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Wahoo Fitness Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer

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Why We Like The Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer

Wahoo's Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer features a host of new and advanced features for reliable navigation no matter if we're riding around town or questing on a weekend tour. The Bolt is designed with a streamlined body shape that reduces drag, which makes sense considering it's a device that hangs off the front of our bike, and wind-slicing aerodynamics. It features an easy setup to customize our preferred data fields and metrics with the Elemnt Companion App, and 16 GB of memory for map and route storage so we never forget where we're going and where we've been. Plus, on-device navigation features tools like "Take Me To" and "Retrace Route" so we always know where we're going, even when our smartphone stays in our pocket. When we get off track, the Bolt will nudge us back in the right direction with on-demand rerouting and it will also find the shortest way back to the start of our ride in case we need to bail due to an incoming storm or an unforeseen issue with our bike.

  • Wahoo's hands-free bike GPS computer for intuitive navigation
  • Easy to set up and customize to our needs as a rider
  • High contrast 64 color screen for optimal visibility
  • Turn by turn navigation prompts directions for routes
  • Retrace route redirects us back to our starting point
  • Saved locations help us find previously visited spots
  • Route to start finds the shortest way back in case we need to bail
  • Back on track deftly nudges us in the right direction if we get off route
  • Item #WHAC01W

ANT+, Bluetooth
Operating System
ANT+, Bluetooth
Battery Type
rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life
Low Battery Indicator
Mount Type
Face Size
Claimed Weight
2.4oz (68.3g)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Not great

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The device has a number of unfortunately surprising shortcomings and limitations. For example, it has a USB-C port, but it apparently doesn't actually support charging over USB-C. If you already have a bunch of USB-C cables and chargers, you like *won't* be able to use any of them to charge this device. My unit won't even charge when plugged directly into my Apple MacBook Pro laptop. My unit won't charge using a Belkin USB-C power brick. My unit won't charge using a Google Pixel USB-C power brick,. Wahoo doesn't tell us which chargers will actually work, just to "avoid Apple" – which is probably the most popular brand of charger people own. Why is this a problem? Because it makes the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt a special snowflake in terms of charging. Can you charge it with your existing micro-USB chargers? No, wrong plug. Can you charge it with your existing USB-C chargers? No, it doesn't work with standard USB-C chargers. The only way I've found to charge this thing is with a special purpose Frankenstein setup with a non-Apple USB-A charging brick paired with the one-of-a-kind Wahoo Elemnt Bolt cable. This combination is useless for any other device I have. Why Wahoo? P.S. Start-up time, including GPS acquisition, is much slower than my 5-year-old Garmin Edge 520.

>Rating: 1

Doesn't work on slow mtb climbs.

I've used it several times
True to size

If you dip below 3 or 4 mph, the new Bolt reads 0 mph. The map moves, so it has a GPS signal but ride data doesn't updated. Older model worked on the same rides.

Has there been any update on this from Wahoo? This is keeping me from pulling the trigger here.

>Rating: 5

Worth the upgrade from V1

I've used it several times
True to size

I've been using the original Bolt for 2 years. The original Bolt is still a great computer with great battery life and reliability, but it's not without faults. The biggest one is the quirky navigation which requires way too many steps (and some luck) to load onto the device. If you don't need nav, the V1 would probably be great for your needs. The V2 also adds the color screen which is helpful for highlighting wattage/heart rate when you're pushing. It also seems to do a better job of keeping in sync with starred Strava segments and saved routes. So far so good. My one feature request is the ability to create workouts and save them to the device, just like you can with routes.

Wait, so this is the bolt 2? Lol I couldn't tell since the name wasn't in the title. Thanks in advance!


I have a Lezyne speed and cadence sensor on my bike already. Would the Wahoo unit be compatible?


what is the model number for the Wahoo Fitness Elemnt Bolt GPS Bike Computer, Item #WHAC01W can you give me the model number. thanks

This is Bolt V2, I just received today.