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Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL – new multisport watch with automatic time recording for triathletes

Wahoo present their first multisport watch, which could be especially interesting for triathletes. The Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL automatically detects the transitions from one discipline to the next and records them separately. The watch is now available for € 379, we have summarized all important information from the press release:

ELEMNT RIVAL is the first sport 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.

RIVAL incorporates several class-leading 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. 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.

The Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL looks like a promising start into the world of sports watches. For triathletes, the automatic transition between the disciplines may already be sufficient to purchase the watch for € 379. We are also curious to learn how the watch connects to our Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM and whether it can be set up just as smoothly via the Companion app. Our first test will show it.

More information at: wahoofitness.com

Words: Rudolf Fischer Photos: Wahoo