Not every day does a name explain it all, but in this case it's perfect. The Mavic Wintech USB Ultimate Computer has all the features that Mavic has deemed useful in a wireless cycling computer. This means that it measures everything except power, and it's 100% wireless. And you can customize the four screen lines to show any data you want. It's overflowing with options in a package that's still small enough to fit above your stem without an imposing visual presence on your bars.That means current, average, and maximum speed. Daily distance, total accumulated distance, total accumulated distance by bike (bikes #1, #2, and home trainer). "Tendency indicator", clock, stopwatch (turns on when the wheel turns on), and up to nine lap times. Current altitude, maximum and minimum ride altitude, actual cumulative vertical gain, climbing speed, slope in percentage, home altitude memory, and temperature. Instant heart rate in either beats per minute or percentage of max, average heart rate, maximum heart rate, programmable work zone. Cadence is optional.This Ultimate iteration looks different than the previous Wintech computers. That's because the bottom end of the computer is a USB plug. You can pop the computer out of the mount, uncover the plug, and stick it in the USB port of your PC. Once the Wintech Ultimate is plugged into your computer, you can download the ride data into Mavic's own Wintech manager program. With this program you can store all your rides, see graphic representations of the rides, use it as a training calendar, and change settings on the CPU itself. Actually, setting which data is seen where has to be done on your computer before it is set on the CPU.Mavic bike computers use WIN wireless digital transmission at 2.4 Gigahertz, a common wireless transmission frequency. Because we know that you like to choose where you mount your wireless transmitter, we give you three choices. The fork (known as the FS), the quick release skewer lever (known as the E-Skewer) and the quick release skewer nut (known as the E-Bolt). There are reasons to choose each. The fork mount allows you to use multiple wheels, so long as all have a wheel magnet mounted on the same side and same plane as the sensor. The fork mount has a claimed weight of 14g. The E-Skewer gives you the Mavic short-throw skewer feel with a sensor mounted in it; it leaves your fork clean, but you'll need multiple skewers if you want to choose from multiple wheels quickly. It is the same shaft and nut as the Mavic BR601 (titanium shaft) and has a claimed weight of 65g (the regular BR601 is 50g). The E-Bolt allows you to use the quick-release skewer of your choice, as you simply unscrew the nut on your q.r. and replace it with this one. The E-Bolt is the choice for those who love their skewer and don't want to sully their fork with a sensor and zip ties. The E-Bolt has a claimed weight of 28g (for reference, the standard Mavic nut weighs about 10g).The Wintech USB Ultimate Comp
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010
Strengths: none. It doesn't work.
Weaknesses: Not really able to customize the display. There are limited selection available.
Unable to read heart rate. When setting up the computer to read the sensors, the heart rate reads the cadence. Will not read the heart rate sensor.
Followed the instructions to the letter. I have put a video of the problem on youtube.