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Wahoo introduces Summit Freeride routeless climb detection feature to Elemnt GPS bike computers – so no more nasty surprises

You can now have climb-specific information displayed automatically on your screen whether or not you’re following a planned route, as Garmin does with its ClimbPro ascent planner

Wahoo Fitness has announced the introduction of Summit Freeride, a development of its existing Summit feature, which means climb data is now automatically available on every ride when you use an Elemnt GPS bike computer, whether or not you’re following a planned route.

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“The all-new Summit Freeride brings all the functionality of Wahoo’s Summit Segments, but without the need for a cyclist to use a pre-loaded route,” says Wahoo. “Summit Freeride now automatically detects climbs and displays in-depth information about upcoming, in-progress and completed climbs. Riders can even filter climbs ahead by level of difficulty, helping to conserve energy for the climbs that will require the most effort.

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Summit Freeride works by using the Wahoo Elemnt’s pre-installed maps and elevation data to scan the road ahead, calculate the elevation profile and detect upcoming climbs. Once a climb is detected, the computer will alert you when you’re approaching the start and it’ll be shown in the upcoming climb list.

“While on a climb, if the rider turns onto a new road and continues to climb, the Elemnt will dynamically adjust, recalculating and extending the climb,” says Wahoo. “Summit Freeride previews of the elevation ahead for the rider provide valuable information to enable better pacing from start to finish. When a detected climb is completed, it will be added to the completed climbs list.”

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The Summit feature was developed alongside the refreshed Wahoo Elemnt Roam but it was previously available only when following a planned route.

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It’s similar in many ways to Garmin’s ClimbPro ascent planner. We reported last week that Garmin’s new Edge 540 and Edge 840 computers allow you to “view the remaining ascent and grade for each climb while riding freely without course navigation or search for climbs directly on the Edge and in the Garmin Connect smartphone app before heading out”.

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Hammerhead and Bryton offer their own climbing-specific technology.

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Wahoo’s Summit Freeride feature will be available for the latest versions of the Elemnt Roam and Elemnt Bolt bike computers from 2nd May 2023.

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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