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    Cycle Computers for MTB

    I would like to get a compuer for my new mountain bike (Specialized XC-Pro) however I would very much like the computer to support both speed and cadence. All of the computers I have found at local shops that have cadence also have rear speed sensors and the distance between the frame and the spokes on this bike do not allow the magnet and sensor to be close enough to function. Does anyone have a recommendation, better yet experience with a situation like this??

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    Why in the heck do you think you need cadence on a MTB?
    Leave the computer off, partially to avoid trail litter, and partially because unless you're racing getting out on the trails is about getting away from numbers and data crunching.
    Save the data analyzation for your road bike

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    Holy crap Raiyn you changed your AVATOR! Wait no you havn't!.........your not fooling anyone you know...

    Chip T -

    Wireless, f**k cadence. 3 words says it all. You can take Raiyns advice about not even bothering with one on trails, my wired one got ripped off by a twig, but to be honest, wireless ones should be fine for trails.

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    What shifters do you have? If you have the proper shifters then you might want to check out the Shimano FlightDeck in either wired or wireless. They use a fork mounted speed sensor only and then back-calculates your cadence by knowing your speed and what gears you're in. It knows what gears you're in by sensing your shifter position which is why you need to have the proper shifters to support it. Of course this gives you virtual cadence that assumes the real cadence of when you're actually loading the pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Holy crap Raiyn you changed your AVATOR! Wait no you havn't!.........your not fooling anyone you know...
    I changed it .
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    You said I should change it, so I did.
    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon

    Wireless, f**k cadence. 3 words says it all. You can take Raiyns advice about not even bothering with one on trails, my wired one got ripped off by a twig, but to be honest, wireless ones should be fine for trails.
    Didn't you argue with me on that very point a while back??

    By the way wireless isn't worth the added cash in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn

    Didn't you argue with me on that very point a while back??

    I've argued with you so many times I forget what i'm arguing about .

    I probalby did argue, was I for, against or neutral? Sorry I forgot, and it probalby was before my speedo got ripped off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    I've argued with you so many times I forget what i'm arguing about .

    I probalby did argue, was I for, against or neutral? Sorry I forgot, and it probalby was before my speedo got ripped off.
    You were "for". Otherwise there wouldn't have been an arguement as I don't change my opinions easily

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    Ah thats right. Well i'm still for. 'For' for wireless, 'Against' wired. But there is no right or wrong answer, it all comes down to what type of riding your doing. If you are bush bashing or riding through twigs then you might want to consider taking your computer off, but for trails or XC a wired one would be fine.

    So Chip T - make up your mind based on what your riding through. I would be prepared to spend that extra and get a wireless for the rides I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    but for trails or XC a wired one would be fine.
    I agree, if the trail you speak of is a perfectly groomed race course that's had all the undergrowth cut back. Thankfully the trails I ride aren't like that. They actually have some challenge to them

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    The trail I usually visit is more cutback (I made sure of that, dont think the councill will apporve though!), and is used for racing. Its short but its all up to how fast your willing to go. Sorry to go off-topic here...but time for some pics! And i'm really p**ssed I cant find the pics where we spent the day chopping up trees.






    Thats what I usually ride with my wired computer on. I have ridden lots of other trails that are more challenging, but this one is a 5min ride from home.

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    Holy crap those pics are massive. Sorry, i reduced them to 50%....obiously didn't do jack all, just f**** the quality. Darn you image shack!!! *shakes hand in the air*

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Holy crap those pics are massive. Sorry, i reduced them to 50%....obiously didn't do jack all, just f**** the quality. Darn you image shack!!! *shakes hand in the air*
    Run them through this then use image shack
    http://www.irfanview.com/

    If you tried that cutting back here they'd string you up for trail vandalism

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    Yeh they tend to run after us with there pitchforks every now and then. This isn't even a proper trail, just found it.

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    I need a new computer. Last one had a wire and it was just screwing up on me all the time. Might think of getting a wireless one, its the way to go. The third picture isn't hardtail friendly, its a tricky one. It would be a nice jump if you had a full sus. Next time i visit there i think we might need to do some maitnece on some of the grass, bit overgrown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    And i'm really p**ssed I cant find the pics where we spent the day chopping up trees.
    I had them, but lost them because of my computer stuffing up. That was hard work when we did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    By the way wireless isn't worth the added cash in my opinion
    Yeah, that Supergo one with the HRM for $25 is just wayyyy too much money.

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    Here is the computer that I have on my mountain bike, seems to work perfect. It is the Cat Eye micro wireless. It doesn't have cadence but i don't really see any use for that feature on a mountain bike.

    After looking at the site I now realize that it has a backlight. That would have been nice to know this past weekend.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Yeah, that Supergo one with the HRM for $25 is just wayyyy too much money.
    You get what you pay for I'm sure.

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