. Aside … Read More Here