There's a wealth of cycle computer options out there, making it tricky to choose what’s right for your customers. Here we take a look through the pre-installed maps, GPS and Bluetooth options that are ready to stock…
Lezyne is something of a newcomer to the GPS computer market. Backed by a website called GPS ROOT and mobile app called ALLY (Bluetooth GPS models only) the range sets out to offer great feature-led hardware and unrivalled data analysis at a great price. Lezyne’s top model Super GPS (£159.99) simultaneously utilises ANT+TM and Bluetooth Smart, allowing for synchronisation with iOS/Android devices, power meters, heart rate straps and speed/cadence sensors. A unique feature is the “Push Notification” where incoming phone calls, texts and emails can be displayed on the computer’s screen. The unit can record up to 400 hours of ride data. Rides are downloaded via Bluetooth and the Ally App or by cable to a PC or laptop.
Garmin is probably the best-known brand in the market and its Edge 20 (£109.99) is pitched as one of the world’s smallest and lightest GPS cycling computers, weighing a trifling 25g. These GPS GLONASS-enabled bike computers track how far, how fast and where rides go, more accurately than ever before. There’s up to eight hours battery life and Garmin Connect allows cyclists to see their ride on a map, analyse and share it. There’s also a course feature that lets you follow new rides, challenge times on previous rides or download rides from other Connect users for a virtual competition.
Garmin’s Edge 25 (£139.99) is also a mere 25g, but adds ANT and Bluetooth capabilities and supports pairing with additional sensors that can be bought separately.
Cateye’s Padrone Smart+ (£99.99) incorporates the same features as the Smart with the additional backlight, sounds, altimeter and customisable display. It works either with a Speed/Cadence sensor or directly with a Smart device using Bluetooth logging ride data, so it’s easily uploadable to Strava. Cateye’s Strada Smart (£79.99) cleverly uses the tech in riders’ smart phones and neatly displays it in a compact head unit. By downloading the free CatEye Cycling App and setting up Bluetooth Mirroring to the Strada Smart head unit, the phone’s data will be displayed on the screen, while the ride data is recorded on the phone for use later.
Three new 2016 wireless models have been added to the extensive selection of cycle computers from Italy based Velomann, distributed in UK by Greyville Enterprises. Branded as the C Range, these three new models offer 11, 17 or 25 functions with the C25 illustrated below incorporating Cadence and Heart Rate Monitor priced at an RRP of £69.95.
All C models have three display lines with oversized numbers and are designed for easy operation and clear display so enabling the user to concentrate on actually riding with a wide choice of functions that are readily at hand.
Available in April just in time for the season, full details and specifications with images are available on Greyville’s website and can be ordered via the easy-to-use B2B ordering system.
VDO M2.1 WL (Wireless) Cycle Computer is a best seller in the range. Making data easier to read is one of the key aims of the device, so riders can concentrate on pedalling rather than flicking through menus. The M2.1 uses large, easy-to-read text and provides two readings on-screen at once so that riders can cross reference calorie burn info and total ride stats side by side. At £35 it features automatic start/stop, lower battery warnings, can save data when you change the battery and does away with cables with an easy to setup wireless transmitter. A wired version is also available for £25.
Sigma Sport’s Pure 1 computer appeals to the, ahem, purists out there; in one easy-to-use display, the device answers the three big questions – how fast? How far? How long? And does so in a nice compact design. The ATS version is a coded wireless computer (ATS is Sigma’s own analogue encoded wireless transmission system). A new flat handlebar mount matches the thin profile of the Pure 1, sitting flush on the handlebar itself so the computer almost blends with the bike. A single piece spoke magnet fits all common size spoke sizes and attaches easily without the use of tools. Retail prices stretch from wired £19.99 to wireless £27.99.
Available in the UK from Raleigh, the Mio Cyclo series offers a feature-rich range of cycle computers for recreational or sportive use. The Mio Cyclo HC 505 WEU (£399) is a premium GPS computer that offers smart phone connectivity. The feature-rich Wi-Fi enabled model includes pre-installed cycle paths and road maps, up to 12 hours battery life and heart rate monitor. Compatible with Shimano Di2, it reads and records the shift information throughout the ride. Offering actual track resistance, it will also provide the corresponding resistance to the cyclist’s indoor trainer. Mio’s Cyclo 200 GPS (£149.99) is leisure cyclist-focused that is water resistant and features an easy to navigate menu structure. The famous, handy ‘Surprise Me’ feature offers riders a surprise set of routes, based on time and distance.
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