Hammerhead’s new Karoo computer has more battery life and enhanced SRAM AXS integration

SRAM-owned Hammerhead has launched its latest Karoo computer alongside a new companion app

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The new Hammerhead Karoo computer

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The new Hammerhead Karoo computer

Hammerhead has unveiled the third generation of its Karoo computer, which it says “represents the pinnacle of innovation, design, and performance”.

Unlike its predecessor the Karoo 2, the latest model has ditched the suffix and will simply be known as the Karoo.

Its release came on the same day that SRAM, which acquired Hammerhead back in 2021, officially launched the new Red AXS groupset. Those timings weren’t a coincidence as the new computer will be supplied with the new Red AXS offering when it is bought as an after-market groupset, while Specialized will provide it with full bike builds.

The latest version of the computer is home to multiple new features, enhanced integration with SRAM’s AXS groupsets, and is also joined by a new companion app.

Read more: Brand new SRAM RED AXS claims to be the lightest electronic groupset on the market

Control the computer using SRAM AXS shifters

As well as being supplied alongside aftermarket SRAM Red, the new Hammerhead Karoo will also share greater functionality with SRAM’s latest AXS groupsets.

SRAM has added ‘bonus buttons’ to its new shifters that can be used to operate compatible ANT+ devices, including the new Karoo. When linked, this means that riders can operate their Karoo computers without having to move their hands from the hoods.

Hammerhead says that connecting the Karoo to any devices across AXS groupsets, like the aforementioned ‘bonus buttons’ and power meters, is easy too. When you sign into your Karoo using your AXS account, your AXS components will pair to the Karoo automatically. Once connected, the computer will receive alerts at the end of rides for any of the connected devices with low batteries.

The updated computer also offers enhanced connectivity with other devices too, like e-bikes to provide a range of data including “motor assist level, estimated range, e-bike motor output, and e-bike battery level.”

Read more: GCN’s first ride with SRAM’s brand new RED AXS groupset

Better battery life, new training integration

The new computer also arrives with some claimed performance improvements, including over 15 hours of battery life while three ANT+ devices and a phone are connected and a rider is following a route - this will vary depending on screen brightness and other factors. It equates to an average of 30% better battery life compared to the outgoing Karoo 2, according to Hammerhead.

It will charge back up to full power in two and a half hours, Hammerhead says, or up to 30% in 30 minutes, for those who may need only a little battery to get home.

There are also new training perks as the workout player on the computer now also supports Training Peaks and TrainerRoad.

Elsewhere, there have been developments to the GPS system, leading to what Hammerhead says is “industry-best navigation”.

The Karoo is joined by a new companion app, available on iOS and Android, that will allow riders to “upload rides, synchronise routes and workouts, use live tracking and more - all while away from Wi-Fi”.

The new computer arrives with a 31.8mm Hammerhead mounting system, a charging cable, quarter-turn adapter, safety lanyard and a quick-start guide. It is available for $474.99 / €499.99 / £449.99 GBP / $749.99 AUD / $699.99 CAD.

Explore the new computer on Hammerhead’s website.

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