CatEye Astrale Computer

DESCRIPTION

In addition to the most common cycle computer functions, the Astrale offers one of the most useful measurements a cyclist can have - cadence. Cadence is the measure of your revolutions per minute - how fast you are pedaling. The Astrale will let everyone form the seasoned racer to the novice rider monitor their cadence, and excellent indicator for proper gear selection.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 30, 2008]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None. It is completely worthless

Weakness:

It is flimsy. It is very difficult to align the sensors, which are not able to sense things. The number of buttons to push to set functions is ridiculously long. There does not appear to be an option to set km/h or mph without re-setting everything. In a world of user friendly devices this is a total P.O.S.

Do not waste your money on this alleged product. It is cheap Chinese junk.

[Oct 27, 2005]
Gilbert Cunanan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

cadence, looks good, easy-to-read digits, good contrast

Weakness:

rear-mounted sensors easily misaligned, especially the cadence sensor

First and foremost, the cadence function is very useful. If RPM is useful for car engines, it is 100-times more useful for "human engines". Helps maintain discipline so you conserve your energy and focus on proper shifting. The result: more efficient transfer of precious energy to the ground. I think this is even more important than speed/distance since these two don't factor out coasting.

If you also use an indoor trainer, the next most important feature is the rear-mounted sensor (plus the cadence). Front mounted sensors simply don't work. For me, the speed/distance/cadence is a good motivational tool for training indoors in place of the feel of real biking.

Just find a way to secure the sensors well, specially if you ride on rough and muddy terrain. Careful too when you wash.

Even just standing still, the computer unit looks really cool and easy to read with large clear digits. It adds to the overall aesthetic value of my cheap bike.

Similar Products Used:

Gary Fisher Alpha, Cateye Enduro 8

[Jan 26, 2002]
Derek

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Cadence, Classic look

Weakness:

not suitable for off road

I'm a mountain biker who mostly trains on the road. I purchased this computer mainly because it has the cadence funtion. The hook up was time consuming (about 1 hour to do a decent job) but I made a cup of tea, read the instructions completely and took my time. The Cat Eye has a nice look to it, and the buttons have a positive feel to them. I would not however recommend this computer to anyone who plans to use it in serious off road situations as the cadence hook up and sensors are a accident waiting to happen. Also the wire is of a thin nature for a rough and tumble mtb.
I have not really had the chance to get to much use from this product yet but just wanted to offer information to potential buyers. Good luck.
Bottom line: Nice computer but keep it on the road bike.

Similar Products Used:

a number of cyclocomputers

[Mar 08, 2007]
Nathan

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Easy to use and read, nice design and has the basic function you need as a cyclist.

Weakness:

Stopped working after about 6 months. Computer was still working but the wires are not robust - i've only used this on the road and in one ride the cadence went, then a few miles later the speed. There was no visible problem with any of the wires. Performance swapped it for a new one free of charge though.
Also, you can't switch between km/h and m/h without reseting odemeter.

Not a bad computer and has nice easy to use basic functions but at $30 you are getting what you pay for in terms of longevity. The product would be a lot better if Cateye would buff up the wires a bit so they don't go bad easily.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

[Oct 25, 2001]
Jim
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Dual function display and cadence.

Weakness:

Very tiny wires. Rear wheel mounting instead of front wheel or at least a choice. The sensors are VERY fragile.

As mentioned earlier, this is the first cycling computer I have owned. At first I was estatic about the computer, especially the cadence moniter. This happiness was short lived because within 700 miles of use the housing of the cadence sensor came off exposing the inner circuitry and shortly thereafter totally broke off. The rear wheel sensor does not want to stay in place even after double and triple checking the tightness of the rear sensor mounting bracket. And the most recent complaint involves the rear wheel magnet. Lately the magnet does not want to stay attached to the flat spokes of the Vector Comps. Also, the computer head unit seems to have a little trouble maintaining contact with the mounting bracket causing the unit to quit functioning until I apply some "fine tuning." (a.k.a. smacking the unit to regain contact) One additional note........I contacted the folks at Cateye and explained my problems and the spokesperson insisted it was a installation error but was told they were sending me a new installation kit free of charge. This was weeks ago and I have yet to see ANY kit. If you are looking for a good cycling computer I would check out some other brands first.

