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Any Suggestions for a Combo HRM/Computer?(8 posts)

Any Suggestions for a Combo HRM/Computer?mdehner
Oct 5, 2002 8:40 AM
I'd like to have a single device to perform at least basic HRM functions but also speed, distance, cadence etc; is that too much to ask? TIA for your input.
re: Any Suggestions for a Combo HRM/Computer?weiwentg
Oct 5, 2002 9:42 AM
Cateye makes some of those, I think. the Mity 3 is probably the best price/performance in a pure cyclocomp, and they (I think) make Ergobrains for Campy. so their stuff should be reliable.
there was a guy selling a MSC 3DX on rec.bicycles.marketplace today. you could check if he still has it.
Cateye NSC 3dx or Cateye HB-100bobobo
Oct 6, 2002 5:23 PM
Either one of these combo hrm's and cyclecomputers is very affordable and gives you pretty much everything you need. The msc-3dx at $180 includes cadence and is computer downloadable for all you analysis geeks. At $180 it is half the price of what you would pay for a polar S-710 with its cadence and IR download options.
Polar s710MXL02
Oct 7, 2002 7:09 AM
Yes it is pricey, but it is one nice exercise measurement device. If you don't plan on getting the power output device, get the S510...and save some money.
Oct 7, 2002 7:13 AM
Have used this unit for over a year, and roughly 5000 miles. I have had zero issues w/the unit. I would buy it again if given the opportunity. The only knock I've read or heard is that the unit is pretty big, so it sits up quite high on the bars. To me that was a non issue issue.
how about vetta V100?Smoothie
Oct 7, 2002 8:31 AM
Great little computer - wireless speed and cadence as options along with HRM all in one unit. Layout is okay and instructions were pretty good.

pricy bugger though! check Vetta V100 for more info
how about vetta V100?moo2
Oct 7, 2002 12:17 PM
I've got a Vetta V100-HR. The head unit itself is pretty good. Speed takes a second or two to update, and the navigation is a bit of a pain, but I'm just nitpicking.

The HRM worked pretty good, until a week ago. My HRM transmitter just died suddenly with no warning. It worked fine one day, and didn't work at all the next. This unit was less than 3 months old, too.

After doing a little research, I've heard others complaining that Vetta HRM transmitters are crap, but the head units are pretty good.

Actually, I just got my replacement HRM transmitter from Performance today, so we'll see if it works or not. All in all, the unit has been OK for the price. I guess I can't really complain about a combo HRM/cyclocomputer for $69 (I got the wired version without cadence). That being said however, I think when I replace this, I'll either get a HAC-4 or a Polar S series.
re: Any Suggestions for a Combo HRM/Computer?mikepo
Oct 8, 2002 10:50 AM
I recently upgraded to a Polar S710 so that I could integrate speed & cadence, as well as download exercise data into my laptop. Cost was $260 + $40 for an IR interface -- pricey, but I've had good luck with another Polar for years.

I wanted to mount the speed sensor on the rear wheel so I could use it on a trainer as well as on the road. Had to send the speed sensor back to Polar so they could make an adjustment that allows the wireless connection to work when the sensor is 80-100cm from the unit. No charge, but it took 2 weeks.

The speed/cadence sensors are big units and mount sort of perpendicular to the frame, which isn't very elegant. I had some trouble keeping the units where I wanted them on rough roads but solved that by using double-sided mounting tape between the frame and the sensor (in addition to using the tie wraps, of course.)

The Polar s/w that comes with the S710 for analyzing the downloaded data is not bad -- as good a PC Coach. If you're serious about using the HRM as a training tool, I think it's worth considering.

Biggest problem I've had is getting the IR interface to work reliably. Sometimes it's no problem, but it took me an hour to download a couple of exercises this past weekend. I tried to reach Polar by e-mail to see if there's a s/w upgrade or if maybe I've just got a flakey unit, but no answer yet.

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the S710, and, if I get the IR problem resolved, I think it'll be a valuable training tool this winter.