a Cross Country Rider
from Danbury, CT USA
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2004
Strengths: Can set starting odometer mileage. Don't have to start at zero.
Weaknesses: Sometimes freezes up display when resetting ride info. Very annoying. Then you have to reset the whole thing and lose your total mileage. Caused me to finally trade in for Cateye Astrale. But I see Performance has a new model of 8.0C. Hopefully it doesn't have the freeze up bug.
Finally drove me nuts with freeze up. Traded in for Astrale. I have used Cateye products with zero problems in the past. I look forward to that with the Astrale.
from Morrisville, NC
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2003
Strengths: **Accurate speed, distance, time, and cadence measurements -Easy to read and use both during an event and in training -Calculated average speed - -Elapsed time calculates only ride time - not stoplight delays during training sessions in traffic
Weaknesses: -The cadence magnet slips, have to tape it in place, the tape has to be replaced every so often -That .5 MPH speedometer increment, especially during a race, it's those tenths that I need to know (a little frustrating) - A suggestion: It would be nice to have an optional display setting of all six main parameters at once (MPH, AVS, MXS, ATM, DST, cadence) so you didn't have to worry about pressing the button to cycle through them, and could concentrate on riding the bike, not computer settings.
I'm very happy with it for the price and for the functions it provides, it performs the designed-in features well. Riding in triathlon events, it allows me to accurately set goals for different stages of the race (uphills, flats, downhills, ETA to distance, etc), and to monitor my performance. My information off the computer pretty much nails my final clocked elapsed time performance for my race. I know accurately where I'm at on the course, and that the information is reliable, (nothing like the surprise of thinking you're one mile out and beginning to prepare your legs for the run, only to find it was really 2.5 miles), and can confidently tell within seconds of my training plan when I'll hit the transition area. That's what I wanted it to do, and it does it.
a Cross Country Rider
from Angwin, CA 94508
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001
Strengths: This review is actually for the Axiom 8.0. Large display is easy to read. Hasn't malfunctioned in any way. Accurate clock. Weatherproof this far.
Weaknesses: Plastic lense got scratched by a rock.
I'm really satisfied with this computer after going through a slew of Avocets. I like the fact that I can set the clock and 6 months later it is still spot on. The battery has lasted a long time too, more than 1.5 years. Other than a couple occasions when riding in heavy rain, it has never had an inaccurate reading. The rain made it occassionally show a speed like 148.5 mph, but after I dried the contacts on the mount out it went back to functioning normally.
a Cross Country Rider
from Green River, Wyoming
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2001
Strengths: Easy to use, cadence, so far it's been bullet proof.
Weaknesses: Rear wheel sensor is not usable without some modification to get it closer to the wheel. I ended up drilling a small hole in the flange of the hub and mounting the magnet to the hub rather than the spokes.
Great product. Trouble free except for a cut sensor wire.
Bike Setup: GT XCR 4000 with XT Mega 9 drivetrain, Rolf Propels.
from Santa Rosa, California
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2000
Strengths: Ideal for use on trainers (rear wheel). Easy to calibrate and install (good handlebar mount). cheap (on sale) single wire for rear wheel & cadence
Weaknesses: .5 increment readings - not a big deal, since average speed is to 0.1
I bought this because it has a long wire for rear wheel and I put it on second bike for use on trainer during winter. It's easy to install (I used extra zip ties for cable routing) because cadence and computer both use a single wire.
I tested it on the road with my regular Sigma 1200 reading the front wheel and the Axiom 8C on the back. The readings were accurate to better than one-quarter mile per 100 miles, which is pretty good since I have different tires front and back.
Cadence magnets are always a problem (unless you use Campy pedals), this was easier to install than most because the zip ties are easy to pull tight. It's great value. I don't expect the sensors to be any more or less waterproof than anything else I've tried. At the price, it's outstanding.
Similar Products Used: Sigma 1100, Sigma 1200, Specialized, Cats Eye, Gary Fisher
Bike Setup: Road bike
from San Jose, CA
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2000
Strengths: It has good size buttons, you can set the odm, and it's practically idiot proof.(that works for me)
Weaknesses: Doesn't go out far enough to connect with the manget
I like this speedometer. It's easy to use. I've had it 3 months, and I love it. It works just great for me. If you're like me and don't really care about .2 mph's and just want to downhill, it works good. Also, it's good for as cheep as it is
a Weekend Warrior
from Des Moines,IA
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2000
Strengths: Rugged cabling and sensors, pretty nice display. Nice computer mount, with the computer clicking easily into place and not losing connection with the contacts (except in moderate to heavy rain.) Reliable, except in rain.
Weaknesses: Lots of cable ties. Speed sensor is a long way from the spokes. Odd cadence sensor mount, with spacer. _Not_ waterproof. (I have not found one that is, truly). MPH reads in .5 increments.
This is a good but not great product. It has been reliable so far, in dry weather. The course .5 MPH reading was an annoying surprise.
Favorite Trail: if i told you it wouldnt be my favorite anymore
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Similar Products Used: cateye
Bike Setup: 95 cannondale f700 99 fuji team (road)
a Weekend Warrior
from Oakton, VA
Date Reviewed: March 30, 1999
Strengths: Easy to use Lots of features Mounting bracket holds computer tightly Inexpensive
Weaknesses: 7 self-locking cable ties used to tie cables down - a bitch to take off if you ever need to remove the sensors. Would have preferred 4 releasable cable ties, It looks pretty ugly with the cable ties sticking out. Speed sensor does not come close enough to the spoke mounted magnet. Had to use a piece of foam pipe insulation as a shim to get the proper distance. Speed increments in .5 mph
If you don't mind the cable ties, and you can get the speed sensor mounted correctly, it's worth a look. Performance computers are made by VDO. They're also sold under the VDO label but at twice the price.