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This is my first cycle computer.

[Oct 02, 2002]
Christopher
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cadence

Weakness:

Took a little time to mount the two sensors to my bike

I replaced my Cat Eye Cordless 2 with this computer which costs less, and unkike the Cordless 2 it works with my headlight system. The added cadence feature is a real bonus.

Similar Products Used:

Cat Eye Cordless

[Feb 23, 2004]
Aaron
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cadence moniter, Rear wheel mount sensor makes it useful on a trainer. Ease of installation.

Weakness:

Cadence sensor mounts on Crank arm with zip tie. It has a tendency to slip. Use electrical tape to keep it in place.

Seeing that this is my first computer I have no real basis for comparison. I can say that it was easy to mount and very easy to use. The odometer is very accurate as I rode a closed course then measured the same distance in my car. It was right on the money. A defenite good buy.

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None

[May 17, 2004]
Eric
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Cadence, Speedo accuracy, mounts are compatible with other cateye computers.

Weakness:

No 2nd Trip Distance, Odometer is NOT setable, Takes lots of button presses to scroll through important information. Thin wires.

The astrale series of cyclocomputers have most of the same features as the Mity3/Mity 8/Enduro2/Enduro8 series of cyclocomputers such as Speed, Distance,Odometer (NOT setable), Ride time, clock, average speed, maximum speed, selectable auto/manual start stop. The only bonus features an astrale has over the mity 3 is a 4 digit tire size (more accurate distance calculations for those who need it) and cadence. The features it does not have compared to the Mity/Enduro series are pacer arrows (not a big deal), dual tire settings, setable odometer, 2nd trip distance (Argh! I loved that feature), and the ability to swap the top and bottom lines (a less than useful feature really).

The new astrale 7 is functionaly identical to the original astrale. It merely has a redesigned case, display, and button arrangement.

The astrale's user interface is primitive and it it's biggest downfall. The microchip inside was designed way back in 1993 and is the oldest still in current production for the cateye line. No effort was made to minimize the number of button presses needed to acess the most vital information. It takes up to a maximum of seven button presses to scroll to the information you want to see. The mity/enduro series is much superior since it divides the data into 3 different groups, with the most important information (Distance/Average Speed/Elapsed time) listed first. So with the exception of the odometer, all ride data is at a maximum of 4 button presses away, with the most needed information at a maximum of 2 button presses away. I would rate the Astrale's user interface 3 times less efficient than that of the the mity/enduro series. Cateye should have designed a new microprocessor for the astrale when they revamped it's look.

The astrale will work (minus the cadance) in any non cordless cateye computer mount and any non cordless cateye computer will work in the astrale's mount. It's good to see that cateye keeps their parts somewhat universal! The sensor wire in the astrale's mounting kit are extremely thin. Durability has been sacrificed for discrete mounting. I didn't have any trouble installing it, but cateye should include black zip ties to match darker colored bikes.

Unless you really want cadance, steer clear of this cyclocomputer. There are many tradeoffs in using this rather antiquated design. For a cyclocomputer that costs more, the features, durability and interface are less. The mity/enduro series is still the best value there is.

Similar Products Used:

Mity 3/Enduro 2 series

[Aug 10, 2001]
Paul Listerman

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

All the functions you will ever need

Weakness:

Doesn't work in the rain. Wires are flimsy - that's why Cateye makes a replacement harness kit. I've replaced my wires onc

Great functions when it works. Forget it when it gets wet. The wiring harnes is flimsy - it will break on you eventually. (replacement:$20). For the price, its' a good deal becuase I try not to ride in the rain. Would I buy another one?? Probably not due to the 'rain' problem.

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Several others...

[Aug 01, 2001]
John
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

CADENCE

Weakness:

A little tricky to install and align properly, the wire is a little on the flimsy side.

Cadance in a unit that costs less than $50.00!!!!

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None

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