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Geek’s Guide to the New ELEMNT BOLT

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Wahoo Fitness set out to design a bike computer that helped improve your performance, not just record it.

“In recent years the sport of cycling has put a premium on the study of aerodynamics and gaining a mechanical advantage wherever possible. Knowing this, it was Wahoo’s primary goal to create a computer that improved results on the bike, not hinder them…

The only way to do this was to think about the end result and work backward from there. This led us to design the computer and the mount as one; an integrated aerodynamic package. All gains needed to be achieved while also improving the user experience, the core Wahoo promise to its customers. This forced an iterative design and testing process which resulted in the innovative ELEMNT BOLT system”    – Dimitris Katsanis

1. Over 50% less drag than leading competitor. In a 40km time trial traveling at a 21mph, the rider with a Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT will be 12.6 seconds faster than the rider using the leading GPS bike computer competitor.

2. Designed to maximize readability. If you slightly tilt the leading competitor bike computer to better read the screen, the air resistance increases significantly, thus slowing the rider down. Conversely, if you tilt the ELEMNT BOLT (not that you need to because of its curved design) the air resistance does not change or affect the overall performance.

3. Minimizes air resistance. When using the BOLT aero mount – included in the box – the bike computer becomes a ‘system’, saving approximately 1.1 watts vs. the leading GPS bike computer. This equates to >50% reduction required power to push this system through the air.

Find out more about the new ELEMNT BOLT and our full-range of bike computers here.


The expert: Who is Dimitris Katsanis? Dimitris Katsanis is the managing director of Metron Advanced Equipment and is a leader in composite design and composite engineering across industries, most notably cycling and aerospace. Katsanis is one of the top technical experts behind Team Great Britain who designed Team GB’s all-conquering matt-black track bikes, the Pinarello bikes of Team Sky and the men’s and women’s Team Pursuit multiple world record breaking bikes. Most notably he played a critical role in the bike ridden by Sir Bradley Wiggins in breaking the UCI Hour Record. Katsanis’ methodology centers around using computer design and stress analysis techniques to improve every aspect of the design including optimizing the shape and size of individual parts, material selection and placement as well as interactions with each other. Katsanis’ continues his work with the Team Great Britain and Team Sky to this day.


  1. Ales

    April 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Nice marketing bla bla bla about saving 1.1w 😀 Probably only you believe that. Question is what about the software. That’s is very important part of bike computer system. As everybody know RFLTK has terrible support on Android devices. Declared Strava support not supported, application have a lot of bugs.
    Does Bolt have same support on Android devices as on iOS?


    • Wahoo Fitness

      April 26, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Agree or not with the marketing language we have the test results to prove it. On the support side of things, the ELEMNT has been proven to be incredibly stable and continues to receive support. The BOLT has all of the same features from a software standpoint as the ELEMNT so it will and does receive the same level of support.


  2. Brad Hayward

    July 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Where do I find the Odometer on the Wahoo Element Bolt?


    • Wahoo Fitness

      July 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      You can access the odometer from the app or from the history screen on the ELEMNT itself.


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