With Tour de France looming, many fans are probably asking,
What are the bike computers the 23 participating teams will be using?
In the past decade, the bike computer does more than just capturing speed and distance data. This day, this small yet powerful unit can help riders in navigation, getting alerts, provide a real-time overview of the current climb, act as a pacing tool in combination with a powermeter and heart rate monitor, and more, depending on how it’s being configured.
It’s an open secret among pro cycling that those who fully embrace and utilize all the available technologies will have an upper hand. A good example is the VeloViewer World Tour Package that is used with Garmin bike computers.
For Tour de France 2021, there are five brands of bike computers used. Garmin and Wahoo continue to be the preferred brands with 11 and 8 teams respectively, followed by Taiwanese brand Bryton (2 teams), German powermeter brand SRM (1 team), and up-and-coming Hammerhead with 1 team.
Take note that not all teams are sponsored by the brands. Those who are not sponsored chose to use a certain brand/model based on their own discretion. Head here if you’d like to know our favorite bike computer picks.
Garmin leads the pack with 11 out of the 23 teams using their bike computers.
The preferred model is their top-of-the-line mode, the Edge 1030 Plus. It features a 3.5″ touchscreen and weighs 124g. For the riders who prefer a lighter and compact model, there is an option for the Edge 830 which has a 2.6″ touchscreen and weighs 36% lighter at 79g.
Wahoo follows closely behind Garmin with 8 teams using their bike computers. The current model used is their top-of-the-line model, the Elemnt Roam, which has a 2.7″ touchscreen and weighs 93.5g.
Expect to also see Wahoo’s latest, 2nd generation Elemnt Bolt which was unveiled in late May. This updated version has a 2.2″ color screen and weighs 68.4g.
Taiwanese brand Bryton, a relative unknown in the upper echelons of pro cycling has two teams using its bike computers. The Bryton 750 is a 2.8″ color touchscreen with 20 hours of battery life. It weighs 93g.
Up and coming Hammerhead, who claims to have the best screen in the business is the bike computer provider to 4x Tour de France winner, Chris Froome’s Israel Start-Up Nation. In late May, Froome announced that he has invested in Hammerhead and joined their advisory board.
The Karoo 2 sports a 3.2″ color touchscreen and weighs 132g.
The German powermeter pioneer SRM makes up the bike computer brands list for this year. 10 years ago, SRM was the leading brand for bike computers but their influence has faded in recent years, losing ground to Garmin and Wahoo.
The only team to use the SRM PC8 is the current defending champion Tadej Podgacar’s UAE Team Emirates.
Bike Computers By Teams
The table below shows the bike computers used by all 23 teams in the 2021 Tour de France.
|AG2R Citreon Team||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|Alpecin-Fenix||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|Astana Premier Tech||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|B&B Hotels p/b KTM||Bryton||Rider 750|
|Bahrain Victorious||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|BORA-Hansgrohe||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|Cofidis||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|Deceuninck Quick-Step||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|EF Education-Nippo||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Groupama FDJ||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Iarael Start-Up Nation||Hammerhead||Karoo 2|
|Ineos Grenadiers||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Intermarché Wanty Gobert||Bryton||Rider 750|
|Lotto Soudal||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Movistar Team||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Team Arkea-Samsic||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|Team Bike Exchange||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Team DSM||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|Team Jumbo Visma||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Team Qhubeka Assos||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Total Direct Energie||Garmin||Edge 1030, Edge 830|
|Trek Segafredo||Wahoo||Elemnt Roam, Elemnt Bolt|
|UAE Team Emirates||SRM||PC8|