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Do we need yet another sports watch? Wahoo, the indoor cycling giant think so and apparently, so do the Brownlee brothers. Yes, the very same Olympian heroes of triathlon and investors in other sports tech firms such as Incus Performance and HUUB.

Okay, what are the USPs of this new device?

  • 24 hour battery in GPS
  • Seamless, yes it knows (or allegedly does) when an athlete transitions from one sport to the next

Triathletes will love this and this seems nice. However, general fitness people may also appreciate the strap on and play aspect of this device? Just this morning I was reminded of this. I started to run and set, by accident, by Apple Watch to indoor-cycle. I completed my ‘indoor cycle’ and I’ve gather pretty useless data. The Rival would arguably have know this and could this be the idiot-proof sports watch?

Cyclists may be in shock at the picture at the header of this missive! Who rides a bike and doesn’t have a head unit on the handlebars? This could be a step too far for the uber-serious data-driven cyclist. For many though, it could just be the thing needed (it records power data). Let’s look up from our bars. For years cyclists went for rides without data and didn’t get lost! There are road signs, their is scenery to enjoy and let’s face it, all the data that 99.9% of us are gathering will mean nothing to anyone in 50 years time. That is except for the apps that we sync our data with, who have sold our data and who will be lying on a hyper-yacht somewhere warm and sunny, with a champagne glass in their hands!

Hold on! Are we suggesting riding our bikes with no data, other than the time? That may be too hippy for most, but let’s just consider riding, collecting data, but enjoying our surroundings and being aware. Is that too much to ask? The headologists even tell us that decluttering our minds and getting greenery into our eyes does us wonders. Could devices like the Rival be the halfway house?

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Looks wise, for a daily watch – it’s okay. Rather G-Shock and if you are a G-Shock fan, this is good, right? Personally, I remain an Apple Watch fan and we look forward to be convinced otherwise when a test unit arrives.

Price wise – at the top end of the £300 range, is a decent price for a watch with these features.

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