★★★★ 292 real customer reviews average rating: 3.7 stars
5 Stars By Lera on 2013-07-03
Works perfectly (now) and backed by excellent customer service
The unit I received did not communicate with the transmitter when I installed it. One evening email to Cateye in Colorado and they had a replacement transmitter in the mail to me the very next day. I can't say enough how pleased I am with the excellent customer service. No process is perfect and sometimes technology doesn't work. Cateye was there for me and helped me quickly and with NO fuss.
The unit works perfectly. It's light and attractive. I like the new design where I can press on the bottom half of the unit, anywhere, and it "clicks" and moves through the various information screens. It's so much easier to use with gloves on and while on the move than the fiddly little buttons on the side that I used to have to use.
The mount for this computer will attached to handlebars OR stem, so I was able to choose the best place for me. It looks sleek and nice on my fast road bike. Fashion is not the most important thing to me when choosing a cyclometer, but it's a very nice feature on this model-- it looks sweet mounted on a black bar stem.
The installation of this unit and the transmitter was very easy. Wireless is certainly easier than wired, and I found the setup to be a breeze. Of course the instructions contain many languages but at least Cateye puts all the instructions for each language in on one page rather than mixing them all together, all languages on all pages. Once you find your language, they printed cut-out dotted lines onto the pages for you to use to discard the rest of the paperwork that you don't need.
Tip: Before you install the zip ties for your transmitter, make sure it's communicating with the receiving unit. Simply move the transmitter and magnet around each other to generate some signal while you watch the little computer to make sure it's sensing a signal.
2 Stars By Spikey Racer on 2016-04-28
Good Computer, Absolutly Terrible Set Up Design and Instructions
I've owned this for 6 months now, very nice little computer....once you figure out how to set it up, setting it up is much harder than the instructions show, you have to be methodical in the way you press the two tiny buttons to get into set up mode, because if you don't do it just right, then it won't work. Took me almost an hour using different techniques to get into set up mode by pressing the two tiny buttons in different order than the instructions show. I also threw the thing in the garbage because I was getting so frustrated.
Would've given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the awful set up design. Once set up, it works beautifully, the wireless system work great, never had an issue with it. Just don't plan on changing the time if you live in a state with daylight savings. Also plan on buying a set of new batteries when you buy it because the ones that come with it don't last long.
4 Stars By R. Buelow on 2016-08-26
The MENU button isn't much better. Also
I tried a cheap Suaoki but I tinkered for hours trying to get the computer to sync with the sensors. No luck. The other flaw is that when you remove or replace the battery on the Suaoke, you have to go through the entire programming process again entering tire size, weight, height, accrued mileage, etc. After doing so three or four times without getting the unit to siync, I repackaged the Suaoki, sent it back and ordered my second Cateye Strada. I'm not a big fan of the Strada because the darn AC button is almost impossible to press without a sharp object. It's recessed so far and so small, that even small fingers can't press it. The MENU button isn't much better. Also, programming the Cateye is difficult but at least it doesn't lose all your information when you change a battery. I have another Cateye on my other bike in Florida that has Bluetooth and it was so hard to program to the Android app I gave up. So, when I replaced this Suaoki, I ordered the Cateye without Bluetooth. I guess I'm not close enough to being a teenager to figure it all out. The installation was not too difficult but I'm glad I had the Conquer Bicycle Wall Mount Repair Stand to do the installation.
2 Stars By Lindsey on 2016-09-06
Disappointed. I've had a different Cateye that didn't have ...
Broken right out of the box. Disappointed. I've had a different Cateye that didn't have cadence. That one worked well and was easy to install and the instructions were decent. This one was impossible to get aligned just right, especially the foot pedal sensor. The instructions were just pictures and no explanation of what was supposed to happen so it was a lot of guessing about what goes where and the setup etc. I took this to my bike shop after 2 hours of fiddling without progress. The pros couldn't install it and said it was a dud. They changed the batteries and aligned everything just so... no luck.
4 Stars By Aaron Athmann on 1969-12-31
Good computer, small size.
