Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
A modern cyclist rarely goes on a trip without a device that would show the speed covered by the distance and other information. As such a device, you can use smartphone. But what if the trip drags on, and the portable no battery with you? So you will be left without communication. That’s why cycling computers are still in great demand. It’s small a gadget that is mounted on the handlebars of a bicycle. In this article we consider those bike computers that are worthy of spent on them of money. It will be about both budget models and real ones. monsters with a GPS chip and the ability to exchange data with others bike computers.
- Rating of the best bike computers
- Garmin EDGE 1000
- Polar V650
- Sigma ROX GPS 7.0
- VDO M7 GPS
- Sigma BC 16.16 STS
- TOPEAK Panoram V10
- Echowell ui20
- VENTURA IV
Rating of the best bike computers
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best bike computers||1||Garmin edge 1000||30 500 rub.|
|2||Polar V650||18 490 rub.|
|3||Sigma ROX GPS 7.0||11 391 rub.|
|4||VDO M7 GPS||6 813 rub.|
|5||Sigma BC 16.16 STS||4 038 rub.|
|6||TOPEAK Panoram V10||3 460 rub.|
|7||Echowell ui20||1 150 rub.|
|8||VENTURA IV||850 rub|
Garmin EDGE 1000
One of the most expensive bike computers among existing ones this moment. For this representative of our rating they ask about 44 thousand rubles. And with his purchase, another may arise the problem is that in Russia Garmin products are almost in demand, therefore, an order from abroad may be required.
What is the reason for such a high cost? First, sports and Garmin travel devices are highly reliable, therefore they have a serious margin. Secondly, in terms of functionality Garmin EDGE 1000 can surpass only any more Garmin is an advanced bike computer; it has no competitors. Thirdly, the product has a sufficiently large touch a display that is color. Big but not record big – The diagonal of the screen is 3 inches. Of course, not forgotten and backlight – it allows you not to feel discomfort even in the dark days.
As usual, proprietary firmware is used here. It It has rich settings and a large number of functions. For example, a competition with a virtual rival is available here. Not all sorts of automatic functions are forgotten – for example, the beginning of a new circle when passing a certain distance or overcoming starting points. A topographic map is already preloaded here, thanks to the stern, the bike computer can be used in the manner GPS navigator. It is interesting that raster can be downloaded here satellite images.
The device includes wireless Bluetooth and Wi-fi They are needed not only to transfer data to a smartphone, but also for synchronization with other Garmin cycle computers with this function. So competitions with other cyclists begin be of greater interest.
Of course, the bike computer received a waterproof housing. it allows you to ride in all weather conditions. By the way, the product capable of measuring ambient temperature. And there is also barometer due to which it is obligatory in stored data you’ll find information about what heights you’ve climbed, and from what heights descended.
As you might have guessed, the device determines the speed thanks to GPS navigation. It understands not only American, but also Russian satellites. Along the way, the device can display speed pedal rotation. But only if you have an appropriate sensor. And the gadget can be synchronized with a heart rate monitor. Garmin EDGE1000 is able to please with a sound alarm – it will sound in those moments when you have overcome a certain distance or move for a specific time.
Surprisingly, even to such an expensive bike computer you can to find fault. For example, not everyone will be happy with the display resolution, component of 240×400 pixels. If you are planning a long bike ride, it can fail the battery – it provides 15 hours of battery life work. However, if the trip does not mean an overnight stay in tent, then a full charge should still be enough.
This bike computer has a certain amount of built-in memory. But it is recommended that you immediately stock up with a microSD card – that’s all it’s better to throw cards at her.
Please note that there are more recent ones. Garmin bike computers from this series. This model can be considered outdated. The trouble is that new devices are even more expensive.
- Implemented support for GPS and GLONASS;
- Detailed topographic maps are preloaded;
- You can upload photos from satellites;
- Rich functionality related to measuring time;
- Color display being touch;
- Built-in thermometer and barometer;
- Long battery life;
- Supported wireless standards Bluetooth and Wi-Fi;
- The case is waterproof;
- There is a complete set with a pedal rotation sensor.
- There is little permanent memory;
- The firmware works quite slowly;
- Low resolution display.
