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Polar launches M450 bike computer and reveals Strava integration

New model offers GPS, altitude and heart rate-based features

Polar has launched its new M450 bike computer and revealed plans for integration with Strava. This connectivity will become available at the end of October.

The M450 offers GPS, altitude and heart rate-based features and includes an integrated visibility LED.

 

The M450 is compatible with Polar’s Bluetooth Smart accessory sensors including the H7 heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors and Keó Power pedals. You can customise the display to show just the information that interests you.

The M450 is equipped with GPS technology and an integrated barometer that’s designed to provide high GPS and altitude accuracy with minimal power consumption. It features a Back-to-Start function that will show you the way home when needed.

Once you have entered details on your training background and current physical condition and completed Polar fitness tests, the computer offers personal guidance that’s designed to optimise your training. Polar’s Smart Coaching features include analysis of your training load and recovery time in the free Polar Flow web service.

Polar Flow provides weekly, monthly and yearly summaries, and allows you to plan future rides. You can also share information with friends in Polar Flow or through syncing with Strava.

Polar M450 will be available in white during the third quarter of the year. Black, yellow and red changeable covers will also be available to buy. The suggested retail price is US$169.95, and US$199.95 with Polar H7 heart rate sensor, although we don’t yet have UK prices.

www.polar.com

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 road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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