Wahoo Elemnt Bolt v2 bike computer - long-term review

More than a year after it was launched, the second generation of Wahoo's small but mighty Elemnt Bolt is still keeping us on the straight and narrow (with the occasional stretch of gravel thrown in for good measure)

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

At £264.99/$299.99 the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt v2 is cheaper than its big brother the Roam (RRP £299.99/$379.99) but it’s hard to see how it's inferior, unless you consider a smaller screen and a battery life two hours shorter to be a disadvantage. Although the navigation in our experience isn’t yet perfect, the new Bolt nails everything else. It’s more expensive than the v1 but we’d say the new features and functionality justify the price increase while it keeps the Wahoo user-friendliness and intuitiveness that made the old Bolt so good.

Reasons to buy
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    Simple to use

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    Colours used intelligently

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    Navigation is very straightforward

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    Buttons easier to operate than before

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    Runs on the excellent Wahoo Elemnt companion app

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    USB-C charging port

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    Ambient light sensor is nice to have

Reasons to avoid
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    Navigation could be more refined

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With its small size, aerodynamic design, stripped back functionality and reliable, black-and-white, button-operated screen the original Wahoo Elemnt Bolt bike computer, launched in 2017, was the perfect antidote to the increasingly large, more complex devices that seemed to be heading in the wrong direction despite their sophisticated mapping capabilities.

The Bolt v2 is much more powerful than its predecessor, and indeed than the flagship Wahoo Elemnt Roam. It has four times the amount of memory of the original Bolt with its 16GB, a 64-colour screen, smart navigation, a bigger battery that has added a few grams (less than 10g) and a whole raft of extra features that have trickled down from the Roam including the ambient light sensor.

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