Garmin rivals realize they don’t need to sell their bike computers at the same high price. However some of them devices also can not be called cheap. For example, one of the most The functional representatives of our rating is the Polar V650, in Russian stores asking for about 16 thousand for this gadget rubles. What can such a bike computer do?
To begin with, one cannot fail to note the package bundle. Together with the device you will receive a heart rate monitor, the data from which is displayed on the screen bike computer. Importantly, this accessory is a chest, therefore, it is impossible to find fault with the accuracy of measurements. However, there is a version without this sensor, priced a little cheaper. well and most of all the manufacturer saved on the cards. If garmin developing its topographic service, the Polar V650 offers only maps from OpenStreetMap. However, they are by no means bad ones. Just somewhere, these cards turn out to be as accurate as possible, and in some places the service displays paths that are no longer exist.
Of course, this bike computer displays not only the cards themselves, but also routes. They can be easily imported from any other services – the product supports files in GPX and TCX formats. Of course, the bike computer can display other data. Interestingly, the user can customize profiles. As a result strictly the information that is needed can be displayed on the screen for you. For example, it can be a heart rate, a value the climb that you have already overcome, travel time, and some useful schedule.
The display built in here is color and touch, it The diagonal is 2.8 inches. And this is the case when he the bike computer does not seem large, so such a screen here is quite justified. The menu is made in Russian, which cannot but to please. Speed and distance covered are determined by GPS. TO Unfortunately, GLONASS is not supported, therefore, to determine satellites will be wasted some time. And there’s a sensor here, determining the height above sea level. Partly thanks to him all ups and downs are recorded.
This device includes a Bluetooth module. Basically he Used to transfer data to a smartphone or laptop. it allows you to get acquainted with the results of your training in the future on the big screen using a special application or website of the manufacturer of the bike computer. Another product supports auxiliary sensors. We already mentioned the heart rate monitor. No other a less useful sensor is one that captures the frequency pedal rotation.
It remains to add that the device case is protected from drops and spray. This means that the bike computer is not at all afraid of rain. The problem will only occur if the bike and gadget fall in the river – from diving Polar V650 absolutely not protected.
- It is possible to purchase a version with a chest heart rate monitor;
- Built-in altimeter;
- Good GPS chip performance;
- Russian language interface;
- Cards from OSM are supported;
- A good color touchscreen display;
- Possible import routes;
- Convenient adjustment of display profiles of various information;
- Possible synchronization with smartphones;
- There is some moisture protection;
- Approximately 16 hours of battery life.
- High price;
- The display resolution is only 240×320 pixels.
Sigma ROX GPS 7.0
If a cyclist is looking for a cheap bike computer, then usually he pays attention to products under the Sigma brand. Most often such devices do not have rich functionality and the ability to work with GPS satellites. But there are exceptions to the rule. However, they are already cannot be bought at any low price. For example, for Sigma ROX GPS 7.0 ask for 11-12 thousand rubles. The manufacturer declares that it the creation will surely appeal to athletes. Despite the simple appearance, the device offers 68 functions. Also with it You can follow the given route.
Alas, this model has only a monochrome display. It means, that you should not hope for a full-fledged map. If you previously loaded here the route in GPX format, then it will be only shown schematically. This means that the device will become prompt when and where to turn, and also display remaining distance. But you will not see the map that imposes certain restrictions when traveling freely when there is the possibility of deviation from the route. For example, you can go for city and see the path. It is possible that she will help shorten the distance. But it’s possible that somewhere in half a kilometer from this place it ends turning into a field – you won’t be able to find out through a bicycle computer, you’ll have to get a smartphone. But this is the trouble of all low-cost cycle computers, equipped with a GPS chip.
With this gadget, you can enjoy every workout. The device can fix the maximum and average speed, write an approximate calorie consumption, calculate the time of arrival, and also display a ton of all kinds of data regarding the current circle and navigation. Importantly, there is a digital compass, which simplifies the understanding of the route. And under the body Bicycle computer hiding altimeter. This is important, because without it the device would not determine the lifts that make you spend more calories.
