Tech & Wearables

Week in Tech: New Moots, Polar wrist heart rate, Smith in Rio

Moots unveils new bike, Smith gets in the Olympic spirit, Polar ditches the chest strap, and Brooks has a new helmet.

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Moots creates double-duty 27.5-plus/29er mountain bike

Moots’s mountain bike line continues to grow with the addition of the Farwell, a hardtail with 27.5+ wheels and 2.8-inch tires. The titanium bike pulls double duty as an all-day trail bike in the 27.5+ configuration, or as a 29er XC rig. A 120mm 27.5+ boost fork and 30.9mm dropper post come on the $7,899 complete bike. A frame and fork option is also available for $4,789.

Moots Farwell. Photo: Moots
Moots Farwell. Photo: Moots

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Smith gets in the Olympic spirit with Brazilian art

Brazilian Flair. Photo: Smith
Brazilian Flair. Photo: Smith

As the Olympics kick off in Rio, Smith is offering a line of limited edition helmets and sunglasses designed in partnership with famed Brazilian street artists from Bicicleta Sem Freio. Artists Douglas Castro, Victor Rocha, and Renato Renohese have painted murals across the world with lively and bold designs, and have created graphic imagery for international brands like Nike, MTV, and Volkswagen. For their collaboration with Smith, Bicicleta Sem Freio (which translates to “bicycle with no brakes”) added artwork to the Overtake road bike helmet, PivLock Arena Max performance sunglasses, and the Lowdown lifestyle sunglasses with their signature psychedelic and vibrant style.

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Wahoo Elemnt gets Strava Live Segments

Wahoo's Elemnt GPS. Photo: Wahoo
Wahoo’s Elemnt GPS. Photo: Wahoo

No Garmin? No problem. You can hunt Strava KOMs with Wahoo’s Elemnt computer. To use the Live Segment function, you’ll need to star specific segments on Strava.com. Then, whenever you arrive at one of these segments while riding, the Elemnt will bring up a dedicated page showing progress, distance remaining, and the segment’s full elevation profile. The segment page can be customized with the Elemnt companion app to display other key metrics as well, such as power and heart rate. Units will be updated with the new feature via ‘over-the-air’ firmware updates, and riders will be able to install the firmware either within the companion app or directly on the computer. You’ll need a Strava Premium membership; a free 60-day premium membership is included in the purchase of each Elemnt.

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Be the first to wear a new Brooks helmet

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Brooks brings its classic style to a new range of helmets, including a commuter and road option, which will focus on comfort, safety, and performance. The Island commuter helmet and Harrier road lid are currently in development and will soon hit pre-production before a full commercial release next spring. However, in order to collect feedback and impressions, Brooks is offering up 150 early release models for riders interested in testing out the new product. You’ll still have to pay for these test models, though: The Island going for £120 (about $156) and the Harrier for £160 (about $210).

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Polar’s M600 watch ditches the chest strap

Polar wants you to wear your heart on your sleeve. The new waterproof M600 sports watch has built-in heart rate sensors, along with activity trackers, and wearable sports technology. Built on Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform, Polar M600 features wrist-based heart rate measurements as well as integrated GPS, activity tracking, and Polar Smart Coaching features via the Polar App for Android Wear. It has a 1.3-inch color touch display and a claimed battery life of around 48 hours when connected to Android devices. Users can also access Android Wear’s voice control, customize watch faces, receive calendar notifications, read and reply to texts when using an Android phone, scroll through social media feeds, and access more than 4,000 third-party apps via Google Play. Polar M600 offers 4Gb of internal storage and customers can sync their music through Google Play and listen to it with or without their smartphone. The watch will be available in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $330.

 

Polar M600 Photo: Polar
Polar M600 Photo: Polar

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