The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!
This is a Pioneer-wide clearance deal for everything power meter and cycling computer from them, following the acquisition by Shimano this past week. Note that Pioneer (as well as Shimano) have stated that warranties/etc will remain in place, as well as support. So risk-wise this is super-low risk. There are some challenges with the 8000 & 9100 based cranksets and accuracy, but Pioneer has options that don’t include those cranksets. Note that Clever Training doesn’t have a ton of extra inventory here, so most of this stuff won’t last very long.
This is a solid deal if you don’t mind the slight racket that the original CycleOps Hammer makes. Note that basically there’s virtually no feature differences between the H1/H2/H3 – just different colors of paint and on the H3, a different belt that makes it quieter. They’re already running near identical firmware (the original Hammer got a big firmware update Aug 2019 to bring them all inline).
⚡ There’s some great deals in here. The base GoPro Hero 8 Black is down to $349, but many retailers for $10-$20 more are adding in a crapton of accessories you’ll buy anyway like extra batteries, the shorty stick, etc… I’ve linked to a collection of them, my personal fav is linked in the second link, and has two extra GoPro battires, a 64GB microSD card, and then a USB card reader.
Now, if you don’t mind a bit of noise, and a bit of inaccuracy in the power data – then this is a steal for this trainer . Definitely the lowest price we’ve seen it to date. But, read the review first.
⚡ This is a great deal, especially considering there’s such little difference between the NEO 2 and the NEO 2T. We saw this deal back in the fall, and it looks like Tacx found another pile of original NEO 2’s to clearance out.
Wahoo’s running a sale on used/reconditioned KICKR and KICKR Core Trainers. These are invariably ones that came back for service/issues and are fixed. I’m undecided/mixed on whether to recommend these in relation to other units on the market at these price points, but in relation to buying a new Wahoo KICKR/CORE, I’d certainly recommend these. Design’s haven’t changed, and you still get Wahoo’s support guarantee on the refurbs, so if anything goes wrong – you’re good. [Note: KICKR CORE Refurb’s available EU/UK only]
Wahoo’s running a sale on used/reconditioned KICKR and KICKR Core Trainers. These are invariably ones that came back for service/issues and are fixed. I’m undecided/mixed on whether to recommend these in relation to other units on the market at these price points, but in relation to buying a new Wahoo KICKR/CORE, I’d certainly recommend these. Design’s haven’t changed, and you still get Wahoo’s support guarantee on the refurbs, so if anything goes wrong – you’re good.
DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:
– Sea Otter is off…then on…then conflicts with their own event? – Pro teams migrate to indoor trainer apps – What could TrainerRoad do to partner with teams this season? – And perhaps Sufferfest too? – Strava’s “What’s Old is New Again” 2020 campaign continues – Wahoo drops price on BOLT – Then Wahoo drops a new BOLT! – Is there actually ebike integration demand? – Garmin drops price on Edge 1030/130/Varia Radar. – GoPro Hero 8 charging door test!
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Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks…as my backlog is a bit longer):
1)Apple Watch appears set to add blood oxygen detection and improved ECG: Among many other vNext Apple Watch or WatchOS features that seemed to have leaked out. I’m not however convinced that Apple will be able to do SpO2 any better than Garmin/Fitbit/etc. It’s easy to do sitting still, it’s really hard to do in movement (the FDA certification doesn’t even attempt to deal with at movement).
7)Sister company to LifeQ shuts down: As a reminder, LifeQ makes optical sensors that are approved by Qualcomm for use in Google Wear devices (which are, in turn, on the approved list by Google for Google Wear devices). They used to make TomTom running watch optical HR sensors way back when. These days the most notable watch for them is the recent Suunto 7. While it might sound bad that their sister company HealthQ is shutting down, this is really about refocusing on LifeQ. So in this narrow focus, it’s a good thing for LifeQ. I think. Hopefully. (ThanksMatthys)
Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software, and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one-liners are perfect, or Tweet it at me is even better) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good? Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin and a few other firmware updates.
[Things be pretty slow in the sports tech world right now. Part of that is seasonality, but a very real part of that is COVID-19]