Specialized 03 Speed Zone P.Brain w- PC Download Computer

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $199.99

Product Description

All the great features of our P.Brain Heartrate Monitor/computer with a PC download module included which allows you to download info to your PC for storage, tending and analysis. (Not Mac compatible).

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ratt a Cross Country Rider from SoCal

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2006

Strengths:    Altimeter, Speedo, and heart monitor all in one compact package with a downloader. Wired speed sensor.

Weaknesses:    Small readout, won't read speeds below 2.5 mph, no 31.8 mounting, total accumulated ascent is way off, software a bit buggy.

Bottom Line:   
Used only one day. This is an old school unit with a smallish LCD readout, wired wheel sensor, and software that comes on a floppy. I have a preference for wired speedometers (batteries last longer and/or i don't have to remember to start them up everytime i stop too long) and was looking for a replacement for my trusty $35 supergo combo heart/speedo unit.

The first thing that struck me was that the number on the display were smaller than what is normal now a days. Also it would not start up till you were doing at least 5 mph and would go to zero once your speed dropped below 2.5 mph.

The altimeter shows about a 25 ft difference in height for my room from day to day. And the accumulated vertical is way off, showed 8000 ft for an 11 mile ride i did today. more like a 1800 ft day.

The heart rate monitor is accurate and has a faster sample rate than the cheapo monitors i have. The chest strap however is not compatible with my other monitors (which are all compatible with each other) or the cheaper Polar units, which might be a problem in the future.

The downloader software is basic, be sure to patch it off the Specialized site before you get frustrated. 2 things though its an old product and requires a serial port and floppy drive to work. I couldn't get the comment part of the log book to work so there might be a newer patch on the site but i was just happy to get the thing to upload without crashing.

I got in a bidding war for this thing so you should be able to get this for cheaper on eBay and much cheaper without the downloader.

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Favorite Trail:   Any single track

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Various cheapo heart rate monitors

Bike Setup:   Lite LT FS trail bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Advil Addict a Racer from Auburn

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2006

Strengths:    I just rode the last day at Sunrise Summit road in Mt. Rainier Natl Park (on the road, not mt bike). The P-brain functioned perfectly AFTER I saw the download. Printing out the graphs and the data on a single sheet is very nice to look at after the ride. If you stop, the P brain records a second "tour" in the same file. You can print out the data on total ride and the segment of each stop.

Weaknesses:    Altitude is precise, but maybe not as accurate as Google Earth. The summit of sunrise is at 6418 ft and the ride showed a bit different by 50 ft or so. Altitude sum is cumulative and adds both up and down elevation change. Tried to stay on HR but it kept coming back to speed setting on the upper readout. Max Heart rate was 223, so that was wrong, but the overall hr measurements were good. Hard to see what actual parameter is selected when riding. Hard to see the readout in the shade or when you body shields the readout

Bottom Line:   
Works fine for me as long as you don't need to keep checking the readout during the ride. The download tells and shows it all and for the price very accurately.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Wheel Sport, Spokane

Bike Setup:   I have the P brain on an Specialized Tarmac S-works, Zipp 404 clinchers. Dura-Ace 53/39 cassette 12-27

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