Avocet 15 Computer

3.52/5 (25 Reviews)


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Avocet 15


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dylan a Weekend Warrior from Winterport, Maine

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

Strengths:    -Cheap
-Dual Display
-Accurate Readings


Weaknesses:    -No Clock

Bottom Line:   
This is a great computer if all you need to know is the essentials (speed, distance, average speed). Love the dual display. Kind of weird that a clock is not available on this model. Have had no problem when the unit has been completely soaked by rain and submersions in beaver bogs.

Did have problems with weird readings right out of the box. Corrected this by slightly bending the small metal strips that make contact with computer. Since then, no problems

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Waldo Loop

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   2001 Cannondale Super V 500

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott from Superior, CO

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2002

Weaknesses:    Sensor strap barely fits on suspension forks, the sensor is bulky. General poor quality.

Bottom Line:   
waste of $24

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   24


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ethan T a Weekend Warrior from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
A simple but effective computer. Has enough features for most people and an insane battery life, but do yourself a favor and get the next model up. It has a clock which is the one feature that the Avocet 15 lacks.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dennis folgal a Weekend Warrior from mew york

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2002

Strengths:    easy to use if you are a rocket scienceist

Weaknesses:    well it is very week when i hod it for 2 weeks it broke it also broke, the desplay went fuzzy when it got wet it was a waste of $30

Bottom Line:   
it is a waste of money it would be better warking out our spped your self, byworking out your distance and dividing it by how long it took you to do it. dont buy this product

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   a shop

Similar Products Used:   none this is the first one i have had

Bike Setup:   it is a y frame mountain bike (falcan)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bri a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Beach, CA

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2001

Strengths:    - easy to use
- good product support
- reliable
- inexpensive / good value


Weaknesses:    - no memory - if you lose battery power everything is
reset and you cannot restore lost data manually
- no advanced features such as RPMs


Bottom Line:   
great entry level computer or for someone looking
for the basics on a budget. for a hard-wired computer,
this one works pretty well once everything is adjusted
properly. for a first time computer owner like myself,
this was fairly easy. have only had 2 small problems,
computer stops responding - this was due to a loose wire
and/or worn connectors where the computer snaps on.
pretty easily fixed, i just checked integrity of all
wiring and bent the male connectors to the computer up
slightly to insure firmer connection.

the other thing happened one time i did not have the
computer snapped in fully and took the bike out for
a test ride. hopped over the speed bump and thing
flew off and battery cover popped off on the pavement -
along with battery and all data stored since i got
the bike. also had to reset computer to miles rather
than kilometers but had to remember how (no idea why
the default is what it is), and also tire size. this
took a little remembering but that's what the manufacturer
is there for. big drawback was i couldn't manually reprogram the data i had accrued i.e. total mileage
into memory manually. kind of a bummer, but nothing
too terrible.

only extra features i would really use are RPMs and
heart rate but that's not available in any products
at this price level. i'd rather use an external HR
monitor anyway.

good product support via website.

4/4 flamin' hot chilis for value and overall.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   N/A - got it with bike

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   1998 Trek

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Vaillant a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2001

Strengths:    Light, Easy to use, Durable, Economical

Weaknesses:    No clock function

Bottom Line:   
Excellent computer, easy to set up, is very durable and easy to use, I haven't had any of the moisture problems the other people have had. The only problem I have had was after I dropped it and the battery came out. The computer didn't break so I just reinstalled the battery and it has been fine ever since, none of the moisture problems the other riders have experienced.

Would give it 5 flamin' Chilies overall if it had a clock function.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Haven't tried any others this one had everything I needed except the clock funtion and was easy to set up.

Bike Setup:   Trek 8500LT, Hayes disc brakes, XT Drivetrain, Titec Berserker saddle.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bunyan a Weekend Warrior from Hartford, CT

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2001

Strengths:    Was easy to install

Weaknesses:    broke first time I used it

Bottom Line:   
The first time I used it I spilled into a small stream, getting the computer wet. The thing hasn't worked since. It should be more moisture resistent than that.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Bike Setup:   '96 Gary Fischer X-Caliber

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jerry a Cross Country Rider from Mendota Heights, MN

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2001

Strengths:    It did a fine job of recording speed and distance when in use.

