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Stages releases new Dash bike computers

10 Jun 2019
Verdict:

The M50, L50 and L10 look to be feature-rich and priced to undercut competitors

Stages has announced the imminent release of a new range of Dash bike computers. The original Dash was geared around the seamless pairing between head unit and power meter. It contained a number of innovative features to help train with power on the road but it was focused more on training data and less on the other features deemed necessary in a bike computer, like GPS navigation.

Stages says the next generation of Dash computers update the feature list to include comprehensive mapping and high-resolution colour displays without losing the facets of the original design that made it stand apart from its competitors - namely the training plans and Link app interface.

In fact the Link app has undergone a heavy redesign and now allows file and route transfer, text and call alerts, uploads to 3rd party sites like Strava and TrainingPeaks and a stand-alone training calendar that tracks a wide range of metrics.

The Dash M50 is the centrepiece of the new line-up with larger L50 and more basic L10 sitting alongside it. It is priced at £209, while the L50 is £269 and the L10 £129.

That price is more aggressive than we have been used to seeing from competitors when the feature list of the Dash is taken into account - it possess all you’d expect from products with far higher RRPs.

Stages says the computer features an intuitive design and free OSM base maps as standard that should be easy to read on the high resolution, full-colour Stages ‘EverBrite’ display.

Having had an impromptu run through of a few data screens recently, Cyclist can say that the Dash’s training metrics can be viewed in a number of engaging, colourful formats that seem to be both stimulating and informative.

The Dash computers are ANT+ and BLE enabled so will work with all power meters on the market, but it makes the most sense to use them with one of Stages's own designs - the computer was originally designed for use with the power meters after all.

The M50 houses 16GB of storage and the brand claims a ‘real-world’ battery life of 12.5 hours.

'Stages Power meters revolutionised the power measurement category when we launched six years ago,' said Pat Warner, Stages Cycling Vice President.

'The Dash M50 maintains our focus on innovation and accuracy, pairing our revolutionary data customisation and guided workouts with the GPS features a broader range of cyclists demand, all on vivid full colour displays that are unrivalled in clarity.'

The larger Dash L50 features a 400x240 resolution display, 16GB of storage, 14 hours of battery life and weighs 120g. The Dash L10, is an entry-level GPS unit with configurable monochrome screen, advanced workout and training functions and basic course tracking.

The new fleet of computers look to offer everything the user requires as well several USPs at a range of price points. Will the Stages and the M50 become a definite challenger to Garmin and Wahoo?

Cyclist is due to take delivery of a sample unit soon so check back for our thoughts in a couple of months.

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