However, one can not help but recognize that the calorie counter does not display the most correct numbers. The fact is that it does not take into account either speed pedal rotation, nor the pulse of a cyclist. Alas, such sensors the device is simply not supported. This is due to the lack of Bluetooth chip. Because of this, synchronization with a smartphone. If you still want to view the results on mobile device, then after each trip you will have to connect Sigma ROX GPS 7.0 to the computer via a USB cable. Data transferred to DATA CENTER, and then sent to the server developers. Further it will not be difficult to familiarize themselves with them in relevant application.
- A large number of functions;
- Good working GPS chip;
- It is possible to synchronize with a PC using a USB cable;
- Properly determined altitude;
- A digital compass is used;
- Possible movement along the route;
- Declared waterproof according to IPX7 standard;
- Built-in thermometer.
- Even such a bike computer may seem expensive;
- No wireless modules;
- The display is monochrome.
VDO M7 GPS
Another bike computer with a GPS chip. For this representative our rating is asked about 6-7 thousand rubles. It is clear that for such money does not need to rely on a color display. He’s here is monochrome. Moreover, this screen is segmented! This means that at certain angles you will not see the most beautiful picture. It also overlays the display of information. serious limitation. You will see the speed remaining or distance traveled, route direction, level receiving a signal from a GPS chip, battery level and some other information. But nothing more! You cannot switch to a different profile for displaying certain data – with this screen it is simply impossible.
In a word, this bike computer resembles budget creations, sold for 2-3 thousand rubles. The main difference is the presence of a GPS chip, thanks to which you do not need to mount on the wheel special sensor. It also allows you to download to your device routes – the product will warn about turns in time. No Cards, of course, will not be provided.
In fact, the VDO M7 GPS is a very functional thing. The manufacturer endowed his creation with a thermometer – indications about temperature can be useful, especially in our territory countries where it is often too cold for long bike rides. With a certain dexterity, you can also know the mileage bike – both current and absolute. To the left of the testimony speed you can see an arrow that can be directed up or down. It shows what your current speed, above or below average, respectively.
Despite the modest screen, the total number of functions equals twenty two. Device operation is provided by the built-in battery. A USB cable is used to recharge it. With his help transfer data to a PC. You need to do it regularly, since the built-in memory is only enough for the last 100 hours of travel. However, this value may seem low. only to those cyclists who prefer to spend on “pokatushku” almost the whole day. It remains to add that the housing the device has some moisture protection, and the display is equipped backlit.
Unfortunately, this device has not received wireless modules. Due with this, you cannot send information to a smartphone without any troubles. But it’s understandable, the manufacturer needed it save.
- Built-in temperature sensor;
- Determines the height above sea level;
- Implemented moisture protection;
- You can load driving directions;
- Good GPS chip performance;
- Compact size;
- You can upload the results to a computer.
- No synchronization with smartphone;
- Small monochrome display;
- Not very long battery life;
- Not the largest amount of memory.
Sigma BC 16.16 STS
Another bike computer under the German brand Sigma in our rating. This is a much simpler device, which Designed for beginner bike riders. No longer here no GPS chip. This means that for movement along the route You’ll have to use the appropriate application on your smartphone, discharging it. It also uses a very simple display. is he has a modest diagonal, but information is displayed on it segment technology. This means that if in some area numbers are displayed on the screen, then you will definitely not see anything except them. And if an abundance was displayed on the bike computer discussed above all kinds of information, then you have to observe only speed and travel time (or time remaining if moving in same pace).
However, to display does not mean to fix. Into this model built-in altimeter that saves in memory not only yours speed, but also ups and downs. Curious that the gadget For 4000 rubles I received an NFC chip. With it, all information about the perfect trip is transferred to the smartphone if it also has the same chip. You can see your results exclusively in the free Sigma Link app.
As mentioned above, two are displayed simultaneously on the screen measurements. But this does not mean that you will see, for example, exclusively current speed. Clicking the appropriate button displays the maximum and average speed, as well as mileage per day. The total mileage is stored in the device. More bike computer can show the distance to the destination (if you advance indicated how many kilometers you were going to conquer). Also possible to access the current temperature – it’s amazing that such inexpensive bike computer received a thermometer.
Measurement of speed and distance covered using STS technology. This means that first you need to install a special sensor on the wheel, as well as drive in the settings wheel diagonal. And even in this case, you definitely can’t get ideal result – in theory you need to make a correction for the thickness tires.
