Can any ROAM users chime in to give their experience? I am looking at a 14 to 15 hour ride next month (350k), and I need to get something that will last the whole way. I know Wahoo advertises 17 hours, curious as to what people are seeing on the road. The other option is a Garmin 1030, but I reaaalllllly don’t like Garmin and hope to avoid if possible.
I’m mostly looking for max life experiences in full efficiency mode. I can do the calculation of what I can turn on from there. I’m already a Bolt owner and feel pretty comfortable managing the Wahoo ecosystem.
FWIW the Wahoo ecosystem is really just the computer-app integration. Stages took the mobile app config idea and added web config and computer config.
I understand some don’t want Garmin because of UX or what not. The 530 and 830 and 1030 are great computers with long battery life and great features. But if you hate the UX then the Wahoo alternatives are Stages Dash and Karoo 2.
It’s a lot more than inconvenience. Garmin is deplorable across every segment from marine to aviation. I’ve dealt with them in way less trivial matters than bike computers. To say I despise Garmin would be way too charitable.
I’ve used a battery pack for my Bolt and had it running for almost 17:40 hours. You can use a top tube bag or zip tie the pack to your stem. It will slow trickle charge the Bolt. It’s an option unless you just want/need an excuse to buy a new head unit.
I’ve done several 10-12 hour 200km brevet rides where I keep the unit on the whole time during stops. I’ve got route navigation going, a power meter, Garmin Varia radar, and heart rate monitor paired, and keep my backlight on auto. I’ve frequently noticed 35-40% battery remaining at the very least on these rides and have never noticed any low battery messages. In fact my lights have run out of juice before the head unit. I’m confident the Roam can hit 15-17 hours easily.
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