Weaknesses:    It bounced off the mount more than once.
It was subject to moisture problems.


Bottom Line:   
I would never this model again. It allowed moisture into the case overnight, fogging up the display from the inside. It leaked moisture in a rain, requiring a plastic bag to cover it.

Ultimately, the moisture leakage led to very early failure. No other brand has ever performed worse for me.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher, Sigma Sport

Bike Setup:   Touring

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Middletown

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2001

Strengths:    Small, light, Ease of use.

Weaknesses:    No clock

Bottom Line:   
This is a really good basic computer. It's really small and very light. I've used it for almost 2 years now and nothing has gone wrong. I didn't even have to replace the battey. It is very easy to use, and easy to read. If it had a clock it would be perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Peddler


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ANTHONY a Weekend Warrior from Westfield,Indiana

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2001

Strengths:    Cheap, reliable, easy to use.

Weaknesses:    Display is smaller than most of the newer computers.

Bottom Line:   
I've been using this thing for 4 years and have never even replaced the batteries. It is easy to operate and has all of the basic functions you really need. It's also been subjected to all kinds of conditions and has never missed a beat. For most people, this computer has all the functions you would ever need. A great value.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Westy a Racer from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, gives the right numbers, can be used in wet weather until the battey is changed, one battery lasted 2 years. Reasonably light weight.

Weaknesses:    Some times it goes nuts and the speedo reads what ever it wants, sometimes it just reads random crap, not even numbers after it gets wet.

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad unit for the money. Mine has never worked as well since I changed the battery though. The one on my road bike that never sees worse than rain is great. My mountain bike one tends to screw up when it gets wet and muddy. Buy it if you're looking for a cheap/disposible(?) unit.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath Peterborough

Bike Setup:   Wheeler XC race setup, XTR and Race Face drivetrain. Shwinn Super Sport road bike

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JakeR a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2000

Strengths:    cheap, slick and compact design, accurate readings and you get readings for the numbers that really count

Weaknesses:    cheap craftsmanship, un-waterproofed, once battery compartment has been opened the circuitry is blown

Bottom Line:   
This computer is good for what it's worth. However once the battery died and replaced, the readings were all over the place. The real-time spd would fluctuate a lot, with very inconsistent functioning. The computer would reset on its own sometimes during a ride. ALso, the comp is waterproof before the battery compartment is opened. Water can't stay out though once the battery is changed and manufacture seal is broken.

This computer definitely turns into a disposable one after battery is changed since most of the functions are ruined.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   DBR AC-17 (wireless)

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa GSX with Bomber Z2 BAM fork

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Romeo a Cross-Country Rider from Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T.

Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap


Weaknesses:    
Cheap, broke while riding.


Bottom Line:   
It was a great computer for the short time that it lived. I tried to replace the battery, but to no avail. I'm going to try the Supergo Wireless next.

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Favorite Trail:   
All the trails here!!

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Avocet 30
Vetta C20
Timex watch/cyclocomputer


Bike Setup:   
Custom 1998 Klein Pulse Pro with 1999 9spd Shimano XT/Kooka cranks/FSA Ti BB/Avid brakes/Thudbuster post/ GT wheels/Sram Plasma shifters/Ti handlebar/Titec cockpit/Flite saddle/97 Manitou Pro fork

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by shane hastings a Weekend Warrior from healdsburg CA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap and styleish


Weaknesses:    
none what so ever


Bottom Line:   
I work at a bike shop and get great deals and everything. But for a price so good and a product that's basic and perfect, I could'nt pass it up.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross-Country Rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 1999

Strengths:    
cheap,
all the functions you need,
works in wet weather


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
I got mine for $19 2 years ago. It worked the entire time on the same battery, and always read accurately. When I switched it to my new bike, I didnt think about the suspension, and the slack in the wire due to my weight on the fork got it caught in the spokes. The wire ripped out, and the 2 computers I have bought since then did not work at all, I dont understand why all computers suck, when for under $20 you can get a good one by avocet. Ohh, and my favorite time to ride is during a big storm, I have also dumped my bike in a river or two, and the computer kept going.

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years


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