It feels like the manufacturer squeezed the maximum out of the bike computer, not having a GPS chip. The only thing missing is the opportunity connect the cadence sensor and heart rate monitor. However, the beginner and such difficulties are not needed – this device was created exclusively for those who use the bike for walking and not for training sessions.
- Built-in NFC chip for synchronization with a smartphone;
- Low cost;
- Shows the estimated time of arrival;
- Convenient management;
- Easy data transfer to a computer;
- Implemented moisture protection according to the IPX8 standard;
- Compact size.
- Interaction with iPhone is not possible;
- No support for cadence sensor and heart rate monitor;
- Not everyone will like the monochrome segment display;
- No GPS chip.
TOPEAK Panoram V10
Another compact bike computer that fell into our rating. is he has a square shape, and under its segmented display is located two-color substrate. It is thanks to her that the eye immediately determines that parameter to be familiarized with.
In Russia, this device is sold for 3-4 thousand rubles. Of course, for Such money should not be expected to receive a device with a GPS chip. And how could it fit here if the gadget turned out so tiny? Instead, the system uses readings from a special a sensor mounted on the wheel rim. Speed displayed in middle part of the display. If you click on the appropriate button, then You can find out what your maximum speed was. Yet one click displays the average speed in the current trip.
Below are the readings of time. Default bike computer writes about how much time you are on the way. Also available display of average time. But the remaining time is not shown – this bike computer is not trained. It is significantly simplifies start. Before traveling, you don’t need to indicate the distance, which you are going to overcome – you can go right after turning on the gadget.
Above speed, the device displays two parameters at once. Most the important one is distance. You will always see how much a great distance has already been conquered. By the way, there is an odometer here. it means that all previous ones are stored in the bike computer memory trips. The device summarizes the entire mileage, allowing you to enjoy the big figure. Or not big enough if you use the bike only once a week, and even then only for travel through the park. Namely, such people will like TOPEAK Panoram V10 more Total. The rest will want to get at least moisture protection, but how maximum is a GPS chip. Yes, this device is not protected from splashes in any way. However, this only means that he did not receive the appropriate certificate – the manufacturer did not spend money on testing. IN reality, the device is quite capable of surviving not the strongest rain, skating under which does not yet cause discomfort.
It should be noted that in some stores you can find Bike computer TOPEAK Panoram V10X. This is the same model, but already wired. This means that the data from the sensor on the wheel is transmitted via thin wire. Does it need to be said that this is less convenient? But such a bike computer costs almost half the price.
- Easy one-button control;
- Quick acquaintance with all the main parameters;
- There is a battery indicator;
- Low cost;
- Compact size.
- You cannot transfer data to a computer or smartphone;
- No GPS chip;
- There is no full moisture protection;
- Not very rich functionality.
Another inexpensive representative of our rating. For this bike computer asking for less than three thousand rubles! At the same time, he like even more than a couple of the above models. However, the reverse situation is also true – someone will be shocked by design. The fact is that this gadget is most similar to e-book. Especially the option with a white body color. This comparison also arises from the display, which has a gray the substrate.
A large enough quantity is displayed on a monochrome screen various parameters. Traditionally the largest font current speed is displayed. It is determined by counting. the time it takes for the sensor wheel mounted on the rim full circle. The average speed is also displayed – it is for many cyclists seem more important. There is also information on current temperature. This is a real surprise! But a few years ago there was only a thermometer in the bike computer dream.
Concluding the conversation about the front panel, one cannot but note the presence of three buttons. They are used to reset data, as well as to Switch between different parameters. Also work with buttons will have immediately after the first placement of the bike computer on the steering wheel. The fact is that at this moment the rider will need a choice rim diameter. You can recognize it without any measurements, just look at the signs on the tire. By the way, two profiles are supported here – at any time you can transfer the product to a second bike having wheels with another diameter.
Data from the sensor is transmitted wirelessly. This makes me happy. AND here the lack of Bluetooth and NFC is disappointing. That means you you can’t synchronize with your smartphone by switching to him all the information about the workout. Moreover, there is no USB connector. Therefore, information cannot be transferred to a computer. If you plan to upload data about each bike trip to any service, then you definitely need some other bike computer from a different price segment.
