Hammerhead Karoo 2 review

The Hammerhead Karoo 2 is good right now but they are asking you to bet on the future. Is it worth it?

Hammerhead Karoo 2 mounted on a Cannondale Topstone gravel bike
(Image credit: Josh Ross joshrosscreative.com)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Price and features are on par with the competition. What's different about the Hammerhead Karoo 2 is its potential. Right now, you can expect this unit to match, or better, competitors. Hammerhead is asking for trust that more is coming, though. Given that there are currently no major drawbacks right now, it's not an inappropriate ask. If the brand delivers on more then it's a bonus. If not, enjoy the great screen, quality navigation features, and responsive operating system already included.

Reasons to buy
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    High screen resolution

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    USB-C charging port

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    Multi-touch display

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    Solid mount system

Reasons to avoid
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    Battery life isn’t great

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    No dust cover for the charge port

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Cycling head units, or bike computers if you'd prefer, are an odd piece of technology in some ways. They are a product that regularly takes two steps forward and one step back. Every year brings new features and advancements and yet they continue to be a pale shadow of their close relative the smartphone. It's not lost on cyclists that this split exists and for many it makes sense to use a smartphone instead of a dedicated device.

>>> See the Hammerhead Karoo II at Hammerhead for £359 here

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