Wahoo Tickr X heart rate monitor review

HRM that works with Garmins and your phone on both ANT+ and Bluetooth

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £79.00 RRP | AUD $135.00 | USD $99.99
The Tickr X works with cycling computers and smartphones

Our review

ANT+/Bluetooth combo sets this strap apart. Other features are cool but we'd recommend the cheaper base model Tickr
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The Tickr X heart rate monitor strap has more features than I know what to do with, but it has been my go-to strap for the past year for two simple reasons: it’s comfortable and it works seamlessly with both Garmin head units and my iPhone.

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Most heart rate straps currently are ANT+, meaning they will work with virtually all cycling computers like those from Garmin. In the past two years a few Bluetooth straps have sprung up for use with smartphones, tablets or newer laptops. What makes the three-model Tickr line special is the combination of ANT+ and Bluetooth. 

The top-end Tickr X seems to be aimed at triathletes, as features include things like treadmill mode and the ability to record internally (without a paired device) so you can swim with it on and download the data later.

There are also calculated measurements like cadence. I say calculated because the Tickr X measures body movement and calls that cadence.

For me, I appreciate the simpler features: LED lights show when the thing is measuring your heart (red light) and when it is connected to a device (blue light).

The soft strap snaps on to the back of the Tickr X, and is easy to hand wash.

I use a Garmin for most of my rides, but occasionally I’ll use my iPhone to record a ride on Strava. Either way, ANT+ and Bluetooth mean HR data is a given.

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For my money, I’d recommend that cyclists go with the regular $59 (£38) Tickr, which has the Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ connections but not the run-specific features.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Tickr X
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Wahoo

Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 48
Available Colours Available Colours, 2, 0, Available Colours, Black
Batteries Included Batteries Included, 2, 0, Batteries Included, Yes
No Of Batteries Required No Of Batteries Required, 2, 0, No Of Batteries Required, 1
Activity Type Activity Type, 2, 0, Activity Type, Cycling Multi-Discipline
Heart Rate Monitor Type Heart Rate Monitor Type, 2, 0, Heart Rate Monitor Type, Chest Strap