The new computer includes GPS and there’s a barometric altimeter, to ensure accurate ascent and descent data. As well as supporting cadence and heart rate data collection, there’s a built-in LED light for front end road safety. And if you get lost, the M450 incorporates a Back To Start feature to get you back to where you started logging your ride.
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The unit’s Smart Coaching function will provide personalised training guidance, dependent on current fitness parameters and objectives. It can also be paired with Bluetooth Smart power meters, such as Polar’s own Keo Power pedals. Data can be uploaded to the Polar Flow web service for further training guidance and analysis.
There are social sharing functions too, with the ability to share accomplishments with friends and – from next month – Strava integration with the ability to sync rides with the ubiquitous cycling app.
The unit can be bought stand-alone for £124.50, while for £154.50 it comes bundled with a heart rate monitor. The cover is interchangeable, with four colours available for £11.50 each. A Bluetooth Smart cadence sensor costs £34.50, while a combined speed and cadence sensor comes in at £54.50.