Wahoo Elemnt Rival smartwatch review

Wahoo's first smartwatch is all about performance and nothing else

Wahoo Rival
(Image: © Colin Levitch)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Wahoo has distilled the Elemnt Rival into a performance-based smartwatch, keeping features that most riders and triathletes will appreciate, and getting rid of all the extras


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    App integration

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    Touchless transition

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    Pain-free pairing


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    HR data

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    No alarm clock

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When someone asks me what computer they should buy, nine times out of ten, I will recommend one of the Wahoo Elemnt computers. They aren't quite as feature-rich as the Garmins, nor do they have quite the same navigational capabilities but they simply work. So when the Wahoo Elemnt Rival computer was launched, we were excited to see what the American brand had done with its first smartwatch. 

Of all the computers I've used, Wahoo's are easily the most reliable and easy to live with. They painlessly pair to and remember sensors; your rides automatically upload to the device and are pushed onto whatever service you'd like them to go without any prompt. Wahoo is also regularly integrating additional functionality, as happened with the Garmin Varia Radar and Specialized ANGi.

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.