Stages Cycling release 2.5 Firmware for Dash and introduces Smart Profiles

February 23, 2021

BOULDER, CO – February 23, 2021 – Stages Cycling announced the release of 2.5 Firmware for Stages Dash M50 and L50 GPS Cycling Computers. This new firmware adds Smart Profiles to Dash, which automatically configure screens and data fields based on paired sensors before every ride.

Smart and Adaptable

After this update is added to any Dash M50 or L50, 2.5 Firmware adds “Smart Landscape” and “Smart Portrait” profiles to the unit. When selected, users can ride these as-is and Smart Profiles add or remove pages and data fields based on the connected sensors. When a power meter and heart rate monitor are connected, Dash builds screens with comprehensive power data and heart rate data. If those devices aren’t present for the next ride, Dash automatically removes those pages.

Smart Light Control

Dash now works with a wide range of smart lights including Garmin Varia Radar, Bontrager Flare and others. With 2.5 Firmware and Smart Profiles, adding an ANT+ capable light to Dash as a sensor adds a light control page automatically whenever the light is within range. Dash displays battery level, provides low battery warnings, and controls the lights on/off and flash settings.

 Stages Dash Customization

Dash is still the most customizable cycling computer available, allowing changes through the Stages Link app or on the head unit mid-ride. However, Smart Profiles allow users to just start riding. Dash shows everything riders are looking for, and nothing that’s unneeded. No customization is required.

Key features of Smart Profiles on Stages Dash:

  • Adds a Trainer Control Page when a smart trainer is nearby and activated, and removes the page for outdoor rides.
  • Adds a map page when outside and GPS connects.
  • Adds a workout graph and data page whenever a .FIT or .TCX workout file is added to Dash.
  • Adds a map and navigation cue sheet when a .FIT or .GPX course file is added to a ride on Dash.

Existing Dash users can download 2.5 Firmware to upgrade to Smart Profiles. An important notice for existing users, 2.5 Firmware ends support of the Stages Sync Desktop Application. All future firmware updates, settings sync, map region downloads, course and workout sync take place from the Stages Link App only.

Stages Link App Update

In conjunction with 2.5 Firmware for Dash, a new version of the Stages Link mobile app improves onboarding and management for both Stages Dash and StagesBike SB20 Smart Bikes. Version 2.9 and newer of the Stages Link app allow users to manage maps, firmware updates and course files directly from the app.

Watch this video for more info on Stages Dash Smart Profiles.


About Stages Cycling

Stages Cycling LLC, with offices in Portland, OR and Boulder CO, launched the Stages Power meter in 2012, immediately making waves in the power measurement category. Stages has expanded into the commercial and home fitness categories with the SC3 commercial indoor cycling bike, with groundbreaking features designed to improve rider experience and increase durability.  In 2019, Stages completed the outdoor power training ecosystem with Stages Dash M50 and L50, performance GPS head units, and Stages Link, a cloud-based training service, guiding athletes to their best performances on the road and indoors through easy analytics, education, and custom coaching. And in 2020 the company launched the state-of-the-art StagesBike SB20 smart bike and raised the bar for indoor cycling simulation. More information at stagescycling.com