Polar, one of the world’s top sports training brands, has revealed the M450 Bike Computer to cycling aficionados of all types at the legendary Alpe d’Huez. Cycling enthusiast and industry media from all over the world took to the famed French Alps and put the Polar M450 to the test during a multi-day ride. During this event Polar also revealed plans for integration with Strava. This connectivity will become available at the end of October 2015.
Passionate cyclists of all types can benefit from the M450’s GPS, altitude and heart rate-based features. The lightweight, splash proof and aerodynamic M450 Bike Computer continues Polar’s proud track record of high quality and innovative product design. Combining two accessories in one with an integrated smart visibility LED light, the M450 puts safety top of mind while minimizing handlebar clutter.
Regardless of a cyclist’s goals, the M450 adjusts to individual metrics and generates personalized feedback. By entering training background, current physical condition and completing Polar fitness and orthostatic tests, the M450 can give personal guidance to optimize training for peak performance. Customizable views on the M450’s display provide just the right information. Compatible with Polar Bluetooth® Smart accessory sensors including H7 for heart rate, Speed and Cadence sensors and Keó Power, Polar’s M450 captures all the data needed to perform well in any cycling scenario.
The M450 is equipped with state-of-the art GPS technology and integrated barometer that guarantees high GPS and altitude accuracy with minimal power consumption. Polar’s innovative Back-to-Start feature will even guide riders home after a long ride. The M450’s unique Polar-exclusive Smart Coaching provides training guidance, including detailed analysis of training load and recovery time inPolar Flow web service.
Marco Suvilaakso, Group Product Director at Polar says: “Compared to any other product in this category, Polar M450 offers something unique: customizability in Smart Coaching features and the functional and modern design. The M450 even connects with Polar Flow for Coach, our powerful online training tool for coaches and personal trainers. It’s especially convenient for young amateur riders training with a coach and traditional bike shop customers.”
The free Polar Flow web service and app complete the Polar M450 experience. The app (for iOS and Android) allows easy syncing on the go via Bluetooth® Smart. For deeper analysis, the user can log on to Polar Flow web service and sync data via an Internet connection and a USB cable that is also used for charging. The Polar Flow ecosystem enables future firmware and software updates. Polar Flow provides training analysis and weekly, monthly and yearly summaries, and helps the user plan future rides and follow their progress in modern visual style. Polar Flow even enables sharing accomplishments with friends or the whole sports community in Polar Flow or via sync with Strava.
Polar M450 will be available in white globally during Q3/2015. The suggested retail price is $189.95, and $219.95 with Polar H7 heart rate sensor. M450 will also have changeable accessory covers in black, yellow and red available for purchase at the official Polar webstore.