Fitbit has announced an update for its Surge activity tracker that will allow it to track cycling data, making it a multi-sport device.
The Fitbit Surge already has a built-in heart rate monitor as well as GPS for true sports tracking. Now, by adding bike functionality, the Surge will be able to keep up with the most popular tracking sports of running and mountain, road and BMX cycling.
Bike stats recorded, which can be swipe-viewed on the Surge, include distance, average speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned. On the connected app there is access to all these stats as well as a map preview of the route, active minutes and ride impact on daily stats. Historical stats like frequency of rides and overall metrics can be used for motivation and planning also.
The Fitbit surge should last 7 days on a charge, 168 hours of heart rate tracking or 5 hours with constant GPS use – enough for most cycle rides then. Fitbit says its working to extend that GPS battery life which will be coming as an update soon.
The Fitbit Surge update that offers cycling tracking will roll out next month in North America on iOS and Android. The rest of the world will get "availability coming soon", says Fitbit.