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Polar S710 yet?(6 posts)

Polar S710 yet?Lazy
Jul 10, 2001 4:47 PM
I haven't heard any of you folks complaining for a while. Is it still "vaporware", or is there an actual update? What's the latest?
latest word from PolarDuane Gran
Jul 10, 2001 5:56 PM
I have had an S710 ordered since February and am practically on a first name basis with the Polar folks, after complaining several times. They emailed me about a month ago with this info:

We will begin to ship limited quantities of the S510 and S710 products to our dealers in July. Subsequent deliveries will follow over the next several months. We expect to have all outstanding orders filled by 4th quarter of this year. The delay in product availability was initially caused by a component shortage.

Additionally, they told me that the power kit could arrive as late as November. Given the ordeal I've had thus far I'm going to be very skeptical about this add-on. I have a hard time believing that Polar could allow a part shortage to delay their product for months on end. I call BS and suspect they had engineering issues.

Anyhow, I hope to get my S710 soon. Fortunately I have a Protrainer XT which works fine and this is an upgrade.
latest word from PolarAkirasho
Jul 10, 2001 6:24 PM
... wow, who did you buy through??? Every source I've contacted reports problems with getting the units... I also noticed that virtually every mail order catalog that listed them in early spring editions has them no where in sight in summer editions...

I've got an Accurex Plus but have been anxious to spend a lot of money on new and untested hardware...

Be the bike.
latest word from PolarMeMyselfandI
Jul 10, 2001 6:44 PM
There actually is a part shortage. It's across the board. Polar isn't exactly first on the list for parts.
Inquiring Minds....mnky grz
Jul 10, 2001 7:48 PM
No offense, but you can't just repeat the party line without some 'splaining to do. Software folks would love to use this line, but unfortunately "parts shortage" doesn't fly in the world of coding. Even Ford and Firestone can do a better job - now that's scarey.

What parts are they short on exactly and how come they were able to ship the S210 and S510 and not have the same "across the board" parts shortage? Given the rapid and sudden down turn in the high tech industry "across the board" I have a very hard time beleiving that it's truly a parts shortage - every other supplier that I deal with is beating the bushes to drum up business. There are layoffs, and forced time-off w/out pay, and all sorts of nasty things going on here in Silli-villi. Inventory is piling up and bookings are through the floor. And what kind of parts shortage prevents you from shipping ANYTHING for six months? Why no "limited quantities" to pros and the magazines to keep the interest up as the parts dribble in from the suddenly overhwelmed supplier who seems to be able to deliver everything else that Polar has ever wanted or needed?

So, I'm interested in hearing more - or do you work for Polar Rumor Control?

Face it the S710 is a quantum leap over anything that they've done before and meeting all of the advertised claims will be very impressive.

The BS flag is still flying proudly from the top of the virtual roadbikereview.com flag pole....unless my dog eats it.
Inquiring Minds....spindry
Jul 11, 2001 7:21 AM
From what I was told, the shortage is due to a chip that is used by the Playstation 2. I've called Polar a bunch of times and the last time I called they told me the 710 was delayed to January and that the 510 had shipped in limited quantities, but that further shipments wouldn't be until late fall.

Personally I can't see how anyone can run a business where you announce a product and miss the shipping date by over a year. My guess is that they just don't sell enough top end HR monitors or perhaps there are engineering issues.