CatEye MSC-3DX Heart Rate Monitor

The MSC-3Dx is the latest in Heart Rate monitor and cyclocomputer integration. The second of CatEye's Multi Sport Computers. The 3Dx has all the features of the 2Dx with the addition of cadence function. CatEye's Multi Sport Computers are designed to be used off the bike just as easily to capture heart rate while working out or competing.

User Reviews (9)

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Mike Garfias   Weekend Warrior [Mar 13, 2002]
Strength:

The mount is pretty damned solid, I don't worry about the unit coming off the bike.

Weakness:

switching between the tire size modes is a pain
the backlight seems to stay on for 1.2 sec when you need it
as someone else mentioned, the cadence is touchy, but not that bad (I have to readjust about once a month)

This was an update of an earlier review.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Jorge   [Mar 08, 2002]
Strength:

HRM works well, as does the basic bike computer functions.

Weakness:

Cadence is TOUCHY. If either the sensor on the crank or the pickup sensor on the bike move even a smidge you won't get cadence. Either save your money and buy the model without cadence or invest a little more and get a Polar.

Buy the cateye without cadence, and save some money. Backlight is incredibly convenient for travel in the dark.

Similar Products Used: Polar A5, Protrainer XT
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2
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3
mike garfias   Weekend Warrior [Mar 03, 2002]
Strength:

Lots of info, cadence feature is great, two bike setup is nice too.

Weakness:

should have several zone alarm settings, one for easy training, one for hard training

good computer, lots of cash

Similar Products Used: old ass cateye thing from 1988
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4
VALUE
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3
Rick Davies   Cross Country Rider [Feb 10, 2002]
Strength:

This has a big viewing area. You have many options in which you choose to view all the data.

Weakness:

Zone alarm is hard to hear. Very spendy.

If your looking for a training tool that has more data to offer this will do the trick.

Similar Products Used: None.
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4
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3
Russ   Cross Country Rider [Feb 21, 2004]
Strength:

The light is great to have. Ability to wear it on your wrist as a heart rate monitor is a big bonus. Ability to download to computer and graph speed, cadance, & heart rate is very useful.

Weakness:

No temperature readout.
Either my heart periodically flat lines or the heart rate monitor is a bit flaky at times. (I'm guessing the later). The heart rate monitor seems much more reliable when cycling than running (I guess the extra movement of running causes problems).
The downloader unit could have been a better design if they had put more time into it. It takes 4 AA batteries and runs off the serial port. If a USB version was made, batteries would not be required.

I chose this product because I wanted a bike computer with cadance and a heart rate monitor and with wired speed and cadance sensors. Since I have HID headlights, I was concerned about interference if it was wireless. (Besides, I really don't see the point of going wireless. The sensors and the bike computer stay in one place when you're riding and it gives you a couple more batteries to replace.) Of course the heart rate monitor is wireless but I find it still functions when my headlights are on.
Aside from the disappointment with the reliability of the heart rate monitor and an old download unit, I am happy with this model.

Similar Products Used: Ohter models I used did not have near the features this one has.
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3
VALUE
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3
Mike   Cross Country Rider [Mar 17, 2004]
Strength:

Cadence, Heart Rate, and speed sensors all work well. Cadence is included with unit, no addition parts (as well as costs) needed. Batteries for both the the main unit and the Heart Rate Transmitter can be changed by user. Light weight. Easy to setup for two bikes, can get precise with wheel measurements for accurate readings. Although made of plastic, main unit is quite durable; it has survived a couple of crash with just some scratches. Download unit is useful although not as elegant as could be.

Weakness:

Mount can be a little fragile. Had to replace it twice, but that was after the previouslt mentioned crashes, so I can't complain. Backlight shuts off too quickly, Alarm can be a little low. Download unit only has a serial interface, USB would be cleaner and could provide power. No average Heart Rate reading

THe product is great for training, provides all the useful data needed and is a great value. I would recommend to anyone. Download unit could be improved, but does what it is suppose to. The MSC 3DX uses basic Excel files for data transfer, so you can manipulate the data even further than what the software allows (such as averaging all your rides for a month). Great Product!!

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
jim   Cross Country Rider [Mar 31, 2004]
Strength:

can purchase several wiring units and switch computer between several bikes. have done several endos,computer stays locked on. 4 hr zones.

Weakness:

bought download unit and have never got it to work. i just write it into log book. chest strap batt only lasts one year,easy to change though.

i love this computer. cadence works great, even on full suspension bike. love the four hr zones. i transfer the computer between all my bikes so its great to only use one computer. i wish that i didnt waist my money on the computer download thing. the top and bottom speed readouts are a little small but the hr readout is large. i would buy again unless i wanted wireless.

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
RB   Cross Country Rider [Sep 29, 2003]
Strength:

Fair price...
Easy switching through menu's

Weakness:

Absolutely useless without the expensive pc-download kit..

This is an excellent watch if you're not too demanding. Great for starters.
Unfortunately it has some big disadvantages:
- the cadence-meter does not fit on a full-suspensionbike
- the meter is not wireless
- You have to buy an expensive kit to load data into the Mac.
- The heart rate sensor is quite big
- and once mounted onto the bike, it is a hell of a job to get it off

Similar Products Used: polar S710i
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Tang Song Giin   Cross Country Rider [Oct 22, 2002]
Strength:

Value for money. Compact and nice color. LOTS of function and can down load training date to computer. The battery for the heart beat transmitter can be change easily and it cheap!

Weakness:

NOT cordless (for speed and cadence sensor). Back light is dim and alarm is really soft!

This monitor is really value for money as compare to others market well known brand. Setting up was easy and have been stay true so far (after 3 months of use on MTB bike). I think it is a best product for those who want to try out heart rate training on a bike but do not wish to burnt a hole in their wallet.

Similar Products Used: -
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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