GCN Tech Unboxing: New SIGMA Rox 12.0 Sport

GCN Tech Unboxing: New SIGMA Rox 12.0 Sport

– We are going tech heavy
for this week’s GC-unboxing. Si very recently had a
first ride with this, the brand new Sigma ROX 12.0 GPS Unit. And now you have a chance
to get your hands on one. In fact, two of you do because we got two of these bad boys to give away. As ever I’ll be giving you details on how to enter at the end of this video. Firstly though I want to
go through all the details of this new unit and I’ll
have to do so at warp speed because there are lots of features, particularly when it comes to the mapping and navigational side of things. Off the shelf you have two options if you’re going to purchase one of these. There is the basic set that
includes of course the head unit but also a mount up front
and a GoPro adapter too. And then there is a sports set we’ve got to give away on this unboxing that includes what we’ve already mentioned but on top of that a heart rate strap and a cadence and speed sensor. So without further ado, let’s take this thing out of it’s box. (upbeat guitar music) Inside the box we have
aforementioned Out Front Mount and the aforementioned GoPro adaptor and we have all of the
charging and connecting cables plus a couple of handlebar
mounts there too. There is the cadence and speed sensor to fit onto your rear chainstay along with the spoke magnet and
all the fixing points. And finally we have the Bluetooth and app plus heart rate monitor strap. But shall we get onto the main event, it’s the head unit itself. In terms of size, this
is at the higher end of the on-bike GPS unit
spectrum but that’s to make way for this large three inch color screen. Also there’s a large internal battery which will power this
thing for a full 16 hours, 40 hours in fact if you go
for the low power mode option. And there’s also a pretty punchy eight gigabytes of internal memory which can be expanded
by further 128 gigabytes if you use a microSD card. All the memory you need then
to download all the maps that you could possibly want for free. That’s right, for free and legally too. More on that in just a few seconds. First though I think we should see this color screen by turning it on. (laid-back drum music) In use this feels very much
like using a smartphone. There’s a couple of good reasons for that, firstly as you can see,
it’s a touchscreen, but secondly it’s based on
an Android operating system. As such, there are an
array of different icons and to navigate through them all you do is swipe left or right or up or down. Swipe up for a navigational menu, swipe down for whole array
of different setup options. Along though with the touch screen, there are also a number
of different buttons, six to be exact if you include the on-off button here at the top. There are buttons on the side here so that you can swipe
through the different pages if you don’t want to use the touch screen. There’s a start button
here, a stop button here and the all important home button to get you back to the start. Before we get too far
ahead of ourselves though one of the first things you want to do after you turned this head unit on is connect it to your WiFi. That way you’ll be able to
chose auto-upload your riding to various apps such as
Commute and Strava et cetera. It will then automatically
sync your riding to the Sigma Cloud and Data Center, where you can do some in-depth
analysis if you so choose to. And if whatever reason you decide that you need to connect to WiFi whilst you’re out on your
bike all you need to really do is set up your smartphone
as a personal hotspot. Now as I mentioned earlier
the big thing with this device is it’s navigational
properties and as I also said, it uses free maps, open source
street maps to be precise. Which are incredibly detailed,
not just with roads in fact but also with trails too,
perfect for if you’re looking to go off road occasionally. Now the other important thing is that open source street
maps also include addresses and points of interest, bike shops, yes, cafés, yes, pubs, yes. In total there are eight different ways to navigate using this device including the ones we’ve just mentioned. So those traditional
ones, such as co-ordinates or specific address or
the points of interest that we’ve already looked at. On top of that you could just look at a previous ride that you’ve done that will be stored here in the archive or you could draw a route online using Commute or Strava
and just send it over or finally you could use a
magic trick, just draw one. That’s right you can
draw route of your choice just on the screen here
and it’ll then chose the closest roads to what you’ve drawn, press start and away you go. You can also adjust the type of route that this device plans for you by using one of the sport profiles. Inside it there are four preset profiles, so road, mountain bike, cycling, which is more your recreational
cycling and indoor cycling but if none of those
suit you in particular you can create as many
custom profiles as you wish. And on top of that, if
you have a change of heart in the middle of your ride and you decide you want a change of scene, you can simply stop, select
one of the other profiles and it will adjust the route for you. So you decide you wanna go off road, simply select mountain bike
or one of your custom profiles and it will take you off road
for the rest of your ride. And then on top the profiles
there are also three further options when
it comes to the route. You can take the recommended
route or the shortest route, which can be different as you
well know, or the final option which sounds the most enticing
to me, the easiest route. When you press start you’ll be given turn-by-turn navigation
and it will even zoom in to junctions when you
need to change direction even if normally you prefer to have a much larger scale on the map. Plenty of features then for the
more adventurous amongst you but I can also tell you that there are a whole host of features for data nerds and I know that there are
plenty of us out there too. Including indecently
Tom Dumoulin Team Sunweb who’s chosen to use this very
head unit for much of 2018. So let’s start with the
basics when it comes to data. We’ve already seen the heart
rate strap, very simple and it’ll also of course pair up to a power meter if
you’ve got one of those which opens up a whole load
of different data fields. The very obvious ones such as Power, Average Power, et cetera and
then some more in-depth ones such as TSS, Intensity Factor,
Normalized Power, et cetera. Going even more in-depth,
you’ve got Left-right Balance, Pedal Smoothness and if
you happen to be using a Rotar Twin Power power meter, it will show your OCA and OCP values. Plenty to be getting on with then. Also a whole host of different options when it comes to data screens, 30 in total and it’s really easy to
change all of those too. So all you’ve got to do is
press on one of the data fields as it currently is, that
will bring up a menu at which point you’ll be able to choose whatever you want to go on
that part of the screen. And finally a feature
that really caught my eye is called workout mode,
something I really wish I’d had available to me when I
was a full-time cyclist. What it does, is it means that
you can input your workout into this device and it will then tell you how hard you need to go, for how long, at what point in your ride. So no longer the need to
write down your interval set on a piece of paper and
tape it to your stem or even try to memorize all
the intervals you need to do because this thing will alert
you at every possible moment. Unfortunately this does mean that you can no longer accidentally forget to do that last really hard
interval on the way home. A great feature nonetheless. I think you’ll agree this
thing has all the features you could possibly need
as any type of cyclist, so I am sure you’d like to
get your hands on this thing. In order to do so, all you’ve
got to do is find the link that’s in the description
just below this video, click on that and it’ll
take you through to the page with all the details
that you’ll need to know in order to enter and put
yourself in with a chance. I wish you the very best of luck with this because I think you’ll be very pleased with this head unit if
you get your hands on it. Right then, if you would
like to see Si’s first look at this thing you can do so
by clicking just down here.

