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Cateye HRM Questions(5 posts)

Cateye HRM QuestionsSkidoo
Sep 27, 2002 2:34 PM
Does anyone have experience with the CatEye line of HRM/Cyclocomputers? I want to begin a HRM training program for winter and I am looking for a reliable piece of equipment that combines multiple programmable heart rate zones with bike computer functions. The reviews of other HRM/bike computer combos (Polar,Vetta, Ciclosport) don't sound very promising with regard to quality, reliability, or functionality. Is CatEye any better? I'm relatively pleased with my 2 year old Astrale computer, but I wonder if any HRM/computer combo can stand up to my use/abuse for more than a season.
Thanks for any advice.
re: Cateye HRM QuestionsAaronL
Sep 27, 2002 3:03 PM
I've been using the MD2X (the one without cadence) for over three years now and have never had a single problem with it.

I've used polar and cardiosport products in the past and they have always failed after a few years (the watch units, not the transmiters), but the Cateye, like all their products, is bulletproof. It's got a lot of features, you can download your info and, it's pretty affordable. Mine is the cheaper model and it's like $140.00.

One other thing, the chest belt uses a replaceable battery. It's great, the batteries are about 2 bucks. The Polar belt will set you back about $40.00 when it dies.

I use only the basic functions on mine, like MHR alarm and time in my trainng zone, so I can't say if the functions will fit your needs. If you require all the bells and whistles, then a top-end Polar may be your best choice.

Hope this helps
re: Cateye HRM QuestionsSkidoo
Sep 27, 2002 4:02 PM
Hey Al, one more question for you: is the transmitter coded? I intend to use the HRM in the gym around other exercise equipment and I hear that if the transmitter isn't coded, the other equipment, including other HRM's can scramble the signal.
I've had mine since Feb-2000...Bruno S
Sep 27, 2002 4:56 PM
No problems so far after close to 1000 hours of use. I've had to replace the battery of the sensor a few times. It has a ton of features for the money,. I like the programmable target zones which I record in my log. I have de MD2dx (without cadence). Mine doesn't work properly around some machines in the gym.
re: Cateye HRM QuestionsChainstay
Sep 27, 2002 5:43 PM
Mine went through batteries like crazy right from the start and then it crapped out. For service they had no Canadian distributor and I had to deal cross border with some US office. I was expected to pay shipping and brokerage. That's the last Cateye product I will buy.