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Sigma 800 or 1400?(7 posts)

Sigma 800 or 1400?castrello
Jan 14, 2003 5:19 AM
Hmm, I cant make up my mind! Which one should I go for? Either way, I´ll combine it with the Sigma RCS cordless kit. I´m not really sure if the 1400 is worth the extra money, or is it? I will only use this computer on one bike, my road bike. I guess the cadence option is the biggest difference between the two. I have never had a computer w/ cadence before and Im not really sure if I need/want it. Or do I?

And, last but not least, I will go for sigma, since my lbs has them and I´ll get it pretty cheap since I´m buying a bike from him.
re: Sigma 800 or 1400?Raven1911
Jan 14, 2003 6:49 AM
I have had both of them. To be honest with you I bought the 1400 for the cadence option since I train using cadence as a training guide for my target heart rate. Keep in mind that cadence is NOT wireless. There are more functions on the 1400 like the extra stop watch(as opposed to the ridetime which only works when the sensor is triggered), which I use on the trainer. I have the sensor on the front wheel and the ridetime does not work on the trainer, but at least I can use my cadence and stopwatch function separately to time my training sessions on the trainer. The 1400 also has two separate settings/functions so you can use it on two bikes without having to change it. It will keep track of two bikes mileage separately, the 800 will not. I would buy the cadence option as it is a valuable too to train by to develop VO2 Max(higher cadence) strength endurance(lower cadence). Hope that helps.

Raven
re: Sigma 800 or 1400?castrello
Jan 15, 2003 3:09 AM
Thanks a lot for your answers! Hmm, speaking of trainers, that was something I wasn´t thinking of. I dont think I´d want (or need for that matter) cadence when I ride on the road (never needed it so far at least). But if I go for the 1400 I can use the cadence function during the winter, when Im on the trainer and then take it off when spring arrives.
re: Sigma 800 or 1400?maximum15
Jan 14, 2003 9:29 AM
I just got a 1400 and have a complaint about it that would probably apply to the 800 as well. My complaint is the speed is displayed with no decimal places. So, if it says 17mph, I don't know if I am going 16.6 or 17.4 mph. Since I am not using cadence, I really don't like this quirk. My other computers both display current speed to one decimal place and I like that feature. I am considering moving the 1400 to my mtn bike and getting something else. My 2 cents.
re: Sigma 800 or 1400?castrello
Jan 15, 2003 3:13 AM
Well thats also something I have thought about. But since Im from Europe I´ll be using km/h which means it doesnt matter that much (the difference between 16.6 and 17.4 km/h is not as huge as the diff between 16.6. and 17.4 mp/h). But thanks for the answer anyway!
Sigma vs Cateyelaffeaux
Jan 14, 2003 11:31 AM
I owned a Sigma Sport 800, which recently died, and I replaced it with a Sigma Sport Targa. I used the wireless kit with both. I use this on my MTB. (neither shows cadence)

On my road and 'cross bikes I use the Cateye Astrale, which does show cadence but is not wireless.

I prefer the Cateye for road riding as it displays cadence, which I think is very valuable for training. Also, it's easier to switch between funtions compared to the Sigma Sport. The Cateye require minimal downward pressure to switch funtions, while the Sigma requires more forward force. It's not a huge deal, but to me the Cateye interface is superior. On my MTB I rarely switch functions mid-ride, so the Sigma works great. Something to think about anyway.

Note however, that some people do not like the Astrale as it requires running wires to the rear of your bike.
re: Sigma 800 or 1400?trout_bum
Jan 14, 2003 12:01 PM
I replaced my sigma BC 800 w/ a Cateye Astrale I won for free(Thanks 1upusa/mtbr.com!) and I really like it. The cadence feature is great for training. Although the rear mounting is somewhat cumbersome, it's nice being able to use on trainer. I liked my BC800-simple to use and setup, looks nicer than the Cateye, but functionally I think I prefer the Cateye.