Fitbit Surge cycles in update adding bike features and multi-device support

Outdoor bicycle tracking to arrive in first major Surge software update
Wareable is reader-powered. If you click through using links on the site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Fitbit has announced that its multi-sport "super watch" - the Fitbit Surge - will be boosted by a software update allowing for outdoor bike tracking.

The Fitbit Surge boasts GPS and continuous heart rate monitoring and there are a total of eight sensors built into the watch.

Essential reading: Best fitness trackers

The dedicated cycling features means the you'll be able to track stats like distance, duration, average speed, heart rate and calories burned; with your cycling metrics synced wirelessly to the Fitbit app.

As with the running aspects of Fitbit's platform, you'll be able to see your routes as plotted by the GPS radio built-in to the device.

Wareable verdicts: Fitbit Charge HR review & Fitbit Surge review

"Our users are passionate about fitness and have consistently requested a way to track their outdoor cycling activity. We are delivering this feature on Fitbit Surge for active consumers looking to track and better understand performance during rides, in addition to their other workouts," said Tim Roberts, VP of Interactive, Fitbit.

"Our goal is to provide users with the tools it takes to track their exercise and reward them for doing the activities they love to do most – like biking and running."

In our recent Fitbit reviews we've complained that you can't have multiple devices associated with the Fitbit app; but that's been sorted now as this new update adds multi-tracker support too. The app automatically detects which one of your Fitbits you are wearing.

The Fitbit Surge bike update will be available in the US in April, with a wider release planned after that.

How we test

Paul Lamkin


Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

Related stories