Echelon has been producing a range of intelligent cycling devices for years now, from their Bike+ device capable of monitoring a cyclist’s power output to the more recent Echelon Strada wireless cyclometer. At the CES in Las Vegas, they showcased their latest bike computer, the Echelon Smart Connect EX3.
The Echelon Smart Connect EX3 bike computer includes GPS, Bluetooth, and wireless ANT+ connectivity. It’s a great-looking device that provides all the usual metrics from a cycling computer: speed, distance, time, and ride data. Once out on the road and paired with your smartphone (via their free PC-agent software), you can view your ride data in real-time receive on-the-fly notifications on speed, heart rate, and power output data.
The Smart Connect also allows you to pair it up with other third-party ANT+ devices such as heart rate monitors, power meters, and cadence sensors. This way, you can keep track of all your stats in one place.
The bike computer can record your rides either directly on the device itself or via its Bluetooth connectivity with your iOS or Android smartphone. This allows you to view your ride data immediately on the route and upload it straight away onto Strava, Training Peaks, and other popular fitness sites.
The Smart Connect is powered by an internal rechargeable battery that Echelon claim is good for around 20 hours of ride time.
Why Purchase this Bike Computer?
Great design; easy to read and use
If you’re looking for a good-looking bike computer packed with features, the device is worth looking at. It can pair up with your smartphone and give you notifications while out on the road (e.g., incoming phone calls) is a real bonus.
Strong performer; accurate data collection and tracks your ride speed, distance, time, and power output metrics. It is worth looking at if you want a sleek-looking device to pair up with your smartphone.