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The fancy new smartphone- or GPS-based cycling computers are easy to love. They do things that old-school, Earth-based computers could never do, and they make translating your training data a snap. However, they all suffer from reliability issues, and they probably always will. It’s tough to be 100% reliable when you’re counting on a component that’s miles away or, even more remote, resides in space. While Earth-bound systems, such as the Cateye Strada Slim Wireless Cycling computer, lack some of the super-high-tech features, they are much, much more reliable. As far as crunching data is concerned, you can duplicate much fancier systems with a little mathematical know-how.
The Strada Slim is the grandson of the immensely popular Cateye Strada computer. All the original’s features carry over but, like many grandsons, the Slim version is 35% smaller. The screen, however, is 23% larger to make the data easier to read. Even the fork mount has shrunk: it’s now 47% slimmer than the original and can be mounted inside the fork blades, which makes it nearly invisible and provides protection.
- Heart-rate monitor (strap sold separately)
- Ride distance, total distance
- Current speed, average speed, maximum speed
- 12- and 24-hour clock
- Tool-free Flextight mounting bracket
- Requires one CR2032 lithium battery (included)
- Item #CAT000Q
- Q & A
Pretty Cool Little Computer
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I only have initial impressions to offer since this is a very recent purchase, but this is a pretty cool little computer. I ultimately selected this style by CatEye because it offers all of the functions I am looking for. The screen is small, yet easy to read and the functions are simple to cycle through. Mounting took a little while, however once installed it seems to be working well. Only time will tell, however I think this will be perfect for what I need on my road bike and is a huge upgrade from the older wired version.
Works fine but for mountain bikes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Easy to set up and functionality is solid. All the data is easy to read while riding and scrolling through the screens is at the push of a button. I bought for unit for use on a mountain bike but would not recommend it for this set up. The fork mount is designed to stick to the inside of your fork and I had to add quite a few felt pads in order to get the mount close enough to the spokes to read the sensor at the correct wheel size. You could mount the sensor at the bottom of the fork but the wheel size would not be accurate. Probably a fine unit for a road bike though.