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Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:05 pm
by Aushiker
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Hammerhead have a pre-purchase price on their "forthcoming" Karoo of US$299/AU$384 and whilst I have a Wahoo Elemnt and I am pretty happy with it, the routing is not exciting me as much as I would like. Delivery but is scheduled for early 2018.

The Hammerhead Karoo looks interesting [DC Rainmaker] or see ...



Curious as to whether any has received one, has considered and jumped on board or ...

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:55 pm
by am50em
I have one on order.

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:56 pm
by Aushiker
am50em wrote:I have one on order.


Cool. Do you have an idea as when you should be getting it? Do they keep you in the loop?

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:25 am
by am50em
Their communication is not very good. Middle of this month is expected first shipments but when I actually get mine well??

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:37 am
by march83
Yeah, I've ordered one. I have a Garmin 520 with a really terrible battery which needs to be replaced. I tried with the latest Lezyne models and they're fine, low feature devices but I couldn't get a satisfactory light + computer mount going.

US$300 is a big chunk of coin, but seems pretty competitive for what it is. Not that much more than the 520 and wahoo offerings. I doubt they'll be selling amazing volume at US$500 though.

Physically, the thing is enormous, like as big as a Garmin 1030. That doesn't concern me so much - I'm really intrigued by where they go with the O/S. Android-tier functionality in a bike computer sounds great to me in theory and there are lots of things that can be done with that hardware so I'm interested and optimistic.

Shipping time, no idea... Communication hasn't been overwhelming since ordering, but they're updating their blog and social media so things seem to be moving. My gut feel is that it will be late so I'm not expecting to see it before the end of November.

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:42 am
by Aushiker
Thanks. I am still trying to decide whether to come on board or not. I have the Wahoo Elemnt and I am pretty happy with that map bar the maps [no street names].

Differently would go near this at $599 but $299 is tempting.

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:46 pm
by boyracer
After reading online reviews on the other players i have been holding back for ages. Not sure if i'm ready to commit to a beta unit but looks like HH could be a good user interface.
Have signed up for more info.
Presently don't even run a speedo and only use phone/map my ride for long distance ride data retrieval.

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:47 pm
by Crawf
Also signed up many months back. I'd be very surprised to see it this year - that's just the vibe I get.
When I emailed them 2 months back I queried whether they were legit and if this was just vaporware, as they have provided FA updates.
They responded and said they expect to ship in September... now we're told October.

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:20 pm
by am50em
Clicking on link in original order email
Thank you for pre-ordering your Hammerhead Karoo. Karoo starts arriving on doorsteps in fall of 2017, in the order in which purchases were made. Demand has outpaced production, however, so the most recent purchases will arrive towards the end of the year and into early spring of 2018.


So no idea where I am in the queue.

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:07 am
by am50em

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:25 am
by MichaelB
It is huge and doesn't appeal just from the looks. The changing delivery times also would put me off.

Despite a few teething troubles and minor gripes, my 520 works well enough for me and has the features in need

Re: Hammerhead Karoo .. Any takers?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:57 pm
by Aushiker
Hammerhead have posted a comprehensive explanation about the delay and the delivery timeline at https://blog.hammerhead.io/the-state-of ... 6bf93c60a3

Given this I think I will jump on board over the weekend.