Bringing Wahoo back from the brink: Interviewing the company's founder, Chip Hawkins

Wahoo Roam v2 Route screen
(Image credit: Josh Ross)

Over the last few years, the news from Wahoo has been increasingly bad. While the brand continues to show up in our lists of the best smart trainers and the best bike computers, that coverage has taken a back seat. What's been driving the conversation instead is a slow drip of financial news as ratings agencies increasingly sounded alarm bells about Wahoo. It got to the point where Wahoo stopped being able to conduct normal business and the creditors took over. It looked like whatever was coming next, Wahoo as we all knew it wasn't going to exist anymore. Then, last week, a press release went out. 

Except the press release didn't say quite what we expected. The change of ownership was there, though not stated explicitly, but there was something about the new owner. It wasn't some large company that controlled a bunch of cycling brands, however. Instead, the press release stated "Led by Wahoo’s Founder, Chip Hawkins, Wahoo has fully recapitalized its business with significant equity support from new and current investors with substantial experience in supporting diverse connected fitness and endurance athlete platform businesses." 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx