Back in 2017, Argon18 quietly presented a prototype of a tool that could measure a rider's coefficient of drag (CdA) in real-time that they called Notio Konect. Two years on and we finally have a finished product, now simply called Notio.
Notio say their device is the world's first that provides 'on-bike wind tunnel technology' (although Velocomp who make the Aeropod CdA meter may have something to say about that) and it's already being used by numerous pro teams including Team Jumbo–Visma, plus aerodynamics experts in the world of cycling such as Dan Bigham of the Huub-Wattbike team.
As well as its built-in power meter, Notio measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and air speed. This means it can calculate your CdA while you ride, so you can work to reduce it and stay in an optimal position according to the numbers on your screen. The device can be controlled via the Notio app, on your Garmin head unit or directly; as long as it's connected, when you press go on your GPS the Notio will flash green and start recording.
There's also optional heart rate and cadence sensors, and for more in-depth analysis post-ride, there's a special Notio edition of the Golden Cheetah performance analysis software.
Notio told us their technology is being used as part of an artificial intelligence project that we're not allowed to hear about just yet; they simply told us that it can be applied in numerous useful ways. They're also looking to partner with more GPS manufacturers in the future, as currently it only displays CdA data in conjunction with Garmin's Connect IQ app.
Notio have a UK distributor lined up already and are planning an official UK launch later in the year; they also told road.cc at Eurobike that the price is likely to be in the region of around £900 (It's priced at $950 in US dollars on their website). We'll be looking to get one in for testing as soon as possible of course...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.