However, let’s forget about the serious flaws of the Echowell Ui20. This device has a lot of positive features. For example, he possesses waterproof housing. Of course, under water, the device is definitely problems will begin. But the product will survive the rains, we will give it to you guarantee. Also, the bike computer is not afraid of heat and low temperature. Do not use it only if the street is freezing when the temperature drops to −11 ° C or even lower grades. However, in such a cold cyclists rarely dare to ride their “iron horse”.
Unfortunately, there is no altimeter. This means that the device is not able to determine ascents and descents. That must be why the bike computer doesn’t even try to count spent by the cyclist calories Instead, the device keeps track of the distance traveled. In there’s an odometer here – a feature that lets you know how many kilometers have you covered over the entire tenure of this bike computer. In the same way, you can find out the total time of all “bicycle coils”.
Most often, such a gadget will be used to monitor current and average speed. Well, pressing one of the buttons will allow find out your maximum speed that was reached in current trip. If a special computer is connected to the bike computer sensor, then the frequency display will be equally useful pedaling. Pressing the appropriate buttons will again lead to showing the average and maximum cadence.
This bike computer turned out to be cheap, but it is still capable surprise with some features. In particular, determine the frequency many more expensive devices do not know how to pedal! But This device cannot be called ideal – the reasons were voiced higher.
- Low cost;
- It is possible to measure cadence;
- Built-in thermometer;
- Compact size and light weight;
- The case is waterproof;
- The wheel sensor transmits readings wirelessly.
- No GPS chip;
- Other sensors are not supported;
- Does not calculate the remaining travel time;
- The screen is monochrome.
The cheapest bike computer in our rating. Buy VENTURA IV it’s possible for only 1000 rubles, and in some stores cheaper. Of course, for the money you get exclusively wired model. This means that the wheel rotation sensor connected to the main unit by wire, transmit readings by he does not know how to air. One serious problem pops up right here. – the wire is not long enough. This wire is enough for someone, but some cyclists will have to rack their brains over it building up.
This bike computer has 14 functions. Its body is made of black plastic. The display is monochrome. Moreover, it is segmented – four lines consist practically from numbers only. The largest font has a speed indicator – he is a little fatter than the rest. If you click on the appropriate button, You can find the maximum (MAS) and average (AVS) speed. Must maybe you already understood the main difficulty that awaits the buyer this bike computer. You will have to learn what those or other designations, because they are exclusively English-speaking. IN network you can even find the appropriate plate with their description.
Of course, this bike computer allows you to find out which You have already covered the distance. Alas, predict how much more you will spend time getting to the finish line, this device can not. It does not support entering the distance you want to overcome. This is the trouble of all cheap bike computers. If you travel long distances regularly, it’s best to look for a model with GPS chip and the ability to upload your own routes.
Of course, there is an odometer feature here. She lets View the total mileage, measured in kilometers. But here too one unpleasant surprise awaits you. Segment display capable display only 9999 km, no more. However, to conquer this the distance when traveling around the city is only ten to twenty years old. And for country trips this device, we repeat, is not good for.
Of course, this bike computer can be used for fixing time for which you have overcome one or another distance. Actually This turns the device into a regular stopwatch. There is also a counter calories burned. But you should not believe in his testimony, because the product she doesn’t know about ups and downs, nor does she suspect what is your weight.
The operation of this device is provided by a removable battery. Her full the charge is enough to ride freely at least city, at least somewhere in nature. Sorry, find out the exact battery life failed – it is not indicated neither in the manual nor in the reviews. But the latter speaks of poor readability of the display. Alas, this is the main trouble of all segment screens installed in the cheapest bike computers.
- Quick installation, easy to remove;
- Minimum price tag;
- It is completed with instructions in Russian;
- The case has some moisture protection.
- Frankly bad display;
- The measurements cannot be called very accurate;
- Missing GPS chip;
- The wheel rotation sensor is wired;
- Some people complain about the length of the wire;
- The functionality seems very narrow;
- You cannot connect additional sensors;
- Cannot output information to another device.
This is the list of the best bike computers among those that can be found. in relevant stores right now. note that not everyone needs a top-end gadget that can determine GPS speed and distance. Such models will be needed only to those who regularly travels outside the city and also travels to the bike. If you ride only near your place living, then you are quite happy with the budget model, which counts using a sensor located on the wheel rim.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.