FIRST LOOK: WAHOO ELEMNT RIVAL

A powerfully simple platform for the multi-sport athlete

Wahoo’s Elemnt Rival GPS multi-sport watch, unveiled today, offers triathletes and runners the user-centric design and functionality for which Wahoo products have always been known and prized. Powered by proven Elemnt technology and incorporating unique multisport features, Rival radically simplifies sports data collection, allowing you to focus on your performance, not how your equipment is working.

“The real magic of Rival is that we were able to take everything we have done with the Elemnt bike computer and create a perfect parallel, giving triathletes and runners the same ease of use that cyclists have had access to since 2016,” said Chip Hawkins, founder of Wahoo. “A key design concern was making a watch with looks to match its performance. This is a stylish, high-performance multi-sport watch that should be the choice of any athlete looking for a lightweight GPS watch with unbelievable battery life to track the longest races.”

Elemnt Rival is the first sports GPS device to innovate the way race data follows an athlete through the stages of a multi-sport event. This proprietary Touchless Transition technology, developed for Rival, allows users to seamlessly transition from swim to ride to run without touching their watch. As a part of the Wahoo ecosystem, Rival’s Multisport Handover mode allows it to interact with Elemnt GPS cycling computers to transition race data from the watch to a handlebar-mounted computer during the bike leg of a multi-sport activity such as a triathlon, ensuring that race data is always easy to see, easy to follow, and captured correctly so athletes can focus on their race.

Pricing and Features

$379
Rival incorporates several first in class features including a ceramic bezel and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight. Other must-have features include a battery that lasts 14 days in watch mode or 24 hours in GPS mode, a barometric altimeter, an optical heart rate sensor, and live tracking.

Setup

Wahoo’s first entry into the watch category uses the same easy-to-set-up, easy-to-use platform and mobile app as Wahoo’s Elemnt GPS cycling computers. Rival tracks all standard run, bike, and swim metrics and can also track advanced running dynamics when paired with the Wahoo Tickrx heart rate monitor. Following workouts, data is available in the Wahoo companion app and can be automatically uploaded to third-party platforms like TrainingPeaks and Strava. Rival also connects with ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors and can control Wahoo Kickr smart trainers.

Rival is already being used by some of the world’s best triathletes, including Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno, American Ironman World Record holder Heather Jackson, and two-time Olympian Sarah True.

Elemnt Rival is available today and for more info head to WahooFitness.com.

Also, check out our review of the cycling-specific Wahoo Elemnt Roam.

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