Sports watch company Soleus has moved into the cycling market with its first cycling GPS unit, the Soleus Draft. The company appears to be targeting the entry level, with a US$99 pricepoint and functionality it touts as “simple and intuitive.”
Features on the Draft include current/average/max speed, calories burned, distance and more. The Draft is not compatible with heart rate monitors, but another Soleus cycling model is in development with ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility. The Draft comes with a USB cable for data upload and a mount. Soleus says a in-front-of-the-bars mount from Barfly will be available soon too. Right now the Draft is only PC compatible, but Mac compatibility should follow in a matter of weeks.
“We have been in the sports watch company for a long time, and we know the importance of accuracy and simplicity for athletes,” said David Arnold, Soleus founder and CEO. “We want everyone to be able to have an affordable tracking unit to inspire them to new goals, and we are confident that the Draft will be a part of them.”
The parent company of Soleus is ADAO Global, which manufactured Nike watches for a few years. Soleus was created in 2008, and today Adao Global also makes watches for the Converse and Columbia Sportswear brands.