Avocet 30 Computer

3.33/5 (6 Reviews)

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Avocet 30

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bill andrews a Cross Country Rider from hollywood, md,usa

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2003

Strengths:    simple & positive clicking

Weaknesses:    supposidly waterproof but permantly clouded since riding in a heavy rain.

Bottom Line:   
very easy to read, and simple to select modes. The instruction manual doesn't tell you how to switch from miles to kilometers nor tell you the replacement battery part no. Also cannot locate the manufacturer's address nor any distributors. I also like the single mode display. The unit does not shut off, which may hinder battery life. Since this model is not made any more, the only people who should buy any that is available are ones who are already wired for it if the display indicator is needing replacement.

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Favorite Trail:   little miami scenic, loveland, oh

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   bike nashbar

Similar Products Used:   avocet 20

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zelig a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2000

Strengths:    Large and highly legible display. It has all the functions I need. I have a 40 but the 30's my favorite over the last 10 years.

Weaknesses:    For me, its not the battery life but the way it just fades away, especially as the temperature drops. It goes away and comes back when it warms up. Would prefer it just died but that would probably require some more electonics.

Bottom Line:   
Its got what I need in the primary functions; speed, trip distance and elapsed time. The secondary functions of max speed (gee, I though I went down that hill faster), total distance (generally meaning the life of the battery), and time are except for the latter, fall under the who really cares category. The average speed on my 40 is calculated using a formula known only to the bird mascot they use. Its useless. I don't need the dual display. In poor light and/or heavy road or bike traffic, the big display is the best. I come from the KISS school when it comes to computers so the 30's my choice.

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Favorite Trail:   downhill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Mail order

Similar Products Used:   The original and the 40.

Bike Setup:   Vortex

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by cg a weekend warrior from s.f., ca.

Date Reviewed: October 2, 1997

Bottom Line:   

i've had my avocet 30 for just about 8 years now...has never failed me and continues to do the job well...easy to read and does not take up space on the bars. if this computer ever fails me, i would probably go wireless...but i have a feeling that i won't be buying one any time soon...

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Neil a weekend warrior from Pasadena

Date Reviewed: July 28, 1997

Bottom Line:   

Avocet Model 30I've used Avocets for many years and wouldn't consider any other brand.
They're light, small, blend in well with the bike visually, are easy to install
and work flawlessly. My only complaint is the battery life. It seems like I'm
always having to go buy a replacement battery. My first cyclecomputer ever
with its original batteries outlived my Avocet's batteries seven times over.
Four chilies due to that one flaw. Five if the new ones last longer.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Chuck a weekend warrior from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: July 16, 1997

Bottom Line:   

Avocet 30: I had a Vetta C-15 but lost it when it dropped out of my pocket (I used it as a pocket watch too :) so I got one of these. It stopped working (wouldn't turn on) after a ride or two, so I sent it back to the factory and they promptly sent me a new one. It, too, died (frequent freak-out) after a ride or two. I got frustrated so I just went and bought another C-15, which has worked for at least a year now. Avocet gets 5 chilies for service and responsiveness; I hope their product quality has improved!

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Lee a weekend warrior from California, USA

Date Reviewed: June 18, 1996

Bottom Line:   

Avocet 30 computer.


Large, readable display.

Replacement wiring / mounting hardware is less expensive compared

to that for some other cycle computers.


Uses batteries rapidly (about 1 year lifetime).

Only shows one function at a time.

I had bad luck with the wiring failing on an older mountain bike

without suspension. However, the latest wiring kit seems to be

holding up on a suspension fork. I also have an Avocet 35 with

similar or the same wiring on a road bike without failure.


This is an older model, but may still be available.

Has speed, maximum speed, resettable distance, total distance,

stop watch, and clock. Speed only has a granularity of 0.5mph.

Skinny fork and fat fork mountings are available; the fat

fork mounting is needed for the Kinesis aluminum road bike fork,

while the skinny fork mounting fits the Manitou 4 suspension

fork (around the dropout; no drilling is necessary, contrary to

what the Manitou 4 instruction manual says). A rear wheel wiring

kit is also available, but it may not fit bikes where the distance

between the rear wheel spokes and chainstay is large.

If you want an Avocet cycle computer, I'd suggest the Avocet 35

over the 30, since the 35 has 0.1mph speed granularity, changeable

total distance (useful after the battery dies), low power mode when

not in use (I've had one for nearly 2 years on its first battery),

pace arrow, and average speed function. Avocet also has two new

low end models, the 15 and 25, which may be of interest if you

don't need some of the functions that the 35 has.

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