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Anything about VDO computers one should know before buying?(6 posts)

Anything about VDO computers one should know before buying?Brian C.
Jul 10, 2001 1:08 PM
Specifically, the VDO sprintlux illuminated 9-function bike computer.
Any comments?

How is the illumination? Does this really work or is it a gimmick?
Can you punch in your logged mileage?
How durable is it? (This is an issue with some VDO models in the product review section.)
Yeah....grz mnky
Jul 10, 2001 3:33 PM
You can get the exact same thing (well, maybe they don't have the model you're asking about) under the Performance brand label for about half of the cost of a VDO brand label. Kinda shows the amount of markup in the bike biz. Supergo has a bunch of bike computers at very low prices. My experince is it doesn't matter how much you pay for a computer - they all fail and the wired ones fail sooner. I literally have a box of all sorts of computers - I can usually cob something together in short order. Currently I'm waiting for my Flight Deck harness to fail completely.....
Thanks. Don't get me started on Flight Deck. (nm)Brian C.
Jul 11, 2001 7:46 AM
re: Anything about VDO computers one should know before buying?TriBuddha
Jul 10, 2001 3:35 PM
I dont have the same model but have used one with cadence for one 6000km and have mixed feelings, works mostof the time, but a bit of rain or even a knock causes it to stop functoning and then it comes back with nothing done to it. My wife hates hers! would I buy another no, but it works most of the time 90%.
re: Anything about VDO computers one should know before buying?Floyd
Jul 10, 2001 4:15 PM
I'm on my third one. The first (8 function VDO wireless)which is really the same as the one from Performance except for the color. The first lasted about a month before it went bonkers and quit. It was replaced and that one went blank and after it was reprogrammed lasted a few weeks before the wheel circumference value changed all by itself and recorded twice the mileage. The LBS replaced it with another model VDO...Cytec C15+ which has been working fine so far (3 months).
I don't like the button arrangement as it is awkward to hold and too easy to press more than one button. If this goes bad, I'll get the Chinese cheapie from Nashbar for $30 if they are still available. I gave one to my grandson for his bike and as far as I know it still works.
re: Anything about VDO computers one should know before buying?MGS
Jul 10, 2001 5:51 PM
Ihad a wireless that failed after one month when I dropped it while installing it on a new set of handlebars. It must have fallen all of three feet.

The replacement lasted about two months when I place it on my workbench and my cat knocked it to the floor, a fall of about 2 1/2 feet.

I won't use a computer that's this fragile.

I now use a Specialized wireless.
Better tranmission, and not as fragile.