Hammerhead Updated CLIMBER Functionality No Longer Requires Route

T.’s nothing extra constant than the biweekly drop of recent options coming from Hammerhead to their Karoo collection bike computer systems. And this replace brings an enormous one: The flexibility to robotically get climb .rmation as you trip, without having to load any course or route. This contains distance and ascent remaining to the highest of the climb, in addition to gradient proven in 100m increments. Up until now, for each Hammerhead CLIMBER and Garmin’s ClimbPro options, you’ve needed to have an energetic course/navigation with a view to see the upcoming climbs.

However, now it’ll robotically determine and show climbs as you method them, in a lot the identical method that Strava Stay Segments work. Which means to your extra common rides (or, while you’re alongside for the trip on another person’s trip), you’ll get all the identical climb .rmation as earlier than – together with the remaining distance/ascent, and gradient .rmation. So, the whole lot from my put up and video final week stays the identical – besides now you don’t must pre-plan the route.

Be aware: That is appropriate with each the Karoo and Karoo 2.

Testing it Out:

The brand new CLIMBER operate is enabled by default, when you replace the firmware in your Hammerhead Karoo 2. Nevertheless, you can too flip it off – both totally, or set it again to the older mode w. it solely triggers on loaded programs. You’ll discover the CLIMBER settings web page has a brand new menu toggle on the high. The left-most place is off, the middle-position is routes solely, and the proper place is the brand new ‘Every thing’ mode. You continue to retain whether or not or to not present medium+massive climbs, or simply massive climbs.

Now, whereas I spent 6-8 months testing epic climb after epic climb round Europe for that final climb comparability put up, for this one my decisions have been a wee bit restricted. That’s as a result of my locale (Amsterdam) isn’t precisely identified for hills (or elevation in any respect). In reality, solely a single hill anyw. inside a couple of hours of driving would set off the minimal necessities for both Hammerhead’s CLIMBER or Garmin’s ClimbPro– and even then, it’s proper on the perimeter of acceptability. Riders in different elements of the world doubtless wouldn’t even acknowledge this as an actual climb, however in these elements it even will get a full cycling-focused plaque and monument on the high celebrating it. For actual.

Nonetheless, I got down to see if it’d set off. And on this case, I can take this mountain ‘cross’ from two totally different instructions too. For this trip I had zero course/route loaded. So this might be no totally different than any common trip you would possibly do from reminiscence. I began off on the highway heading in the direction of the bottom of the climb. And certain sufficient, about 100-150m out from the beginning of the climb I bought notified that the climb was approaching:


In reality, it’ll present acknowledged climbs in blue on the map as effectively. You’ll discover above it’ll additionally say “Beginning Climb 2” – that is the whole trip counter of climbs. Usually with a route loaded, CLIMBER would say “Climb 1 of 8” or such. However on this case, it simply acts as a easy counter as a substitute. Once more, this up-ahead performance is equivalent to how Strava would work by way of a countdown.

As I crossed the edge of the climb, I instantly bought all the same old CLIMBER .rmation, exhibiting the color-coded gradient, distance remaining to high of climb (0.4km), ascent remaining to high of climb (24m), present grade (1% simply initially), and the present climb quantity (2)


And as I continued the climb, you may see that knowledge altering as regular – similar to it will with a pre-planned route. The one distinction is that you just don’t get an inventory of upcoming climbs after all. On the panel above/under, like earlier than – the higher portion is your total climb, the center portion reveals the gradient for the following 100m in chunks (and strikes alongside like a ticker image – take a look at the video for that).


Now as with my earlier experiences on CLIMBER, the gradient knowledge accuracy stays iffy at greatest – as a consequence of a mix of their underlying knowledge supply, together with utilizing a lot shorter 100m chunks exposes that inaccuracy greater than bigger smoothed sections. And, within the case of this particular climb, it additionally ended the climb maybe 100-150m quick (in distance). As you may see within the video, I used to be nonetheless climbing as I reached the highest.

Nevertheless, when you attain the highest of a climb, they’ve repurposed what was the up-ahead checklist of climbs, to be a accomplished checklist of climbs. You may see . the 2 climbs I did of this hill:


Additional, as a result of the Dutch closely rejoice any hill they will, .’s the monument on the high of this 32m excessive climb (based on the signal).:


Now, I additionally tried approaching this hill from the opposite route. Sadly, the highway from that route was partially closed as a consequence of resurfacing. After all, feeling assured, I ignored that and tried to gravel-bike by it. That ended poorly when someway, inexplicably, discarded electrical wires popped-up and tried to decorate the bike’s Di2 drivetrain.


Because of this, the CLIMBER didn’t appear to set off on this part. It does present up on common CLIMBER with a pre-approved route, however maybe one thing . didn’t fairly meet the edge (be it in my surprising pit-stop, or another factor). You may watch that within the video.

Nonetheless, I’ll give the CLIMBER a cross on that. First, the climb itself barely would meet the edge usually, so even the slightest deviation in all probability disqualified it. Additional, I’m not going to carry a rogue development web site failure over Hammerhead’s…umm…head. I’ll nonetheless nonetheless say they should kind out gradient accuracy although.

Going Ahead:


That is tremendous cool. Like, actually cool. Particularly for people who often trip hilly routes with out bothering to load a course. For instance, again after I lived in Washington DC, I’d typically (each weekend) prepare out on Skyline Drive, which is the ridgeline alongside the Appalachian Mountains. I’d do upwards of 100-120 mile lengthy rides every Saturday, and that route is just simply unending ups and downs. Nevertheless, the precise turn-around level would fluctuate every week relying on my coaching schedule, so creating programs for doubtlessly infinite and unknown turn-around factors is a problem. This may work unbelievable for that, because it simply triggers as I hit every climb.

After all, the truth that Hammerhead rolled out one other new function shouldn’t actually shock us. With their bi-weekly firmware replace cycle, it’s a relentless spree of recent updates. And I can solely assume (or no less than hope), that with the current SRAM acquisition, that continues and even accelerates. Whereas a lot of their updates have been extra function catch-up sort additions, this one is actually new – with no person within the market having this. As they work their method down the “competitor catch-up” guidelines, that checklist grows smaller and smaller, and so they’ll doubtless begin having the ability to work extra often from the “new issues no person else has” to-do checklist. And that’s each thrilling for somebody like me to look at, and it’s good for all shoppers, regardless of the model of motorbike pc on our handlebar.

With that, thanks for studying!

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