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Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor – review

The Wahoo TICKR is an accurate, reliable and comfortable heart rate monitor which offers Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ connectivity, giving it the ability to deliver that data to both smartphones (ideal if you record rides using the Strava app and want to include HR data in that) and dedicated cycling computers.

The TICKR is the base model in Wahoo’s heart rate monitor range at £49.99, below the TICKR Run (£64.99) and TICKR X (£79.99). It offers dual band technology, so can ‘talk’ to both Bluetooth 4.0 and Ant+ at the same time. For example, it can send you heart rata data to an Ant+ device, like a Garmin Edge 500, and also deliver the same information to a number of third party apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, including Strava, without the need for an Ant+ adapter on your phone. Basically it gives you more options and also future-proofs the TICKR.

I used the TICKR with a variety of apps on my iPhone while simultaneously tracking my heart rate on my Garmin Edge 810 and didn’t encounter any kind of drop off, with the readings remaining consistent and accurate with other heart rate monitors that I have also been using recently.

The TICKR remained comfortable throughout the testing period and I was more than happy to use it for hours in the saddle. It has been well designed to avoid irritation in any area. The plastic monitor acts as the connector with the straps, using two poppers, one on either side, and that makes the unit easy to put on and take off. It also makes it easy to wash the strap. The strap is easily adjustable through two sliders at the rear, which sit on flat areas on your back to avoid irritation.

When it’s operating, the TICKR has two LEDs: the red LED shows that the heart beat is being recorded, and the blue LED indicated whether the heart rate monitor is searching for (slow blink), connecting to (quick blink) or connected to (four blinks in rapid succession) a device.

Connecting the heart rate monitor to either a phone or computer is easy, being easily discoverable on a Bluetooth device and quickly picked up by my Edge 810 using Ant+. I used the TICKR to record heart rate data on both my computer and phone at the same time, which is useful if you, like me, you like to have a backup data collecting in the background when on a big ride.

The TICKR has an RRP of £49.99, which is roughly similar to Garmin’s heart rate monitor (£44.99), but has the added advantage of dual connectivity, and comes in less than similar products from the likes of TomTom (£59.99).

Conclusion

The Wahoo TICKR provides accurate heart rate data and is comfortable enough to wear without irritation on long rides. The dual connectivity makes it a versatile unit, which can be used with either Bluetooth 4.0 or Ant+ devices, and it is easy to achieve reliable connectivity using both at the same time.

Pros

– Comfortable to wear
– Bluetooth 4.0 and Ant+ compatibility
– Fairly priced

Cons

– Not much

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