This computer works well. The speed, distance, and cadence functions are accurate when properly installed and configured. I really like not having to glance at my wrist anymore to check my heartrate The cadence function helps me optimize power output and stay on rhythm. I only have two complaints.
One: it was a NIGHTMARE to program. I have four other computers of various design and button configurations. Most were easy and intuitive enough to figure out without instructions. This thing took me hours of experimenting to program, and the included instruction booklet is almost useless. Go to the Cateye website and download their supplemental instructional PDF.
Two: It is very small-- which is nice if your primary concern is aerodynamics or aesthetic appeal, but it can be difficult to see at times. I'm considering moving mine from the stem to the bars, so I can adjust for optimal viewing angle.
Overall, this unit does a really nice job once set up, but I wish it had more features for the price. There is no back light and it doesn't record max/avg heartrate or splits--only current measurements.
2 Stars By Matt Barnes on 2015-10-27
If you care about anything other than distance/odometer, save your money
This computer is ok, if you don't care about anything other than your current speed and total odometer. Used it for several rides now of long distance and some of the features really bug me. Save a little more money and buy something with GPS and better features.
1st: there is no way to keep the timers going even if you do need to stop for a break. No lap function, or continuous use function! Completely stupid if you're riding a century and need to take a quick break. Even my cheap $20 computer could do that.
2nd: even though the instructions say it will keep timing if used within a few minutes of stopping, I've had it reset on two different occasions after stopped at a red light for <2 minutes. Very frustrating.
3rd: the bracket to hold the sensor on your chain stay doesn't fit all frames. It's molded rubber, and on my carbon frame which doesn't have round chain stays, it doesn't fit. I had to cinch the zip ties down in a haphazard way to get it stay without hitting my spokes.
1 Stars By Jenny O. on 2017-02-12
Lego drawing instructions, Could not set computer to MPH or to my tire size.
One hour to set up the sensors and mounts following pictures reminiscent of a Lego kit. One hour trying to set up the computer following same pictures, only my computer doesn't show the same things as the pictures. No matter what I do, I cannot choose mph instead of km/h. No matter what I do, the computer never lets me set my bike's tire size. The only thing I can change is 12/24 hour clock and time--the two least important settings! Pressing reset button doesn't help. Taking out the battery for 2 hours doesn't help. . Another hour spent on Google and YouTube looking for solution. No matter what I do, I cannot get the computer to reset so I can set it to my tire size, and to MPH. Perhaps I just have a bad computer, but needless to say, this one is going back and I will be looking for another brand all together. This one isn't worth losing another hour of my life that I will never get back!
3 Stars By Ji Hoon Ham on 2016-10-24
Installation instruction is NOT included but you can find that easy enough online and installatin itself is a piece of ...
I just installed this last night but i could not get it to sync. After looking up relevant youtube videos, it was suggested that the reset button must be held down for 5 seconds. Something NOT mentioned anywhere in the manual.
Installation instruction is NOT included but you can find that easy enough online and installatin itself is a piece of cake. However, the 5 second thing should have been mentioned somewhere. Would have saved me a lot of cursing and grief.
New update--Holding down the reset button for 5 seconds also did not work, so i tried replacing the battery on the sensor. That did the trick. Just how OLD is this stock you sent me??
2 Stars By Robin K. on 2015-10-06
But each time I stop the Cateye resets & I have to press more small buttons on the front like 5-6 times to get it back to cadenc
Does what it says but instructions are confusing. Took 30 mins to figure out how to change km to miles. Buttons are really small & one requires a pointy stick (not included). That button is on the bottom so in order to see if you changed the setting you have to hold the pointy stick under the Cateye & press up while also pressing another button on the bottom. I finally took it to my bike shop who installed it & changed the settings.
But the real problem is I wanted to see my speed & cadence. But each time I stop the Cateye resets & I have to press more small buttons on the front like 5-6 times to get it back to cadence. Had I known this I would not have bought this item.
4 Stars By Diego T. on 2013-05-03
Works very well. Wish it had USB connectivity at this price point
Works perfectly. The display is big enough and very clear. Mode is easily handled by tapping on the bottom of the device. Unfortunately you cannot transfer the data to any external device. I believe that at > $100 it should have usb connectivity.