Weaknesses: I have the Specialized Sport Wireless odometer computer. Only had it 1.5 years and the battery died. Changed the battery and the screen is blacked out. Piece of junk.. I have a wired cateye on my backup bike and it is 16 years old and still working. .
Buy a Cateye.
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Strengths: Easy to use. Large display...I can see my speed and the clock with ease.
Weaknesses: The only weakness that I can see is that there is no way to turn the unit off. After I disengage the unit from the holder, I put it in my pocket so I can log my readings. I have taken it out of my pocket only to find that the route is longer than it originally was, etc. I have noticed that if the unit is near a cell phone or a wireless laptop, it gets the signals and registers them. I thought that when the unit was pulled out of the holder, it stopped registering.
I don't know what people are talking about with their units popping out of the holder. Mine snaps in and stays in until I press the tab and slide it out of the holder. I'm also not sure about the auto-on. Mine is in sleep mode when I snap it into the holder...the bike starts to roll, and it wakes up. Did I somehow get an upgraded unit??
a All Mountain Rider
from Central, Iowa
Weaknesses: Actual button response, no auto-on, mounting design
"Get what you pay for" is applicable here. After owning one since 2009, I just dropped it on pavement for about the 5th time and it finally cracked the screen. I actually really liked this once I tightened up the mount.
Original mounting was a little loose and I, too, lost it off the bars once, but that was enough for me. Simply putting a few layers of black electrical tape on the mount made it tight enough to stay but not too tight that I couldn't get it back off. Anyone want to send me theirs?
Yes, the buttons don't actually respond sometimes, but you pay $15 less than a CatEye (which is more complicated to use, IMO). I never accidentally reset the Speedzone trying to get it off the bike like I have the CatEye. OTOH, the Speedzone will reset if you put it in a bag and both buttons are depressed for more than 3 seconds. No bike computer seems perfect.
I had this computer for 3 weeks and then it fell off my bike and I lost it. Terrible design. I was hoping to just get a replacement computer but they aren't sold separately. I can't believe Specialized would sell a product of this nature. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone! There a many bicycle computers out there, DON'T BUY THIS ONE!!!!
Bike Setup: road and mountain bikes installed on the handlebar stem
Helmert van Scherpenzeel
a Weekend Warrior
from Vianen Netherlands
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2010
Strengths: Dit is tot nu het slechtste en meest onbetrouwbare fiets computer die ik heb gehad. geeft niet de juiste snelheid en na 200 km springt hij spontaan weer op nul, waardeloos. Ben je een fits fanaat en maak je veel kilometers in je vakantie dan wil je bij kunnen houden hoeveel je bijvoorbeeld in je vakantie fietst, nu dat is met deze fiets computer niet mogelijk
Weaknesses: gaat na 200 km weer op nul, telt dus niet door
Voor lange afstand fietser zou ik deze computer zeker niet aanraden.
a Weekend Warrior
from Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2010
Strengths: On the surface, it had the basic features I was looking for (speed measurements, tripometer, odometer).
Weaknesses: After 2 days of using it, it stopped working. The display was just fine -- I was able to toggle through the various screens, but it just stopped measuring anything after the 2nd day. The sensor was in the exact same place when it was working vs. when it stopped working. I am going to take it back to my local bike shop and get my money back.
a Cross Country Rider
from Gulf Shores, AL - USA
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2010
Strengths: Easy to use and see.
Weaknesses: Doesn't send siginal far enough, I had to mount it within 24" of the sender unit on the wheel. My recumbent handle bars are 42" from the sender. Unit has to be started every time you start to go, would be much better if it just started when the wheel started turning. I would prefer to give up battery life to have the self start convenience. Also after stopping, the odometer keeps gaining "trip" distance for another .15 miles. What's that all about?
I bought the wireless model thinking that I could mount it on the handle bars where I could easly see it. Not until you open the package does it tell you of the 24" limitation. It would be really nice if Spelized made a cyclocomputer that would fit on the recumbent style bicycles. This style of bike is becoming popular in a real hurry. What is the term "Flamin' Chilis-", this sounds like something a stupid little teenager would say. Grow up!
Weaknesses: Bought brand new, LBS installed, fell off and is forever lost in the woods after only 2 MTB rides! Handled one gnarly, bumpy, advanced trail, fell off on a mellow, easy beginner trail.
Found out that Specialized is aware of the issues with the computer easily popping off. If you take your claim to the place where you bought it (and have receipt) have them call their local Specialized rep. and they will replace it free of charge.
Wonder how long my new one will last before popping off again???
Strengths: Easy to read. Even in the sunlight. Does what its made to do. Takes about 2min to install.
Weaknesses: none that I can tell. Granted I have only had it a few days
I don't know what people are talking about when they say it falls out of the holder. Specialized must have fixed that issue....Mine snaps in and is snug. Is it the best computer out there? Absolutely not! But it does the job if you want a decent computer for that price point.
a Weekend Warrior
from newport, ri
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009
Strengths: Does what it is supposed to.
Weaknesses: 1. Auto sleep mode is a pain. Turns off after 7 minutes of inactivity and doesn't start until you hit a button. Have to remember this everytime you take a break, or your distance comes out short.
2. Can't program what you want to display together. Have to switch between ave speed and distance (displays ave-spd/max-spd or dist/time... cant change that)
There are probably better designs on th3e market. Would not buy again.
Bike Setup: I have this on my Surly Cross-Check which for me is just a big guy's road bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from Saint Paul, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2008
Strengths: Ease of set up, atachment options, MPH read out large easy to read, solid feel to buttons. 20 minutes from opening the box to install and running
Weaknesses: Main unit simply slides into mounting bracket, it is not a snug fit. Main unit does not snap or click into place so it can slide out unexpectedly. Need to make fast to the mount before riding, I use right sized O rings from local hardware store.
Some lag, can be stopped and there is still a speed readout. Have to 'wake' the unit up by clicking a button.
1st wireless setup - had no idea sending unit would be so 'big' Had to deviate from mounting instructions to get it to fit Manitou fork
Works as expected but took some modding to keep it from slipping off the mount. It was at the top of theprice Iw as willin got spend on new computer but seems to me to be somewhat incompelte design wise right out of the box - having to figure out how to keep it from falling off the bike shouldn't have to be. But once set up and secured it has worked like a charm.
Would've like to have rated it higher if it weren't for the loose mount issue.
Got the red one so it matches the bike, my wife thinks it's cute