SRAM Hammerhead Karoo 3 – preceded by design failure with new UI?
Detail: Hammerhead Karoo 2 Review
It’s over 2 years since the Karoo 2 was launched to great acclaim and a replacement model is therefore due around about now – that’s speculation, no intel.
Then, yesterday, we saw the biggest-ever discount on the Karoo 2; notably bigger than the Black Friday sales of the past, and it’s also worth noting that the 2021 launch of the K2 was preceded by a large, and successful sale event on the first generation Karoo bike computer. Again, the sale is an indication that something is in the offing.
Thirdly, the latest monthly update from Hammerhead has tweaked the look and feel of K2 by introducing on-screen metrics that have more of a tiled appearance as well as a slightly larger font and rejigged metric icon position. That doesn’t in itself strongly signal a new model. However, it DID signal some quite vociferous complaints on the Hammerhead Forums. Most comments were either negative or outright complaints mingled with some threats to jump ship and go to Garmin or not to buy any updated model, which many people there also seem to think is due.
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Karoo 3: Thoughts
I do think a Karoo 3 is due sooner rather than later and if I had to guess it would be a complete guess of Mid-July.
I’m also swinging toward the negative when it comes to the tweaked new look. It does look cleaner and better laid out BUT at the same time, the tiles do look a bit old-fashioned and there is more wasted space than might be needed. Hammerhead normally does a pretty good job with the visual stuff and generally listens to beta uses. I’m surprised that they didn’t get so much negative feedback before the new look was launched.
I suspect they’ll backtrack here as they definitely need to keep users on board if a new model is coming…watch this space.
Here are some cleaner images of the new layout:
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