Specialized 02 Speedzone Elite Computer Computer

4/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $69.99

Product Description

Same features as our 9 function Speedzone Comp computers along with being wireless and offering cadence functions, 2nd wheel option and backlight.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mark a Weekend Warrior from Western NY

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2002

Strengths:    Unique form factor.

Weaknesses:    Difficult to determine actual speed on analog display. Analog clock hour hand only moves once per hour. Always displays approximate max, min and actual speed an one other function. Difficult to scroll thru digital functions.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this computer because it advertised that it would display 5 functions simultaniously. While this is technically true, four of the functions are always displayed (analog clock, analog max, min and current speed) allowing you to select one other digital function.

The analog display is a nice idea. However the resolution is too low and speed marking on the bezel are next to impossible to read (except for 5, 10, 15 etc mph). It is pretty easy to read if you are going 5, 10, 15, 20 etc mph but otherwise all you can figure out is you are going "somewhere between 15 and 20". The analog display is really great if you are interested in your approximate speed in relation to your average an maximum. The analog clock is more confusing than it is worth.

The digital display is ok but the numbers are pretty small and it is little tedious to scroll thru all of the display modes.

I found myself spending way too much time looking at the display trying to figure out what it was telling me.

I wanted a computer to use for training. This computer is best used recreational riding. I thought about using it on my "bike path" bike but it was kind of expensive for that so in the end, I returned it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   specialized website

Similar Products Used:   Cateye, Performance

Bike Setup:   Trek 2200

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David from Fargo, ND USA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Strengths:    Easy to use, like the analog style speedometer, has cadence, backlight, lots of other features.

Weaknesses:    Had problems with placement of transmitter to get it to read accurately all the time (think I had a faulty transmitter). Island Park replaced it for free. Instruction manual not very clear.

Bottom Line:   
Great computer! Display shows five functions at one time: analog speed, max speed, average speed, clock, and the fifth display can be whatever you want (speed, max speed, ave. speed, trip distance, odometer, timer, interval timer, cadence, max cadence, ave. cadence). Backlit display is great for night riding, however, have to hold in the button for 2 sec. before light comes on, and light doesn't stay on very long.

This computer is wireless and I had trouble getting the sensor to read the transmitter. Instruction manual is not very clear on where it should be placed. I tried moving the transmitter to several different locations to get it to work correctly. It didn't matter where I put it, it would work for a while then it would quit reading. The store I bought it from replaced the transmitter, I haven't had a problem since. I would recommend putting the transmitter on the right (when you are sitting on the bike) fork, on the front side, with the battery compartment down. The side with the lettering on it should be the side that is near the magnet. The instruction manual shows the other side near the magnet, but I found it works better this way, the guy at the bike store who has installed several of these also suggested to put it this way. Also put the computer on the right side of the handlebar.

I did a lot of research on various computers before buying this product and overall I am very satisfied with it. I think this is the best computer in this price range.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Island Park Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2002 Trek 820 Mountain Bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Hubbell a Cross Country Rider from Franklin, Massachusetts, USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2002

Strengths:    This is a one piece unit so you won't loose the computer off of the bracket when you crash or do drops. Also, when I crash the computer spins on the bars so it doesn't brake off, don't make it to tight.

Weaknesses:    Cadence wire kept falling out of the computer until I glued it in with some silicone sealant.

Bottom Line:   
Good computer that won't separate from the mounting bracket and get lost, but you' ll need to glue in the plug for cadence wire or it will fall out when you do drops and hit rock gardens at speed. Use silicone sealant around plug after you plug it in so you get good contact. Secondly, don't make the mounting bracket too tight, allow it to spin on the handlebar with application of some minimal force so when you crash it will rotate out of the way and won't brake off. Would say five chili's if I didn't have to glue the cadence plug wire in.

Also note that on my mountain bike in rocky area you will knock off the cadence magnet unless the cadence magnet is attached to the inside of the crankarm next to bottom bracket and the sensor can go on the side of the downtube as close to the bottom bracket as possible.

Good for you if you want to work on good cadence and keep track of all sort of other trivial information, .... and are sick and tired of loosing the damm little computers that fly off the mounting bracket and disappear into the bushes when you crash.

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Favorite Trail:   Ribbon Candy Trail, West Hill Dam

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Milford Bicycle, Milford, Massachusetts

Similar Products Used:   Two part computers that separate from the mounting bracket and disappear into the bushes when you crash.

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR XC, Am Classic 36 home Hub / Mavic 618 Rims, 9 spd XT / XTR mix / Avid Arch brakes and a Fox Forx.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Higley Arizona

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2002

Strengths:    Wireless. Easy to use once you get used to it.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Specialized is the only computer I've used in my 7 years of riding. I've always liked the ease of use they have. The new Elite is no different. It is a little tricky to get used to all the different modes and menues it offers but after a couple of times of using it, it very easy to navigate. The thing I like about this one it incorperates an automobile style speedometer. It uses three different arrows on the face, one is used for your current speed, one is used for your max speed and the arrow stays frozen until you hit a higher max speed, and the last arrow is your average speed. The average speed arrow is smaller than the other two and flashes all the time. So you can see all your speed statistics at the same time which is nice. Also at the same time your current speed is displayed digitally so you don't have to try to see where the arrow is. Also displayed is an analog clock. The only drawback of the clock is that the minute hand only moves every 5 minutes and the hour hand will only move on the hour. In other words the clock may read 5:45 when the actual time may be 6:45. They hour hand won't change until it hits 7:00. A little confusing but the only drawback I can find. The computer also has a digital clock that shows when the computer goes into sleep mode. But to use the computer you have to go into one of the "modes" so it will work. So that negates the use of the digital clock. Also included with the computer is a set up for cadence. Even though the computer is wireless the cadence sensor isn't. The cadence just plugs into the back of the computer and will display your current, average and max cadence which is good for the hardcore cyclist. It comes with plenty of zip ties so mounting it to the bike is no problem. Also included is a sensor magnet for the Spingery bladed style rims. A great computer with the wireless feature. Sorry about the long review but if your going to spend $70 on a computer you would like as much information as possible on it's operation and features. Thanks.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   Other Specialized computers.

Bike Setup:   Ibis Spanky Road Bike. Full Dura-Ace group. Spinergy Spox Rims with Vittoria Corsa TT Clinchers. Selle Italia Pro-Link Gel Saddle.

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