46 thoughts on “GCN Tech Unboxing: New SIGMA Rox 12.0 Sport

  1. Oh boi I hope I win I am saving up for the wahoo element mini for when I train as it comes with a speed sensor but at the moment I don’t even have a computer for ma bike

  2. Hi. I have a question, I currently use the Sigma Rox 10.0 (it is actually the 2nd one in a row) I like it a lot. the reason being is I don't own a power meter on any of my bikes, but with the Rox 10.0 I can enter in my total weight (me & bike) and a few other details and with cadence and speed sensor it will give me and estimated power in real time out on the road. It is by no means as accurate as an actual power meter, it is close enough for training and great to switch from bike to bike with power. It is the only I know of on the market that does this without using an app and wifi. It is an amazing and useful part of the Rox 10.0 (which is also why I am on my 2nd one now) My question is does the new Sigma Rox 12.0 have this same function????
    Thank you so much and would love to get one, especially if it has this same function as the 10.0

  3. I just got myself a new gravel bike having such a head unit would be forking awesome. I am getting back in to biking after a while of not having had the time and totally got my love back for it.

  4. You can get a mount for your phone for £15. Google maps… TADAAAR!
    You have to take your phone out with you anyway. You can get free tachometer apps these days too.

  5. I could use this. my garmin edge 500 just isn't cutting it anymore. heart rate strap went bad and buttons keep getting jammed.

  6. not keen on the form factor, looks like an old smartphone repurposed. A shame, because the software looks pretty handy

  7. So this is a 3" android OS "phone" without a SIM port and a custom ROM with some eyecandy feature wrapped in a Sigma frame… You can do almost the same with an old ANT+ compatibile phone (e.g. Xperia Ray) and a few apps.

  8. I did say it looked like a old mp3 player but jeez it has to much better than Garmin! I hate garmin and the help they offer, horrible! I would love to win it! I'll give everyone a full review on it from a noobs perspective lol great vids guys

  9. Eeew, this looks like a prototype of a smartphone from 2005. This bulk and bezel is completely inexcuseable for a touch screen device in 2018.

  10. The interface looks something like out of the 80's. At this time of year I only need something that keeps my balls warm when I go for a ride @ 5am. Would that work if I shove it into the front of my pants ?

  11. Looking for a head unit. Need the long battery life which the Garmin range don't seem to offer so that it can be used on longer Audax rides without having to charge. Entered, fingers crossed.

  12. I've said it before on the previous video but this to me seems to have all the features I love from my current polar V650 unit with the added navigating options on top. Too bad it does cost a good chunk more though 🙁
    Even from all the previous contests I entered if there is 1 I want to win the most it'd be this.

  13. i dont get why all those cylcing computers are sooooo much behind in terms of tech and looks compared to smartphones, yet cost a fortune. and, why the hell so many people use them? just put your phone on your bike and go.

  14. it looks as though this competition also has a special time travel prize as well

    Subject always to the full promotion terms and conditions (see link below). The winners will be chosen at random from entrants who are in compliance with the promotion terms and submit a correct and complete response. The winners will be contacted via email and announced in a GCN Tech Show at any time from Thursday 1st October.

  15. I dont get why the screen, latency, touch screen quality, navigation and design of these computers seems like its from 2005. With everything modern phones can do now, not to mention there aesthetics, why do Garmin, Sigma and Wahoo all seem so dated? Also so expensive. Can someone explain?

  16. Who wins theses? where are the winners published (no I'm not watching the videos to find out)? If these are not published in an easy to access venue then ALL your "giveaway's" are bullshit. I'm calling bullshit on all, prove me wrong.

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