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Wahoo RFLKT is a big win for cyclists

Michael Homnick | March 27, 2013
As both a tech fan and a biking enthusiast, I've always lusted after posh bike computers and other high-end cycling gadgets--so when we got our hands on the new RFLKT from Wahoo Fitness, I jumped at the chance to take it for a spin.

Another bonus: Since the RFLKT uses low-powered Bluetooth 4.0 to transfer data, you won't have to worry about the device sucking too much juice from your iPhone. After about 2 hours of riding, my iPhone had lost about 15 percent of its battery life. Those cyclists who favor long-distance rides need not worry about completely draining their phone's power.

On the other hand, because the RFLKT runs on a coin cell battery, you will inevitably need to buy a replacement battery when the existing one runs low. Wahoo says the included coin cell battery should last a year.

Bottom line

The RFLKT performed exactly as advertised for me: By acting as a second screen for my iPhone--indeed, by reflecting the phone's functionality--the device proved to be a convenient way to access all of my iPhone's features as well as the Wahoo Fitness app's functions during a ride.

On top of that, the added sense of relief that stemmed from leaving my iPhone untouched in my bag was a big plus, and the extensive customization possible within the app means that a wide variety of users can enjoy the RFLKT.

All in all, the RFLKT is worth a look for tech-minded cyclists, especially those who already bring an iPhone along on their rides.

 

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