VDO MC 1.0+ Cycling Computer w/Altimeter Computer

DESCRIPTION

VDO MC 1.0 Plus Altimeter Wireless Cycling Computer. Functions: Odometer for Wheel 1, Odometer for Wheel 2 -- Total distance (combined odometer for both wheelsets) -- Freeze Frame function --

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[Sep 01, 2012]
Deep Inquiry

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The altimeter is what I wanted so I could keep track of the total elevation gain on my rides on mountainous trails. It works well in all other respects and I don't use all the functions, but like the distance records, top speed, highest percentage of gain, as well as average speed and elevation gain that are available.

Weakness:

The weakness is that the computer is a bit slow, so when one rides down a small canyon then up the other side it isn't keeping pace in real time and I think the readouts aren't completely accurate, in that they seem to record less gain one has actually completed. The speedometer is more accurate in real time, so I think it is just the altimeter that is both slow and inaccurate.

Overall this computer is much better than others I have used, and keeps records well. I have had no trouble with it and it keeps functioning after taking a significant number of tough spills on the trails. I am looking for another computer that is more rapid in the altimeter department; I'll look into some of the pricier VDO models, though this one was pricey enough.

[Jan 03, 2012]
Aslan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Has an altimeter.

Weakness:

Does not function reliably.

I just want it to function reliably. Barring that, I would like someone in the warranty department to get back to me after sending four emails over the course of 6 months. I don't feel like that is an unreasonable expectation. I have read the manual, many times. I have changed the battery many times. I have checked the wiring and connections. It just doesn't work. That happens sometimes. I get that. It is how the company handles a defective product that matters and on that score..... 1 flaming turd for VDO.

Similar Products Used:

Cat Eye AT 100 - was great for 10 years.

[Nov 27, 2010]
easymzm
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Lots of info on display at once, reliable (so far), large easy to press buttons, Altitude functions.

Weakness:

Some items on display could be larger, not cheap

A great computer with a lot of info on display at once on the screen. It has three buttons which are all easy to press even on a moving bike with gloved hands. The altimeter is fairly accurate and a great feature for those crazy climbs. I have yet to have any issues with this wireless computer.

Similar Products Used:

Sigma sport BC1100, Specialized

[Nov 11, 2009]
JZazzi
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-Altitude, %grade, and speed are permanently displayed. Those are three of the most useful numbers in cycling, no digging in menus to find them!
-Memory for two bikes and tire sizes (road and mountain in my case)
-Absolutely bomb proof: I once sent it through the washing machine on accident and it wasn't harmed in the least! It's been through a bunch of crashes on the mountain bike too.
-really well priced for what you get!
-big, easy to read numbers

Weakness:

-sometimes have to manually calibrate absolute elevation when leaving the house, but the delta gains and %grade are always accurate. (any altimeter that uses barometric pressure and temperature will fluctuate like this, as a result of changes in local weather) The elevation changes with weather by only a hundred feet or so, it's not a really big deal and I usually don't bother recalibrating.

The three buttons easily separate the commonly used mileage functions, the altitude functions, and everything else. Changing settings and navigation is really simple.

Did I mention mine survived a trip through the washing machine on accident?

The build quality is top notch. I've been using mine for over 6 years now and it shows no signs of fatigue.

Get one, seriously.

Similar Products Used:

various cheaper computers without altitute

[Apr 02, 2009]
TahoeBC
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good features

Great warranty

Just wanted to give this a big thumbs up for a great 5 year warranty and great service to back it up. They now have a presence in the US (New Hampshire). Started having some problems so I emailed them for support, got immediate feedback, was asked to mail it in, did that on a Monday, buy Thursday I got confirmation that my new computer was in the mail.

Similar Products Used:

AT 100

[Aug 19, 2008]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

many features for altitude. great for training for climbing. two odometers is a great thing to have. I love to know what grades i;m climbing

Weakness:

had to warranty the transmitter after second week;they sent that out for free. Altimeter went out after 1 year and 8 months. have to spend $28 to send it back to germany for warranty repair. don't know if its worth it after one other repair

after two problems, i don't think i could recommend this computer.

Similar Products Used:

avocet 50. it was off about 4% on altitude

[May 26, 2008]
Roy Bloomfield

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Everything already mentioned.

Weakness:

The only possible negative might be that it's a bit heavier than the units that don't have an altimeter...but that should only concern weight weenies on road bikes.

One thing I learned while setting wheel size is to use the method of marking your front tire and the floor where they meet and moving forward through one revolution and precisely marking that spot on the floor/ground where the line on the tire hits its low point. HERE"S THE TIP: make sure you're on the bike when you try this as that pressure will change the circumference of your tire! Also, it's important to be on a uniformly hard surface, and make your line as straight as possible. My road bike tires are listed as 700x23C, which is 2133 cm (84"). When I measured without my weight on the bike I calculated 2118 cm (83 13/32"). With my weight on the bike, it measured 2103.4 cm (82 13/16")! This difference will be more pronounced with a mountain bike, given that the tires depress more than on a road bike (because of lower pressure).

[May 11, 2008]
Roger Haferkamp
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Well built, accurate, altitude functions.

Weakness:

Mount, fork sensor easily broken

I got this for training for the Death Ride a few years ago. Had tried several others but this one is the best. The mount can twist off (break) if your heavy handed like me and I broke the fork mount once by tightening the zips too much. Spares are readily available.

[Apr 19, 2007]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Multiple ways to interpret altitude gain.

Weakness:

Could use a few more functions: GPS, heart rate monitor, cadence, ability to download email and play mp3s, and a police radio scanner.

This is an awesome product for those who enjoy climbing. There are plenty of other functions - distance, time, etc. - but this is obviously a computer for those who enjoy getting high. So many read-outs - altitude gained, total altitude, slope percentage, average grade, etc., etc. - and so little time to read all those read-outs. That's why it's so much fun.

Similar Products Used:

The version Specialized put out (stolen, with my bike) - which had fewer altitude functions, and has been discontinued. Too bad, I thought it had a cleaner interface.

[Mar 17, 2007]
Logan
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

features, durability

Weakness:

will pick-up electric pulse from laptop computer, and/or (VDO) speedometer in car (BMW) and begin reading computer and/or car's info as speed, inclination, etc.

Main reason for owning this unit is the altimiter. All functions work well and realiable, despite weather, trail and road conditions. If you know you're going into a race or century and can get the data -- total elevation gain, distance, etc., you can use this computer to find appropriate training rides.

Similar Products Used:

many

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