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Old 06-28-05, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I recently purchased and 2005 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo and am slowly making the transition from riding it on the roads to riding off road. My last mtb was a Trek 950 Singletrack that had slicks and I had a wireless computer that worked fine. It was a dB 4LW Wireless Cyclocomputer: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4110

However, when I tried to mount it to my new bike I couldn't move the pickup close enough to the spokes to get the computer to work.

Can anyone recommend a good, not ridiculously expensive wireless computer for an mtb ???

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Cateye Micro Wireless - http://www.cateye.com/en/products/vi...d=6&subCatId=0

I have a Rockshox Duke XC fork on my NRS and the wired computer would not fit. I put the Cateye Micro Wireless on and it works perfectly. Great computer and the new ones have a nice little backlight now. Great for when you ride at night.
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That's the computer I have on my Marzocchi Marathon SL as well. I also had it on my White Brothers with no problems.
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Ok, Cateye seems to be the way to go....
Do you understand my problem though ?
It's not that I can't get the sensor to attach to the fork blade.
It's that the fork blade is so far away from the spokes that I had my old sensor
perpendicular to the fork blade and it still wasn't picking up the magnet on the spoke.

Thanks again guys !

Haven't been on the Bike Forums in awhile....lot of us New Englanders spent alot of time on the forum grumbling about the weather in February, March, & April but as soon as the weather turned I forgot all about the computer and have been out riding or working in the yard

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That is the same problem I had with my wired computer until I switched to the wireless one. So it should work. I would go down to your LBS and ask them to look at your bike and verify that it will work.

What type of fork, bike and wheel are you using this for? That might help to know as others might have the same similar combination and could tell you what they use.
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Totally stock Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo w/RockShox Pilot SL 100mm travel...rest of the specs are on the link.
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bik...esis&bike=HKEK

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That is the same problem I had with my wired computer until I switched to the wireless one. So it should work. I would go down to your LBS and ask them to look at your bike and verify that it will work.

What type of fork, bike and wheel are you using this for? That might help to know as others might have the same similar combination and could tell you what they use.
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Stupid question, but will it not even work when you get down close to the hub since that is closer to the fork?
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The spacing difference is not that great until you get real close to the hub. Plus, there is a 60cm limit between the sending unit on the fork blade & the receiving unit on the handlebars too...
Their site is www.filzer.com it's the DB4 model. You can check the manual that's in PDF format.


Whoa, wait I just checked, 60cm translates to nearly 24 inches.....I don't know why it won't work
Maybe it's the operator


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LOL, it was just a thought. A lot of the time the simplest solution is overlooked, was hoping this would be one of those times.
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Sounds like a product design issue. The Cateye will work just fine and it is a rock solid product. I have two Cateye computers and one of them has taken some tough abuse and I has never given me a problem.
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Sounds like a product design issue. The Cateye will work just fine and it is a rock solid product. I have two Cateye computers and one of them has taken some tough abuse and I has never given me a problem.
Well I'm going to try and slide the sending unit down the fork blade to see if I can get it to read properly. (someone was nice enough to point that out )
If that doesn't work I'm heading straight for a Cateye...
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if it's a 'line of site' device, you need to make sure that the two devices (transmitter and receiver) can 'see' each other.

like with your TV remote, if your wife stands in front of the TV, you can't change the channel.....
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if it's a 'line of site' device, you need to make sure that the two devices (transmitter and receiver) can 'see' each other.

like with your TV remote, if your wife stands in front of the TV, you can't change the channel.....
Now if that isn't the voice of experience I don't know what is.....
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Hi All,

I recently purchased and 2005 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo and am slowly making the transition from riding it on the roads to riding off road. My last mtb was a Trek 950 Singletrack that had slicks and I had a wireless computer that worked fine. It was a dB 4LW Wireless Cyclocomputer: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4110

However, when I tried to mount it to my new bike I couldn't move the pickup close enough to the spokes to get the computer to work.

Can anyone recommend a good, not ridiculously expensive wireless computer for an mtb ???

Thanks,

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Dude, it's not the fork, it's the user. There's really no such thing as a "wide fork" so you really just need to figure out how to mount your sensor so that it works. If you're not able to figure it out, take it to your LBS and have them put it on; I guarantee your current computer will work with your current fork.
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Dude, it's not the fork, it's the user. There's really no such thing as a "wide fork" so you really just need to figure out how to mount your sensor so that it works. If you're not able to figure it out, take it to your LBS and have them put it on; I guarantee your current computer will work with your current fork.

not with mine.
there was no way to mount the sensor so that the computer could 'see' it.

when I took it back to the store they looked at me like a deer caught in the headlights......:|
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like with your TV remote, if your wife stands in front of the TV, you can't change the channel.....
Weird... My wife's always complaining about me standing in front of the TV when she's trying to change the channel.
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I did look again at the setup this morning and I noted 2 things:

Moving the magnet/sensor towards the hub will not make much of a difference until you get right on top of the hub, there's just not that much taper.

I think the crown in my fork may be blocking the line of sight between the sending unit & receiving unit.

I haven't pulled my old bike down from the garage to check and see if the line of sight is any different but I am going to check tonight when I have more time....



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Dude, it's not the fork, it's the user. There's really no such thing as a "wide fork" so you really just need to figure out how to mount your sensor so that it works. If you're not able to figure it out, take it to your LBS and have them put it on; I guarantee your current computer will work with your current fork.
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