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Wahoo have added a new wearable to their range, a heart rate monitor that wraps around your arm with no need for a chest strap

Wahoo Fitness have kept up their streak of innovative product launches into 2018 with the new Tickr Fit, a heart rate monitor that is worn on the forearm and connects to all your devices with Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity.  

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Wahoo say it offers accurate heart rate and calorie burn data with the addition of being comfortably on your arm instead of around your chest, which some cyclists can find uncomfortable. It can pair with any Bluetooth/ANT+ bike computer or smart phone wirelessly, and it can also be linked up with Apple's Workout app if you're an Apple Watch user, plus it can be used with Apple TV. The battery is rechargeable via USB, and you can get a claimed 30 hours of usage off a full charge. The device is also fully water-resistant. 

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It's not the first heart rate monitor we've seen that does away with a strap: Mio's Velo Heart Rate Wristband received a favourable review from Mat back in 2015. There are also numerous GPS watch options from Garmin and Suunto to name but two that measure heart rate from the wrist. 

You can buy the Tickr Fit now on Wahoo's UK website for £64.99. It's adjustable and is also available in small or large sizes for a perfect fit. We'll also be hoping to review one shortly, so check back for more updates soon...

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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hirsute [59 posts] 1 week ago
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Joy. Shame about the chest strap present I got...

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DaveE128 [968 posts] 1 week ago
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I'm not sure whether this will be any more comfortable than a chest strap. I imagine it being more uncomfortable and more hassle with clothes. I think a really good watch sensor would be great, but my Garmin Vivosmart HR is inaccurate enough for me to still use a chest strap most of the time.  7

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kil0ran [638 posts] 1 week ago
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Interesting, clearly seeking to address the accuracy issues people report with smart watches with optical heart rate sensors when cycling. Upper arm might be a better option but then you run into issues with tight jerseys/skinsuits

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jn46 [4 posts] 1 week ago
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Interesting summer tan lines.

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rjfrussell [426 posts] 1 week ago
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Does anyone know:

 

(a)  how accurate the Apple Watch HRM is and

(b) does it talk to Garmin and/or Wahoo computers/ apps?

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hirsute [59 posts] 1 week ago
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rjfrussell wrote:

Does anyone know:

 

(a)  how accurate the Apple Watch HRM is and

(b) does it talk to Garmin and/or Wahoo computers/ apps?

Wahoo works with BTLE and ANT+ devices, so if apple is either, then it will work. Then again it's apple, so you probably need an expensive proprietary app.

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mrtrilby [16 posts] 1 week ago
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rjfrussell wrote:

Does anyone know:

 

(a)  how accurate the Apple Watch HRM is and

(b) does it talk to Garmin and/or Wahoo computers/ apps?

(A) If you’re riding out on the road, my experience of the Apple Watch HRM is that it’s terrible - only occasional readings so pretty much zero use. On a turbo, it works much better. 

(B) It won’t broadcast HR to any external device besides the iPhone, but it will send HR data to apps running on the watch or phone such as Strava.

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mrtrilby [16 posts] 1 week ago
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kil0ran wrote:

Interesting, clearly seeking to address the accuracy issues people report with smart watches with optical heart rate sensors when cycling. Upper arm might be a better option but then you run into issues with tight jerseys/skinsuits

 

I have a Scosche optical HRM - same idea as the new Wahoo. I generally wear it on my upper arm, just above my elbow - so below the sleeve for short sleeve jersey or skin suit. It can be an issue if you wear a layer over it though - getting a tightish fitting sleeve over it can end up pulling it out of position, which can be frustrating. I still much prefer it over a chest band HRM though. 

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kitkat [481 posts] 1 week ago
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mrtrilby wrote:

I have a Scosche optical HRM - same idea as the new Wahoo.

Same idea? It's identical!

'com on Road.cc - a bit of time comparing the features with the Scosche wouldn't have taken too long and added something useful for your readers. I see DC Rainmaker has drilled into this though (phew)

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sneakerfrfeak [118 posts] 1 week ago
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If you're interested in how well it compares to other HRMs, Shane Miller has some good content on his channel.

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zero_trooper [23 posts] 1 week ago
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Thanks for the above comments, I could do with a good, basic HRM.
I'll check out DC Rainmaker and Shane Miller.

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700c [1174 posts] 1 week ago
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DaveE128 wrote:

my Garmin Vivosmart HR is inaccurate enough for me to still use a chest strap most of the time.  7

interesting as I've just got a Garmin 'vivoactive' HR which is also wrist based and find it very consistent jogging and cycling. Don't need to wet it first either, unlike the strap which i never liked. Broadcasts hr on ant+.

I wonder if they've updated their technology between the models or it just varies between individuals.