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Recommend a good computer to me-Sigma?(11 posts)

Recommend a good computer to me-Sigma?grande
May 9, 2003 8:07 PM
how about sigma 800 or 1200? Wireless? i'm looking for low hassle.
Why not Cateye Cordless 2?coonass
May 9, 2003 8:21 PM
Easiest computer I ever installed (I put it on my Trek super!)
Also Vetta V100.....coonass
May 9, 2003 8:33 PM
it gives a lot more info than the Cateye Cordless 2. I have it on a Campy R10 setup because I heard too many horror stories about the Ergobrain10.....I got the wireless Cadence also, and it eats 12V batteries about every 600 miles....(~$3 for 2 from Radio Shack) Other than that, it works great; good display.
May 10, 2003 3:56 PM
I got mine 2 weeks ago and used it about 8 times. One little rain storm and it's toast! I never have great luck with computers, but this one is horrible! Anything but the Vetta
Vetta RT88 Wireless or a Cat Eye Cordless 2...DINOSAUR
May 9, 2003 8:37 PM
It depends on what features you want. Performance has the Vetta RT88 Wireless on sale for $34.99. It's pretty basic. Or a Cat Eye Cordless 2 $39.99, (the older model). I've had good luck with the Cat Eyes, they are pretty much bullet proof. No experience with Sigma, other than my LBS stopped carrying them. If you want low hassle, think about a wired model. Yes, you will have a wire strung up your fork, but they are dependable and the batteries last forever. Wireless require a transmitter and I had to replace the battery for my old RT88 about every 2,000 miles...
sigma recommendationE-ticket
May 9, 2003 8:52 PM
I like the Sigma (HRMs and computer). 1200 is great if they still make it. Inexpensive and many functions. However, they 'upgraded' it to model 1400, and the buttons on my 1400 stick. Now I see a model 1600 advertised, maybe they've fixed it.

They sell a wireless unit that works with all their models. No problems, even on the MTB. Some folks complain about the mounting system (essentially rubber bands) but I find it to work well.
go with the sigma'spedalpete
May 9, 2003 9:26 PM
I've always had problems with bike computers, vetta, cateye, i forget who else, but they have all been sporadic, loosing connection to computer, etc.

I had a sigma for 5 years now, and it is the most reliable computer I've ever had.
I've got a targa, highly recommened.
I also like that it mounts on the stem, not on the handlebar.
I sent mine back for the same reasoncoonass
May 10, 2003 9:38 AM
I can't speak from actual use experience, but when I received my Sigma Wireless, I took one look at the rubber bands for mounting the transducer and bar-unit, and I immediately sent the unit back...I have a preference for bolt/screw or at least tiewraps....
Sigma, good but weirdterry b
May 10, 2003 7:05 AM
I have a couple of Sigmas and a couple of Cateye Cordless. The upside to the Sigma is price but if you shop smartly, you can get them for the same price. The Sigmas are reliable, easy to read and they look nice. Weirdness - the mounting kit is very large and the sending unit does not do super-well on flat forks (the mount point has a little curve built into it.)

Personally, I prefer the Cateye - just got a Cateye wireless 7 and it's a peach. Althouth most mail order places have it for $55, they are consistently on eBay for $37, the same or slightly less than the Sigma. I've been using the Cateye 2 for a couple of years and it's a rock. Since it's EOL, you can find them in the mail order places for $40.
Sigma BC 800 Wireless reportskywalker
May 10, 2003 12:37 PM
Got one several months ago. Installation took a couple hours: the pictorial instructions weren't the clearest I've seen, plus it was my first time installing a wireless computer.

Rubber band looked suspicious at first, but 2296 miles later it is still there. Everything is still running on the orgininal batteries, although I have started saving for replacement CR2 batteries.

The computer has functioned flawlessly, with one exception. It occasionally cross-talks with traffic lights. There is one particular intersection on my regular route where my speed jumps from 0 to 240 or thereabout. If you care about your real maximum speed, don't get this computer. The cross-talks also affects the average speed reading, which is more disturbing, but I've learned to live with it.

Also, the computer displays current speed in the whole number format, so it you care whether you are going 20 mph or 20.3 mph, don't get this one.

That just made it sound like a crappy computer, but it is not. It has been perfectly reliable: it never lost the signal in the middle of the ride, it never needed to be re-aligned. Definitely worth $30 that it cost me at Performance.
Second the Sigmas.KG 361
May 11, 2003 6:43 AM
I have a BC 800 wired and wireless. Great little computers. The wireless only lost a signal 1 x and that was in a torrential downpour-I think the rubber band slipped on the fork from it being so wet. Really, who cares if you are traveling 20 or 20.3-your computer is probably off by at least that much! Install time for me was about 15 minutes-Sorry =)