Bicycle Navis in the test – How To Cars

GPS bike computers are versatile. Although smartphones can also be used as a navigation device, training companion or bicycle speedometer, a GPS bike computer offers a number of advantages. The battery life and the display are particularly important here. In addition, a GPS bike computer saves data volume. But the range of bicycle navigation systems is large. BIKE BILD has tested four current top models!

Winner of the BIKE BILD bicycle navigation test: Wahoo Elemnt Roam

Wahoo Element Roam

Element Roam
  • very easy operation
  • best readability
  • top integration of navigation portals
  • small card storage
  • no direct address entry

Price €349.00

The GPS bike computer Elemnt Roam from Wahoo not only convinced as a test winner, but also as a price-performance winner. It is operated via the smartphone, which is easily linked to the device using a QR code. The display – which is not a touchscreen by the way – is slightly matted and thus prevents reflections. A backlight is only necessary at dusk, which benefits the battery life.

Instead of developing an online portal itself, Wahoo has integrated portals such as komoot, Strava or TrainingPeaks into the system for route planning. It is not possible to enter a destination directly by address. The route guidance along planned routes is clear and unambiguous.

Map material is available as a free download via the app, but the map memory is quite small. In the test, the Wahoo Elemnt Roam achieved the grade “good” – with 67 out of 80 points.

This is how BIKE BILD tested it

The GPS bike computers had to pass eight test criteria. During the navigation, it was checked how well the route import is possible, how good the route guidance is and how quickly the re-routing works.

Then the operation and the readability of the display were looked at. The sensor support and the range of functions were also evaluated. The cards and the associated memory were also examined.

The test results at a glance

Different demands are made on bicycle navigation systems than on navigation devices for cars. Many cyclists are not concerned with reaching their destination as quickly as possible, but rather with finding a suitable route. And here, too, the requirements differ again. A mountain biker prefers a different route than a racing cyclist. Since route requirements are very individual, all manufacturers integrate the portals from komoot, Strava, Outdooractive & Co into their systems.

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Bicycle navigation systems in the test: the results

Of course, GPS bike computers should be able to do much more than guide you over a route. Depending on the drive manufacturer and the type of display, e-bikes can be connected to the GPS bike computer to display data such as performance or cadence.

Wahoo Element Roam

The Wahoo Elemnt Roam convinces with a good display, very simple operation and good integration of outdoor portals.

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