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    best computer for mtn bike

    My girlfriend and I are both road cyclist but have started to show some interest in mountain biking. We currently use Cateye cycling computers for everything we own. We are in the "pricing everything out" stage and was wandering what computers are popular with the mountain bike community. Please share your imput. Thanks.
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    You should probably pose your question here:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/general-discussion/

    or here:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/gps-hrm-bike-computer/

    to get a greater number of replies.

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    Any of the Garmins.
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    Can't go wrong with a Cateye. Stay with 'em.

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    I like my Cat Eye Enduro 8. It's made for mountain bikes. It has a thicker cable and is a little more durable. Been going strong for all most two years.

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    I just got my dad the Garmin edge 305 for his bday and he loves it. Has heart rate, GPS, etc. You can download your trips to the computer and upload them to the internet where it plots your track on a map as well as show you all your stats. And no wires or anything, just stick it on your handle bar/stem and go. But it is pricey compared to a standard wire speedo.

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=331&ra=true

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    I'm loving my Bontrager Trip 5W (wireless). Nothing to get hung up and broken, and all the info really needed.

    Time, ODO, Max & AVG speed Trip, Timer, even air temp & pace arrows.....

    Works for 2 wheelsets and has a little backlight if you did any nightriding...

    Giddyap! --> http://bontrager.com/model/08796

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    Beat the crud out of my Cateye Vectra Wireless - had to change the batteries after 2 years but flawless other than that.

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    depends what you are looking for. all i wanted was max/ avg speed, time, and mileage. a blackburn atom sl works great for my needs. small, super light, and only $18.

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    I have found the Planet Bike computers to be reliable and durable. The bar mount and wire harness are the weak point; wireless consumes a lot of batteries. MTBing is harder on them so figure on replacing it and buy accordingly. A friend found a nice Garmin 305 on the trail the other day...
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    Whatever you get...go wireless. If you go with a Garmin, you can move it back and forth between your road and mountain bikes. That helps justify the extra expense a bit.
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    I had a wireless Sigma computer before the CatEye. It went through a lot of batteries and when I went through some high water it stopped working.

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    I agree with the go wireless.
    Not sure if my opinion counts since I have only recently started using a comp this year. I got a wireless Specialized one and it's awesome so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    depends what you are looking for. all i wanted was max/ avg speed, time, and mileage. a blackburn atom sl works great for my needs. small, super light, and only $18.
    I downloaded an app for my iPhone for a few bucks to get those data. It also does GPS and vert. I figured since I carried the phone anyway for emergencies it might as well work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    depends what you are looking for. all i wanted was max/ avg speed, time, and mileage. a blackburn atom sl works great for my needs. small, super light, and only $18.
    I was about to say that, when I realised I already had.......

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    Either an Android or iphone would be awesome

    * Get your GPS turned on
    I use:
    An free version of the app called AllSport GPS . Linky: http://portal.trimbleoutdoors.com/De...aspx?TabId=259



    It has everything from Tracking, Max Speed, elevation, bruned calories, total time and more than what any cateye can offer.
    So if you either have a Droid Phone or iPhoney, this is a wonderful app.



    And at least for my EVO, it signals my GPS the quickest out of all the other apps I attempted to use.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX_Shifter View Post
    Either an Android or iphone would be awesome

    * Get your GPS turned on
    I use:
    An free version of the app called AllSport GPS . Linky: http://portal.trimbleoutdoors.com/De...aspx?TabId=259



    It has everything from Tracking, Max Speed, elevation, bruned calories, total time and more than what any cateye can offer.
    So if you either have a Droid Phone or iPhoney, this is a wonderful app.



    And at least for my EVO, it signals my GPS the quickest out of all the other apps I attempted to use.

    Cheers
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    http://www.everytrail.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilirubin View Post
    +1

    This is me and one of my recent trips on everytrail:
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1195970

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    Wow, epic ride, and the first downhill you hit 300 mph!

    Here is me on my ride yesterday at the Canmore Nordic Centre, taking the Orange Loop. Made a wrong turn and wound up in a residential area--oops! First ride on the new Shimano Trail pedals.
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1214543

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    Whatever you do, just say "NO!" to Polar... Their wireless units barely have the SNR to read the speed sensor due to the required mounting distance on a mountain bike. If you run in autostart mode, it will intermittently stop while riding, and it gets worse as the batteries weaken. THis is my firsthand experience... I will be trying a Garmin when I have the $$ to spend.

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    Props to the Droid Apps! I use Everytrail & Strava myself and will check out the new one posted here Allsport.
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