Dylan Groenewegen, Teniel Campbell, and a number of other riders from Workforce BikeExchange-Jayco have not too long ago been spotted making use of what at to start with look appears to be a new biking computer from the team’s bike sponsor, Large. Having said that, after a minimal digging, items are not what they very first appear to be.
Around the earlier month of racing, riders from the crew have been applying a variety of computers from marketplace leaders Garmin, but with the peloton’s outdated devoted black tape hiding the branding. More not long ago, having said that, riders have been noticed making use of desktops with a large Huge symbol on the front for all the planet to see.
Our to start with ideas were that of intrigue about Giant’s intentions and course. Big presently has a couple of cycling personal computers in its portfolio, the Axact and the Neos, but they are aimed at the budget conclude of the current market at £19.99 and £49.99 respectively. The computer system made use of by the BikeExchange Jayco team looks like neither of the earlier mentioned – and would certainly be of bigger specs – so it originally appears that Giant is having the fight to Garmin and Wahoo in the market place for the best cycling pcs.
But as mentioned over, there is a twist. Many thanks to the sharp-shooting photographers at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, we can see that this new Big computer’s model name is Dash M200.
‘Dash’ is the nomenclature employed by Phases for its biking desktops, and a model as huge as Giant wouldn’t just rip off a competitor’s branding so blatantly – however ironically the brand’s e-bicycle computer system displays are presented the identical name of RideDash.
We are asking yourself whether this Big laptop is a Phases in disguise, and subsequently, no matter whether the Sprint M200 is an as-nonetheless-unreleased alternative for the present Phases Sprint M50. It definitely seems plausible, and when you check out the layout of the new computer system, the likelihood only grows.
Huge isn’t going to currently market the Dash M200 on its web-site, but Googling the phrase provides up the picture previously mentioned, left, which we have laid future to the present Phases Dash M50, suitable.
The similarities are obvious. The 4 buttons that sit side-by-facet at the base of the exhibit, the little icons above them, and the structure of the exhibit are all design and style cues that further more counsel that this is a Phases in disguise, instead than a Giant pc.
We really mused the possibility that Phases would make a return to the WorldTour with Huge when we wrote our WorldTour Bikes tutorial. The brand was the supplier to the UAE Crew Emirates workforce back again in 2020 but went with out a team in 2021. When questioned in December, BikeExchange Jayco workers remained tightlipped about the team’s sponsor for 2022, and when the new bikes were unveiled on January 1, riders were in fact employing Garmin desktops. Nevertheless, now that racing has begun in earnest and with much less than a week to go right until Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Opening Weekend, the new computers are a in the vicinity of-long lasting sight on the entrance of the team’s bikes.
Of system, assuming our predictions are proper, you will find very little right here to advise that Giant is not going to also promote this pc branded as its possess. Bontrager does just this with the Garmin Edge 1030 pc, which it also supplies to the Trek Segafredo group.
On the other hand, provided Stages doesn’t at the moment promote – or publicly admit – the existence of the Dash M200 computer, we consider it really is much more probable that Stages wishes to maintain an as-nevertheless-unreleased laptop or computer under the radar.
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