New FitBit Surge with wrist heart-rate detection auto-uploads to Strava

Thin GPS watch offers basic metrics, smartphone connectivity for call/text notifications

Today FitBit announced that its Surge GPS watch with its wrist-based heart-rate monitor now auto-uploads to Strava. The FitBit Surge can be set for Bike or Run modes, with built-in GPS providing speed and distance metrics, plus an LED-based monitor giving heart-rate data.

By shooting light into the skin and measuring the reflection, the FitBit Surge then uses an algorithm to provide heart-rate data. This is a new trend in heart-rate monitors, which have for decades relied on a chest strap to measure heart rate.

With a Bluetooth connection to either a smartphone or a computer, the FitBit Surge can auto-upload a workout file to FitBit and, when synced with Strava, automatically send data to the popular social fitness site too. Users can link the two at http://strava.fitbit.com/.

 Although thicker than a fitness tracker band, the FitBit Surge is relatively svelte for a GPS watch.

As with other FitBit activity trackers, the Surge is designed for all-day wear and monitoring of things like steps taken or sleep duration and quality.

The FitBit Surge retails for US$249. UK and AU pricing has not been announced.

The fitbit surge auto-uploads via bluetooth to fitbit and, when paired, strava: the fitbit surge auto-uploads via bluetooth to fitbit and, when paired, strava
The fitbit surge auto-uploads via bluetooth to fitbit and, when paired, strava: the fitbit surge auto-uploads via bluetooth to fitbit and, when paired, strava

With a Bluetooth connection, you can get call and text notifications on the Surge, and auto-upload rides to Strava

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
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